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Items by Robert Ross

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Comment: Re: Advent SATB with rhythm section
Not precisely an Advent piece, but, perhaps, my And God's Name Shall Be One (SATB, Pno, bs., kit, gui. opt.) might be of interest: it's an English translation of Hebrew prayer recited at the close of every service for the coming of the Messianic time. Score sampler and recording available from me...
Comment: Re: Raucous drinking and sailor songs for men's voices
This semester we're focussing on music of John Stafford Smith (the composer of the tune which became our national anthem).   His Slaves Are they That Heap Up Mountains is a 4-part canon that is, as the British would say, "rumbustious" and might fit what you're looking for. It's available from CP...
Comment: Re: songs celebrating darkness at time of solstice....
Samuel Barber's Twelfth Night (G Schirmer) does just that. Not an easy piece (as is normally the case with Barber), but well worth the effort.   Hope this helps, Robert A. M. Ross Chair, Music Department Community College of Philadelphia robertamross@verizon.net
Comment: Re: repertoire suggestions - famous poetry
Here's the Soundcloud.com link to Of Nature and Humility. Enjoy!   https://soundcloud.com/robert-ross-9/of-nature-and-humility   Robert A. M. Ross Chair, Music Department Community College of Philadelphia robertamross(a)verizon.net
Comment: Re: repertoire suggestions - famous poetry
Not certain if this would count as "less familiar" poetry, but:   My Of Nature and Humility might be of interest: it's for double SATB with soprano solo. Choir I (solo sings w/choir I which may also be sung 1-on-a-part) sings Psalm 131 in both Hebrew and English; Choir II's text is Nature, a s...
Comment: Re: Unexpected Composers
Justin Morgan also wrote an extraordinary •Judgement Anthem• for SATB (6 parts if you double the S & T vv. @ the octave—which really does sound better!)—published by Broude Bros.   Robert A. M. Ross Chair, Music Dept. Community College of Philadelphia robertamross@verizon.net
Comment: Re: It came upon the midnight clear with harp, choir, and congregation
I have at least two instrumental versions of this that I could easily customize for your needs.   Please contact me privately for score samplers and MIDI snapshots.   Hope this helps, Robert A.M. Ross Chair, Music Department Community College of Philadelphia robertamross@verizon.net
Comment: Re: Seeking Christmas Eve anthems for church choir
My Images of Christmas (SA choir + SATB, kbd. or hp. or both) on original haiku might be just what you're looking for. You can listen to it here:   https://soundcloud.com/robert-ross-9/images-of-christmas-1980   This is available on special reprint from Fred Bock Music.   I also have a num...
Comment: Re: O Holy Night w/ brass
Is this to be only brass accompaniment, or have you a harp or keyboard available as well?   I have a version for organ & harp or keyboard wherein the organ part could be easily transcribed for whatever brass combination you need. please write me privately for details.   Hope this helps, ...
Comment: Re: MAGNIFICAT
There's a Magnificat for double choir (short SSA soli) & continuo by Charles Theodore Pachelbel (Johann's son who lived in colonial America) that's rarely heard nowadays published by C.F. Peters.   Hope this helps, Robert A.M. Ross Chair, Music Department Community College of Philadelphia...
Comment: Re: Shakespeare texts?
I have an SATB (some div.) a cappella setting of My Mistress’ Eyes that is well field tested! You may listen to it here:   https://soundcloud.com/robert-ross-9/my-mistress-eyes-1971-rev-1998   Perusal and complete scores are available from me directly.   I also have a cantata-length Sha...
Comment: Re: Choral work with strings and/or oboe, trumpet
Vincent Persichetti's Flower Songs for SATB and strings (Elkan-Vogel) is negelected and worth hearing.   As are Cecil Effinger's Four Pastorals for SATB & oboe (G. Schirmer).   Hope this helps, Robert A.M. Ross Community College of Philadelphia robertamross@verizon.net Soundcloud.co...
Comment: Re: Vocal repertoire adapted from symphony orchestra.
I have an adaptation of the opening of the 3rd mvt. of Mahler's 1st Symphony on an original sacred text for SATB and timpani or other bass instrument. Very easily put together…   Robert A.M. Ross Community College of Philadelphia robertamross@verizon.net Soundcloud.com: <Robert Ross 11>...
Comment: Re: Choral music for Civil Rights commemoration?
Tricky, but worth it: Jean Berger's Hope for Tomorrow (SATB [some div.], pno); G. Schirmer, on a text by MLK. Very effective and not "dated" in sound.   Hope this helps, Robert A.M. Ross Community College of Philadelphia robertamross@verizon.net Soundcloud.com: <Robert Ross 11>
Comment: Re: Need a Good Arrangement of Star-Spangled Banner
I have one for SSATB a capp based on one for TTBB a capp, both of which have worked very well.   My favorite, though, is Igor Stravinsky's (yes, you read that correctly!) for SATB and acc. or orchestra available from Presser's.   Hope this helps, Robert A.M. Ross Community College of Philad...
Comment: Re: Processionals!
If this is a holiday concert, take a look at All This Time by William Walton (OUP)—easily learned; fresh-sounding to this day.   Hope this helps, Robert A.M. Ross Community College of Philadelphia robertamross@verizon.net Soundcloud.com: <Robert
Comment: Re: SSAA or SSA piece that will WOW audience
The Medieval carol Verbum Patris Umanatur (SSAA a cappella, percussion) is lots of fun. I have an edition and a good recording if you'd like to see/hear more…   Hope this helps, Robert A.M. Ross Chair, Music Department Community College of Philadelphia robertamross@verizon.net Soundclou...
Comment: Re: Looking for lively/upbeat Marian setting for auditioned community women's choir
Close to a Marian piece (it doesn't mention her by name, but is about her), the Medieval carol Verbum Patris Umanatur (SSAA a cappella, percussion) is lots of fun. I have an edition and a good recording if you'd like to see/hear more…   Hope this helps, Robert A.M. Ross Chair, Music Departm...
Comment: Re: Need good Kwanzaa song
The e-mail address for LaVonne Burleigh posted above seems to be invalid/incorrect. Updates, anyone?   Robert Ross robertamross@verizon.net Soundcoud.com: <Robert Ross 11>
Comment: Re: Upbeat SATB piece with piano
Emma Lou Diemer: For Ye Shall Go Out With Joy (SATB, pno); also California Madrigals; Carl Fischer   I have a short work awaiting world premiere, Festival Fanfare for SATB and piano that might also make for a good opener: Hebrew text Ohavei Rinah, Bo-u Lashir (“Lovers of Joy, Come to Sing!...
Comment: Re: Women's Choir and Brass ensemble
I have an arrangement of Gaudeamus igitur for S(S)A and brass quintet that might be of interest. Sampler and MIDI snapshot available on request.   Hope this helps, Robert A.M. Ross robertamross@verizon.net Soundcloud.com: <Robert Ross 11>
Comment: Re: Psalm Settings
Three for your consideration:   Arvo Pärt: Cantate Domino (SATB, org), Universal. In Latin   Benjie-Ellen Schiller: Psalm 150 (3 part equal or mixed, gui or kbd., hand drum) Transcontinental/Hal Leonard. In Hebrew.   Charles Davidson: Psalm 150 (SATB, org or pno 1/4) Transcontinental/Ha...
Comment: Re: Sacred anthem SATB with clarinet ( B flat)
I have a *Meditation for Lent* for SATB cl & org (based on Lutheran chorale tunes) that might fit the bill. Please contact me privately for score sampler and MIDI snapshot.   Hope this helps, Robert A.M. Ross Chair, Music Department Community College of Philadelphia robertamross@verizon....
Comment: Re: Journey songs
I have a short work for SATB (mostly unison except last verse), fl & org Journey of Faith which should still be available from Theodore Preseer Co. (Please let me know if you cannot secure it!)   Norman Dello Joio did a phenomenal setting of Whitman's Song of the Open Road for SATB (div.?)...
Comment: Re: BEST SATB Christmas Music with Harp
Several things come to mind:   Rutter's What Sweeter Music works beautifully with harp rather than organ.   Frank Ferko's A Festival of Carols and Kirke Mechem's 7 Joys of Christmas (both SATB div. & harp; both ECS Music) are little known and well worth performing. There is also a suite...
Comment: Re: Edgy contemporary choral music (no pretty, please)
Here is var-dev-at-ons posted on Soundcloud.com:   https://soundcloud.com/robert-ross-9/var-dev-at-ons-opening-the-cage-14-variations-on-14-words-of-john-cage-1997   Enjoy! Please let me know if it may be of interest! Robert A.M. Ross Chair, Music Department Community College of Philade...
Comment: Re: Looking for lliterature for Tenor soloist and SATB or TTBB Chorus
I have three diverse works with tenor solo, all of which are accessible to a good amateur choir, which may be of interest:   Shenandoah (arr. 1973; rev. 2014) T solo, TTBB a capp; premiered April 23 in Philadelphia. I'm awaiting audio of that performance.   Psalm 133 (1982; rev. 2005 & 2...
Comment: Re: Edgy contemporary choral music (no pretty, please)
I have an offbeat work which may fit your bill: var-dev-at-ons (Opening the Cage): 14 Variations on 14 Words of John Cage on a text by Edwin Morgan for SATB a capp (no divisi) or with colla parte instruments or keyboard; written for and premiered by the Gregg Smith Singers in the late 90s. Please...
Comment: Re: Convocation/Commencement Anthems SATB high school level
Homer Keller's •Salutation of the Dawn• SATB a capp; Ludwig Music—on a Sanskrit text in translation. Great piece!   Hope this helps, Robert A. M. Ross robertamross@verizon.net Soundcloud.com: <Robert Ross 11>
Comment: Re: Music for High School Choir and Band
Howard Hanson's •Song of Democracy• (Carl Fischer)—a must-do if your forces are capable (& it sounds as though they are!)   Robert A. M. Ross Chair, Music Dept., Community College of Philadelphia robertamross@verizon.net Soundcloud.com: <Robert Ross 11>
Comment: Re: Dickens' Christmas Carol
Lesley Hopwood Meyer did set one excerpt: Fezziwig’s Ball; which I have in an arrangement for SSAATTBB a cappella with a speaker in the intro. Available from me; you may listen to it here:   https://soundcloud.com/robert-ross-9/fezziwigs-ball-lesley-hopwood   Hope this helps, Robert A.M...
Comment: Re: Randall Thompson non-Frostiana?
My former choir, Voces Novae et Antiquae, recorded a Thompson CD back in the early '90s that included Frostiana plus (might not be in this exact order):   A Feast of Praise (SATB div., brass ensemble & harp—tricky harmonically & rhythmically, but worth the effort) Glory to God in the ...
Comment: Re: Randall Thompson non-Frostiana?
There are also orchestral and band versions available on rental from ECS.   Robert A.M. Ross Chair, Music Department Community College of Philadelphia robertamross(a)verizon.net Soundcloud.com: <Robert Ross 11>
Comment: Re: Secular, a cappella, graduation music
I have used Salutation of the Dawn on a Sanskrit text in translation by Homer Keller (SATB, a capp; Ludwig); it's great for graduations.   Hope this helps, Robert A.M. Ross robertamross@verizon.net Soundcloud.com: <Robert Ross 11>
Comment: Re: Last minute Easter anthem - SATB - quickly obtainable
If you're still looking, my Hymn-Anthem "Because You Live, O Christ" might be just the ticket: it's SATB but verses can be sung in unison or unison sections & requires only organ, but violin & cello can easily be added. Contact me privately for materials!   Robert A.M. Ross robertamross@...
Comment: Re: Texts to inaugurate a new auditorium
And the text is secular in this cantata! Robert A. M. Ross robertamross(a)verizon.net Soundcloud.com: <Robert Ross 11>  
Comment: Re: Texts to inaugurate a new auditorium
I also have a short Locus iste in English for 2-pt. mixed chorus, brass quartet and organ that awaits world premiere that might make a good opener…   Robert A. M. Ross robertamross(a)verizon.net Soundcloud.com: <Robert Ross 11>
Comment: Re: Texts to inaugurate a new auditorium
I have a 17 min. cantata on this very topic, written for HS choirs: •Of Arts and Elements• on original poetry by Charles Crawford (scoring: SATB  div., 3 trpt, Pno, 2 perc., str).   The text lines up music, drama and dance with 3 of the 4 primal elements: air, fire & water, respectively;...
Comment: Re: Exciting extended sacred works from 20th-21st Century composers
I have an oratorio on texts from Isaiah: Hear, O Heavens for SB soli, SATB div, and, at the moment, a reduced instrumentation for organ, piano (opt. harp), cb and 1 percussionist; 50 min. in length. It could be orchestrated fairly quickly if you think the piece would work for you. Please contact me...
Comment: Re: Major Works Appropriate for HS Singers
I have a work specifically written for the forces you describe: Of Arts and Elements, a cantata for SATB div., 3 trpts, pno, 2 perc commissioned in 1999 by my alma mater, Radnor HS outside Philadelphia, for the dedication of their new performing arts wing.   Please let me know if you would be i...
Comment: Re: quality 2 part music
I have a unison/2-pt work with piano: Lady Music Speaks (on a translation of Martin Luther's Frau Musica) which they might like. Contact me privately for perusal score/MIDI snapshot.   Hope this helps, Robert A.M. Ross robertamross@verizon.net Soundcloud.com: <Robert Ross 11>
Comment: Re: Palm Sunday piece for SATB and orchestra
Richard Dirksen's Rejoice, Ye Pure in Heart (Shawnee) is the best palm Sunday hymn/anthem I've yet run across. It's scored for large brass ensemble, organ & timpani but could easily be scored for orchestra.   Please let me know if I may be of service!   Robert A.M. Ross robertamross@veri...
Comment: Re: Two year College Forum?
Indeed! I'm at Community College of Philadelphia and run the choir there.   Robert A.M. Ross info@robertamross.com Soundcloud.com: <Robert Ross 11>
Comment: Re: Vivaldi Gloria instruments
Electronic keyboards nowadays sound much better than they used to. A few caveats, though:   If you use a harpsichord patch, make certain it plays in the correct octave (i.e., C4 sounds C4).   "Church Organ" patches on synths are usually "tutti" sounds sounding at pitch, at least 1 octave above...
Comment: Re: Palm Sunday SATB anthem with organ and brass
Richard Dirksen's Rejoice, Ye Pure in Heart (Shawnee) is most magnificent for Palm Sunday.   Hope this helps, Robert A.M. Ross info@robertamross.com Soundcloud.com: <Robert Ross 11>
Comment: Re: Suggestions for a piece for senior recital
Er, do you mean Psalm 23 from the Rutter Requiem? No such item in the Fauré, unless this is a very recent discovery—in which case, I know I’d want to see it! Robert A. M. Ross robertamross(a)verizon.net Soundcloud.com: <Robert Ross 11>    
Comment: Re: Suggestions for a piece for senior recital
I have a yet-to-be premiered Festival Fanfare for SATB & piano—but in Hebrew—exactly four words for the entire text (though I have an English singing translation almost ready if the third piece must be in English). Very up-tempo in multiple meters, and it would not be a bad thing to demonstr...
Comment: Re: College Theory Program and Great Choirs
Temple University's Boyer College of Music has one of the best balances between comnservatory-style training and academic background to be found.   Hope ths helps, Riobert A.M. Ross info@robertamross.com Soundcloud.com: <Robert Ross 11>
Comment: Re: Recording of To Saint Cecilia by Norman Dello Joio
Somewhere in my LP collection, I think, is a HS festival performance of this which, once found, could be digitized.   Please contact me privately if you'd like to pursue this.   Hope this helps. Robert A. M. Ross info@robertamross.com Soundcloud.com: <Robert Ross 11>
Comment: Re: Need SATB, Trumpet and Piano Piece for Spring Concert
Daniel Moe: Chief Seattle's Psalm (Carl Fischer) Norman Dello Joio: Song of the Open Road (Carl Fischer)   Hope this helps, Robert A.M. Ross info@robertamross.com Soundcloud.com: <Robert Ross 11>