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Looking for lush, grand, accompanied piece SSAA for winter

I have an adult women's chorus of approximately 100...non-auditioned, but they're willing to be pushed a little. Hoping for SSAA.
I'm looking for an accompanied piece (piano definitely, bonus if other instruments) to fill out our winter program. Hopefully something about peace, love, joy, holiday... anything that will inspire/move/or create contemplation.
The chorus loved "Tree of Peace" (Gwenyth Walker) - I'm looking for something full and moving like that.
I'm open to other grand pieces, too. I have room on the program for a couple.
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on August 17, 2014 3:05am
Ola Gjeilo's Tundra is definitely lush and grand and my choirs have loved it, though it may not fit thematically with what you're after.
Gwyneth Walker's I Thank You God and Crossing the Bar are dramatic gems that also may not quite fit a winter concert as well as a spring one... though they definitely inspire contemplation.
on August 17, 2014 4:57am
Hi Kathleen,
try my "The Five Stages of Loss" - SSAA and piano. You can download the pdf scores and listen to mp3 samples on my website:
All the best,
on August 17, 2014 6:13am
Gwyneth Walker: I Thank You God
Joan Szymko:Vivos Voco, Always Coming Home
on August 17, 2014 7:02am
You might find something of use among the various holiday pieces I've written for women. There's also a setting of May the Road Rise to Meet You. Check them out on YouTube:
on August 17, 2014 8:06am
Kathleen - 
I have composed a piece called Holy Light,Dancing to the Call of God, and Not One Has Gone Astray.  I would be more than willing to send you complimentary  copies of these pieces.  All three pieces have intriquing piano parts.  Dancing to the Call of God has cello, chimes, marimba and piano.
Denice Rippentrop
on August 17, 2014 8:59am
Dan Forrest's Psalm 8 (piano accompaniment with gorgeous violin solo, and djembes.  
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on September 2, 2014 11:32am
who is the publisher on this piece?
on August 17, 2014 9:34am
Hi Kathleen,
My piece Frozen In (SSA, piano & violin; 4 minutes) would be a perfect fit; it is a lush, accompanied piece describing the perfect, peaceful calm of a crisp winter evening. Perusal score and recording are up here, if you'd like to check it out.
Thank you for considering this piece, and good luck with the rest of your programming!
Best wishes,
on August 17, 2014 9:40am
Hope Is the Thing With Feathers, new by Paul Caldwell and Sean Ivory, commissioned for Sing A Mile High Choral Festival 2014. Dedicated to people who are fighting cancer. Email Paul at paulicaldwell(a)
You need a very good accompanist. It's beautiful!
on August 17, 2014 2:43pm
In a more traditional vein, do you know Elgar's "The Snow" for piano, violin and SSAA choir? Truly beautiful.
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on August 18, 2014 5:09am
I have an SSA setting of O Magnum Mysterium that I think you'll really is for harp or piano, but you can buy the orchestration for the symphonic experience.
Check out the music and recording here:
Let me know if I can be of any help!
Best of luck,
Timothy Michael Powell
on August 18, 2014 11:16am
Alleluia from Randall Thompson's Place of the Blest is absoluely gorgeous!  Sounds like it might be a good fit for this choir!
Bill Pappazisis
Assistant Director, Education
Handel and Haydn Society
Boston, MA
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on August 19, 2014 4:20am
I'm going to toss my 2cents in here and maybe you'll find it worthwhile.  I have a work entitled "Snow Angels" scored for SSAA, piano, celesta and sleigh bells.  This is a song without words, but depends heavily on the dynamics and tempo and vocal movement.  The celesta and sleighbells add ambiance to this entire experience.  The work depicts the joy of a new snowfall, plyaing in the whirling snow, wonderment and ultimately making snow angels in the wild snowfall.  This won a silver platter award here on ChoralNet. Here's the link to the perusal score:  - Here's a midi performance:
While not considered a "holiday" peace, here's another beautiful score about love for SSA and piano - I Chose Love, with text by Dr. Robert J. Smithdas (recently passed in 7/14) deaf/blind from the age of 5.  The text is a prayer and while asleep an angel visits offering gifts, but in the end the dreamer chooses love.  Here's a youtube performance:
Good luck on your search.
Rick Bartlett
on August 19, 2014 3:15pm
Susan Brumfield's "No Time" is absolutely gorgeous.  It is for SSAA divisi.  It is lush and powerful, and not all that hard, besides calling for division.  I can't say enough good things about this wonderful piece.
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on August 20, 2014 7:55am
YES.  No Time has been the highlight piece from my last 5 years of teaching.  Everyone should sing this piece!
on August 21, 2014 8:49am
Hi Kathleen,
I invite you to peruse "The Freshness" ( piano can replace harp effectively if need be)
Also Illumina le tenebre, and Bendizione at Santa Barbara Music: 
Joan Szymko
on August 21, 2014 11:23am
Dear Kathleen,
You might take a look at my piece When Music Sounds for SSAA & piano.  I would definitely characterize the piano part as lush, and the text (by Walter de la Mare) will invite your singers to contemplate the meaning of music in our lives.  It was premiered (in its TTBB & piano version) in Baltimore at the Eastern Division ACDA conference this past year by the Penn State Glee Club under the baton of Christopher Kiver.  
The score is available for perusal and purchase here:
The SSAA version has not yet been recorded, but you can get a decent sense of how it will sound by listening to the TTBB version here:
Many thanks for considering my music!  Best of luck in assembling your program.
Joseph Gregorio
on August 22, 2014 3:42am
I recommend "Homeland" by Z. Randall Stroope.  It's semi-patriotic with a wonderful text.  Students and audiences love it.
on August 25, 2014 3:31pm
Z. Randall Stroope has another great setting: There Is No Rose.  
on August 26, 2014 5:16am
Greetings Kathleen,
I have a piece, Spirit of Life, for women's choir and piano that was really well received at the Florida Women's All-State last year. Great words that I wanted my own girls to know growing up! Starts simpler and builds to a big finish. A sample recording is on ITunes here.
Happy hunting!
Christopher Aspaas
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on August 26, 2014 5:58am
Please consider my composition, When you are old, for SSAA and piano. has a recording. Please send me your email address for a pdf of it.
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on August 27, 2014 6:29am
Hi Kathleen --
"My Voice" (SSAA, piano, strings; 14 min.) was commissioned by the Contra Costa Children's Chorus for their 25th anniversary. The text is an original poem by my late wife, author Patricia Doherty, celebrating singing: what is my voice? where does it come from? what do I do with it? where does it take me? I could send you a PDF of the full score and a CD of the premiere.
Best wishes for your chorus!
Anthony Doherty
on August 27, 2014 7:08am
We did this one last year: Winterlight by Amy Bernon. Loved it--so beautiful. 
on August 28, 2014 8:50am
Hello Kathleen,
If you're looking for a sparkling closing number for your concert, may I suggest having a look and listen at
Overture To Christmas is just that, a collection of Christmas carols and songs – mostly 'ancient' – which I arranged in a suite of some seven minutes. It is scored for choir(s), one or two pianos, with optional percussion, and is available in SATB (divisi – as in the YouTube video), SSAA and TTBB. An combination of the three voicings may be performed simultaneously for 'Festival' purposes. This particular video features the Universty of Tennessee Concert Choir performing it in 2010, the year it was published. The actual concert recording begins at 1'12, after a peek at a rehearsal. The score is available from A Tempo (donaldpatriquin(at) Perusal PDF freely available. Printed and digital copies.
Donald Patriquin
on August 28, 2014 3:12pm
Dear Kathleen:
Have a listen and look at "The Kiss"  
THE KISS – Very popular with the ladies
Tom Council
on September 1, 2014 4:53pm
I love Schalk's "Before the Marvel of This Night" and Rutter's "Candlelight Carol".
on September 2, 2014 3:02am
Dear Kathleen
I have a cantata entitled 'A Better World' recently performed bt a 70 strong community choir, only 15 men - non auditioned. It can easily be adapted for SSAA. It is a story about 2 refugeees and their journey to freedom. It is an inspirational piece - read the comments on my profile and website. There are piano accompaniments, a slide show, which is optional, and a script for a narrator to accompany the work. This is all contained in a master score and slide show available in PDF format.  It is about 40 minutes long.
Ray Saunders
on September 2, 2014 9:37am
Hi Kathleen,
Good luck with your search,
Catherine Dalton
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on September 3, 2014 11:39am
Hi Kathleen,
I have performed a wonderful Easter "cantata" by Arthur Honegger: Cantique de Paques. It calls for 3 soloists (S S A), Chorus (S S A), and Orchestra. The orchestration: 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 2 Trumpets, 2 Horns, Celeste, Harp, and strings are available on rental from G. Schirmer (Hal Leonard). A reduced orchstration is also available - for organ and harp.
Cantique is very beautiful and engaging, warm-hearted. Because a bit more is written for solo voices than chorus, I found that it was wonderful to substitute the chorus for some of the solo parts. At times the soloists sing simultaneously with the chorus; a few of these sections can also be for six part chorus.
Cantique de Paques is not a lenghty piece - about 15 minutes long. Hope this piece might "plug in" nicely with pieces you are considering.
Jim Marvin
on September 4, 2014 6:46am
Try out Andrea Clearfield's Tse Go La, the music itself is fairly straightforward, the challenge comes in the language, which is Tibetan.  It's the kind of piece you're talking about though, lush, joyful, and soaring. (and with piano accompaniment).
You can find it here:
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