It’s never too early to start planning your Christmas concert. Cypress Choral Music would like to introduce you to a great Canadian treasure, composer Pierre Massie. Hailing from the great province of Ontario, Pierre has produced some wonderful music for the festive season. Enjoy!
The Allegro series of music by award-winning composer Bernard Sexton for intermediate/advanced choral groups has just been launched. Seven new pieces from this series are now available at www.sheetmusicplus.com . Sound files and preview scores are available by clicking on the url beneath each title description.
She Walks in Beauty
The text by Lord Byron is transformed into a beautiful lyrical melody which is underscored by gentle, lush harmonies in the accompanying voices. This atmospheric piece is suitable for the concert platform or for use as a test piece in competitions.
I Am Not Yours
An atmospheric, gentle setting of this text by Sara Teasdale for SATB divisi unaccompanied. The text is treated with great sensitivity and features word painting throughout. The contrast in dynamics and the melodic and rhythmic interest in the vocal parts ensure that this will be a piece your choir will want to perform again and again! Suitable for the concert platform or for use as a competition test piece.
Down By The Salley Gardens
This new setting of the text by W. B. Yeats features a lyrical melody in the soprano part, with simple homophonic accompaniment in the other parts. Many of the musical motifs repeat in the music, and much of the vocal writing is stepwise, making this setting easy to learn, but a joy to perform!
A simple homophonic setting for SATB of this classic text suitable for weddings and civil partnerships. This expressive, chant-like music is particularly suitable for smaller vocal ensembles.
Now You Will Feel No Rain
A beautiful, warm setting of this folk text. Intended for use at weddings or civil partnerships, the piece may be effectively performed by a small vocal ensemble (SATB min 4 voices in total)
The Song of Wandering Aengus
This new setting of the text by W.B. Yeats tells of the Celtic hero Aengus and his experience of love. The simple original folk-style melody is underscored by atmospheric harmonies which will plunge your singers and listeners deep into Celtic mist!
Suitable for the concert platform and for use as a test piece for a competition.
Tota Pulchra Es
This atmospheric setting for SATB divisi unaccompanied . The ethereal opening gives way to a lyrical melody sung by a solo soprano voice. A contrasting middle section gives all voice parts and opportunity to shine, before the mood of the opening section is re-established and the piece ends serenely. This setting is suitable for liturgical or non-faith contexts and would be an effective competition piece.
I expect we all know people who have been separated, geographically, by COVID-19. This blogpost, on my 2017 piece “The World to me”, is for them. Please take a look and a listen (and by all means share!). Thanks very much. http://simonbeattie.co.uk/blog/archives/4345/
If anyone would like a free copy of the score, please let me know. You can explore other pieces of mine, including new things written during the lockdown, on my SoundCloud page (https://soundcloud.com/simon-42-1). Again, just let me know if you’d like to see scores of anything.
With thanks, and kind regards,
“Some say thy fault is youth” by Michael A. Gray for SAB, piano now available for free download
This work is a driven argument that both faults and graces may be seductively misused. It is part of an on-going project; “The Book of Sonnets” for SAB choirs. They are all free and available at http://www.graymichael.com
See you on the flip side!
“From Where We Stand” is a stirring, patriotic anthem. It is the finale song from the upcoming musical “American Twistory” and it is available at no charge in the hopes that it will inspire all Americans to “never fall from where we stand”.
A link to the music is: https://spaces.hightail.com/receive/SQX03HEfZw
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Lyrics are as follows:
From where I stand the torch burns bright
An ever shining beacon in the night
Lighting the way for people from far and near
And telling them that all are welcome here
From where I stand, the flag’s unfurled
It’s sending out a message to the world
Saying as long as I’m waving proud and free
Then that’s the way America will be
Let’s embrace courage deep inside us
By never letting fear or terror guide us
We’ll live with the hope of tomorrow
And follow where our hearts want to go
From where we stand, we will endure
A nation that’s determined and secure
We pledge our trust that justice will conquer all
And knowing we belong
Will help us to be strong
And bravely rise to answer freedom’s call
We’ll never fall
From where we stand
From where we stand
From where we stand ……….
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I published this book to enable conductors and singers to easily use historical pronunciations in performance. It is now available as a paperback in English and an e-book in English, Spanish, and French. Enjoy!
Please feel free to contact me if you need help putting it together for a specific piece.