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Items by donald patriquin

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Comment: Re: Christmas music
Hello Caleb,   Not sure if this will fit your instrument availabilities*, but a work "Overture to Christmas" for SATB (also for SSA and TTBB) is a joyful and energetic piece of some seven minutes. Containing a number of traditional and not so traditional carol excerpts, it has often been sung as ...
Announcement: TheC7Prize Winners for Choral Music from USA and Canada
TheC7Prize (Choirs, Conductors, and Composers Collaborating on a Choral Composition Competition) is pleased to name the composers who received citations and awards in the 2014 choral composition competition (theC7prize.com). All “Recommended works” – with the exception of two chosen for spe...
Comment: Re: Songs about travel
Hello Leigh,   "Un Canadien errant" ("A Wandering Canadian") is a mid-nineteenth century song about Canadian rebels forced into exile to the United States and as far as Australia. It tells of a youth exiled – most likely to Louisiana – who openly pines for his native land and his friends bac...
Comment: Re: Looking for lively/upbeat Marian setting for auditioned community women's choir
Hello Jeanette,   May I suggest a setting that I wrote on an extraordinary poem by The Rev. Wendy MacLean. Her evocative Magnificat for Turning takes a glass globe containing the Holy Family as its inspiration. The ten minute work is written for SSA and piano or organ, with optional cello. It was...
Comment: Re: choral music with Spanish singing translations/paraphrases
Hello Paul,   Thanks for your kind words...; flattery will get you everywhere! Please send me an email address to which I may send the pdf along with permission for you to print sufficient copies for your students. The only caveat is that the printed copies should not be further copied, but order...
Comment: Re: choral music with Spanish singing translations/paraphrases
Good Day Dr. McGahie, Not sure if this sort of piece is useful, but here's a gorgeous old Spanish folksong which I arranged recently for SATB+SSA (also separately) and piano and cello. It may be heard at  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YGLufSt5gXU   Four verses are found in the score– in Eng...
Comment: Re: SSAA or SSA piece that will WOW audience
Thanks, Kiersten!   May I add that the SSA version of "J'entends le moulin" will be published by Earthsongs this fall. However, if you are wanting to rehearse/perform it between now and late October, it is temporarily available (with Earthsongs' permission) from A Tempo <donaldpatriquin@gmail....
Comment: Re: Christmas Choral Work for SATB and Brass, Percussion and Organ
Canite Tuba (Sound the Trumpet) is an energetic Christmas work in Latin for SATB (divisi), 3 trumpets, three trombones, timpani and percussion, which was commissioned of me by the CBC – Canadian Broadcasting Corp. – to celebrate the 25th anniversary of its live Christmas Sing-in. Canite Tuba wa...
Comment: Re: Scanning a portion of a score (as a sample to share)
Abbie makes a very good point, and there's a lesson for us composers to be learned here. I have not had any bad experiences – well, only a couple – with copyright infringement that I know of. Of course there may well have been some, but I look at it this way– even an occasional 'pirated' perfo...
Comment: Re: lively songs
Hello Roly,   I'd like to recommend a rather fun piece which I wrote a while back, but still late 20th century! It is called Epitaphs, and is a humorous, sometimes boisterous SATB work, the text of which is a collection of tombstone inscriptions from English country church cemeteries. Beginning w...
Comment: Re: Do you have a favorite self-published choral work?
Hello Mrs. Herriman,   I have just listened to Matt's piece and am sure that there are a number of choirs out there leading their worship service with contemporary Christian music that would enjoy singing this inspired song. If I were directing the church choir I had until quite recently I would ...
Comment: Re: Do you have a favorite self-published choral work?
It's great to hear from a number of conductors... That's really what this particular forum is all about: self-published works that conductors have especially enjoyed. It might be useful to conductors to mention the voicing in future responses.   Thanks!   Donald
Comment: Re: Do you have a favorite self-published choral work?
Hello Jean,   Thanks for your reply. It was certainly a pleasure to meet you in person at Podium 2014, and to experience the inner workings of this wonderful resource. Thank you for getting me to sign up! I urge conductors and composers to make use of this unique (in that it is surely the largest...
Forum message: Do you have a favorite self-published choral work?
Do you have a favorite self-published choral work?   There’s a lot of interest currently centering around the explosion of self-publishing. It seems ‘everyone’ is getting into it. It would be very helpful to have the benefit of your positive experience with some of this music. Word-of-mout...
Comment: Re: Psalm Settings
Hello Monte   Ernani Aguiar's energetic, rhythmic setting of Psalm 150 is shorter than three and a half minutes, but then again, 'rhythmic' settings are likely to be shorter than the norm. A great closing work, or encore. It is available for SSA, SATB & TTBB (Earthsongs). You may hear it at...
Comment: Re: One Hit Wonders
Re. arrangements (SATB) of any tunes--especially from the "classical" repertoire-- Samuel Barber's Adagio for Strings arr. for SATB. As gorgeously haunting as the original. Here's a link to a version sung by the choir of Trinity College, Cambridge UK   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mxtl89aLJDA&...
Comment: Re: BEST SATB Christmas Music with Harp
Hello Nancy,   Not sure if you have sung the Three Appalachian Carols (I Wonder as I wander, Jesus the Christ is Born, and Jesus, Jesus Rest Your Head– all available separately) which I arranged for SATB and harp or piano. http://www.donaldpatriquin.com/SATB_Christmas.html   I can also sugge...
Comment: Re: Good Arrangements of "Contemporary" choral music for Episcopal Church
Hello Patricia,   I am currently working on creating a keyboard-accompanied version of Mass For The Caribbean (Anglican/Episcopal/United...), which I wrote a while back when working as organist with an Anglican church in the West Indies. http://www.choralnet.org/view/441474   It is presently pe...
Comment: Re: world mass ideas
Hello...   I am currently working on updating and creating a couple of new movements for Mass For The Caribbean (Anglican/Episcopal/United...). Portions of it appear in the United Church Of Canada hymnal. It is presently performed at masses/communion services on the island of Carriacou (Grenada) ...
Comment: Re: Repertoire for choir with violin and cello
Hello Claudia,   You may find my commissioned Reflections on Walden Pond, though not Baroque, appropriate. This accessible work was composed for Pennsylvania's Cantate Carlisle, the text being professionally excerpted from Henry David Thoreau's epic writings on his beloved New England wildernes...
Comment: Re: Tips on how to look for repertoire?
Hello David,   These are all excellent suggestions. They certainly ask you to search. Here’s a ‘searching’ suggestion that addresses “Where are some good places to look for repertoire?”   Answer: Choral music readings and conferences!   Both conferences and readings will present...
Comment: Re: Rousing Ender piece for high school chorus
Hello Kerry,   If you've not performed J'entends le moulin (earthsongs) as a combined choir work, I'd like to recommend it. It is available in several voicings– SA/SS, SATB, and very recently SSA and TTBB. The energetic piano accompaniment – not for the faint hearted! – is the same for all ...
Community Forum Post: PDFs: Fixed rate? Adjustable rate?
Good Day,    I am working with a 'traditional' hard-copy publisher who only now is getting ready to sell music in PDF format. His client experience has persuaded him that he should charge a set amount for PDFs, based on the hard-copy selling price. There would be unlimited copying allowed, p...
Comment: Re: 'Minor' major work for Christmas Eve
My OVERTURE TO CHRISTMAS which has recently been accepted for publication is available in pdf or printed format.   From the notes: This vibrant seven minute work, featuring well and lesser known carols, is ideal for a concert or service ‘finale’. It is scored for SSATB or SSAA - or both simu...
Comment: Re: What do you make of music published on ‘copy-proof’ paper?
Hello Philip,   Thanks for your thoughts on this. Thanks in no small way to the responses from a number of choral musicians to my question, I was able to persuade the publisher to use non-copyproof paper for my own publications. I hope he will continue the practice for all subsequent choral publi...
Comment: Re: SA or SSA literature
Hello Amalie,   May I suggest a couple of sacred works of mine that have had a number of performances? One is a setting of “Make Me a Channel of Your (Thy) Peace”, which is set against Bach’s Prelude in C simultaneously with Gonoud’s Ave Maria. Pdf and sound sample at  http://donaldpatr...
Announcement: TheC7Prize for Choral Compositon deadline is approching...
A reminder to composers, conductors and their choirs that TheC7Prize (theC7prize.com) deadline is coming up at midnight, Monday March 10. The 2014 mixed voice competition for a cappella and accompanied works that have and have not been performed, and featuring an innovative performance component, i...
Announcement: Atlantic Voices Choral Composition Competition Winners
Canada’s Atlantic Voices recently announced Elise Letourneau as the winner of their Third Choral Composition Contest with her delightful A Mid-Winter Night's Dream. The work is an original composition based on a text by the Confederation poet William Wilfred Campbell who spent several years as an...
Comment: Re: How many singers in Europe? Do you know figures for each country?
Hello Roman,   You could try IFCM (International Federation for Choral Music) for a start. I would be surprised if they didn't have some statistics.   Donald
Community Forum Post: Conductors (everywhere) and their SATB school choirs needed for an innovative competition
Can you join with us? TheC7Prize is a new, innovative approach to choral music competitions, which involves equally composers and conductors and their choirs (school, community, church, college, university, large or small, experienced or not, amateur or professional). In fact, without the input of...
Community Forum Post: Conductors (everywhere) and their SATB chamber choirs needed for an innovative competition
Can you join with us? TheC7Prize is a new, innovative approach to choral music competitions, which involves equally composers and conductors and their choirs (community, church, institutional, chamber or larger, experienced or not, amateur or professional). In fact, without the input of conductors...
Community Forum Post: Conductors and their SATB church choirs everywhere needed for an innovative competition
Can you join with us?   TheC7Prize is a new, innovative approach to choral music competitions, which involves equally composers and conductors and their choirs (church, community, institutional, large or small, experienced or not, amateur or professional). In fact, without the input of conductor...
Community Forum Post: Conductors and their SATB choirs needed for an innovative competition
TheC7Prize is a new, innovative approach to choral music competitions, which involves equally composers and conductors and their choirs (college and university, community, church, school, large or small, experienced or not, amateur or professional). In fact, without the input of conductors and thei...
Community Forum Post: Conductors and their choirs needed for an innovative competition.
TheC7Prize is a new, innovative approach to choral music competitions, which involves equally composers and conductors and their choirs (community, church, institutional, large or small, experienced or not, amateur or professional). In fact, without the input of conductors and their choirs, it will...
Comment: Re: What do you make of music published on ‘copy-proof’ paper?
Thank you so much for your sensible insights. So far the 'nays' have it, including mine. This is much appreciated. Unethical choral conductors are becoming a rare breed these days, and the legitimate reasons you all give for wanting to make copies ring true with me both as a composer and conductor. ...
Forum message: What do you make of music published on ‘copy-proof’ paper?
Good Day,   I have a question which I’m addressing in particular to conductors and choirs (and composers?) who have – or may not have – used choral music that has been printed in a paper that – in theory at least – can not be copied on most copiers. I am asking this question as I have b...
Comment: Re: excess rental fees
Points well taken, Michael, especially with some clarification. I will admit the 'second-night' fee is high– in fact, a well-aimed shot at their own feet! Now, where and when is the singular performance?!!!   Thanks,   Donald
Comment: Re: excess rental fees
Hello all,   Excess???   We might want to factor in a few facts about this work, some of which have been mentioned, though not all have been taken together as a whole.   I am certainly not an apologist for music publishers in general, let alone Boosey and Hawkes in particular, but some per...
Comment: Re: What is the most perfect piece of choral music ever composed? Opinions, please.
Hello Julia,   I would certainly include the Ave Maria of Franz Biebl in a 'top ten' list.   Donald
Comment: Re: Seeking advice
I'll second your remarks, Charles. Composing is a lonely path at times, and one needs to search within even if being inspired from without.   I've never forgotten some 'advice' I picked up years ago from something Hemingway wrote about his creative process. He wrote that he would never go to bed...
Announcement: J'entends le moulin NEW VOICING SSA 2014
A Tempo announces a brand new three-part SSA arrangement of J'entends le moulin.   The arrangement has the identical, somewhat demanding piano accompaniment as other Patriquin arrangements of J'entends. It is compatable in performance with all other voicings– SS, SATB, and TTBB (all published b...
Announcement: TheC7Prize: A choral competition involving composers, conductors and their choirs
TheC7Prize (TheC7Prize.com) is a unique competition open to every enterprising composer in the USA and Canada, and every entrepreneurial conductor and his or her choir the world over.   TheC7Prize is a new, innovative North American (USA and Canada) competition, which mixed-choir conductors ever...
Comment: Re: Steel drum music
Good Day Reese,   In 1999 I culminated three extended visits to the island of Carriacou, a small Caribbean island, with a Palm Sunday performance of a Mass for the Caribbean that I had written along with honing my skills on the steel drum during visits the two previous years. Some of these moveme...
Comment: Re: SATB and Organ - Canadian or American
Good Day,   I would like to recommend a (Canadian) work from Psalms and Canticles of Prayer, Praise and Peace commissioned by The St. Joseph Community Chorus in St. Joseph, Missouri, for the Region VI Convention of the American Guild of Organists. There are several ‘movements’, all of which ...
Comment: Re: Ideas for Good Friday
Good Day,   Have you ever sung "Do not Stand at my Grave and Weep" as an Easter anthem or song?  It was, of course, not written specifically for Easter, but for the death of a friend. As Jesus is, too, our friend, it may well be extended to Him. It even extends to the 'cosmological Jesus' in the...
Comment: Re: Recordings of choral music
Hello Christina,   You may be able to get good recordings from or via the living composers of your choir's music.   I have fairly often been asked for recordings and I always send them along (as mp3) or direct the conductor to a very good recording either on my website or on YouTube. Composers...
Comment: Re: Looking for music for small church choir
Good Day, Jordan,   I was in a situation somewhat similar to yours about ten years ago (I started with 6 sopranos and altos) and was able to solve it – initially at least – by writing a lot of music. Gradually I added traditionally published church repertoire (and tenors and basses!) and ove...
Comment: Re: Repertoire for new concert!!
Good Day, Mark,   I invite you to consider a work based on "Walden”– Henry David Thoreau's epic writings on the New England wilderness.   Reflections on Walden Pond was commissioned by Pennsylvania's Cantate Carlisle, with the text being excerpted from ‘Walden’ by a professor at Dicke...
Comment: Re: CJ Replay: The Sound of a Male Choir
VERY interesting... I never really thought about the overtone problem in this way. As a composer and arranger I'll give more thought to having significant T(T)B(B) passages included in certain new SATB works. Can't wait to read the article. Thanks!   Donald
Comment: Re: Favorite Ave Marias
Hello William,   I'd like to add a jazz-influenced - though not by any means overtly - Ave Maria recently written by Canadian composer Elise Letourneau. Her Ave Maria was chosen as the 2011 winner of the prestigious Ruth Watson Henderson Choral Composition Competition. It is suitable for children...