Repertoire ideas? Nature/seasons

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Repertoire ideas? Nature/seasons

Postby vaarky » 17 Dec 2014 08:26

Any repertoire suggestions on the theme of nature and/or seasons for mixed-voice a cappella chorus (scores on CPDL or else available elsewhere), preferably by living composers? Examples of the *type* of sound we gravitate toward include Whitacre, Ticheli's Earth Song, Ola Gjeilo, Frank LaRocca, Ivo Antognini, William Hawley. Ideas appreciated...

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Re: Repertoire ideas? Nature/seasons

Postby pateceramics » 17 Dec 2014 15:45

You're certainly welcome to try one of mine if it would be a good fit.
"Frog Song" (Very difficult). http://youtu.be/E32Kip3mcMw
Or "Rabbits All Around" (Easy). http://youtu.be/FKKNHAnT_i0

Scores for both of those are on CPDL.

Have you ever tried Whitacre's "Cloudburst"? It is a cappella plus a very brief smattering of handbells but does need a large group for the sake of the drama. How about "Sumer is acumen in" or however you spell it? Good for a smaller group, although not by a living composer.

I know this topic is regularly discussed on the ACDA choral.net forums, so that might be another good place to hunt for some ideas.

Have fun!
-M. Furtak

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Re: Repertoire ideas? Nature/seasons

Postby carlos » 17 Dec 2014 16:35

Leanne Daharja Veitch has various compositions related to seasons. Here's one that might fit:

Once_there_were_flowers_(Leanne_Daharja_Veitch)

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Re: Repertoire ideas? Nature/seasons

Postby cjshawcj » 18 Dec 2014 15:05

Howzabout the Corrette Psalm 148, Laudate Dominum:

Religion ("the opiate of the masses" - Karl Marx) set to Vivaldi's Four Seasons (the Op. 8 of the masses). What could be better?
http://youtu.be/1_U7hiYyZPI

The forces may be over-large, but strip them to their bare essentials, and then you have the naturist link.

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Re: Repertoire ideas? Nature/seasons

Postby vaarky » 20 Dec 2014 06:07

Thanks for the ideas--I've forwarded them along and welcome any additional thoughts people may have.

Maggie, Frog Song is not too difficult at all and we welcome complexity.


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