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Items by Rick Bartlett

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Comment: Re: "A Life in Song" Concert Theme
Mary, A few other considerations are:   Breathe on me, Day! SATB/Piano (recording and score are here on The text is one of encouragement to those of us who are struggling to step out of the shadows into light, to rise above the surface, to win in a battle. This work was initially ...
Comment: Re: Upbeat SATB piece with piano
Jessica,   Consider my "City of the Heart" SATB and piano.  Text by Dr. Robert J. Smithdas, deaf/blind from the age of 5.  Amazing text, bright, rythmic work with great harmonies, very accessible.  Here's a youtube premiere performance and additional details.
Comment: Re: Psalm Settings
Consider Emma Lou Diemer's "Come Let us sing to the Lord"   Good luck.   Rick Bartlett  
Comment: Re: Song for opening teacher meeting in the fall
Deanne,   Consider my "to find a song..." for SATB and piano is a great addition to high school and college choral repertoire. Voice ranges are very accessible. The piano accompaniment may require a fairly good accompanist. The simple theme in the piano repeats itself throughout the work in varia...
Comment: Re: Breast Cancer Awareness program
Ashlee,   Consider my work "Breathe on me, Day!" for SATB and piano.   The work is dedicated to two very close friends who both did dual bouts with this disease and were triumphant.  They are both wonderful women with such a strong spirits.  This gorgeous text is by Dr. Robert J. Smithdas, de...
Comment: Re: Looking For An Arrangement of Agnus Dei
Brian, Ask the choral director at the school you attended to check their choral library.    Best of luck, Rick
Comment: Re: Lauridsen repertoire
Nariman,   May I suggest the following two works: to find a song - SATB and piano City of the Heart - SATB and piano   Good luck,   Rick crickb88(a)
Comment: Re: In praise of the sun
Conte - Canticle -   Good luck, Rick
Comment: Re: Choral piece featuring alto
Let me suggest John Ratledge's "Cool of the Day".  It's a gorgeous work, a cappella work for an alto soloist.  Here's a great performance of it.   Good Luck, Rick
Comment: Re: Suggestions for a piece for senior recital
Thank you for the correction Robert.  Yes, Rutter.  Rick
Comment: Re: SAB repertoire for non-auditioned school choir
Gavin,   Please consider my "I Chose Love" for SAB and piano.  The text is by Dr. Robert J. Smithdas, deaf/blind from the age of 5.  Amazingly, beautiful text - when given the choice of riches, land or knowledge, the poet chooses love.  It is available through JWPepper, SheetMusicPlus and othe...
Comment: Re: Suggestions for a piece for senior recital
Faure: Psalm 23 - from Requiem Walton: Jubilate Deo Britten: Rejoice in the Lamb - Movements 1 thru 3.   Good luck. Rick
Comment: Re: Recording of To Saint Cecilia by Norman Dello Joio
Dennis,   Try Mark Custom Recordings and do a search.  I have the Ithaca CD and it's a pretty good performance with College and HS students.  Unfortunately, there are no sound bites for this work that I can find.    ...
Comment: Re: unisono score for ssa for choir competition
Rudy,   Consider the following: This Little Light of Mine - Wilberg - unison/piano. Fancie - unison w/divisi at the end - piano.   Good Luck, Rick
Comment: Re: Women's Choir - Repertoire with percussion (especially multi-movement works)
This is a stunning work and is worth a listen.  Here's a youtube excerpt:   Good Luck. Rick
Comment: Re: Repertoire Suggestions for Independence of Spirit
Kevin,   Check out Jeffery Cobb's nod to "Invictus".  It has a very demanding piano accompaniment, but would be very fitting for your program.  (I'm not sure if Nancy and Jeff are of any relation)   I was hoping to find a youtube performanc...
Comment: Re: Companion Piece
Let me suggest Verdi's "Stabat Mater".  It may run over the 10 min mark by a few.  I think it's a good contrasting work with the Franck.   Good luck. Rick
PDF Document: Breathe on me, Day!
Comment: Re: Patriotic Theme for Community Choir
Cindy:   Here are my suggestions:   Randall Thompson's Testament of Freedom Howard Hanson's Song of Democracy   Good Luck, Rick
PDF Document: We Three Kings
Comment: Re: Angels - NOT Christmas?
Jean,   I have a (medium easy) work for SSA or SAB (also in SATB) and piano entitled "I Chose Love" with text by Dr. Robert J. Smithdas.  While the work isn't about Angel's it is about a visit from an Angel and has no reference to Christmas, but merely an apparition in a dream.  Here's a perfor...
PDF Document: Always
PDF Document: Nocturne
PDF Document: Snow Angels
Comment: Re: Songs of "Winter & Love"
Chris, I have an absolutely beautiful work entitled "Always" for TTB and piano.  The SSA version can be heard here.  The text is simple and beautiful by Dr. Robert J. Smithdas, deaf/blind since the age of 5 and retired from the Helen Keller National C...
Comment: Re: High School Honors Choir
Matt, Benjamin Britten's, Rejoice in the Lamb would be an excellent choice as well.   Best, Rick
PDF Document: To Go Away
PDF Document: Evensong and Lament
PDF Document: Abound In You
Comment: Re: unusual question--duet version of choral piece
Sharon,   Maybe this will help some...  I would think there would be a way to prepare the SATB score for duet.   Good luck, Rick
Comment: Re: "It Gets Better" Concert repertoire suggestions?
Dan,   Please condsider "To Go Away" for SATB and piano.  A wonderful text that perfectly fits your theme.  This would apply to your "dark" theme, hopefully, with a tad more energy than "slow".  The link below is a premier performance at the Ithaca College School of Music Choral Composition Fe...
Comment: Re: Best Shakespeare texts set to music
Ross,   Consider my work "Shakespeare's Kiss" for SATB and piano from Romeo and Juliet.  Very accessible work for a mixed choir.  Here's a youtube performance  You can currently obtain the music directly from me if you are interested.    Best of ...
Comment: Re: SA and SSA songs on the theme of Harvest Time and Thanksgiving
Jason,   I have a beautiful work for SSA and piano - Song of Thanksgiving published by Lighthouse Music Publications.   Keywords for the text are: autumn, orchard, fruit trees, brea...
Comment: Re: programming ideas for 2nd choir at a college
Tod,   While you may possibly be looking for something "tried and true" for an uplifting closer, please consider the following work:   Breathe On Me, Day! for SATB (some divisi) and piano.  Breathe on me, Day! is from the poem "Song of the Morning", scored here for SATB and piano. Permission ...
Comment: Re: Repertoire for Fall Concert - Community Chorus
Thompson's - Testament of Freedom  
Comment: Re: Please have a listen and help me identify this piece if you can...
Chris - the name of the song is Earth Song by Frank Ticheli.   Here's another clip with the text:     Rick
Comment: Re: Choral repertoire suggestions?
Jonathan,   I have two beautiful works that would fit the bill, but they are SSAA works, very accessible.   1. Snow Angels - SSAA and piano or piano and celesta. (I can provide a midi-recording of this work) 2. Song of Thanksgiving - SSA and piano (Lighthouse Music Publications).  Text is by...
Comment: Re: Theme of light/day and darkness/night
Jessica:   While you are specifically speaking of day/night light/dark - would you consider an additional perspective?  I have scored many choral works to the texts of Dr. Robert J. Smithdas (deaf/blind from the age of 5).  He is retired from the Helen Keller National Center in NY.  The scores...
Comment: Re: SSAA pieces with flute?
Anne:   I have a work entitled "We Thank Thee" for SSA(A) piano and flute.  Text by R.W. Emerson.  In a fun 5/4.  It is available through JW Pepper, Sheet Music Plus and from the publisher Lighthouse Music Publications.  If you wish to hear a nice midi recording, contact me directly at crickb...
Comment: Re: Looking for "Fairy Tales for ADULTS" - program ideas ...
Check out John Rutter's Fancies and 5 Childhood lyrics.   Rick  
Comment: Re: New Music for TTBB
Mark,   I have a TTB/Piano score entitled "Always".  It is a love song with a beautiful text.  The SSA version was published.  I can supply you with a perusal score for the TTB.  Here is the SSA version performance.  The voicing and accompaniment are identical.  Very accessible with ric...
Comment: Re: Seeking ideas for program called "Out of This World"
Jason,   Here's an SATB/piano work entitled "City of the Heart" - a different take on "out of this world".  The text was written by Dr. Robert J. Smithdas, deaf/blind since the age of 5, now in his 80's.  The work received 2nd place in the 2005 Ithaca College School of Music Choral Composit...
Comment: Re: University level SSAA Contemporary accapella pieces
Ruth, Please consider "MANNA" for SSAA a cappella chorus.  This work can be used in any setting, but is especially appropriate for Spring concerts.  The poet is Dr. Robert Smithdas, deaf/blind since the age of 5 and now a retired director from the Helen Keller National Center.  If you are in...
Comment: Re: Sign Language selections....
Holly, Please consider "I Chose Love" for SAB and piano.  Very accessible.  The text is by Dr. Robert J. Smithdas, who became deaf/blind at the age of 5, now in his 80's and formerly of the Helen Keller National Center.  His texts are magnificently writtens.  There is a special element in hi...
Comment: Re: Seeking unusual works for Female Choir
Sarah, Consider the SSA version of Aaron Copland's "An Immorality" -   Aglepta by Millnas has been suggested several times - it is truly an amazing work and you'll find some fantastic performances on youtube.   Good Luck.   Rick    ...
Comment: Re: Music about the unusual, the exotic, the strange
Andrew:   If you are considering an SSA piece - consider Aglepta - Millnas   Good luck, Rick
Comment: Re: Song for graduation
Andrea, How about Prayer of St. Francis - Rene Clausen Good luck, Rick
Comment: Re: Looking to Find a KILLER CLOSER for a Conference Performance.
Let me suggest something really out of the "spiritual" box:   Ryan Cayabyab - Gloria - from Misa:  gorgeous opening and vibrant and challenging work.  Here's a link: and maybe this would be a better performance
Comment: Re: Ireland concert tour repertoire
Here are some fantastic suggestions of everything but Irish:   There will come soft rains – Ivo Antognini Laudate Nomen – Carlyle Sharp
Comment: Re: Olympic Themed Concert repertoire?
Katie, Back in 1996, when the Olympics were held in ATL, a work entitled "Let the Flame Blaze" for SATB a Cappella by ? Parker (I looked up works by Alice Parker and didn't see this one, so I'm not sure if Alice was the composer, my program just says Parker). It was commissed for the 1996 Sr Mix...