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Looking for snow/winter songs/arrangements

Hi All,
I am planning a Christmas concert with a "snow" theme.  I am combing through all the usual suspects for snow songs, but I am especially interested in any quality arrangements of the old standards, and particularly sacred offerings which have "snow" or "winter" somewhere in the lyrics.  I have an SATB choir of about 25 adult singers who do medium to advanced difficulty repertoire.  Any thoughts will be greatly appreciated.
 
Thank you so much,
Phyllis
on May 12, 2014 2:23pm
We like The Snow by Elgar. We do the SSA version of it but there is an SATB.  Someone from here told me about it and now its a firm favorite.  Its beautiful.  We also do Winter Wonderland and White Christmas - obvious snowy festive tunes.  We also like Midwinter - the Bob Chilcott version, that would fit nicely in your theme.
 
 
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on May 12, 2014 7:52pm
Dear Phyllis:
 
You might consider my piece The Shortest Day.  It is about the turning
of the Winter Solstice.  Not sacred.  (In fact, it was sung this past season
by the Denver Pagan.)  The poem is by Susan Cooper.  This piece won the 
Amadeus Choir (Toronto) Seasonal Song-writing Contest in 2011.  It
will be published by William Thorpe later this year.  Duration 3:45. 
The poem is below.
 
The score and a recording are available here at the Composition Showcase
on the Choralnet website.  You might look through some of the other
selections available on the Composers Showcase; quite a few have
tags for snow or Winter.
 
Cheers,
Brian Holmes
San Jose, CA
 

Nights grew long and snow came falling,

Deep and bitter cold it lay;

Till the year was dark and dying,

Frozen on the shortest day.

 

Sudden fires leapt on the hillsides

Flaring in the starless night;

High above them voices singing,

Singing, calling back the light.

 

All night long we sang, beseeching

Time to turn its wheel around

Wakening the green abundance

Buried in the sleeping ground.

 

When the daybreak came next morning

Heralding the turning year,

Joy came flooding bright as sunlight,

Freeing every heart from fear.

 

So we sing that in this season

Hope may drive despair away,

New life springing out of darkness

Born again this shortest day.

on May 13, 2014 3:10am
Dear Phyllis,
 
Please consider my version of "In The Bleak Midwinter" (a new setting, quite different from the Darke or Holst settings) (SATB, almost no divisi, 4', would suit a choir of your size and abilities):
Edinburgh Singers performing it last Christmas: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MrLNHO9_j_M
(It's also been done by Glasgow University Madrigirls and Chicago A Cappella.)
Score at http://www.hutchingsmusic.co.uk/scores/choir-music-for-christmas/
 
Thanks,
 
Chris Hutchings
on May 13, 2014 3:38am
Dear Phyllis,
 
You may care to have a look at my new setting of "See amid the Winter's Snow" - which you can see on youtube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aBNf5avr4aA.   Written originally for a symphony chorus in England, it works just as well for a smaller choir (SATB) with piano or organ.  It's published by OUP,  but I see that Sheet Music Plus are currently selling OUP music at a 20% discount - see http://www.sheetmusicplus.com/title/see-amid-the-winter-s-snow-sheet-music/18424668
 
If you were looking for something in a much lighter vein, I've just completed a secular Christmas song to words by Linda Marcus, who wrote 'River in Judea'.   Called "Christmas Time in the Eyes of a Child", it's just in unison at the moment, with a piano accompaniment, but I could make it into a choral arrangement if desired. It's currently unpublished, but I'd be happy to email a playing version of the score to you, or anyone else who may be interested.  To give you an idea of it, the text begins:
It’s that special time of year
 
When the snowman smiles and reindeer fly   
 
Ad a jolly old man with a long, white beard
 
Gets ready to go on a sleigh ride…
 
Best wishes from UK,
Gordon
 
on May 13, 2014 4:53am
Marshmallow World would fit your theme. 
on May 13, 2014 5:48am
Rutter's Blow, blow thou winter wind is GORGEOUS. As is In theBleak Midwinter arr. Abbie Betinis.
Applauded by an audience of 1
on May 13, 2014 6:07am
A choir in which I sing recently performed Abbie Betinis' "Run, Toboggan, Run."  It's not a sacred peace, but it's a lot of fun and a real crowd pleaser.  You can see about it here:  http://www.abbiebetinis.com/works/run_toboggan_run.html
 
Also, long, long ago in high school, my choir sang an arrangement of the "Troika" from Lieutenant Kije by Prokofiev, with words that started something like "There's moonlight on the snow as midnight sleigh bells joyfully ring through the air..."   There is an edition in print, arr. by Hebble. This might be it...
 
Good luck!
 
Laurie
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on May 13, 2014 9:10am
Phyllis, my Merrie Olde Christmas Carolers medley of "Let It Snow" and "Winter Wonderland" is always a favorite with both singers and audiences.  It's also been presented in concert several times by San Francisco Symphony Chorus.  To hear it, go into my recording engineer's subsite, http://sites.google.com/site/sbarta30/mocc and click on the 6th track down (from MOCC's 25th Anniversary CD).  Thanks for considering it.
Best, 
Ken Malucelli
on May 13, 2014 9:56am
Hello Phyllis,
I would offer my piece "A Glimpse of Snow and Evergreen"  SATB a cappella (some SSATBB divisi in places) published through National Music Publishers/Fred Bock Music.....it is quite lovely and serene...a short tone poem "Musical snapshot" of the beautiful imagery of gently falling snow on evergreens.  Challenging but not out of reach!  Best,  Vijay
PS.  I also recommend the Lauridsen "Mid-Winter Songs" if you have the chops and pianist/accompanist
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on May 13, 2014 11:52am
Neesa, Neesa  is a simple, beautiful, and haunting round if you're looking for something different.  The words are from the Seneca language, meaning somethng like "winter moon, gift of the Creator".  It's commonly sung by children, but I heard a recording by a professional adult choir--maybe Libana--that was exquisite.
on May 13, 2014 1:51pm
Neesa is on Libana's CD The Fire Within.
on May 13, 2014 2:33pm
One of my favorite pieces by the well-known composer Edwin Fissinger is "A Winter Night", SATB div. with T solo, from a set of four Prairie Scenes.  Here it is on the publisher's site (Plymouth, via Colla Voce), including a preview of the score.  It's fairly simple and beautiful, and has an eerie ending as the chords die away to nothing.
 
Kevin Lash
Princeton, NJ
 
on May 13, 2014 3:24pm
I have a work called "Winter Song," describing a season so cold no birds are singing, not even birds sold as pets. It was paired with a second piece, "With the Roses," that looks forward to spring. They are set for SAB and piano and are upublished but I would be glad to send you a perusal copy in some form that's convenient for us both.
 
Jim Davis
on May 13, 2014 3:48pm

Magic Snow (SATB) by Jack Curtis Dubowsky.

 

For SATB choir. Choral. Christmas; Holiday; Pythonesque; adult; humor; GALA; cabaret. Octavo. Composed 2006. 12 pages. Duration 2:30. Published by De Stijl Music (D1.SM-06-0001A).

Ever wonder how Santa stays awake all night long to deliver all those toys? *snif* Adult humor.

 
 
Listen now!  Audio samples:

 

 

 

 

on May 13, 2014 7:04pm
We were looking for the same last year, here's the list I developed.
These first two we did last year, I highly recommend; great response from chorus and audience. 
Snow-flakes by Steve Murray  http://www.berkshiremusic.net/choral/
Voices of Earth: Snow by Stephen Chatman
 
If you can consider a longer work (24 min) Snow Angel by Sarah Quartel.  It calls for cello and has three readings for narrator.  Really wanted to do it, but couldn't fit it in.  http://www.sarahquartel.com/snow-angel.php
 
Other thoughts:
First Snow by Bo Holten
Five Hebrew Love Songs: 4. What Snow!  by Eric Whitacre
Stopping by Woods on A Snowy Evening  by Ruth Artman | by Randall Thompson | etc.
Snowforms by R. Murray Schafer
The Snow by Edward Elgar
Echoes Between the Silent Peaks: 4. Snow Storm by Stephen Paulus
White Snow is Falling On Pine Needles by Andrejs Jansons (Latvian)
Winter, Fire and Snow arr. by Willi Zwozdesky
 
 
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on May 13, 2014 11:30pm
Here's a link to the score of a piece of mine, "Snow," a setting of a poem by Billy Collins:
on May 14, 2014 2:49am
Hi Phyliss,
 
I have composed a setting of Walter de la Mare's poem 'Winter' for unaccompanied SATB. You can listen to a recording and view a sample score at:
 
 
'Winter' is the second item on this page.
 
Look forward to hearing any feedback you may have.
 
Regards - Dorian Kelly
www.modalmusic.biz 
on May 14, 2014 4:36am
I'll join the "pick me" blizzard.  As far as I know, my "A Winter Ride" on the Amy Lowell text is still looking for a premiere.  (Available at JWPepper, free perusal at www.wardsattic.com/music)  SSA or SATB, accomp, about 2:00.  A joyful horseback dash across a snow-covered landscape.  I just love the text.
 
I've always loved the Thompson "Stopping by Woods..." - it just feels snowflakey!
 
on May 14, 2014 4:44am
Dear Phyllis:
 
I have three pieces, two originals and one arrangement, which you might consider.
 
1. The Clean Unbroken Snow (Original Text), SATB a cappella
2. Snow-flakes (Text by H. W. Longfellow), SATB & Piano
3. In The Bleak Mid-Winter  (Text by C. Rossetti), SATB a cappella
 
You may see and hear truncated versions of these works on my website: www.Berkshiremusic.net
 
Good luck in your search.
 
Steve Murray
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
on May 14, 2014 5:10am
Hello:
I can make three suggestions to you...all secular and along the lines of popular or even light vocal jazz:
1. Snow, Snow, Beautiful Snow - by Sigmund & Feller - SATB - Shawnee Press
2. Snow - from "White Christmas" - by Irving Berlin - SATB - Hal Leonard
3. Snowfall - by Claude Thornhill - SATB - Hal Leonard
 
All three of these can be heard in performances on youtube.
Good luck with your search.......
                                                 t
on May 14, 2014 6:12am
I fondly remember from high school days "A Snow Legend" by Joseph Clokey (1922, Summy-Birchard).  SSA and secular, so maybe not what you're looking for.  "Out of print" at JWPepper, but 15 used copies (B120) at YoungsMusic.com  .  YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y6GRRPNDQeY
 
Text (from "The Kneeling Camel," Anna Temple; Moffat, Yard & Co., New York):
O ye clouds that float above me, O ye winds that round me blow,
Can ye tell me from what quarter, Comes the snow, the driving snow?
 
"From the north, enquiring maiden, Where an old man stooping low
By his grate, mourns o'er the ashes."  Said the winds that blow.
 
For the snowflakes are the ashes, Are the ashes of the summer's glow.
 
"See him as he stoops and shivers, Rubs his wrinkled hands and sighs.
Just one ember left a-glowing, And that ember dies!
 
'Come back, summer, come and warm me;
I am cold, I am cold,' he cries.
 
Then he catches up the bellows, Tries to make the embers glow,
Only sets the ashes whirling, Dancing high and low."
 
And the ashes of the summer Are the flakes, the flakes of snow?
Are the flakes of snow?
 
on May 14, 2014 7:37am
Hi, again, Phyllis.  Thinking further about your "snow-winter" theme, it dawned on me you and your choir might get a kick out of my MOCC arrangements of "Sleigh Ride" and "The Sleigh," both of which sing about "snow" and especially as both feature the alto section on solos (generally rare in SATB a cappella charts).  You can hear them, too, on Scott's site, http://sites.google.com/site/sbarta30/mocc  tracks 5 and 18.  You can also see a high school choir singing the latter here: youtube.com/watch?v=arL01NWH0IY
Cheers,
Ken Malucelli
on May 14, 2014 8:25pm
Greetings Phyllis,
 
My We Bring You Peace is a winter-themed piece that might suit. It is published by EC Schirmer, and you can check it out here:
 
All the Best,
Judith
 
____________________
Judith Shatin
William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor
McIntire Department of Music
University of Virginia
www.judithshatin.com
on May 16, 2014 8:30pm
See "Glow"  by Eric Whitacre.  there are several websites that will give you the lyrics as well as a virtual choir performance.
on May 17, 2014 8:20am
Phyllis -- You might like my setting of Longfellow's "Snow-Flakes," for SATB.  It includes all three of his great verses.  Written and recorded with celesta accompaniment, it works fine with piano too.  Details at this page on my website.  All the best, 
 
chris
Christopher J. Hoh
on May 17, 2014 2:21pm
You might wish to check out the "Seasonal" listings in the ChoralNet Composition Showcase, which includes more than two dozen winter themed works:
on May 18, 2014 6:53am
Un soir de neige  -  Poulenc
Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening  -  Men's voices  - Randall Thompson
Midwinter Songs of Morten Lauridsen
on May 18, 2014 9:24am
Monte Mason's arrangement of "Tis Winter Now" published by Walton is in two parts, but lends itself easily to many combinations for those two parts. It is simple, beautiful and lyrical. The tune is the hymn tune Danby, and the text is by Samuel Longfellow. 
 
’Tis winter now; the fallen snow
Has left the heav’ns all coldly clear;
Through leafless boughs the sharp winds blow,
And all the earth lies dead and drear.
 
And yet God’s love is not withdrawn;
His life within the keen air breathes;
His beauty paints the crimson dawn,
And clothes the boughs with glittering wreaths.
 
And though abroad the sharp winds blow,
And skies are chill, and frosts are keen,
Home closer draws her circle now,
And warmer glows her light within.
 
O God! Who giv’st the winter’s cold
As well as summer’s joyous rays,
Us warmly in Thy love enfold,
And keep us through life’s wintry days.
 
Also, I'd like to put a word in for Vijay Singh's "A Glimpse of Snow and Evergreen" - I know it is already up in this list, but this is really a lovely piece.
 
Liz
on May 21, 2014 5:08am
Here are a few selections I did this past winter that went over VERY well:
 
The second section is all about falling snow. 

The Round by Susan Kisslinger is an arrangement by me, done with her permission. I imagine she'd be delighted to see it performed again - a simple three-part round (with optional bells and improvised piano), with a 4-part quod-libet; each choral part has a single phrase to learn, which are then interleaved.
 
Also, Abbie Betinis' "In the Bleak Midwinter" ends with a "Snow-on-snow..." section that is repeated over and over... and is REALLY lovely.
 
on May 22, 2014 10:48am
Hi Phyllis -
 
We've enjoyed Elgar's "The Snow" and Ruth Artman's "Stopping By Woods On Snowy Evening" - both lovely pieces.
 
Also, please consider my "A Mid-Winter Night's Dream", published by Cypress Choral Music. You can hear a recording and peruse a score HERE
 
All the best -
Elise Letourneau
 
on May 22, 2014 5:25pm
Two of my favorites are
 
Snowflakes - words from a poem of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow; music by Seth Houston
 
Land of Crystal Dreams - Erica L. Hoffman, words · Stanley M. Hoffman, music
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