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Composition Spotlight: Orpheus with His Lute

(Each week we look at a piece of useful repertoire from the ChoralNet Community Composition Showcase.  A variety of voicings and levels of difficulty will be presented. Enjoy!)
Orpheus With His Lute by Brian Holmes for SSA, Bb trumpet and piano
Level: High school sophomore women’s choir and higher
Uses: Spring concert or thank-you to a special music booster.
This piece would program well with: Ruth Elaine Schram ‘s "A Red Red Rose" available from JWPepper   and Sheet Music Plus.
Brian Holmes’ Orpheus With His Lute is a refreshing piece that dares you not to smile at the beauty of the writing. Three simple treble lines move together in triadic harmony with a flowing trumpet part that brightens the texture even more. Your audience will love this and the parents of your young singers will beam with pride.  Read the score and listen to the recording. Right-click or control-click to open each in a new window.
Many of the pieces is the Composition Showcase have lovely honest recordings like this one. They are performances recorded by a real-world choir and shared with the composer. Some composers are not so lucky and must rely on a virtual recording or no recording at all. Please share recordings and performance dates with us. Starting a dialogue with a living composer can add to the experience for your singers, allowing them a depth of appreciation they may not get from the standard repertoire.
(Original publication: September 16, 2012)
on September 16, 2012 12:49pm
Thanks, Jack.  This recording is of the premier by the Cantabile Children's Chorus.
This piece is the last of a set of three Shakespeare settings commissioned to honor the
retirement of the founder and director of the CCC, Signe Boyer.  
on September 17, 2012 3:18pm
Brian,  I have been looking at a lot of Brian's other works for SATB and SA.  It has been a pleasure to get to know your works. 
For directors that have performed Jean Berger's The Ant, The Ladybug and the Bumblebee, Brian has a set of bug songs for SA that are right up your aisle.