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Items by David Avshalomov

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Comment: Re: Looking for medium/easy SAB songs for concert
Hi Alisa,    Let me recommend this selection from my catalog. I publish in inexpensive .pdf format with photocopy license, and offer educational discount. My website is down for maintenance right now, but I think I can embed a short MIDI MP3 clip.   . I will be out of town in the mountains ne...
Comment: Re: Church Choir needs accompaniment by handbells alone
Dear Karen, I have a serious work, "The Mixed Blessings," interweaving both sets of the Beatitudes, accompanied by full handbell choir. IHere is a description:   The Mixed Blessings            13' SATB (divisi) high baritone and/or low tenor solo, handbells (or vibr, glock) Tex...
Concert: Avshalomov Choral Opera Showcase - "The Pearl", Glendale, CA Aug. 17 2014
Dear colleagues,   I want to give you an early notice of an exciting project I am working on. I will present a concert showcase of 6 numbers from my opera-in-progress, “The Pearl”, (based on John Steinbeck’s novella), at the fabulous visionary UnSung series in Glendale, California on Augus...
Comment: Re: What major (or 20 minute +) choral work would make a great end of our 25th year celebration?
Aloha Susan!   Let me offer you this major work of mine:   "Principles" is a powerful half-hour secular oratorio for large SATB/divisi chorus with solo movements for baritone voice, on themes of liberty, social justice, and religious freedom from texts of Thomas Jefferson. These include the r...
Comment: Re: Music for High School Choir and Band
Jake, great idea. Let me offer you a piece of mine; if the choir is advanced and large, you could pull it off. I'll leave it to you to judge how taxing it is; there are breaks and most of it does not lie high in tessitura.   I would recommend the finale, "All Eyes Are Opened to the Rights of Man"...
Comment: Re: SAB acapella for Freshman/Soph non-auditioned choir?
Hi Deanne,   Let me offer you a recent new easy song of mine (below). Let me know off-list at davshalomov@earthlink.net if it interests you. I publish it in inexpensive .pdf with educational discount.   Best,   David Avshalomov Composer, Singer, Conductor Santa Monica, CA davshalomov@earth...
Comment: Re: The Silver Swan - Orlando Gibbons
Sing it from memory. Try a half circle and sing it to each other--it's intimate, and Rmany enaissance madrigal books were laid out for singers seated around a table. Straght tone. Never full voice, almost muted much of the time. It is about Ironic Regret. Draw out the long tones (swell slightly/...
Comment: Re: First run at "Hallelujah" from "Messiah"
2 suggestions: (1) Practice the "soprano trap" at the end regularly to get everyone used to breathing together at the pause (otherwise, with amateurs, some poor soul will under the tensions of the performance, inevitably step into the silence alone with "Ha-oopsie", and (2) DON'T slow down for the...
Comment: Re: Repertoire for a "Parodies and PDQ" Concert
Hello, Jennifer,   I would like to offer several things from my catalog:   The Garlic Blessing (I assume you know the Rutter reference) with piano The Chocolate Carol (also a version for Valentine's Day, "Love and Chocolate") with piano and optional flute The USAF Fugue (TTBB) based on "Off ...
Comment: Re: Palm Sunday SATB anthem with organ and brass
Hello, Laura,   I would offer you the work below from my catalog. You can see a perusal score and listen to a recording at http://www.davidavshalomov.com/musical-works/chorus/ The lyric to the hymn can be modified for the liturgical day if needed. I publish in inexpensive .pdf with a modest ph...
Comment: Re: SAB repertoire for non-auditioned school choir
Hello, Gavin,   Let me offer you my new song, "Let the Children Play. I publish in inexpensive .pdf and give a volumne educational discount on the copies. Let me know off-list if it is of interest.   David Avshalomov davshalomov@earthlink.net   LET THE CHILDREN PLAY (My Beautiful Dream) ...
Comment: Re: Performance rights to Beatles song arrangement
Thanks, Allen, Lee, that confirms what I had understood and it is what I am telling performing groups.    D A
Comment: Re: Tracing copyright to a book version first published in an old US magazine
Rich, bingo, thanks!
Comment: Re: Performance rights to Beatles song arrangement
Raymond, thanks, just asking right now what to tell choirs that would perform an arrangement which I control that was authorized and made in 1970. It's technically public domain so they don't buy it, they just get it on loan.   I have to check out Trsona again.     D A
Forum message: Tracing copyright to a book version first published in an old US magazine
Would welcome any suggestions for tracing independently who--if anyone--owns the copyright to Steinbeck's first version of "The Pearl," published in Woman's Home Companion December 1945 as "The Pearl of the World" and differing in many textual details from the book as published in 1947 (which is de...
Forum message: Performance rights to Beatles song arrangement
First time poster, please excuse if this topic has been covered fully in the past. Question: What does a choir have to do to be sure they have the right to perform an authorized arrangement of a Beatles song? Is a blanket ASCAP licenses (or similar) sufficient?   David Avshalomov davshalomov@ea...
Comment: Re: SATB and Organ - Canadian or American
Hello, Lars,   If you want an exciting piece with fun metric challenges for the choir and a showoff organ part, please navigate to my website at www.davidavshalomov.com and go to Works/Choral to see and hear "Praise The Lord", my Psalm 150 setting. SATB (divisi).   I publish in inexpensive .p...
Comment: Re: Journey/Seasons themed extended work
Try some choruses from Haydn's "The Seasons". Not hard, some are quite attractive.   Best of luck with your program,   David Avshalomov davshalomov@earthlink.net www.davidavshalomov.com
Comment: Re: unisono score for ssa for choir competition
Look at the opening "Hodie Christus Natus Est" chant of Britten's Ceremony of Carols.   And later when you are looking for SSA 3-part, give a look/listen to my "Let the Children Play", here:   http://www.davidavshalomov.com/musical-works/chorus/   Best of luck in the competition,   David...
Comment: Re: Repertoire for new concert!!
Hi Mark,   Another composer offering. Please surf to my website here:   http://www.davidavshalomov.com/musical-works/chorus/   for perusal .pdf scores and demo sound files of several of my nature-themed choral works, listed below. Most are from my a cappella double cycle on the complete "So...
Comment: Re: SSA - SSAA themed music "Sing for Life"
Hi Laurie,   Let me offer you this song. Free pdf sample score, demo MP3 here: http://www.davidavshalomov.com/musical-works/chorus/ I publish in inexpensive .pdf/copy license.   LET THE CHILDREN PLAY (My Beautiful Dream) SAA, piano, opt. flute(s) DURATION: 4 minutes.   A slow, sweet, ...
Comment: Re: winter concert/festival rep for SSA
Hello Bruce,   Let me offer you two of mine that are not hard to learn and quite beautiful.   LET THE CHILDREN PLAY (My Beautiful Dream) SAA), piano, opt. flute(s) DURATION: 4 minutes.   A slow, sweet, lyrical song, sincere and touching, with an appealing and natural pentatonic tune, un...
Comment: Re: Winter Concert music needed
Let me offer you two of my secular SATB novelties for a Winter Holiday concert:   The Chocolate Carol 3′ SATB divisi piano, opt. solo flute Lyrics: David/Randi Avshalomov   A humorous tonal Holiday novelty on the pleasures of Chocolate! Slow intro, bouncy catchy chorus, mock-operatic end...
Comment: Re: Closer for Anniversary Concert
HI Karyn,   Please check out my new song, "Let the Children Play", here:  http://www.davidavshalomov.com/musical-works/chorus/   5 minutes.   I also have a fun short canonic "Happy Anniversary" song you can see and hear there.    Let me know if either is of interest. I publish in inexp...
Comment: Re: Permission to Arrange vs Mechanical License
Here's a resource for a cappella folks who want to monetize their covers and arrangements of existing copyrighted songs: www.acappellarecords.com They do licensing and distribution for vocal bands, and they have done their homework. My son Jesse was one of the company's founders.   Best,   D...
Comment: Re: Blessing for Food Concert
You want a musical blessing or a spoken blessing? Funny or serious? If you want funny and musical, consider my "Garlic Blessing" with piano. Look/listen here:   http://www.davidavshalomov.com/musical-works/chorus/   I publish in inexpensive pdfs.   Let me know.   David Avshalomov   ...
Comment: Re: Men's Chorus Repertoire
Dear Daniel,   If they are that large and that capable, they would probably enjoy the challenge of this work of mine:   "Principles" is a powerful half-hour secular oratorio for large TTBB/divisi chorus with solo movements for baritone, on themes of liberty, social justice, and religious fre...
Comment: Re: Looking for anthem to celebrate church's 50th Anniversary
Hello, Robert,   Congratulations on your church's 50th!   I offer you my consecration anthem below for your consideration.   This Sacred Space  5'30 SSAATTB            brief simple Alto solo (intoning) organ, 2 tpt 2 tbn, timp (3 dr) Text: Holy, Holy, Holy, other lyrics by...
Comment: Re: MUSIC FOR MALE CHOIRS
James, you sound ambitious. Let me share a few things from my catalog:   "PRINCIPLES" A powerful half-hour secular oratorio for large TTTB/divisi chorus with solo movements for baritone, on themes of liberty, social justice, and religious freedom from texts of Thomas Jefferson. These include th...
Comment: Re: 7-8 Boys choir and 9th grade mixed ensemble (Rep. help!)
Hi Emily, good for you for your thoughtful approach to meeting the student's learning needs! IMOP of course it is appropriate to start with SAB and give them SATB as a goal to work with you on. They will not be insulted, and they need to start with the feeling of working towards iimprovement and ac...
Comment: Re: Repertoire for World Hunger concert
Hi Jim,   Sounds like a nice event. Please look/listen to my new song, "Let the Children Play and Learn in Peace", here:   http://www.davidavshalomov.com/musical-works/chorus/   It is SAB with piano and flutes. It would be an easy matter for me  to add strings if you choose it and i have ...
Comment: Re: Beginning Middle School 3-part music
Hello, Kyle,   If you are following John Briggs's wonderful and generous advice, you might, with an advanced girls' group, have use for the tune below. It is also available in SAB but as he notes, the part goes down to low A so won't work for tenortones much less cambiata singers. But an SSA grou...
Comment: Re: Suggestions for Elementary All County Chorus
Hi Tawn,   I don't know if you have Elementary and Middle school there or if your group is grades 1-8, but I think you might find my new song appealing and useful:   LET THE CHILDREN PLAY (My Beautiful Dream) SAA, piano, opt. flute(s) DURATION: 4 minutes.   A slow, sweet, lyrical song, s...
Comment: Re: A cappella works with solos... Not including spirituals or pop song
Hello, Ethan,   I can offer you one nice challenge with a good baritone solo. It is not a spiritual, though it has an African feel.   Freedom/Uhuru SATB a cappella opt. Bar solo 4'15 Setting of an anti-slavery poem by Wm. Blake, astonishing for its time and place. Proud African Affirmatio...
Comment: Re: SSAA piece about love of family
Hello, Randi,   What a sweet theme for a concert! If you can manage a mid-length piece, I would offer you the one below. It is entirely about family, loyalty, and love of family.   Where You Go, I Will Go   13' SSAA a cappella, brief S, A solos A mini-oratorio on the story of Ruth and ...
Comment: Re: Standing up - yes, standing up
Perhaps part of the problem this poster gives is a music director who may be, shall we say, out of touch. No one should ask a choir to stand for hours and hours without a break. In big oratorios and passions, etc., there should always be seating available during the long stretches of solos. Even tou...
Comment: Re: Unaccompanied music for inauguration or academic subject
First thought: Contact the Harvard Glee Club; decades ago they had a short sort of fanfare hurrah thing they would sing at convocations, in Latin, starting with a text something like "Domine, salvum fac, nostrum Praesidentem". Sorta like a "Hail to the Chief" for the college pres. It was TTBB of cou...
Community Forum Post: Seeking Christmas Music?
OK, I've joined this community but I'm not sure what the point is--yet. I'd respectfully suggest that the community be renamed "Seeking New Christmas Music" or "Seeking New Holiday Music," otherwise us composers will just be parading our titles to each other--no harm but doesn't generate performance...
Comment: Re: Faith, Family, Legacy
Hello, Sandra,   Congratulations on your academy's anniversary. I can offer you a few compositions of my own that you might enjoy doing:   LET THE CHILDREN PLAY (My Beautiful Dream) SAB (or SAA), piano, opt. flute(s) DURATION: 4 minutes.   A slow, sweet, lyrical song, sincere and touchin...
Comment: Re: Anthems for St. Michael's Day - September 29
I would share a work that Church of Good Shepherd in Beverly Hills is planning to premiere at that Feast this year, in the version with organ accompaniment. (It is also available with high strings only.):   Do You Believe in Angels? 9' SSAA brief S1 solo 6 vln, 2 vla (obbligato) OR organ redu...
Comment: Re: Christmas Repertoire
Jonathan, do you need any Chanukah songs?   If so, let me know,   David Avshalomov davshalomov@earthlink.net www.davidavshalomov.com
Comment: Re: Choir Anniversary Season Ideas
Hello, Erin,   Congratulations on your first decade! One idea would be to create a 10-year retrospective concert selections CD and give it away free to audience members who attend your Big Anniversary Concert. After you work out the rights/royalties, you could thereafter sell them as fundraiser ...
Comment: Re: Title: Help! Conductors/composers: Ordering music via mobile devices
I can't imagine anyone reviewing a score on a tiny smartphone screen either. But other types of access to a composer's website from a phone could be useful, as noted: Familiarity/bookmarking to review later on a laptop or desktop screen; also playing MP3 sound samples (my site has them for most piec...
Comment: Re: bulk mailings from small publishers -- need new blood
Hi William,   You say "better than unsolicited emails" but weren't your bulk sheet mailings also unsolicited? Or were those "permission" mailings? If you have a list of willing recipients, I think it is time for you to shift to emailing Sample pdfs of scores to those same people. The big differen...
Comment: Re: suggestions - piece for college anniversary/thank-you dinner
Hi Tim,   Given your parameters, let me offer you two from my catalog. You can see scores and hear demo MP3s on my website here http://www.davidavshalomov.com/musical-works/chorus/   LET THE CHILDREN PLAY (My Beautiful Dream) SAB (or SSAA), piano, opt. flute(s) DURATION: 4 minutes.   A ...
Comment: Re: Chocolate
http://www.davidavshalomov.com/musical-works/chorus/   Chocolate Carol, David Avshalomov. I am planning to make an SSAA arrangement for the Southwest Women's Chorus.   Best,   David Avshalomov (Jocelyn, thanks for the plug!)
Comment: Re: Unusual Christmas arrangements
Hello, Phyllis,   If you are considering novelties, I would offer you two from my catalog. You can peruse the scores and listen to demo MP3s here:   http://www.davidavshalomov.com/musical-works/chorus/   All are avaiilable in inexpensive .pdf format with a modest per-copy fee. Please conta...
Comment: Re: "Visionary" repertory?
Hi William,   What an interesting program concept!   If you are interested in doing something with just your women's voices, from my catalog I would offer you this work:   Do You Believe in Angels? 9' SSAA brief S1 solo 6 vln, 2 vla (obbligato)--OR ORGAN   An ecstatic, transcendently...
Comment: Re: Summer Festival Choir repertoire
Hello, Tim,   For something inspiring and not too difficult, I'd offer my 'Let the children Play and Learn in Peace." in the SAB version.   You can check it out here (pdf score and MIDI demo):   http://www.davidavshalomov.com/musical-works/chorus/   Let me know.   David Avshalomov Co...
Comment: Re: Looking for Tallis Why Fum'th in Fight, PD
GOT IT, THANKS EVERYONE. Thanks, I got a private message from a member, almost immediately, and have what I need. I knEw this group would nail it in a heartbeat!    D A