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Items by John Muehleisen

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Comment: Re: Vocal repertoire adapted from symphony orchestra.
There are also several arrangements of "Nimrod" from Elgar's Enigma Variations, all of which go by the title "Agnus Dei." One arrangement was written for the St. Olaf Choir by Kenneth Jennings, published by Augsburg and another is arranged by David Giardiniere, published by Walton.   John Mueh...
Comment: Re: O Antiphons for Advent
Thanks for the recommendation, Frank!   Brigid, plesae feel free to contact me directly if you'd like me to send a perusal score free of charge.   All the best on your search! John www.johnmuehleisen.com
Comment: Re: SSA (SA) winter songs
There is also Vincent Percishetti's "Winter Cantata (Cantata No. 2)," Op. 97 for Women's Chorus, Flute, and Marimba. It's in twelve short movements, most under two minutes, totalling about 18 minutes or so. If it's too much to take on the entire work, you might be able to do a selection of the move...
Comment: Re: Seeking Repertoire and Ideas for a program called "A Springtime Journey"
It's a great theme, Kathleen, and there are so many possibilities! I'll just suggest the following for now.   E. J. Moeran's Songs of Springtime, a wonderfully charming set of seven a cappella works for SATB voices. The movements are: Under the Greenwood Tree (Shakespeare) The River-Go...
Comment: Re: Social Justice music with instruments/orchestra
Hi Jo-Anne,   If I may offer, I have a work titled When All is Done for choir and trumpet, which was commissioned by the University of Wyoming Choirs—Nicole Lamartine, Director of Choral Activities—to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the murder of Matthew Shepard. W...
Comment: Re: Music From Mexico
Hi Wishart,   There is a wonderful CD by the Gregg Smith Singers that consists exclusively of music by Mexican composers. The title is "La Noche: Modern Mexican Choral Masterpiesces" Here's a link to some info about the CD on the singers.com site: http://www.singers.com/7526c/Gregg%20Smith%2...
Comment: Re: Harp and Church Choir, not xmas
Randall Thompson also has a setting of "The Lord is My Shepherd" (Psalm 23) for SATB choir and harp that is quite lovely. The accompaniment is listed as "piano, organ, or harp," but I think using the harp is most effective. It's published by ECS (#2688).   John Muehleisen http://www.johnmue...
Comment: Re: Pieces about music and singing
Dale Warland, who has been more heavily focused on composing since retiring from the Dale Warland Singers in 2004, has a lovely work titled Always Singing (2009). It's published by Graphite Publishing. Here's a link to the specific webpage on the Graphite site: http://www.graphitepublishing.com/Mu...
Announcement: In honor of Julia Child's 100th Birthday, "Eat Your Vegetables!"
In honor of the centenary of Julia Child's birth (Aug. 15, 1912), I offer the following link to a YouTube video of the Central Washington University Chamber Choir, conducted by Dr. Gary Weidenaar, performing my set of three humorous pieces for SATB choir and clarinet entitled Eat Your Vegetables!...
Comment: Re: Christmas Carol about Saint Nicholas
Hi Mary,   Regarding Rick's post above, Britten's "St. Nicolas" is a marvelous work! It's a 50-min. cantata for tenor solo, SATB choir, Treble Voices, and a chamber orchestra of strings, piano 4-hands, organ, and percussion. It's far more than a carol, but as Rick said, there might be somethi...
Comment: Re: Seeking Choral Works that use lots of Percussion Instruments
Here are a few more.   Luigi Dallapiccola - Canti di Prigionia (Songs of Imprisonment) for Choir, 2 pianos, 2 harps, timpani, bells, and percussion (1940) - Dur: c. 23'32" - Stunning 3-movement work. Impressive use of percussion from the subtle to dramatic. Somewhat Orff-li...
Comment: Re: Food Repertoire
Hi Metra,   There is also Paul Carey's Play with Your Food  for SATB choir a cappella (http://www.paulcarey.net/Music/Play_With_Your_Food.htm)   And I have two sets of food-related pieces, all vegan/vegetarian.   Eat Your Vegetables - Set One for SATB choir and Bb clarinet (2010)...
Comment: Re: Bach-inspired works
Hi Andrew,   I have a work entitled "Da pacem" for soprano solo and women's choir that was commissioned by Seattle Pro Musica Women's Schola conducted by Karen P. Thomas. Karen's two criteria for the commission were that the piece should be based on (1) musical elements from one or m...
Comment: Re: Celebratory piece for women's chorus
Hi Lindsay,   May I suggest a work of mine entitled "Joy"? it is based on 2 Sara Teasdale poems and is celebratory on a personal, intimate level. "Joy" is published by Alliance Music Publishing, catalog number AMP0769. Please let me know if you're interested in a demo recording, and I'd be ha...
Comment: Re: September 11, tenth anniversary music
Dominick Argento's setting of Shakespeare's Sonnet No. LXIV (64) is a hauntingly appropriate and powerful work, just about 4 min. long. Some instances list the title as "Sonnet LXIV (In Memoriam 9/11/01)." Here's what Argento himself says about the piece:   "I was residing in Florence when te...
Comment: Re: Commemoration Piece for 9/11
I recommend Dominick Argento's Sonnet LXIV, a setting of Shakespeare's Sonnet No. 64. Here is what Argento himself says about his composition:   "I was residing in Florence when terrorists attacked the twin towers of the World Trade Center. A friend of mine and manager of St. Paul's Schubert ...
Comment: Re: Repertoire inspired by visual arts and/or artists
Hi Douglas,   Eric Banks and The Esoterics in Seattle, WA did a program in October 2010 called Vivida, in which most, if not all, of the works were based on the visual arts. I've pasted the description of the concert from The Esoterics' website below. You might be able to get some ideas from ...
Comment: Re: SATB music about animals
Not sure if it's been mentioned yet, but one of the movements from William Bergsma's Riddle Me This is entitled "Answer: The Cow". Very clever up-tempo piece. You could also consider "Answer: The Egg" if you don't mind including animals in their embryonic form. :-)   Looks like you have lots ...
Comment: Re: Women Poets/Women Composers for women's chorus
Hi Meagan,   I have a choral cycle of three pieces collectively entitled After Love, which is based on poems by the fabulous poet Sara Teasdale (1884–1933) who was the first recipient in 1918 of the Columbia University Poetry Society Prize (which later became the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry)...
Comment: Re: Could this be blasphemy in this forum?
Hi Kevin,   My response will not be a direct answer to your issues, but is simply a recommendation based on something that helped me quite a bit in the recent past when I was feeling burned out and overwhelmed. There is a book by Leo Babauta entitled, "The Power of Less." It's ...
Comment: Re: The Best not-so-well-known major works
There are numerous works by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy that are underperformed, including the following:   Magnificat in D Major (1822) for solo voices, chorus, & orchestra   Te Deum in D Major (1826) for solo voices, double chorus, & basso continuo (not to be confused with the...
Comment: Re: Robert Burns' texts set for SATB?
There is also James Mulholland's Four Robert Burns Ballads for mixed voices and piano published by Schott. The group includes a lovely setting of "A Red, Red Rose" as well as "Green Grow the Rashes, O"; "The Banks O'Doon"; and "Highland Mary."
Comment: Re: Repertory---seeking contemporary choral works inspired by Bach
There is Kunt Nystedt's Immortal Bach, based on the chorale Komm, süsser Tod, in which Nystedt first states the chorale, then divides the choir in several parts, each singing the chorale at different speeds. The effect, particularly in a resonant space, can be quite stunning.   There is als...
Comment: Re: Christmas works around theme of 'light'
Several infrequently-performed major works with orchestra are listed below. (Caveat: I don't know most of these works very well, so can't attest to their musical quality or audience appeal.) Finzi: In Terra Pax, op. 30 for bass, chorus, & orchestra, which has numerous references to light. (Th...
Concert: Opus 7 Vocal Ensemble presents "A Sea of Tears" - Choral Music for the Season of Lent
  A Sea of Tears Opus 7 Vocal Ensemble, a St. James Cathedral Resident Ensemble Loren W. Pontén, Founder & Artistic Director Joseph Adam, St. James Cathedral Organist Saturday, March 13, 2010 at 8:00 p.m. St. James Cathedral, Seattle, WA        The Last Supper. Marble relief (after da V...
Comment: Re: Repertoire for Choir and Orchestra. theme: helping others...
I second Ryan's recommendation for "Cantata Misericordium" and would like to recommend "Dona Nobis Pacem" by Peteris Vasks for choir & string orchestra as one possible way to round out the program. It's just under 15 minutes in length and makes a wonderful companion piece to the Britten.  Opus ...
Comment: Re: Lux Lucis by Karen P. Thomas
Lux Lucis is a fabulous work! As well as being a fine choral composer, Karen P. Thomas is the Conductor & Artistic/Executive Director of Seattle Pro Musica. You can email the ensemble (admin@seattlepromusica.org), and they could probably put you in touch with Karen directly regarding the work.....
Comment: Re: Looking for SATB/SSA and Violin
 Hi Ethan,   The name of the Jacob Avshalomov work for SATB + violin is I Saw a Stranger Yestere'en.  It's a beautiful work, and the violin part is fairly virtuosic, but very idiomatic. Jacob's web site is http://avshalomovmusic.com/. Check under the Works link and the Contacts link for orderin...