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- October 19, 2016 at 10:46 am #523132Andee GaParticipant
I’m looking for “Stars” or “Heavens” pieces; MULTICULTURAL and other languages welcome- Christmas or Holiday welcome, but only if they’re not in English.
Thank you, hive mind!! 🙂October 20, 2016 at 10:45 am #523182Michael A. GrayParticipant
You might take a look at these three pieces:
•El Cant dels Ocells (short Alto solo, SAB, piano) – mostly about birds but the heavens and stars make an appearance as well.
•Not from the Stars (SAB, piano) – a little tongue-in-cheek piece from Shakespeare’s Book of Sonnets connecting the heavens with lovely, obvious prediction.
•Sky can still Remember (SAB, piano) – a work that captures the vitality of a star-filled sky (my favorite).
The last is published by G. Schirmer but the other two are available for free download from http://www.graymichael.com
Hope that helps!
Michael A. GrayOctober 25, 2016 at 10:21 pm #523329Brian HolmesParticipant
Here are four pieces of mine that might interest you.
Music of the Spheres is for mixed chorus, horn, and piano. Duration around 6 minutes. Text: Shakespeare, from Merchant of Venice. Also available for treble chorus.
Daisies is for mixed chorus unaccompanied. Duration a bit under 4 minutes. Poem of Andrew Young.
The Cat and the Moon is for mixed chorus unaccompanied. Duration 3:30. Poem of Yeats. Recently published by
Remember is for unaccompanied mixed chorus. Duration 3 minutes. Poem of Susan Cooper mentions a star twice.
Scores and recordings are here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/ydklrow9n88gfs6/AABRIB1p_BuOon27TisY5Kk-a?dl=0
Let me know if any of this suits you.
Brian HolmesOctober 26, 2016 at 9:08 am #523376Julia SeeholzerParticipant
I have an SSAA piece called “Hay Un Rio Oscuro”, using a text written by two little girls from California. The text is somewhat abstract, but very vivid, and ends singing about the clouds and sky.
Text translation: There is a dark river
In the gutter of the street
In front of my school.
I was born in the rain
And isn’t flowing anymore. It’s sort of sad
With drops of gasoline
And a red wrapper
Some kid tossed
After eating a candy.
But although it’s sad and filthy It carries the shadow of my face The tattered clouds
And in white and black
The whole sky.October 26, 2016 at 9:08 am #523377Nick PageParticipant
Lights Upon Our Souls by Nick Page SAB in Shape Note Style, Boosey & Hawkes
The light of sun and moon and stars
Lights upon our souls and gives us life.
Compassion is the key to life,
To give as has been given to you.
Renew your soul and go within to find your light.
The sun gives light to feed the Earth.
The soul gives love to feed the light.
You can hear both pieces in the choral music section of http://www.nickmusic.comOctober 26, 2016 at 9:08 am #523378Robert ApplebaumParticipant
This dropbox contains perusal pdfs and mp3’s for several pieces dealing with night and day:
Most relevant to your inquiry will be the SATB and piano setting of the iconic poem “The Star” (Twinkle, twinkle). ( I also have an a cappella version of the piece which is pretty much the same vocally.)
bobapplebaum.comOctober 26, 2016 at 9:09 am #523380Joseph GregorioParticipant
What voicing are you looking for? What age singer / skill level are you working with?
http://www.josephgregoriomusic.comOctober 26, 2016 at 11:39 am #523391Karen P. ThomasParticipantOctober 26, 2016 at 11:40 am #523392Karen P. ThomasParticipant
An addendum to my previous email – you might also want to take a look at
Karen ThomasOctober 26, 2016 at 10:17 pm #523404Craig HawkinsParticipant
I’m sort of surprised that no one has mentioned “Sing Me to Heaven ” by Daniel Gawthorp, admittedly it’s in English.October 27, 2016 at 9:35 am #523417Dee Dee MilesParticipant
Levate in Excelsium, SATB. The piece consists of three sections. The first relies on an unsettled opening chord to establish a questioning quality and an introspective mood that is not completely at peace. In the middle section a female quartet builds on the opening theme to attempt an answer to the question “Who created these things?” Finally the third section depicts a feeling of floating stasis.
This is the Latin text, with translation:
Levate in excelsum oculos vestros et videte:
Quis creavit haec?
Qui educit in numero militiam eorum
et omnes ex nomine vocat.
Prae multitudine fortitudinis
et roboris virtutisque eius,
neque unum reliquum fuit.
Lift your eyes and look to the heavens:
Who created these things?
He who brings out the starry host one by one, and calls them each by name.
Because of His great power
and mighty strength,
not one of them is missing.October 27, 2016 at 9:36 am #523422Michael J. SeredickParticipant
For children I’d recommend Rutter’s “The Heavenly Airplane.
For SATB, if not already mentioned – Randall Thompson “Choose Something Like a Star”October 27, 2016 at 2:04 pm #523435Greg BartholomewParticipant
For your “stars” and “heavens” theme, I have two suggestions, one for 2-part treble choir and one more challenging for SATB mixed choir.
For 2-part treble choir, please consider We Are the Dust of Stars, a thought-provoking song about our connection to everything in the universe, with a joyful, humorous ending. Fun for all ages. http://www.jwpepper.com/10503197.item
For sophisticated SATB mixed choir, please consider Leo, a setting of excerpts from <i>Astronomica</i>, a 1st Century B.C. Latin text by Marcus Manilius that has been called “the first horoscope,” about the characteristics of people born under the sign of the Lion (Leo). http://www.jwpepper.com/10503186.item
Both pieces are available from J.W.Pepper at the links above, where you may preview the score, listen to audio recordings and watch a YouTube video.October 27, 2016 at 5:21 pm #523440Adrienne AlbertParticipant
For your “stars” theme, please consider my “NIGHT” for SSAATTBB set to poem by William Blake. You can find it on my website at: http://adriennealbert.com/works_choral.html#night
where you can hear portions of the piece sung by The Wagner Ensemble.
Many thanks!October 27, 2016 at 8:14 pm #523445Liz GeisewiteParticipant
The Latvian composer Erik Esenvalds has a beautiful 6-part piece called “Stars” (with arrangements for treble and mixed chorus) that incorporates tuned water glasses: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0wRsK8Qv_zs
There are some beautiful settings of “Ave Maris Stella” (religious text about the Virgin Mary as the Star of the Sea) for treble voices by Vytautus Miskinis and Joszef Karai, to name a few.
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