- October 29, 2016 at 12:16 pm #523504
I have a piece that would fit your stars theme very nicely, I think. It’s a love song I wrote last summer as a wedding gift in honor of a dear friend’s wedding. The premiere will be this December and I will happily share a “real” recording once I have one. The voicing is SATB ( a cappella), the harmonic language is simple and the ranges quite modest.
It’s called “Binary Stars.” It was inspired by a surprisingly profound definition on wikipedia:
Binary Stars – a system of two stars in which one star revolves around the other, or in which both stars revolve around a common center.
I thought it fitting. I will email you separately with a PDF of the score and a synthesizer rendition.October 31, 2016 at 9:58 am #523562
You might be interested in “Flame and Shadow” (6′, SATB w minimal divisi). It’s a setting of “Stars”, by Sara Teasdale.
Alone in the night on a dark hill / With pines around me spicy and still, / And a heaven full of stars over my head…
Read the score and hear a concert recording by Pro Coro Canada here: http://soundstone.ca/flame-and-shadow/
David ArcherNovember 2, 2016 at 1:10 am #523599
Estrellitas [Little Stars – text in Spanish]
for choir SATB or SSAB with trumpet, marimba, double bass and percussion
Paul ANovember 2, 2016 at 4:29 pm #523648
I recently completed a setting (SATB unaccompanied) of Robert Frost’s “Stars.” (poem below)
Score sample and MIDI demo can be seen/heard here: http://www.hotmike.com/hymns.html
Please let me know if you might be interested, and best of luck with your work!
How countlessly they congregate
O’er our tumultuous snow,
Which flows in shapes as tall as trees
When wintry winds do blow!–
As if with keenness for our fate,
Our faltering few steps on
To white rest, and a place of rest
Invisible at dawn–
And yet with neither love nor hate,
Those stars like some snow-white
Minerva’s snow-white marble eyes
Without the gift of sight.November 3, 2016 at 10:20 am #523685
I’d love for you to take a look at my new piece, Singularity (in Bb). It uses overtone singing, a beautiful text about death and life by Walt Whitman, and quotes the melody to “This Is My Father’s World.” Inspired by NASA’s discovery of a singing black hole!
You can preview a copy at http://musicspoke.com/downloads/singularity/
Matthew Curtis, from Choraltrax, recorded this version. You can also watch a cool “black hole” video of it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AMI5OwH_7ec
Let me know what you think!
Timothy Michael Powell
http://www.timothymichaelpowell.comNovember 4, 2016 at 2:49 pm #523754
A couple of years back I set a Ben Jonson text (from The Vision of Delight) for SATB:
BREAK, Fantasy, from thy cave of cloud,
And spread thy purple wings,
Now all thy figures are allowed,
And various shapes of things;
Create of airy forms a stream,
It must have blood, and naught of phlegm;
And though it be a waking dream,
Yet let it like an odor rise
To all the senses here,
And fall like sleep upon their eyes,
Or music in their ear.
Good luck with your search. Best wishes, JohnNovember 5, 2016 at 12:10 pm #523967
I suggest Daniel E Gawthrop’s Night, Sleep, Death and the Stars.November 6, 2016 at 11:17 am #524167
There’s a very cool piece by Larry Harris titled “Bless God beyond the stars” for SATB, piano, hand drum and triangle. It’s not a holiday piece.
https://www.giamusic.com/search_details.cfm?title_id=4706November 10, 2016 at 10:31 am #524892
I have a lovely a cappella SATB setting of Poe’s Evening Star: https://www.jwpepper.com/10634163.item#.WCSLEeErI3g
Thanks for considering!
AshleyNovember 15, 2016 at 6:45 pm #525899
You might consider SONG OF THE LIGHTS by Imant Raminsh – four movements that use poems based on native legends. Published by Boosey it is available in both Treble and SAB settings. Can be performed with piano or with strings, glockenspiel and flute.
The four movements are Songs of the Stars; Daybreak; The Sower; The Sun is a Luminous Shield.
THE STARS POINT THE WAY by Mark Sirett published by Boosey SSA – I’m not sure if it is available in mixed voicing. Piano or strings. Suitable for Christmas [though the text is in English]November 20, 2016 at 6:03 pm #527271
Jack Curtis DubowskyParticipant
“Was it the Wind?”
sudden stars (at the end)
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