Karl Orff’s Carmina Burana – Do you want to understand the in jokes but you don’t speak medieval German and Latin? I would hate for any singers or listeners to experience this great masterpiece as just a succession of nonsensical syllables set to music. There is so much more enjoyment to be had when you understand the words, and so I set out to write a set of commentaries to accomplish that goal. After an overall introduction there’s an individual essay for each section. My hope is that the voices and personalities of the lyrics will come alive for you so that you experience the huge range of emotions contained in these pieces. Even though the original authors lived many hundreds of years ago, we can identify with them if we understand what they’re actually saying. From the cries of a roast swan, to the weeping of someone broken by the turns of fate, to the joyful shouts of lovers, I hope you’ll gain a new understanding of them all. This material isn’t meant to be scholarly or definitive, but to be . . . fun.
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As choral evensong returns to many churches (where it is safe and allowed to do so of course), we have sets of Canticles ranging from Unison, to SAB, to SATB (2 sets) and SSAATTBB, which may be of interest if you are looking for new choral music at this time.
The set for Unison Voices featured in the Accessible Choral Library has had widespread performances in churches and cathedrals and is currently on offer throughout April (along with all the other pieces in the series) and also has recordings on Youtube …
Please get in touch if you would like to see a sample copy of this or any of the other pieces in our catalogue.
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John Rutter decided to write a requiem, a desire fueled by his love for the requiem by Gabriel Fauré and also by the death of his father. Rutter got to work on the piece, but, as he says, “illness intervened, which was slightly worrying when I thought of poor Mozart writing his Requiem and dying before he could finish it. Luckily, however, I got better.”
This book is for singers and listeners to understand and appreciate how Rutter’s Requiem came to be and what the lyrics mean.
Could ten weeks change your life? What if you spent those weeks all alone on a fire lookout tower in the Pacific Northwest near Mount St. Helens, with your only human contact from the once-a-week food delivery? That’s what put Morten Lauridsen on track to becoming one of the greatest living composers. This book is intended to help you understand and delight in Lux Aeterna.
“Letters from Ireland” is a delightful set of arrangements of Irish folk songs by Mark Brymer with accompanying extracts from letters and diaries of the time. This book contains historical and literary essays on the lyrics of those folk songs. Have you ever wondered what a “cockle” is or why the color green is associated with Ireland? If so, these essays will tell you that and much more.