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Items by Ken Malucelli

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Comment: Re: performing copyrighted music with just piano accompaniment
What an odd question; but as I've had the opposite happen to a couple pieces of mine, I'll venture a guess.  If the piano accomp. is indeed published in the score, then I suggest just going with that.  The copyright police aren't gonna come gunning for you.  On occasion I've had several a cappe...
Comment: Re: Seeking Holiday (non Christmas) Songs
Hey, James, I've got several non-Christmas MOCC (tmocc.com) charts for SATB a cappella (my specialty): "Baby, It's Cold Outside" "Holiday Polka" "Let It Snow" "The Sleigh" (orig. 2nd vs. lyric, and you can hear it all here, but they added a simple piano accomp. I didn't write: http://www.youtube...
Comment: Re: Looking for novelty Winter/Holiday piece for adult women's chorus
Hi, Kathleen.  Your group would have a ball with my "Santa Claus Tango."  My Merrie Olde Christmas Carolers (tmocc.com) have gotten lots of laughs out of it, as have audiences, and last year a girls chorus in SoCal did it and had loads of fun putting it together.  You can hear them singing it and...
Comment: Re: Holiday repertoire for middle school choir
Christie, several of my Merrie Olde Christmas Caroler arrangements (for SATB a cappella; tmocc.com) could easily be redone for 2-part middle school choirs (and I'm guessing you'd need basic piano accomp.).  A few suggestions: "Rudolph"; "Frosty"; "God Rest Ye" (starts w/a fun kazoo canon in 6-8, a...
Comment: Re: Looking for an SATB Halloween piece for HS Choir
OOPS!!!  Craig, I meant to add, if any of the songs in Next/Necks strike your fancy, I could easily do simple choral charts for whatever, that wasn't already harmonized.   Ken
Comment: Re: Looking for an SATB Halloween piece for HS Choir
Craig, last year I wrote a 24-song revue for four singers (SATB: solos, duets, quartets, with piano accomp., plus some guitar and even a banjo and steel drums...on synth.) about vampires, ghouls, mummies, werewolves, witches...and even Frankenstein's monster.  It's title?  Next To You, Necks To...
Announcement: New Calypso Carol: “Mary and Joseph to Bethelhem Go” SATB+guitar+perc.
     By request I have just rearranged my Merrie Olde Christmas Carolers SATB a cappella chart of “Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem Go,” an original calypso carol I’d composed for the company some years back.  The new version has guitar, and additional percussion: güiro; triangle; tom-toms; ...
Announcement: “Do You Hear What I Hear?” SATB a cappella
The Merrie Olde Christmas Carolers’ SATB a cappella arrangement of “Do You Hear What I Hear?” is now available for your more advanced choirs.  Each verse is a solo for separate voice section, progressing from B to A to S to T, with the three non-solo sections singing accompaniment in semi-can...
Comment: Re: opera choruses
Dwight, what's the nature/format of your concert?  Having sung with San Francisco Opera for 18 seasons, I can recommend many types of chorus pieces.  And I well recall singing that beautiful "Va pensiero" Bob Boyd just recommended.   Cheers, Ken Malucelli
Comment: Re: Christmas music
Hi, Caleb. Ken Malucelli here.  I have an SATB + French horn version of my "Noel nouvelet/The First Noel" fantasy (there's also one for piano four hands and one for brass quintet).  You can hear the piano version on my Web site, kenmalucelli.com.  Click on Holiday & Seasonal, scroll down to t...
Comment: Re: choral music with Spanish singing translations/paraphrases
Gee, Paul, too bad the Spanish translations for my song cycle on Brahms' fiery "Zigeunerlieder," (now "Cansiones gitanas") aren't ready.  My Spanish translator has just begun working on the 15 songs (both op. 103 and 112, which I've rearranged and set new English texts to) and won't be finished for...
Comment: Re: Walt Whitman Settings?
Joseph, I have an SSAATTBB a cap. setting of Whiman's powerful anti-war poem, "Turn, O Libertad!", that I'd just transcribed earlier this year for another chorus from the original SATB + piano 4 hands / orchestra versions.  You can hear a midi of the piano 4 hands version on my site, kenmalucell...
Announcement: “The Twelve (Animated) Days of Christmas”
     Everyone likes to have fun, and this new take on “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” with swipes at Tschaikovsky, Saint Säens, Gilbert & Sullivan and Ravel, skewered melodies of a few famous carols (“God Rest Ye” as an Irish jig?!), surprising key and time signature shifts, kazoos, ...
Announcement: “Santa Claus Tango,” “Holiday Polka” SATB a cappella
Looking for some fun holiday charts with a dance-y feeling?  Dare your audiences (and your choir members) to sit still (and not laugh) while singing “Santa Claus Tango,” with its “nosediver” vocal scoops, and “Holiday Polka,” complete with kazoos and tambourine!     To hear both tu...
Comment: Re: City of Angels
I absolutely love this show!  An honest-to-God jazz score.  Won 6 Tonys and 8 Drama Desk Awards!  Have seen it twice and have both the B'way and London cast CD's, the latter of which beats the former by a country mile!  If you have four hot singers to carry off that "Greek chorus" quartet, go f...
Comment: Re: Looking for snow/winter songs/arrangements
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...
Comment: Re: Looking for snow/winter songs/arrangements
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....
Comment: Re: How to balance repitoire
Good answer, Marie.  I'd just toss in the idea that whatever it is, Rosemarie, it should be fun to work on and fun to sing, even if it's a piece of classiical, ethnic or world.  Also, "beautiful" is a good choosing point.  A while back, there was a thread on that, and Mozart's beloved "Ave verum...
Announcement: New Brahms "Zigeunerlieder" transcriptions for SA, SATB, piano 4 hands, and string quartet
Before computers, I’d rearranged Brahms’ fiery “Zigeunerlieder” into a 15-number song cycle for San Francisco Girls Chorus, setting them for 2-part treble using all songs from both Opus 103 and 112, writing all new lyrics, and expanding the solo piano accompaniment into piano 4 hands, as Bra...
Announcement: "Night Before Christmas" en français
     For those with choirs that serve a predominantly French demographic, I've had occasion to do a completely French version/translation of my original "'Twas the Night Before Christmas" setting, for SATB and either piano 4 hands or full symphony orchestra.  Now entitled "Une visite de St. Nico...
Comment: Re: Uptempo piece about love
Ruth, your group might have lots of fun with my fantasy on Cole Porter's "Let's Do It," which Chanticleer premiered, some years back.  It's SATB a cappella, but when Chanticleer also did it on Prairie Home Companion they added a rhythm section.  You can hear that version on their On The Air  CD....
Comment: Re: Concert Theme: Toyland
Hi, Carla.  Speaking of toys, last year the girls choir at Ramona Convent up in Alhambra, just 30 min. north of you, had a ball singing my original carol, "Santa Claus Tango," which mentions toys and cookies.  I have it in SSAA as well as the original SATB, both a cappella.  Pretty funny number w...
Announcement: "Sleigh Ride" for SATB or TTB + brass quintet + percussion
The Merrie Olde Christmas Carolers' arrangement of “Sleigh Ride,” originally for SATB a cappella, is now available for both SATB and TTBB choirs + brass quintet + percussion.  The new version for TTBB ++ will be premiered this year by the Goulborn Male Chorus, Ottawa, Canada.   The original...
Announcement: New "Lord...Instrument...Peace" (St. Francis) SATB + org.
Chancel Choir of First Presbyterian Church of Burlingame, CA, premiered the work this past Sun., Feb. 9.  Many of you already know the text (Prayer of St. Francis).  Challenging setting for some but not unmanageable, as we proved.  If you're looking for a new setting of the text, you might like ...
Comment: Re: What is the most perfect piece of choral music ever composed? Opinions, please.
This is so spot on!  It was going to be my selection, too.  As a singer and composer, I'm always incredibly moved by the piece whenever we sing it in choir.  Simply beautiful and absolutely perfect in every way.  You just made my day.  Thank you! Ken Malucelli
Comment: Re: Christmas TBB or TTBB with Brass Quintet
Well, Robert, if you hadn't already just done "Sing We Now...", I would've suggested my fantasy on "Noel nouvelet" and "The First Noel," which weaves in and out of each tune and goes in and out of about a dozen keys.  You can hear the SATB + piano-4-hands version on my Web site.  It's under Holid...
Comment: Re: Bass singing a tenor role...help!
Kristina, I totally agree about transposing!  Leigh, please don't make the kid sing out of his normal range.  That's an absolute no-no for anyone.  You have the voice you're given and that's that.  Older singers can manipulate after learning lots of vocal techniques and tricks, but a high school...
Announcement: "Unicorns in the Yard!"
     Looking for a feature comical piece for your next choral concert?  You might like to consider this 17-minute tour-de-force for SATB (some suggested solo lines) and piano.  The story is freely based on Thurber’s “The Unicorn in the Garden,” but the actual lyrics are original.     ...
Announcement: Whitman’s “Turn, O Libertad” now for SATB a cappella
I’ve been asked to create an SATB a cappella version of my fuller settings of Walt Whitman’s powerful poem, “Turn, O Libertad,” originally set for SATB chorus and both piano 4 hands and symphonic orchestra.  You may hear a midi file of the orig. v. (w/piano) on my Web site, kenmalucelli.c...
Announcement: Showstopping “Night B4 Xmas”
Greetings, All.        If next year you're looking for a holiday concert showstopper/headliner piece, may I suggest “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas,” set to melodies of beloved carols and, for the last verse, a spoof of the opening movement of Bach’s “Magnificat in D” ?     ...
Comment: Re: Men's Chorus Repertoire
Hi, Daniel.  It's Ken Malucelli from Prince/SF.  If you want a blockbuster Christmas piece for 8-part men (actually tenor soloist and 7-part back), you might want to consider my setting of "Rise Up, Shepherd."  You can hear it on my Web site, kenmalucelli.com.  Go into Holiday & Seasonal, sc...
Announcement: "Night Before Xmas" (Malucelli) now for SA + pno and SAB + pno
For choir directors of smaller groups still looking for a showcase number for their holiday concerts, and due to requests, I am revising my SATB and SSAA settings of "'Twas the Night Before Christmas" for SA and SAB.  I am also expanding the piano accomp. into one piano four hands.  The text has b...
Announcement: New SSAA+pno, "'Twas the Night Before Christmas" (Malucelli)
Still looking for a big, audience-friendly closer for your women's choir's holiday concerts that's a sure-fire crowd pleaser?  I've just reworked my SATB setting of the famous poem into SSAA + piano.  The original version has been done all around the SF Bay Area over the past few years, and two ne...
Announcement: "I'm Spending Hanukah In Santa Monica" for SATB & kazoos!
No, really, I'm not kidding! This zany Tom Lehrer piece was originally arranged for SATB a cappella (and, yes, kazoos) for the Merrie Olde Christmas Carolers (tmocc.com), after which I was asked to revise it for TTBB (and those kazoos), for the Golden Gate Men's Chorus, which sang it during their...
Announcement: "Rise Up, Shepherd" for tenor solo and 7-part SATB back
The original version of this a cappella arrangement, premiered by PSFS several years back, was for tenor solo and 7-part male back.  I've just had to redo it for tenor solo and 7-part SATB back.  It sounds virtually identical to the original, which you can hear live on my website, kenmalucelli.com...
Comment: Re: Cheap(er) musicals for high school
Hi, Arielle.  It's Ken Malucelli out in San Francisco.  High school kids are a prime target for vampires, werewolves, witches, ghouls, mummies, Frankenstein's monster...and utter silliness.  In that regard I've recently written a loopy revue, Next To You, Necks To Me, which can be performed by a...
Comment: Re: Liebeslieder Waltzes for chorus and string quartet
Greetings from San Francisco!  Hi, Nathaniel, it's Ken Malucelli from Prince/SF Productions.  Tho' I'm not aware of that arrgmt, what I do have are two separate arrgmts of Brahms' far more interesting and fiery "Zigeunerlieder": one for SATB + string quartet, the other for SATB + piano 4 hands. ...
Comment: Re: Unusual Christmas arrangements
Phyllis, The Merrie Olde Christmas Carolers (tmocc dot com) have been doing my specialty arrangements for over 30 years.  They've also been done by Chanticleer, SF Symphony Chorus, Symphony Silicon Valley Chorus, etc.   You can hear most of them on my recording engineer's Web site: http://sites....
Comment: Re: Jingle Bells HEEEELLP ;o)
Greetings from San Francisco!   Hi, Chad, it's Ken Malucelli at Prince/SF Productions.  If ultimately you can't locate the chart you're looking for, you might want to consider an equally challenging one with solos, jagged rhythms, harmonic changes (based on the original "One Horse Open Sleigh," ...
Announcement: Fun, challenging "Fum" and "Sleigh" (next Christmas)
Choruses have had fun working on these two moderately challenging arrangements:   "Fum, Fum, Fum" (trad.), SATB a cappella, Spanish, orig. Catalan, and new English texts.   "The Sleigh" (Kountz), SATB a cappella (choir on youtube added piano assistance)   You can indeed watch both p...
Borrowing request: Request to borrow: Amahl scores
Item: Might need 40 Amahl and the Night Visitor scores Composer/Arranger/Edition: Menotti/Schirmer Starting: Fall-Christmas 2013 For: 3 months? Copies: 40 Willing to rent: Yes   My church choir director (we're in the SF Bay Area, on the peninsula) is considering doing Amahl next Christmas...
Comment: Re: Patriotic A Capella rep for SATB
Daniel, for a 200-voice choir I have an SSAATTBB a cappella arrangement of "Strike Up the Band" that Chanticleer premiered some years back...and which stopped their concerts cold.  The full lyric, including the rarely heard verse about war, peace, justice and perserverance, is right up your alley...
Comment: Re: Humorous and sophisticated holiday repertoire
Ethan, I did an SATB/ TTBB v. of Tom Lehrer's wacko  "I'm Spending Hannukah in Santa Monica" for Golden Gate Men's Chorus that stopped the show cold, especially when the guys whipped out their kazoos and started tooting "Hava Nagila."  If you're interested in eyeballing the chart and listening t...
Comment: Re: Looking to Find a KILLER CLOSER for a Conference Performance.
Sorry, Jason, but I didn't see this until nearly 10-pm my time (San Francisco).   Can you contact me directly, so I can e-mail you a pdf and midi?  I'm at Ken@PrinceSF.com  
Comment: Re: Looking to Find a KILLER CLOSER for a Conference Performance.
Hey, Jason, it's Ken Malucelli.  If you want to send your audience into orbit, consider my SATBB a cappella chart of "Handful of Keys" ("Fats" Waller).  Chanticleer premiered it some years back and toured it all over the planet.  It was a tremendous hit and often the highlight of a concert; aud...
Comment: Re: Looking for a cappella arrangements of Christmas music
Hi, Susan.,  It's Ken Malucelli up in San Francisco.  I couldn't help jumping on your post on choralnet because your request is right up my alley in several ways.    First off, The Merrie Olde Christmas Carolers, which I established back in 1977 and is now in its 35th successful season, is...
Concert: AGO concert April 28, Palo Alto, CA
On Sat. April 28, 3:00 pm, the West Coast Chapter of American Guild of Organists will present a concert hosted by Covenant Presbyterian Church (Palo Alto) Music Department, Donald Dillard, Director of Music, featuring sacred works for choir and organ by Bay Area composers T. Paul Rosas, Paul F. Pa...
Comment: Re: Looking for short lively piece by Brahms
Hi, Jon.  I highly recommend a couple of Brahms' fiery Ziguenerlieder, which I've arranged for 2-part chorus and piano four hands (or you could use the original SATB settings), with either the original German texts or the English lyrics I've created for a song cycle using all 15 of the pieces, fr...
Comment: Re: needed - piece/song from Malawi
Kate, I'm forwarding your e-mail to Damien Masterson, a Berkeleyite currently residing in Senegal, who's also lived and gigged in Mali and several other Aftrican countries.  He steeps himself in the music of the continent, has formed and recorded bands, etc.  Hope he can help you.  You can also...
Comment: Re: Favorite opera chorus for HS
Hi, Ethan, and Happy New Year!   Having sung with San Francisco Opera Chorus for 18 years and with Lamplighters (G&S co. in SF) for 8, I'd certainly want to take a look at the "Soldier's Chorus" from Faust.  Doing the Traviata "Libiamo" with the entire chorus' high voices singing the sol...