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More interesting Patriotic music

i need a sort-of patriotic piece. I say sort-of, because I need a text that
is not brazenly nationalistic, but may speak of justice, social
responsibility, freedom, peace and faith. This is to be sung within a
Protestant service where the focus will be on Christian values of peace,
caring for those in need, gratitude for our homeland, peaceful engagement
with those of other countries, etc.

SATB, not too difficult, although this group can read pretty well.

I sure hope there are some texts that fit this description out there. I
will be most grateful if you can help me find one. I really don't want to
recycle the Battle Hymn of the Republic yet again. Please.


micki gonzalez

Thanks again to all of you who contributed to this list. Several are very
real possibilities for my little choir and I plan to read through the actual
music as soon as I can get it.

Here are the suggestions I received:

Buryl Red's arrangement of America the Beautiful is lovely

The best piece I know of is THIS IS MY SONG to the tune of Finlandia of Jean
The words are my Lloyd Stone copyrighted by Lorenz Publishing Co.

This is my song, O God of all the nations,
A song of peace for lands afar and mine.
This is my home, the country where my heart is;
Here are my hopes, my dreams, my holy shrine;
But other hearts in other lands are beating
With hopes and dreams as true and high as mine.

My country's skies are bluer than the ocean,
And sunlight beams on clover-leaf and pine.
But other lands have sunlight too and clover,
And skies are everywhere as blue as mine.
Oh, hear my song, O God of all the nations,
A song of peace for their land and for mine.

Wayland Rogers

How about "The Promise of Living" from Copland's The Tender Land.

I have a setting of the "Firefighter's Prayer", an anonymous poem. I added a
verse that commemorates the heroism of 9/11. The piece is scored for SATB,
piano and trumpet. You may see the piece (a), along
with some of my other work. I you are interested we could talk about group
pricing and I would be willing to supply hard copies if you would like.
Otherwise, please purchase your copies at the SibeliusMusic site.

I suggest Oscar Peterson's Hymn to Freedom (Alfred)

Micki- "In Our America" (below) is a new patriotic work of mine that fits
your needs, but was written for men, so an satb arr. would have to be made,
which I could do for you if you are interested. It is in a patriotic ballad
style, somewhat popular in feel but very idiomatic, nice melody, great piano
part, and easy to learn, I think. let me know if you'd like to see it.

Ben Allaway


Music by Ben Allaway

Text by Ben and Julianne Allaway

V 1

Our America, open and welcoming

Open to all voices, great and small

Land of liberty, built from diversity

Room for all from sea to shining sea


In our America no one needs to hide

In our America we can live with pride

In our America no laws would divide

our America, America

V 2

One nation under all, myriad citizens,

Each one bringing gifts to bear

loving and living free, no one lives invisibly

We all stand to show the world we care.


In our America none would live in fear

In our America hope that we hold dear

Across America your voices we can hear:

"Our America."


Our America - home of the brave and the free

We hold great promise in our land

Rise and greet each other, welcome in another

Count us and count on us to stand


In our America together we sing

In our America hope is echoing

Across America our freedom song shall ring

For our America, America


Land of the free, but how brave we have to be

Still we dream for our America


In our America together we sing

In our America hope is echoing

Across America our freedom song shall ring

For our America, "Our America."

Shawnee Press published a wonderful arrangement of "God of Our Fathers". I
say that in the past tense because it is now in their archives and not in
their catalog. But you can still be persistent and still buy it. SATB,
organ, small brass group with percussion. I believe the arranger was
Livingston Gearhart. A wonderful arrangement. Years ago the Mormon Choir
recorded it. It is not difficult music. Might just fit your needs!

Try "Prayer for Our Time" by Hopson. SATB, beautiful text, but it is not
"stirring" if that is what you think you need.

You might just try "Oh Freedom" or another spiritual. How about those South
African Freedom songs?

Finally, there should be a good arrangement of FINLANDIA out there. That
text is quite wonderful and inclusive of others' patriotism: "My country's
skies are bluer than the ocean, But thers' skys are just as blue"
(Paraphrasing quite loosely!!)

It may be too difficult for your situation, but you may be interested in my
setting for unaccompanied mixed choir of text adapted from the Nobel Peace
Prize Lecture given by former U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan. The work
was given its premiere performance in Mr. Annan's presence on February 8,
2003, by the William & Mary Choir under the direction of Dr. Constance
DeFotis at the College of William & Mary's Charter Day celebration, which
featured Mr. Annan as guest speaker. Connecticut Choral Arts ("Concora") has
released the work on their new CD, "Songs and Stories of Liberation." The
piece was selected as a Finalist in the 2003 Briar Cliff University New
Choral Music Competition. It received its West Coast premiere by the Seattle
Bach Choir in March 2005, its Texas premiere by the Austin Vocal Arts
Ensemble in 2006, and its North Carolina premiere by the Ethos Consortium in
January 2007. It will receive its European premiere in April 2008 with five
performances in the Netherlands and Germany by the 4 Mei Projekt.

micki gonzalez



Here are some more suggestions to add to your list of good texts for
patriotic occasions. Listen especially to the npr link below to the
"American Anthem."

May I say that it is gratifying to find such well-thought-out texts on this

micki gonzalez
sandy springs christian church
atlanta ga

*Anthem* from *Chess*--last seen in a medley from Hal Leonard, but it may
not be available any more. I may be able to trace a copy in my own library.
. .

Joseph Clokey: *Canticle of Peace* (Summy; now Alfred?) Unison &
piano--originally for large massed choir & orchestra. I have done an SATB
version of it--it's on an Isaiah text. "And it shall come to pass in the
latter day that the Lord's house shall be established. . .

Yours truly: *Hymn to Earth* SATB div, fl, cl, hp or pno, org or strings--on
an ecological text by one Jim Miller "If the earth were a ball only a few
feet in diameter floating above a field somewhere, people would come from
everywhere to marvel at it. . ." As much about world peace as about the
environment. . .

Also: *And God's Name Shall Be One* (SATB, kbd, opt rhythm section) on the
2nd half of the Jewish "Aleinu" prayer in English ("May the time not be
distant, O God, when thy name shall be worshipped in all the earth. .
.")--light rock tempo.

Please let me know if any of the latter three might be of interest.

Robert A.M. Ross

Artistic Director

Voces Novae et Antiquae


How about Hymn to Freedom of Oscar Peterson?

Hi Micki -- sorry I missed your first compilation. You should definitely
check out "American Anthem" by Gene Scheer. (It was playing in the
background of the Ken Burns WW2 documentary and has been sung by Norah
Jones, Denyse Graves and Nathan Gunn.) It's in the Pepper database.

The music is stirring and memorable, and the words are moving and just in
the nature of what you are looking for. My SATB group loved it (and Gene,
who lives near me, came to hear us sing it.) The chorus goes:

Let them say of me I was one who believed

In sharing the blessings I received.

Let me know in my heart when my days are through

American, America, I gave my best to you.

You can hear most of the song on an NPR program -- here's the link:

It's available in SATB -- some divisi. Do check it out!

Kathryn Schneider, J.D.
Musical Director, City Bar Chorus
New York City
e-mail: LadyEsq2 at aol dot com

"On Justice, Truth and Peace" by Amy Bernon published by Lorenz in a variety
of voicings.