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Items by Gordon Thornett

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Announcement: SATB version of new secular Christmas Song
"Christmas Time in the Eyes of a Child" - words by Linda Marcus, music by Gordon Thornett - has just come out in a version for mixed choirs (SATB) on Sheet Music Plus, where it can be instantly downloaded. Described by one music publisher as 'brimming with the spirit of Christmas', this light-hearte...
Comment: Re: Christmas music
Hi Caleb,   My arrangement of 'Rise up, shepherd, and follow', with oboe obbligato (http://www.sheetmusicplus.com/title/rise-up-shepherd-and-follow-sheet-music/18424658) has a fairly light orchestration, but I'm not sure what OUP would charge to hire out the parts. (You could, however, just perf...
Announcement: New Christmas settings - instantly downloadable!
If you click on the following link, you will get immediate access to my page on Sheet Music Plus, where a number of new Christmas settings are listed: http://www.sheetmusicplus.com/search?Ntt=thornett You can also 'Look inside' and hear samples of the pieces, most of which are instantly downloada...
Community Forum Post: Self Publishing via SMP's Digital Printing Service
Following on from the other thread, which is getting rather long now, just to say that I've recently signed up with Sheet Music Plus's digital printing service, and am so far very impressed with it.  You do have to be patient, as it takes a couple of weeks or so to get an uploaded piece to appear o...
Comment: Re: Christmas Choral Work for SATB and Brass, Percussion and Organ
Hi David,   I have recently completed an SATB setting of the Gloria (in Latin) for very similar forces to those you have described.  It incorporates a soprano soloist as well.  I'm currently in the process of getting it published via the Sheet Music Plus digital printing service, but if you'd c...
Announcement: Christmas Time in the Eyes of a Child
This is a secular song for chilldren's choir, suitable for a Christmas concert.  In this arrangement it is in UNISON with piano accompaniment, and is quite easy to learn. It could also be performed possibly by an adult/community choir.  It is offered free of charge initially to anyone who would li...
PDF Document: Christmas Time in the Eyes of a Child
Community Forum Post: New secular children's Christmas song
Good morning!  I'd like to share a little song that I've co-written with an American lyricist, Linda Marcus, the author of words for many songs, including 'River in Judea'.  As a composer from the UK, I suppose I'm just testing the waters, to see if this song will appeal to schools and community...
Community Forum Post: New secular children's Christmas song
Good morning!  I'd like to share a little song that I've co-written with an American lyricist, Linda Marcus, the author of words for many songs, including 'River in Judea'.  As a composer from the UK, I suppose I'm just testing the waters, to see if this song will appeal to schools and community...
Community Forum Post: New secular children's Christmas song
Good morning!  Having just joined this community, I'd like to share a little song that I've co-written with an American lyricist, Linda Marcus, the author of words for many songs, including 'River in Judea'.  As a composer from the UK, I suppose I'm just testing the waters, to see if this song w...
Community Forum Post: New secular children's Christmas song
Good morning!  Having just joined this community, I'd like to share a little song that I've co-written with an American lyricist, Linda Marcus, the author of words for many songs, including 'River in Judea'.  As a composer from the UK, I suppose I'm just testing the waters, to see if this song w...
Community Forum Post: New secular children's Christmas song
Good morning!  Having just joined this community, I'd like to share a little song that I've co-written with an American lyricist, Linda Marcus, the author of words for many songs, including 'River in Judea'.  As a composer from the UK, I suppose I'm just testing the waters, to see if this song w...
Community Forum Post: New secular children's Christmas song
Good morning!  Having just joined this community, I'd like to share a little song that I've co-written with an American lyricist, Linda Marcus, the author of words for many songs, including 'River in Judea'.  As a composer from the UK, I suppose I'm just testing the waters, to see if this song w...
Community Forum Post: New secular children's Christmas song
Good morning!  Having just joined this community, I'd like to share a little song that I've co-written with an American lyricist, Linda Marcus, the author of words for many songs, including 'River in Judea'.  As a composer from the UK, I suppose I'm just testing the waters, to see if this song w...
Community Forum Post: New secular children's Christmas song
Good morning!  Having just joined this community, I'd like to share a little song that I've co-written with an American lyricist, Linda Marcus, the author of words for many songs, including 'River in Judea'.  As a composer from the UK, I suppose I'm just testing the waters, to see if this song wi...
Community Forum Post: Is there really no demand for new Christmas music in US schools?
Recently I sent a secular Christmas song I had co-written with an American author to a US publisher, who warmly received this - in fact he was very complimentary about both the words and the music, and how well they conveyed the joyful spirit of the season.  However, he said that new Christmas mus...
Comment: Re: Looking for snow/winter songs/arrangements
Dear Phyllis,   You may care to have a look at my new setting of "See amid the Winter's Snow" - which you can see on youtube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aBNf5avr4aA.   Written originally for a symphony chorus in England, it works just as well for a smaller choir (SATB) with piano or orga...
Comment: Re: So British!
Some very good suggestions there!   Maybe you have enough Purcell already, but I immediately thought of his funeral music for Queen Mary, which includes some beautiful motets interspersed between short movements for brass and timps.   (I've done a setting of the Gloria for voices using similar...
Community Forum Post: Music for Palm Sunday
Simple settings, with some congregational participation: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ZCvcOYNGkQ    and  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=80tfp37HotY
Community Forum Post: Music for Palm Sunday/Holy Week
Simple settings, with some congregational participation: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ZCvcOYNGkQ    and  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=80tfp37HotY
Comment: Re: Question for symphony choruses affiliated with an orchestra
I should have mentioned re my above post that I sing with a symphony chorus based in Birmingham, UK.  I think we had to press the management quite hard a few years ago for these concessions:  my memory is that we used to get only about 10% off ticket prices. As a rider to this, I wonder whether s...
Comment: Re: Question for symphony choruses affiliated with an orchestra
I think we get a 25% discount for concerts we're involved in, or 50% if ordering on the day of concert after 1pm. Occasionally we get offers of a limited number of free or discounted tickets for concerts that are not selling well - which is greatly appreciated!
Community Forum Post: Palm Sunday music for choir with congregational participation
I'm happy to re-post this offer, which I originally made last year:   If you'd like a change from the traditional tunes for Palm Sunday this year, please take a look at a couple of youtube videos (see below), and let me know if you'd like to receive free pdfs of them for future use in your chur...
Community Forum Post: Palm Sunday music for choir with congregational participation
I'm happy to repeat this offer, which I posted here last year: If you'd like a change from the traditional tunes for Palm Sunday this year, please take a look at a couple of youtube videos (see below), and let me know if you'd like to receive free pdfs of them for future use in your church or com...
Comment: Re: Palm Sunday piece for SATB and orchestra
What sort of orchestration would you be looking for, Amy?  I have a new setting  of Palm Sunday hymns, which if be happy to orchestrate to your requirements - currently the accompaniment is for organ - you can hear an extract at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ZCvcOYNGkQ.   As you will hear, the...
Community Forum Post: Hello from England!
Hi to ACDA members on the west coast! I am in the process of planning a vist to the USA in May of this year. My wife has a college reunion in southern California early that month, and I'm planning to join her in the second half of the month, taking in a visit to our daughter, who lives in San Franc...
Community Forum Post: New SSA setting for women's voices
I've just received a very nice recording from Jaclyn Johnson of a piece I wrote for her University of Michigan Women's Glee Club, which was given its first performance in November.  This was written in response to an appeal made by Jaclyn via ChoralNet for new music for this group.  It's quite a s...
Community Forum Post: Advice sought on any US choral workshops, etc. in May 2014
We are in the process of planning a vist to the USA in May of this year. My wife has a college reunion in southern California early that month, and I'm planning to join her in the second half of the month, taking in a visit to our daughter, who lives in San Francisco.  I was just wondering whether ...
Community Forum Post: New a cappella setting for Women's Choir - 'Gather ye rosebuds'
  I've just received a very nice recording from Jaclyn Johnson of a piece I wrote for her University of Michigan Women's Glee Club, which was given its first performance in November.  This was written in response to an appeal made by Jaclyn via ChoralNet for new music for this group.  It's qui...
Community Forum Post: New a cappella setting for Women's Choir
Hi,   I've just received a very nice recording from Jaclyn Johnson of a piece I wrote for her University of Michigan Women's Glee Club, which was given its first performance in November.  This was written in response to an appeal made by Jaclyn via ChoralNet for new music for this group.  It's ...
Comment: Re: Suggestions for Palm Sunday cantata
Dear Robert, This may be too 'low-brow' for you, and obviously doesn't compare with Bach cantatas, etc., but if you were looking for something that the congregation could join in with from time to time, the following posting which I made last year may be of interest to you, or anyone else looking f...
Community Forum Post: Bright was the Star SATB with orchestral accompaniment
Brian posted this lovely poem here exactly a year ago:   Date: December 25, 2012 by Brian Holmes  Views: 1484 High on a hill the snow lay white. Chill was the midnight air. Bright was the star that shed its light On shepherds watching there.   Then came a messenger who told News o...
Concert: Free Christmas concert in heart of Birmingham in aid of local charities
This will be our tenth annual lunchtime Christmas concert at St Martin-in-the-Bullring, and will feature music by Vivaldi, Lauridsen and Handel, plus familiar carols for the audience to join in.  The performers are Sutton Coldfield Chamber Choir, conducted by Gordon Thornett, and Bournville Strings...
Announcement: Another 'Little Lamb'
Have just put my a cappella SATB setting of Blake's well-known poem on Showcase at http://choralnet.org/306016#littlelambwhomadethee8931.  It's a very simple setting that would suit a small church choir or a larger group.  As the recording is of a live performance it seems to ...
Comment: Re: Xmas Carols with Strings and/or oboe
I may have the very thing you're looking for! Have a listen at https://soundcloud.com/gtbham/rise-up-shepherd/s-N2iBa This is an arrangement I did a few years ago of the spiritual, Rise up, shepherd and follow, for SATB with oboe obbligato and a light orchestration (mainly strings). It could be v...
Comment: Re: Ideas for Good Friday
You may be interested in a choral sequence for Holy Week that I wrote a while ago, which was performed in Birmingham Cathedral a couple of years ago.  It consists of three new hymn settings - All glory, laud and honour, My song is love unknown, and Ride on, ride on in majesty - which are linked tog...
PDF Document: Little Lamb, who made thee?
Community Forum Post: A greeting to all on St. Cecilia's Day!
Blessed Cecilia, appear in visions To all musicians, appear and inspire: Translated Daughter, come down and startle Composing mortals with immortal fire.  (W H Auden)   Wishing all fellow composers and musicians a happy St Cecilia's Day, on the 100th anniversary of the birth of Benjamin Britten...
PDF Document: Bright was the Star (basic version for small choir)
Announcement: UK/US Collaboration via ChoralNet
As some may remember, Brian Holmes posted a lovely Christmas poem on the Composers of Choral Music forum on December 25th last year.  Brian, himself a composer, graciously allowed me to set this to music, and I've just got round to posting it on the Composers' Showcase (http://www.choralnet.org/...
Community Forum Post: Christmas UK/US Collaboration!
As some may remember, Brian Holmes posted a lovely Christmas poem on this site on December 25th last year.  Brian, himself a composer, graciously allowed me to set this to music, and I've just got round to posting it on the Composers' Showcase.  Look for 'Bright was the Star'  in the SATB or 'Se...
PDF Document: Bright was the Star
Comment: Re: Christmas Music with Organ
Any of the following SATB settings, all published by Oxford University Press, would work well with just organ (or piano), although the recordings on soundcloud have orchestral accompaniment.  Vocal scores are obtainable from OUP.   In descending order of difficulty they are:   Noel! (a rhythm...
Comment: Re: The meaning behind "fa la la" in madrigals
Don't think so.  I think fa la la means nothing more than 'fa la la'!   Though 'The nymphs are fa-la-la-ing' (All creatures now) or 'Shall we play barley break? fa-la-la' (Now is the month of maying)  might suggest otherwise!  I think it means whatever you want it to mean - or nothing at all!
Announcement: New setting of Gloria
Announcing a new joyful setting of the Gloria for chorus (SATB) with accompaniment of 3 trumpets, 3 trombones, timps. and organ. Lasting about eight minutes, it's written in an accessible, melodic style , and incorporates a soprano soloist.   If you'd like to hear the closing section, which inclu...
Announcement: Festive opening for a Christmas concert (Orchestral/choral)
Please have a listen to 'Festive Overture: The Joy of Christmas' - a live performance on sound cloud at http://snd.sc/13D7jNC. 'The Joy of Christmas', published by Faber Music, contains many well-known Christmas tunes from the UK, Europe and the USA, including 'Joy to the World', 'O little town o...
Comment: Re: Holiday Concert
Why can't it be called a Christmas concert?!  We have many such concerts in the UK, but they don't exclude people of other religions - or none!
Comment: Re: Suo Gan; a good SATB arrangement?
Hi Lynn, As a matter of fact I recently started working on an arrangement, but haven't got very far with it yet.  Are you looking for something a cappella, or would you prefer a piano accompaniment?  And would you want to perform it in English or Welsh? Regards, Gordon (UK)
Community Forum Post: ABCD Convention in Oxford
I'm not sure whether this is the right place to post this, but the British equivalent of ACDA, the Association of British Choral Directors (ABCD) have just held their annual convention in Oxford.  These events always provide a brilliant opportunity to meet with other practicioners, and to receive f...
Comment: Re: christmas composition with brass quintet and percussion
Hi Jonathan,   You're probably inundated with suggestions by now, but just in case, can I mention a setting of the Gloria I did a year or two ago?  Circumstances of its first performance dictated that I set the accompaniment for brass band, but I am in the process of refining it and re-scoring i...