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Items by donald patriquin

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Comment: Re: Sacred poetry repertoire
Hello Jennifer,   Here are a couple of pieces – both ‘art music, I should point out’ – which are a bit off the beaten track in that they involve poetry by unknown poets.   The first of these, Lullaby, is a setting of an old German Lullaby in English translation. It begins “Sleep bab...
Comment: Re: Large works for University choir
Hello Melissa,   I recently heard a version of The Armed Man with a smallish choir and a small instrumental ensemble and so checked to see what is avaiable. Boosey & Hawkes appear to have a "version for chorus and ensemble" (From their catalog:) Jenkins, Karl: The Armed Man: A Mass for Peac...
Comment: Re: Substitution for drums in choral arranging
Just had a similar situation, but with a timp being substituted by piano somehow. I chose the lowest piano pitch I could (same notes, different pitch) forte, but staccatto. Hope it works!
Comment: Re: carols used in Charpentier Mass
Hello Elizabeth,   Concordia Publishing House has a delightful set of "Ten Noels from Marc-Antoine Charpentier's Midnight Mass for SATB" by David Chase (1979). I looked at them again to day; they may be just what you are looking for, as they contain two-part, three-part and four-part settings. Fo...
Comment: Re: Looking for a cappella Native American/First Nations
Hello Cairril,   The West Coast Tsimshian First Nation Tsimshian Welcome Chant is a hearty song of welcome performed as the chief entered lavish celebratory feasts or 'potlaches'. I have arranged this song (modestly!) for both SSA and SATB; the two versions may be sung simultaneously. Both are pu...
Comment: Re: SATB French Repertoire?
Allo Mike,   Being from French-speaking Quebec, it has been natural that I have arranged many French Canadian folksongs, the majority of which were brought here by the early French settlers. Many of these are published by Earthsongs (Oregon) and Editions GAM (Canada), including energetic work so...
Community Forum Post: Exhibiting/Reading Sessions at ACDA 2015? How We Can ALL Succeed!
ChoralNet Composers of Choral Music re ACDA 2015 Publisher-sponsored and Publisher-run Choral Reading Sessions: How we can ALL succeed!   Dear Fellow Composers   This concerns the publisher-sponsored and publisher-run choral reading sessions that ACDA 2015 is making available to publishers ex...
Comment: Re: lullaby concert ideas
May I recommend two lullabies? The first is Lullaby (3' SSAATB, piano), a gentle setting of an old German lullaby in English translation beginning: Sleep baby sleep, Thy father guards the sheep; Thy mother shakes the dreamland tree and from it falls sweet dreams to thee. Sleep, Sleep baby sleep... ...
Comment: Re: Concert Duration
Hello Kat,   Hate to disappoint you, but outside of minimum and maximum lengths (and even these are variable) there’s really no such thing as an ideal concert length. The secret to length is not a stopwatch but content, and the secret to content is program building.  We’ve all attended conc...
Comment: Re: Unexpected Composers
How about "The Star-Spangled Banner"? Although the music was written by John Stafford Smith, a British composer, "the lyrics come from "Defence of Fort M'Henry", a poem written in 1814 by the 35-year-old lawyer and amateur poet Francis Scott Key after witnessing the bombardment of Fort McHenry by Br...
Comment: Re: Canadian laws- how many pieces of music to I have to buy
Hello Ruth,   For a start, Canadian Copyright law has its basis in 'fairness'.   Let's assume for a moment that every piece of choral music were to be taught by rote- would that be 'fair'? If you agree that it would not be fair, then why should it be fair to do so for a particular group, in th...
Comment: Re: Christmas: the excitement of the Birth
Hello Michael,   For the sopranos and altos in the choir, Rev. Wendy MacLean has written an extraordinary text around the Magnificat. Her evocative Magnificat for Turning takes a glass globe containing the Holy Family as its inspiration for the interpolations.      Suspended like a snow sce...
Comment: Re: Shakespeare texts?
Great list, Brian– a useful reference. However, I do not understand the NO list. Is this simply the list of pieces you looked at and decided – for any reason – these pieces would not be programmed, or does it imply (as I first read it) that these are not really very good pieces? Some of the "N...
Comment: Re: Publishing pop song arrangements
Hello Megan,   Great questions! You'll find a lot of the answers in a 2013 ChoralNet forum at http://www.choralnet.org/view/427496 In a nutshell, permission must be obtained from the copyright holder (generally the publisher) of whatever piece of music – pop or otherwise – that you want to a...
Comment: Re: In Defense of New Music Publishing
Good Day Farhad,   I am wondering if your first statement applies to traditional publishers or to digital publishers. It appears you put them all into one basket– please correct me vigorously if I am wrong! In fact, not being familiar with See-A-Dot, I presumed initially that you were referring...
Comment: Re: MAGNIFICAT
Good Day M. Lecornier,    For something really quite different, may I suggest a setting that I wrote on an extraordinary poem by (Rev.) Wendy MacLean. Her evocative Magnificat for Turning takes a glass globe containing the Holy Family as its inspiration fo rthe interpolations. The ten minute wo...
Comment: Re: "Emotions associated with love" repertoire
Hello Micaela, Here are a few of my works which are associated with various aspects/emotions of love: Some are found on YouTube   Purity of love:      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eKDzTYjPgdg (slightly different SATB version) Make me a channel of your peace- “Make me a channel of you...
Comment: Re: looking for opener for choir competition ssa
Hello Rudy,   A piece that has often been used as an opener is a song of welcome coming from the Tsimshian First Nations, who live along the Nass River in British Columbia, Canada. It was traditionally performed during 'potlaches' (origin of 'potluck'!), and was sung as the robed chief appeared. ...
Comment: Re: Unison songs for
Hello Paul, Hello Timothy,   This is one of the most delightful works I have heard recently.   I particularly enjoy the different styles in each of Shakespeare's stages, my favorite being the vocalise sung by the "whining school boy... creeping like snail unwillingly to school." Brilliant! Ton...
Comment: Re: Looking for lush, grand, accompanied piece SSAA for winter
Hello Kathleen,   If you're looking for a sparkling closing number for your concert, may I suggest having a look and listen at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dw9kGxnkgGM Overture To Christmas is just that, a collection of Christmas carols and songs – mostly 'ancient' – which I arranged in a...
Comment: Re: Music from Spain
Hello Lori,   There's a gorgeous old Spanish folksong, El Prisionero, which I arranged recently for SATB+SSA (also SATB and SSA separately), piano and optional cello. It may be heard at   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YGLufSt5gXU There is a partial pdf at   www.donaldpatriquin.com/PDFfile...
Comment: Re: Shakespeare texts?
Hello Frank,   Way back when... actually during and for my first and only year in High School teaching, I wrote an SSAATBB setting of Sheakspeare's A Lover and His Lass. It won the CAMMAC prize that year and was subsequently published by Berandol.   A review on MusicPlus' site <http://www....
Comment: Re: The Future of Newly Composed Music is at Risk…
Good points, Julia. thanks!   Let's not forget that the music industry is a huge and highly profitable business. And let's not forget that more people are involved with choral singing than with any other endeavour, which should give the choral world a lot of clout; in any event choral singing do...
Comment: Re: The Future of Newly Composed Music is at Risk…
Your's is a very good point, Brad, and one I have personally encoutered and heard echoed by various conductors. It IS a reality!   However, what precisely would be the difference between the approach to a commissioned work and ANY new piece of music- i.e. new to the conductor, perhaps, but certa...
Forum message: The Future of Newly Composed Music is at Risk…
The British 'Sound and Music' stated recently in their 2014 Commission Survey Report "The future of new music is at risk if we continue to undervalue composers... Professional composers are being asked to create new pieces for ‘shockingly low’ fees." Is the situation different in North America...
Comment: Re: Favorite Lullabye
Hello Adam,   I you go to http://www.donaldpatriquin.com/Sortilege,_Epitaphs,_Ladies_Long_in_the_Tooth,_Lullaby,_Patriquin_Choral_Music_SSA_SATB.html  and listen to Lullaby and like it, please contact me for a pdf! (The pdf button appears not to work presently, and I am in the throes of working ...
Comment: Re: Complete English-language Mass settings
Hello Kiersten,   What a timely surprise to see your forum question! I am currently putting the finishing touches on a new edition of A Caribbean Mass that I wrote over a three-year period on the West Indian island of Cariacou, Grenada. During my three breaks there I was also organist and choir ...
Announcement: An Earthsongs SATB companion piece to J’entends le moulin
Earthsongs has recently published an SATB (with divisi) arrangement by Donald Patriquin of the well-known French folk song V’la l’bon vent, also known as Trois beau canards. As with his J’entends le moulin, there is sufficient redundancy in the form of refrains to lessen the difficulty of a f...
Announcement: Earthsongs announces its new TTBB J'entends le moulin
A new TTBB arrangement by Donald Patriquin’s of the popular J’entends le moulin has the identical, somewhat demanding piano accompaniment as his otherJ'entends le moulin arrangements. It is set for TTBB choir, piano and optional percussion and is compatible in performance with all other voicing...
Comment: Re: Music for Ordination Service
Hello Patricia,   You may enjoy looking at an anthem O Spirit come, commissioned of me especially for an ordination service. As with her wonderful Magnificat For Turning, The Rev. Wendy Maclean’s rhythmical, powerful and searching poetry translated beautifully into music. The anthem is a coupl...
Comment: Re: Christmas music
Hello Caleb,   Not sure if this will fit your instrument availabilities*, but a work "Overture to Christmas" for SATB (also for SSA and TTBB) is a joyful and energetic piece of some seven minutes. Containing a number of traditional and not so traditional carol excerpts, it has often been sung as ...
Announcement: TheC7Prize Winners for Choral Music from USA and Canada
TheC7Prize (Choirs, Conductors, and Composers Collaborating on a Choral Composition Competition) is pleased to name the composers who received citations and awards in the 2014 choral composition competition (theC7prize.com). All “Recommended works” – with the exception of two chosen for spe...
Comment: Re: Songs about travel
Hello Leigh,   "Un Canadien errant" ("A Wandering Canadian") is a mid-nineteenth century song about Canadian rebels forced into exile to the United States and as far as Australia. It tells of a youth exiled – most likely to Louisiana – who openly pines for his native land and his friends bac...
Comment: Re: Looking for lively/upbeat Marian setting for auditioned community women's choir
Hello Jeanette,   May I suggest a setting that I wrote on an extraordinary poem by The Rev. Wendy MacLean. Her evocative Magnificat for Turning takes a glass globe containing the Holy Family as its inspiration. The ten minute work is written for SSA and piano or organ, with optional cello. It was...
Comment: Re: choral music with Spanish singing translations/paraphrases
Hello Paul,   Thanks for your kind words...; flattery will get you everywhere! Please send me an email address to which I may send the pdf along with permission for you to print sufficient copies for your students. The only caveat is that the printed copies should not be further copied, but order...
Comment: Re: choral music with Spanish singing translations/paraphrases
Good Day Dr. McGahie, Not sure if this sort of piece is useful, but here's a gorgeous old Spanish folksong which I arranged recently for SATB+SSA (also separately) and piano and cello. It may be heard at  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YGLufSt5gXU   Four verses are found in the score– in Eng...
Comment: Re: SSAA or SSA piece that will WOW audience
Thanks, Kiersten!   May I add that the SSA version of "J'entends le moulin" will be published by Earthsongs this fall. However, if you are wanting to rehearse/perform it between now and late October, it is temporarily available (with Earthsongs' permission) from A Tempo <donaldpatriquin@gmail....
Comment: Re: Christmas Choral Work for SATB and Brass, Percussion and Organ
Canite Tuba (Sound the Trumpet) is an energetic Christmas work in Latin for SATB (divisi), 3 trumpets, three trombones, timpani and percussion, which was commissioned of me by the CBC – Canadian Broadcasting Corp. – to celebrate the 25th anniversary of its live Christmas Sing-in. Canite Tuba wa...
Comment: Re: Scanning a portion of a score (as a sample to share)
Abbie makes a very good point, and there's a lesson for us composers to be learned here. I have not had any bad experiences – well, only a couple – with copyright infringement that I know of. Of course there may well have been some, but I look at it this way– even an occasional 'pirated' perfo...
Comment: Re: lively songs
Hello Roly,   I'd like to recommend a rather fun piece which I wrote a while back, but still late 20th century! It is called Epitaphs, and is a humorous, sometimes boisterous SATB work, the text of which is a collection of tombstone inscriptions from English country church cemeteries. Beginning w...
Comment: Re: Do you have a favorite self-published choral work?
Hello Mrs. Herriman,   I have just listened to Matt's piece and am sure that there are a number of choirs out there leading their worship service with contemporary Christian music that would enjoy singing this inspired song. If I were directing the church choir I had until quite recently I would ...
Comment: Re: Do you have a favorite self-published choral work?
It's great to hear from a number of conductors... That's really what this particular forum is all about: self-published works that conductors have especially enjoyed. It might be useful to conductors to mention the voicing in future responses.   Thanks!   Donald
Comment: Re: Do you have a favorite self-published choral work?
Hello Jean,   Thanks for your reply. It was certainly a pleasure to meet you in person at Podium 2014, and to experience the inner workings of this wonderful resource. Thank you for getting me to sign up! I urge conductors and composers to make use of this unique (in that it is surely the largest...
Forum message: Do you have a favorite self-published choral work?
Do you have a favorite self-published choral work?   There’s a lot of interest currently centering around the explosion of self-publishing. It seems ‘everyone’ is getting into it. It would be very helpful to have the benefit of your positive experience with some of this music. Word-of-mout...
Comment: Re: Psalm Settings
Hello Monte   Ernani Aguiar's energetic, rhythmic setting of Psalm 150 is shorter than three and a half minutes, but then again, 'rhythmic' settings are likely to be shorter than the norm. A great closing work, or encore. It is available for SSA, SATB & TTBB (Earthsongs). You may hear it at...
Comment: Re: One Hit Wonders
Re. arrangements (SATB) of any tunes--especially from the "classical" repertoire-- Samuel Barber's Adagio for Strings arr. for SATB. As gorgeously haunting as the original. Here's a link to a version sung by the choir of Trinity College, Cambridge UK   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mxtl89aLJDA&...
Comment: Re: BEST SATB Christmas Music with Harp
Hello Nancy,   Not sure if you have sung the Three Appalachian Carols (I Wonder as I wander, Jesus the Christ is Born, and Jesus, Jesus Rest Your Head– all available separately) which I arranged for SATB and harp or piano. http://www.donaldpatriquin.com/SATB_Christmas.html   I can also sugge...
Comment: Re: Good Arrangements of "Contemporary" choral music for Episcopal Church
Hello Patricia,   I am currently working on creating a keyboard-accompanied version of Mass For The Caribbean (Anglican/Episcopal/United...), which I wrote a while back when working as organist with an Anglican church in the West Indies. http://www.choralnet.org/view/441474   It is presently pe...
Comment: Re: world mass ideas
Hello...   I am currently working on updating and creating a couple of new movements for Mass For The Caribbean (Anglican/Episcopal/United...). Portions of it appear in the United Church Of Canada hymnal. It is presently performed at masses/communion services on the island of Carriacou (Grenada) ...
Comment: Re: Repertoire for choir with violin and cello
Hello Claudia,   You may find my commissioned Reflections on Walden Pond, though not Baroque, appropriate. This accessible work was composed for Pennsylvania's Cantate Carlisle, the text being professionally excerpted from Henry David Thoreau's epic writings on his beloved New England wildernes...