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SSAA piece about love of family

Our SSAA 100 voice choir will be performing a concert called "Love is. . . ." February 2014. I need a piece that talks about love of family or love for specific family members. Are there any quality pieces out there that would fit this theme? Can be a cappella or with piano accompaniment. Thank you!
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on August 12, 2013 10:31pm
Dear Randi,
 
Alliance published my SSAA and Piano arrangement of the haunting Irish Folk Song 'Open the door softly' as AMP0353 which would fit your bill beautifully.
It's a sad song of love and loss but the beauty of the original folk song shines through all the time.
 
I also have an unpublished Scottish folk song setting called 'The Dens of Yarrow' for SSA and Piano which has the same kind of theme. If you are interested
in either song let me know and I will endeavour to send you copies to peruse.
 
Contact me at:  smacmus(a)yahoo.com
 
All the best,
 
Stuart McIntosh
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on August 13, 2013 3:13am
Please take a look at A Rainy Day, my SSAA setting of the poem by 19th Century American poet John Brainard.  You will find recordings and a downloadable PDF perusal score on my website:  www.gregbartholomew.com/rainyindex.html
 
A Rainy Day
It rains. What lady loves a rainy day?
Not she who puts prunella on her foot,
Zephyrs around her neck, and silken socks
Upon a graceful ancle -- nor yet she
Who sports her tasselled parasol along
The walks, beau-crowded on some sunny noon,
Or trips in muslin, in a winter's night
On a cold sleigh-ride -- to a distant ball.
She loves a rainy day who sweeps the hearth,
And threads the busy needle, or applies
The scissors to the torn or threadbare sleeve;
Who blesses God that she has friends and home;
Who, in the pelting of the storm, will think
Of some poor neighbour that she can befriend;
Who trims the lamp at night and reads aloud,
To a young brother, tales he loves to hear;
Or ventures cheerfully abroad, to watch
The bedside of some sick and suffering friend,--
Administering that best of medicine,
Kindness, and tender care, and cheering hope;
-- Such are not sad, e'en on a rainy day.
on August 13, 2013 6:25am
I highly recommend MUSIC IN MY MOTHER'S HOUSE by Stuart Stotts, arranged by J. David Moore for piano and SSAA.  We all know that our love of music came from somewhere, was nurtured by someone. This is a sentimental tribute to the parent who provided a loving home full of family music-making.  "There was music in my mother's house. There was music all around. There was music in my mother's house. And my heart's still full with the sound." The style is folksy but sparklingly elegant. Even our audiences in China understood the message!
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on August 13, 2013 6:52am
Second this recommendation.  I attended a women's honor choir concert and this was performed; not a dry eye in the house!  It is beautiful.
on August 13, 2013 6:52am
How about Zae Munn's "Grandma's Alleluia."
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on August 13, 2013 7:36am
My setting of "Two Lovers" by Marian Evans (pen name George Eliot) is for SA and 4-hand piano.  It follows the family story and should be right for your concert.   For your performance by a big group, if the basic music and text suit you, I could probably make a version for you to premiere with divided SS and divided AA and piano 2 hands, if you give me just a little advance notice.   The original is the first of the 14 songs from "New Lovelife Dances".
 
William Copper

1. Two Lovers by George Eliot (Marian Evans 1819-1880) Score Sample (pdf format)

1. Two lovers by a moss-grown spring: 4. Two parents by the evening fire: They leaned soft cheeks together there, The red light fell about their knees Mingled the dark and sunny hair, On heads that rose by slow degrees And heard the wooing thrushes sing. Like buds upon the lily spire. O budding time! O patient life! O love's best prime! O tender strife! 2. Two wedded from the portal stept: 5. The two still sat together there, The bells made happy carollings, The red light shone about their knees; The air was soft as fanning wings, But all the heads by slow degrees White petals on the pathway slept. Had gone and left that lonely pair. O pure-eyed bride! O voyage fast! O tender pride! O vanished past! 3. Two faces o'er a cradle bent: 6. The red light shone upon the floor Two hands above the head were locked; And made the space between them wide; These pressed each other while they rocked, They drew their chairs up side by side, Those watched a life that love had sent. Their pale cheeks joined, and said, "Once more!" O solemn hour! O memories!
on August 13, 2013 7:43am
Sorry for the mess above, it was formatted nicely when I put it in.   Here is the text better:
 

1.  Two lovers by a moss-grown spring:        
    They leaned soft cheeks together there,       
    Mingled the dark and sunny hair,              
And heard the wooing thrushes sing.           
      O budding time!                                
      O love's best prime!                           
2.  Two wedded from the portal stept:         
    The bells made happy carollings,          
    The air was soft as fanning wings,       
White petals on the pathway slept.         
      O pure-eyed bride!                  
      O tender pride!                    
3.  Two faces o'er a cradle bent:             
    Two hands above the head were locked;     
    These pressed each other while they rocked,
Those watched a life that love had sent.   
      O solemn hour!                      
      O hidden power!                    
4.  Two parents by the evening fire:
    The red light fell about their knees
    On heads that rose by slow degrees
Like buds upon the lily spire.
      O patient life!
      O tender strife!
5.  The two still sat together there,
    The red light shone about their knees;
    But all the heads by slow degrees
Had gone and left that lonely pair.
      O voyage fast!
      O vanished past!
6.  The red light shone upon the floor
    And made the space between them wide;
    They drew their chairs up side by side,
Their pale cheeks joined, and said, "Once more!"
      O memories!
      O past that is!
on August 13, 2013 9:35am
Hello, Randi,
 
What a sweet theme for a concert! If you can manage a mid-length piece, I would offer you the one below. It is entirely about family, loyalty, and love of family.
 
Where You Go, I Will Go   13'
SSAA a cappella, brief S, A solos
A mini-oratorio on the story of Ruth and Naomi. Dramatic, expressive, epic-narrative style, tender touching ending. Modern tonal neo-romantic style. Commissioned by Chris Rhodes, Santa Monica HS.
 
You can see a perusal score and listen to a recording at http://www.davidavshalomov.com/musical-works/chorus/
I can also post a recording of a professional chorus doing the revised version in NY, just let me know.
I publish it in .pdf with a modest photocopy fee. And I offer educational discount.
 
Please contact me off-list if this work is of interest.
 
Regards,
 
David Avshalomov

Composer, Singer, Conductor
Santa Monica, CA
davshalomov(a)earthlink.net
ravenmusic(a)roadrunner.com
www.davidavshalomov.com
310-480-9525
 
Special Citation Winner, American Prize 2012/Orchestral Composition
Dual Finalist, American Prize 2013, Choral and Orchestral Composition
ACDA Silver Platter Award 2012 for Choral Repertoire of Outstanding Quality
“Polifonija” sacred choral music competition 2013, Siauliai state chamber choir, Lithuania, Second Prize
Project : Encore, Schola Cantorum/Hudson, recommended choral work of exceptional merit 2012
on August 15, 2013 7:55pm
Family Tree by Stephen Hatfield. Boosey & Hawkes. tells the story of an immigrant woman in the 1800's from the point of view of her great-great-grandchild looking back - "She was so young when she had to flee. What can you carry across the sea?..."
 
Wanting Memories by Ysaye Barnwell. It's SATB, but you could easily add a string bass or other instruments for the lower parts. ("you used to rock me in the cradle of your arms...")
 
Softness of my Mother's Hands - can't remember the composer, but it's easy, and talks about mom.
 
If you have older girls, Queen Jane by Stephen Hatfield is a beautiful, although sad story. It's about Queen Jane Seymour who gave her life to save her baby. Exquisite.
 
 
on August 17, 2013 3:22pm
Hi Randi,
 
What a wonderful concert theme!  I have an SSAA piece called "Morning Light" that might be a good fit.  Here's the text:
 
It’s a long road we travel on this walk that we take
It’s a path of adventure that leads us away
Yet a place travels with us if it’s what we believe
Where we gather the strength for the journey we lead

There is home in the beauty of a warm autumn day
When the breeze in the maples blows trouble away
There is home in the voices of the people you love
When they call out your name it’s like sun from above

Call me glad, call me wise
It will not be surprising when in the night I may say,
I’ll be home again
For when shadows are gone and the sun finds me here
I will dance in the light of the morning

There is home in the melody of a grandmother’s song
How the voice of a legacy can lead you along
There is home in the purpose of the ones come before
It may call, it may guide, it will follow once more

Call me glad…

When the dark of the evening starts to settle around
Through the shadow a glimmer of hope can be found
When you see it, hold onto it, it is where you belong
Look around, look inside you are never far from home

Call me glad… 
 
Let me know if you'd like me to send you a sample of the score to have a look at.  Thanks!
 
-Sarah
purplepiano(a)hotmail.com
www.sarahquartel.com
on August 19, 2013 8:03am
Randi,
Lovely theme idea!
Have you considered "Speak to the Child of Love" [words and music] by Allen Koepke  .. ? (Santa Barbara Publishing "SBMP 96")  It is SSA - a lovely setting of a conversation between a child and her mother, where the child asks about the meaning of love, hope, trust, and peace.  The parent responds in meaningful, poetic style: "The moon and the stars are shelters for our soul, outstretched hands protecting you from fear. And as you're looking up, you'll have peace within.   ..."  The inspiring ending positively urges all parents to speak to the child of trust  ... hope  ... and love.
Best Wishes!
-Lucy
on August 19, 2013 8:19am
sally deford has a lot of inspirational family music. I love your theme.
on August 20, 2013 10:40am
Oh my.  I have a great song for you!  It's SSAA (i believe) and it's in the same vein as the one someone mentioned about called "In My Mother's House", which is also a great one.  But I might favor this one just a hair more.  I'm not sure why.  It's called "We Are".  I could not remember the composer/arranger so I googled the lyrics so you could see them.  Here they are:
http://quizilla.teennick.com/lyrics/7856259/we-are   I hope this link works.  If it does not, put into Google the first line of the song, which is "For each child that's born, a morning star rises and sings to the universe who we are"        It's just a great piece.  Hope you can find it.    Perhaps it was a Sweet Honey in the Rock version?  Not sure....
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