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SSA - SSAA themed music "Sing for Life"

Suggestions? Especially pieces that may include a trumpet or violin, with or without accompaniment.
Medium to medium difficult.
High school - 20 ladies - very select
English or foreign language
on October 31, 2013 2:58am
Hi Laurie - you might want to try Carillon and 'The Wing Beat of Time.
You can have a look and listen at:
Many thanks.
Regards - Dorian Kelly 
on October 31, 2013 3:02am
I'd recommend Paul Ayres's setting of this wonderful poem, for SSA a cappella:
Look well to this day, for it is life, the very life of life,
In its brief course lies all the verities and realities of your existence:
The bliss of growth, the glory of action, the splendour of beauty.
For yesterday is but a dream and tomorrow is only a vision,
But today well lived makes every yesterday a dream of happiness, and every tomorrow a vision of hope.
for more information
Kate S
on October 31, 2013 4:40am
Please consider the following two titles.
Psalm 117, SSAA, ECS Publishing #5776, sung in English. Kindly follow the URL below to to listen to a performance by the Peace CollegeChamber Singers of Raleigh, NC, James S. Smith, conductor. This recording is used with the kind permission of James S. Smith.
Three Miniatures (1. The Lute, 2. The Thunderbolt, 3. The Sun), SSAA, ECS Publishing # 5678, secular, sung in English (original Hebrew text by Judah alHarizi,13th century. Please copy each of the URLs below to a browser one-by-one to listen to a performance of this work by the women of the Philovox ensemble, Jennifer Lester, conductor. 
Canticle Distributing (MorningStar Music) handles all sales for ECS Publishing's sheet music and books. Their URL appears below among others.
Thank you for your consideration.
Stanley M. Hoffman, Ph.D., composer
on October 31, 2013 5:10am
A Rainy Day, for unaccompanied SSAA women's chorus, 2001 (Duration: 4:15)
A setting of the poem by American poet John Brainard (1796 - 1828).
Full text, recordings and free download of perusal PDF score:
on October 31, 2013 8:43am
Hello there Laurie,
I'm not sure if this song fits your concert's theme, but it certainly fits with all your other criteria!
It is called Pierced Hemisphere and is inspired by a sculpture by Barbara Hepworth of that same name.
It is scored for:
  • SSA choir with another much simpler vocal part in the alto range which appears briefly in the middle of the piece,
  • trumpet/flugel/cornet solo 
  • two  percussion parts which require no particular manual skills, but do require the performers to have the ability to count cleverly!
Here's a score snippet and if you scroll down to the bottom, you'll find a full recording. I really hope you enjoy it!
Best of luck with your planning and ultimately the concert
on October 31, 2013 9:28am
This may be of interest to you.  The text is a warm, inspiring contemplation of what constitutes a good life.
Frank La Rocca
on October 31, 2013 9:33am
Hi Laurie,
Let me offer you this song. Free pdf sample score, demo MP3 here:
I publish in inexpensive .pdf/copy license.
(My Beautiful Dream)
SAA, piano, opt. flute(s)
DURATION: 4 minutes.
A slow, sweet, lyrical song, sincere and touching, with an appealing and natural pentatonic tune, unison, then 3-part harmony, then easy canon, with a sweet harmony ending. This song expresses an idealistic, innocent dream about the future of our suffering world and the hope that our children—and their children—may heal both the Earth and human society and live in peace forever. It is not complex and can be learned fairly easily.
Let the children play and learn in Peace,
Help them grow up strong and healthy.
If we teach them wisely, they may come to heal the World.
Let the children learn and grow in Peace.
Children are the Dreamers of our World
And our duty to them is very clear.
If we work together we can give them
A dream of a future without fear.
Show them all the beauty in the World.
Show them Nature’s strength and glory.
And in Global Healing we will come to heal ourselves,
Take our place as guardians of the Earth.
Help your people and community.
Make a difference and always do your part.
Work for justice, care for those in need.
Keep compassion and kindness in your heart
If they grow up strong and clear and smart,
They’ll return the World to balance;
They can heal the forests, and the sky and sea and land.
Let them play and learn and grow in Peace.
May they heal the World and live In Peace.
In Peace.
David Avshalomov
on November 1, 2013 8:46am
Hi, Laurie --
Though it might be slightly easier than what you're looking for, I'd suggest having a look at A Dedication, a piece of mine published by ECS that's a setting of an Emily Dickinson poem that might fit your theme nicely.  You can see/hear the score here:
and you can purchase the score here:
Thanks for your time, and best of luck building your program!
Joseph Gregorio
on November 1, 2013 9:24am
If you think Shakespeare's poem Orpheus with his Lute may suit your theme,
consider my setting for SSA, trumpet, and piano.  Score and recording
are available here.
Brian Holmes
on November 1, 2013 10:20am
You might consider my:
"Sing Me a Song" (3 min.  Treble choir & Piano)  GVT/Warner Chappel  #VG1026
It may be too light for your purposes;  certainly manageable, and very affirming.
Leonard Enns
on November 2, 2013 10:29am
See/hear Brown's SSAaAa Hopkins setting(+others) here:
on November 6, 2013 2:16pm
I'm not sure if you'd consider this to fall under the theme of "Sing for Life," but any arrangements of the "How Can I Keep from Singing" seem to fit.  For a small women's choir, I'm partial to Judith Herrington's arrangement for SSA, which is of medium difficulty and a cappella.
Side note:  I'm psyched that you have a select high school women's choir!
on November 15, 2013 2:14am
Hi Laurie, I wonder if you might consider my 5-part canon "Be Like the Bird."  It's about facing life's obstacles with courage, and was written after my second time through cancer treatment.  It is particularly appropriate for cancer-themed concerts (is that what you mean by "Sing for Life"?)  Text: "Be like the bird that, pausing in her flight awhile on boughs too slight, feels them give way beneath her -- and sings and sings and sings -- knowing she hath wings."
I've heard the piece performed now in so many ways -- it's amazing what creative conductors come up with, often in collaboration with their students.  You could certainly put the violin and/or trumpet on one of the canon parts... (hm... on-stage violin in canon with the voices, then off-stage trumpet coming in as the canon is winding down?)  The piece is a canvas for your creativity. 
Also:  Elizabeth Alexander's gutsy/bluesy "Faith is the Bird" for SSA.  (Faith is the bird that feels the light at sings when the dawn is still dark.)  Highly recommended.
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