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SATB: with Band



Dear All

Many months after I first posted a request, here is a compilation of
original music and arrangements for Concert, Symphonic, Wind Band (call it
what you like) and choir.

My original request was:
Can anyone help me find music for my church choir
(SATB) and military band (concert band, wind band)?

Ideally - I'm looking for something like Zadok the
Priest, or Parry's I was glad (Would those sound
ridiculous with band??)

As a result of all your efforts, we have a concert this Saturday in
Peterborough UK (see separate posting).

colin.touchin(a)warwick.ac.uk was the most fruitful contact - he had just
commissioned a new piece from Howard Skempton for the University of Warwick,
and had made arrangements of:
*Zadok (Handel)
*The Heavens are Telling (Creation Haydn)
*How Lovely are thy Dwellings (Brahms)
*Hallelujah (Messiah)
*I was glad (Parry)
He is thinking of publishing them and would welcome other enquiries. We are
doing his arrangements of Zadok and Hallelujah. Several people put me in
touch with Colin: thanks to all of them.

Nielsen, Kirin (written for double choir and winds plus organ. Bruckner also wrote some
motets for choir and trombones. An effective secular piece for this
combination is Persichetti's "Celebrations" with texts by Walt Whitman.

d.nooteboom(a)chello.nl suggested the Dutch publisher Molenaar Edition BV
(www.molenaar.com) who actually have THREE catalogues of music for this
combination - a total of 116 pieces. In the end, I bought Panis Angelicus
and Mozart's Ave Verum from them, and it was very (very) good value
(although both have been transposed down to easier band keys).

Others suggested contacting the Salvation Army, but in the UK they have
mostly brass bands. Also suggested were various music stores with big
catalogues - e.g. Banks of York (+44 1904 658836) but they had nothing
listed.

www.jwpepper.com could find the following:
*Andrew Lloyd Webber" A condert Celebraton
*Armed Forces Salute by Eilers and Lowden
*Battle Hymn of the Republic by Althouse
*Battle Hymn of the Republic by Dragon
*God Bless America by Christopher and Moss
*Jubilant Song by Whitman and Leavitt and Moss
*Let Freedom Ring by Christopher and Moss
*Let There Be Peace on Earth by Miller and Jackson/Ades
*Patriotic Festival by Williams
*Power of the Dream by Foster/krogstad
*When you believe by Snyder and Moss


A number of Vaughan Williams pieces were suggested, notably "O how amiable",
which was originally written from the band + choir combination. Oddly, this
piece is out of print in the UK, and the parts which I had on order took too
long to arrive from the USA for us to include it in our concert.

Others suggested "O Clap Your Hands" and the 100th Psalm, although my memory
is that these are for choir, organ + brass only, not the full symphonic
band.


Dave Wenerd Hymn of the Republic" is arranged w/band, and John Ness Beck's arrangement
of "Be Thou My Vision" - a great standard. I didnt get time to investigate
them.

Tim Olsen (olsent(a)union.edu) offered to make arrangements of
out-of-copyright standards. I nearly took him up on this, until the
arrangements from Warwick arrived on the scene.

Ned Wetherald Randall Thompson's "Last Words of David" (Published by E. C. Schirmer) and
"A Jubilant Song" by John Leavitt, text by Walt Whitman (published by Hal
Leonard Corporation)

Many thanks to all

Fergus Black
fergus(a)director.demon.co.uk
www.allsaintspeterborough.co.uk





Thanks to all who responded to my question about repertoire for Choir and
Band. I have tried to include only those works scored for Band (not
Brass). Some titles were original works submitted by "Listers."

Celebrations/Vincent Persichetti
Song of Moses/David Holsinger
Testament of Freedom/Randall Thompson
Last Words of David/Randall Thompson
Song of Democracy/Howard Hanson
America The Beautiful/Carman Dragon
Battle Hymn/Wilhouskey
Life Cycle/Brent Pierce
A Posey/Kevin Thompson
Polish Christmas Music/JohannDe Meij
The Unknown Region/Robert Smith
Piping Down The Valleys Wild/Wayland Rogers
Deutsche Messe/Schubert
Choric Ode/Alfred Reed
O How Amiable/Vaughan Williams
Fanfare/Larry McFatter
Begrabnigesange, Op. 13/Brahms (Wind Instruments)
Mass/Stravinsky (Double Wind Quintet)
To St. Cecila/Dello Joio
Mass/Dello Joio

Dr. Wyant Morton
Chairman, Music Department
Director of Choral Activities
California Lutheran University
60 West Olsen Road
Thousand Oaks, CA 91360
(805) 493-3307
(805) 493-3479 - FAX
morton(a)clunet.edu




Date: Wed, 20 Apr 1994 22:16:50 -0600
From: Nina Gilbert
Subject: Re: Yet another repertoire question...

Two choir-and-band suggestions:

Mendelssohn wrote two Festgesangs for men's choir and winds. One is the
famous "Festgesang an die Kunstler." The Wabash Glee Club has just
performed the second movement of the other one: it's the tune that was
later used for "Hark! the Herald Angels Sing," and it's a Mannerchor-style
text commemorating the quadricentennial of the invention of the printing
press (!). It's very easy (mostly unison; a few lines of parallel thirds), and
you wouldn't want it to be your only combined number. It would be easy to
adapt for mixed voices, if necessary - just double it. Someone like Broude
publishes it in English and (I think) rents parts. If you need the original
vocal parts in a readable transcription, contact me!

A better piece is Jonathan Elkus' transcription of Charles Ives' Circus Band,
published by Peer International. Works for men, women, mixed, or (as we
did it, because I wanted to emphasize Ives' melody rather than Elkus
arrangement of it) unison. Very festive.

Twenty-plus years ago my high school a cappella choir sang a
band-accompanied version of Carmina Burana.

If you're into homemade adaptations, take a Gabrieli polychoral work and
transcribe some of the choirs for brass.

Look in "Band Music in Print."

There is, of course, lots of patriotic stuff for this medium.

I'd be interested to know other Choralist subscribers' suggestions for choir
and band.

Cheers,

Nina Gilbert


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Nina Gilbert
gilbertn(a)scholar.wabash.edu
Wabash College, Crawfordsville IN 47933 (USA)
phone/FAX 317-364-4299
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Date: Thu, 21 Apr 1994 07:01:18 -0600
From: Jeffrey Scott Riehl
Subject: Band/Chorus Repertoire

Celebrations for Chorus and Wind Ensemble by Persichetti (Elkan-Vogel) to
texts by Walt Whitman is an excellent piece; actually, it is a cantata
comprised of nine short pieces which can be performed individually or as a set.
The entire set takes about twenty-five minutes to perform. Although the opus
was comissioned by a college choir, it is accessible for an advanced high school
choir.

Scoring: SATB choir (w/ divisi)
Piccolo Trpts I, II, III 3 Timp
Flutes I, II Horns I, II, III, IV Percussion
Oboes I & II Baritone
Clarinets I-III Trombones I-III
Bass Clarinet Tuba
Bassoons

I recommend this cantata highly.

Jeff Riehl


Date: Thu, 21 Apr 1994 05:12:46 -0600
From: lhbrown
Subject: Band/Choral Repertoire

The Howard Hanson "Song of Democracy" works very well. And it has a
very nice a cappella section in the middle. I did this work last year
with my top high school choir (40 singers) and the symphonic band. Went
over well with both the performers and the audience.

Lyle Brown



Date: Thu, 21 Apr 1994 12:55:38 -0600
From: greenj(a)vax1.elon.edu
Subject: Re: Yet another repertoire question...


Two Randall Thompson pieces come to mind:
Testament of Freedom which can be for TTBB or SATB with orchestra, piano,
or band. It's a fairly hefty undertaking.

The Last Words of David is lovely and there is a band accompaniment by the
composer.

There is also Persichetti's Celebrations.
Good Luck
Jonathan D. Green, Director of Choirs, Elon College, GREENJ(a)VAX1.ELON.EDU

Date: Mon, 20 Jan 1997 10:23:16 -0800
From: "Terry R. Sanford"
Subject: Summary re: Wind Ensemble/SATB Choral Lit.

Dear Choralisters:

Thanks for your voluminous output! As a newcomer to the group I had no idea I'd
receive
so many responses. I hope I'm not jumping the gun to post this summary now - the
number
of responses seem to have slowed. I guess if I get another onslought I can post
an
addendum. At any rate, here are my results in no particular order. The first
five pieces
were suggested at least twice so I listed only the first person to mention them.

Piece: Suggested by:

Hanson: Song of Democracy (wind arr.) Dean Estebrook
Bruckner: Mass #2 in e minor Steven Michael Zopfi

Honneger: Le Roi David (wind version)
Stravinsky: Mass Agnes C. Szalai

Ives: Circus Band Nina Gilbert
Barker (arr.): America the Beautiful Arthur W. Serating

Gregson: Mass Chris Johns
Thompson: Testament of Freedom Thomas Gear
(wind ver.)
Karel Husa: Festive Ode for Academic David Griggs-Janower

Occasion
Grainger: I'm Seventeen Come Sunday Steven Michael Zopfi

Tippett: Suite of Spirituals from Steven Michael Zopfi

"A Child of Our Time"
David Holsinger: Hymn for the
Uncommon Man
Hindemith: Apparebit repentina dies Steve Hopkins
Morley Calvert: A Song for Our Time Richard Householder

Schubert: Die Omnipotence (wind arr.) Mark Steighner
Kirke Meechem: Blow Ye the Trumpet Johnny Ray James
Gyorgy Orban: Mass N. 8 Agnes C. Szalai

Vaughan Williams: O How Amiable Bob Eaton
Vaughan Williams: Old 100th Bob Eaton
Holst: Turn Back O Man Bob Eaton
Bernstein: On the Waterfront Junior Davis
Schubert: Deutsche Messe, D. 872 Ouida Taylor
Orff: Carmina Burana (transcription) Steven Schaffner

Joseph Jergen: Mass, Op. 130 Tom Cunningham

David Maslanka: Litany
David Maslanka: Mass
Pinkham: Christmas Cantata Nina Gilbert
Jonathan Veenker: Te Deum Jonathan Veenker
(apparently this is his own unpublished piece)

Thanks again for all the input!

Terry Sanford,
Choral Director, Hixson High School (Chattanooga, TN)
tsanford(a)voyageronline.net

Date: Mon, 20 Jul 1998 11:21:02 EDT
From: TMinPcola(a)aol.com
Subject: Choral-Band Rep

Thank so much to everyone who replied to my question regarding Choral lit with
Band accompaniment. Here is the compiled list:

Persichetti Celebrations (the clear favorite)
1812 Overture
John Rutter has an interesting arrangement of "The Battle Hymn of the
Republic"
David Holsinger "Easter Symphony" and "Sinfonia Voci"
"How Lovely is Thy Dwelling Place" from the Brahms' Requiem,
and the "Dies Irae" from the Mozart Requiem.
"From Sea to Shining Sea" by Ward
John Leavitt "A Jubilant Song" published by Hal Leonard with optional band
accompaniment. The piece uses Walt Whitman's famous text.

Hanson: Song of Democracy (wind arr.) Dean Estebrook
Bruckner: Mass #2 in e minor Steven Michael Zopfi


Honneger: Le Roi David (wind version)
Stravinsky: Mass Agnes C.
Szalai
Ives: Circus Band Nina Gilbert

Barker (arr.): America the Beautiful Arthur W. Serating

Gregson: Mass Chris Johns

Thompson: Testament of Freedom Thomas Gear

Karel Husa: Festive Ode for Academic David Griggs-Janower
Occasion

Grainger: I'm Seventeen Come Sunday Steven Michael Zopfi


Tippett: Suite of Spirituals from Steven Michael Zopfi
"A Child of Our Time"

David Holsinger: Hymn for the

Uncommon Man
Hindemith: Apparebit repentina dies Steve Hopkins
Morley Calvert: A Song for Our Time Richard Householder
Schubert: Die Omnipotence (wind arr.) Mark Steighner
Kirke Meechem: Blow Ye the Trumpet Johnny Ray James
Gyorgy Orban: Mass N. 8 Agnes C. Szalai


Vaughan Williams: O How Amiable Bob Eaton
Vaughan Williams: Old 100th Bob Eaton

Holst: Turn Back O Man Bob Eaton

Bernstein: On the Waterfront Junior Davis
Schubert: Deutsche Messe, D. 872 Ouida Taylor

Orff: Carmina Burana (transcription) Steven Schaffner


Joseph Jergen: Mass, Op. 130 Tom Cunningham


David Maslanka: Litany

David Maslanka: Mass

Pinkham: Christmas Cantata Nina Gilbert
Jonathan Veenker: Te Deum Jonathan Veenker
(apparently this is his own unpublished piece)


Thanks to everyone who responded.
Troy Marsh
Choral Society of Pensacola
TMinPcola(a)AOL.com

Date: Sat, 19 Jul 1997 09:08:25 -0400
From: Tom Cunningham
Subject: Symph. band and chorus: compilation

Here is a compilation of responses I received to the following posting:

with a 100-piece military symphonic
band (by which I mean an orchestra without strings). I believe such things
are more common in the USA then
here in Europe. I'd be grateful for suggestions for your favorite extended
pieces for this kind of band with
chorus.>>
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While it's a very "American" piece, I feel okay in suggesting it, since I'm
Canadian ;-) I love the Peter Wilhousky arrangement of "The Battle Hymn
of
the Republic" with band accompaniment. It's very exciting.
Bob de Frece
University of Alberta
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Bob.de.Frece(a)ualberta.ca
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I have an original setting of the "Te Deum" text (in English) for chorus
and
symphonic band that has been performed (and well received) by a number of
college groups in the Midwest. I'd be most happy to send you a score
(reduced
and/or full) with a cassette recording. The work is in the 10-12 minute
range
and has been used as a concert finale. It is not too difficult but can
challenge
an amatuer group. (I did it with my 30 member church choir with organ. They

worked hard but made it through in the end.)
***************************************************************************
*****
Jonathan Veenker j-veenker(a)bethel.edu
Associate Professor of Music office-612/638-6385
Bethel College fax- 612/638-6001
St. Paul, MN 55112
***************************************************************************
*****
There is, of course, the sizeable Russian repertoire made famous by the
Red Army Chorus and Band. Some of it was published in Soviet-era
collections, which can be found in a few American libraries. If you are
actually interested in pursuing any of these pieces (see our catalog of
recordings -- nos. H8, H9, H16, H17, H18, H19), we may be able to
locate the scores and prepare custom phoneticized editions, as we have
done for previous clients. The pieces are great hits with audiences and
singers alike.

Vlad Morosan

Musica Russica - "Your source for Russian choral music!"
rusmuscat(a)musicarussica.com
http://www.musicarussica.com
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"Celebrations" by Vincent Persichetti

Lee G. Barrow
barrow(a)fau.campus.mci.net
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Check the file on the CRS entitled chr-inst.rep in the
repertory/types subdirectory or off the CWS.

JF
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* James D. Feiszli, D.M.A. jfeiszli(a)silver.sdsmt.edu *
* Director, ChoralNet http://www.choralnet.org/ *
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If you can find one, get a copy of "Wind Ensemble / Band Repertoir"
by David Wallace & Eugene Corporon. I don't know the publisher and it
might be out-of-print. It includes works with chorus.

Some ideas:

Especially recommended:

Vincent Persichetti: "Celebrations" Theodore Presser (text by Whitman)
Nelhybel, Vaclav: America Sings E.C.Kerby (Canada)
J.S. Bach: "Cantata No. 118" (actually a motet)
Beethoven: "Bundeslied", Op. 122
Brahms: "Begrabnisgesand", Op. 13
Britten: church scene from "Peter Grimes"
Bruckner: "Mass in E Minor"
Howard Hanson: "Song of Democrary" Carl Fischer (also for orchestra)
Honegger: "King David" (original instrumentation)

Others:

Liszt: "Der Her Bewaberet die Seelen Sriner Heiligenh Festgesant zur
Enthullung des Karl-August Denkinds (1875)

Bohuslav Martinu: "Birth of Lord" Czech Music Foundation, 111 00
Prague 1, Besedni 3, Czech Republic

Paul Gerhardt: "Requiem"
F.E.C. Leuckart, Munich Samuel Adler: "Serenade" Carl Fischer
Everett Titcomb: "Victory Te Deum" Belwin Mills (short)
Carlos Chavez: "El Sol" Belwin Mills (spanish & English)
Percy Grainger: "We Have Fed Our Sea for a Thousand Years" Keith
Brion, 57 Mill Rock Rd, New Heaven, CT, USA 06511 (short)

Michael Haydn: "Deutsch Messe" and "Heiligen Messe" Schott
Ian Hamilton: "Te Deum" Theodore Presser
Herbert Howells: "Te Deum" Novello
Karl Husa: "An American Te Deum" Associated Music
William Latham: "Te Deum" Shawnee Press
Arthur Sullivan: "Te Deum" Novello
David Ward-Steinman: "And in these Times", composer at San Diego
State University 619-594-6031

Bill Bullock
Columbus, Georgia USA
BULLOCK_WILLIAM(a)COLSTATE.EDU
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The Berlioz Symphonie Funebre et Triomphale is a much better and more
interesting piece than it is usually given credit for! Chorus doesn't
really have much to do, but gets to belt out a pretty good hymn to Gloire!
at the end.

The Randall Thompson Testament of Freedom (for TTBB or SATB) is beautiful
with the military band accompaniment, too.

Steven C. Edwards, Music Director
Symphony Chorus of New Orleans
edwards(a)beta.loyno.edu
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Celebration by Persichetti: Walt Whitman text; an interesting and
rewarding work; not extremely difficult

Mass in eminor by Bruckner: wind parts merely double the voice parts;
interesting textures; eight-part choir.

Song of Democracy by Hanson: Walt Whitman text; if you know Hanson's
Romantic Symphony, you'll have an idea of how this piece sounds--very
"romantic"; relatively simple; big, noisy ending

David Ward-Steinman has a Christmas piece for winds. I've never done it,
but I heard a recording of it about ten years ago, and it is quite nice.
If you need his address, let me know. I have it at my office.

King David by Honegger: The original orchestra was for winds. Actually, I
like it better than the later orchestration which added strings. The
original picks up the paegon character of the text quite nicely. I think
the strings give the work too sweet of a character.

======================C. M. Shearer, Director
Choral Music Program
Kent State University
cshearer(a)kent.edu
(330)672-2909
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There's an OUTSTANDING Concert Band w/ chorus arrangement of Carmina
Burana. It may be out of print (band parts) but there's LOTS of folks
out there who have it sitting in their drawers.

Art Serating - Jamaica High School
167-01 Gothic Drive Jamaica, NY 11432
718-739-5942 ArtSerating(a)worldnet.att.net or
ArtSerating(a)juno.com
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I'm not sure how "extended" this piece seems, but it is a rich band piece
that was originally a choral piece. It is called "Salvation Is Created" by
Tchesnokoff (I think). The choral work is written in D, I believe. The
band
version is in E-flat. This is a classic.

Jon Sprague
ASBEKU(a)aol.com
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Circus Parade by Charles Ives
America the Beautiful arr. by Alice Jordan
Testament of Freedom - Randall Thompson
LStukenhol(a)aol.com
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I recommend "Celebrations" by Vincent Persichetti, published by
Elkan-Vogel.

Richard Householder

Prof. Richard Householder Phone: (519) 253-3000,
ext.2797
Director of Choral Activities Fax: (519)
971-3614
School of Music e-mail:
rhouseh(a)uwindsor.ca
University of Windsor
Windsor, Ontario, Canada N9B 3P4
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I'd say my favorite work for chorus and symphonic band is Randall
Thompson's "Testament of Freedom," originally for TTBB but also published
as
SATB.

There is an arrangement for band and chorus of the Boris Godunov
"Coronation
Scene" also. And my chorus (and others that I know of, too) have done the
1812 Overture with band by having the opening chorale sung a cappella by
the
chorus (or with very light doubling by the band) and then the chorus
joining
again when that chorale returns fortissimo, and singing unison on the
Russian
Anthem during the cannon part.

I think JW Pepper has a section of works with band accompaniment in their
choral catalogue.

I have a more extensive list at the office if you don't get enough from
this
query.

John

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R. John Specht * "Someday we'll find it--
Queensborough Chorus * The rainbow connection--
Bayside NY * The lover, the dreamer, and me.
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Thank you all for your helpful replies!

Tom Cunningham
cflat(a)compuserve.com
Web page on http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/Cflat

Date: Wed, 29 Jul 1998 18:02:38 -0500 (CDT)
From: John Jost
Subject: Re: Choral-Band Rep

In reply to Troy Marsh's request for information on pieces for choir and
wind ensemble, I am wondering why there are not more fine pieces in this
genre. There are plenty of colleges with decent choirs and wind ensembles
and no orchestra. Choir and wind ensemble are an inherently difficult
combination to balance, but sensitively handled (don't let them all play
at the same time while the choir is singing!), it is a useful and
marketable combination. Perhaps choir directors could commission more
choir-wind ensemble works, and not just for patriotic or triumphal
occasions.

John Jost
Bradley University

Here is a list of responses to my recent inquiry for SAB/SATB and
band. Thanks for your suggestions. Some are indeed appropriate;
other works are a bit too large for our situation.

Donald Callen Freed, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Music-Vocal

Department of Fine Arts, Campus Box C-43

Sul Ross State University

Alpine, TX 79832

432-837-8216

dfreed(a)sulross.edu

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Copland -- Old American Songs
Copland -- Stomp Your Foot and Promise of Living from Tender Land
Persichetti -- Celebrations
Kesselman -- Let Peace Descend www.kesselmanpress.com

Number 1: the Wilhousky _Battle Hymn of the Republic._ Rolls their sox
down.

We performed these two this past spring and both are excellent
transcriptions. The Thompson is a rental.
The Promise of Living by Aaron Copland
The Last Words of David by Randall Thompson

There are a couple of ChoralNet resources on this topic:
choralnet.org > Repertoire > by Instr > SATB > with Band

Howard Hanson's "Song of Democracy"

Wilhousky BATTLE HYMN. You could put a few altos on the tenor lines
in the 4 part men if needed

Also... go the show choir route.. all sing unison to any band
arrangement and add choral harmony at the cadence points. Alternate
men/women/soloists for variety. I did this for 20 years for a
departmental "review" type show. It is easy to put together and was
always well received. This allows current tunes if it is a pops
show, but I think it would work for most situations from an audience
standpoint.

PIPING DOWN THE VALLEYS WILD by Wayland Rogers, SATB and Band. 7
minutes.
Available from the composer at www.waylandrogers.com

Persichetti: Celebrations
texts by Whitman
multi-movement, easily excerptable if necessary.
Also, Bruckner's Mass in e minor is for choir and winds/brass.
However, it is for 8-part choir. Could you collaborate with another
choir?











on August 20, 2005 10:00pm
Requiem setting by Frigyes HIDAS.
SATB with satb soloists, concert band.
Very singable.
Published by Band Music Centre, Enschede, Netherlands.

Peter Fawcett, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
on April 19, 2009 8:50pm
 Also see this.