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Items by thomas brown

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Comment: Re: Christmas Around the World
(If not mentioned previously) be SURE to see the Oxford collection(s) roughly entitlted, "World Carols" or "Carols from Around the World" or something similar.  Easy to find in their catalogue.
Comment: Re: Hallelujah, Amen w/ trumpet or brass
Amalie, I think there is a brass ensemble accompaniment out there, so hopefully you'll get a postive reply.  If you are interested in the parts for two trumpets (in Bb and in D), reply via email and I'll pdf you a (legal) copy. Tom Brown tbrown@covenant.org
Comment: Re: Palm Sunday SATB anthem with organ and brass
"Lift Up Your Heads, O You Gates" by K. Lee Scott, pub. by Selah, is excellent IMO.  Stately, regal, classy... Choral parts not difficult but good, and divisi provides additional choral interest.  Authentic performance practice set slightly aside, as a companion anthem, I'd not be above having one...
Comment: Re: Help! Instrumentalist dealing with attitudes
I'd say Liz's advice is excellent.   If you plan to continue teaching choir, IMO you will discover that choral/vocal pedagogy is more complicated than--or at least very different from--instrumental pedagogy.  (I grew up in band. It took me awhile to understand how different choral teaching is.......
Borrowing request: In terra pax; Finzi - please!
Item: In terra pax Composer/Arranger/Edition: Gerald Finzi Starting: September, 2013 For: Dec. 15, 2013 Copies: 90 Willing to rent: Yes  Please help if you can.  (New York Choral Society is singing it this year.  Their copies aren't available.) Tom Brown Austin, TX tbrown@covenant.org 512...
Comment: Re: Ethics of borrowing music (Church choirs)
I borrow music for major works frequently.  It saves us money and honestly, it saves us space.  (Scores for major works take up valuable shelf space in my music library. I'd prefer not owning and storing these scores that I'll only perform on a recurring basis every several years.) My only regre...
Comment: Re: Music Folder Storage Cabinets
We bought new cabinets recently and our "black folder" brand folders fit. As i recall, the cabinets weren't that much (at the time). Check out Humes and Berg??  If they dont need to be portable, consider having them built. A skilled person in your church might even volunteer their time if you bo...
Comment: Re: Christmas Anthems with Flute
There is SO much out there for choir and obbligato instruments! I encourage you to peruse websites of your favorite publishers and composers; you'll see many titles which include obbligato instruments. This is probably obvious but be reminded that many/most of the shorter Christmas works and ant...
Borrowing request: Finzi, Et in terra pax & Pergolesi Magnificat
Item: Finzi, Et in terra pax & Pergolesi (Durante) Magnificat (Bb) choral scores Composer/Arranger/Edition: Finzi (Boosey). Pergolesi (Walton or other) Starting: September, 2013 For: through December 15 Copies: 70 copies (or whatever lesser quantity you might own) Willing to rent: Yes  If you ...
Comment: Re: Making a career move and would welcome input
As others have mostly said, use your theory, identify the chords & learn to provide a simple chordal skeletal accompaniment.  You'll have to practice a bit so that you don't have to think about it in rehearsal, but that's minor compared to the time involved in becoming an accomplished player. ...
Comment: Re: Latin American program closer?
If you can consider a sacred Latin work, the style is actually Caribbean, esp. with the inclusion of steel drums, but be sure to see Kevin McClure's "Kyrie" (published separately) from his "Saint Francis in the Americas-A Caribbean Mass."  (earthsongs is the publisher.) It is excellent and has ver...
Comment: Re: Christmas Seasonal Chorus with Brass Quintet Possibilities
Craig Phillips' Benedictus Dominus/Song of Zechariah, published by Selah, is a splendid 6-7 minute work for choir and brass quintet.  (If you know this piece, the brass quintet/timp. accompaniment was composed just last year.  Ask for it when you talk to Selah/David Schaap.)  Moderate difficul...
Comment: Re: Advent music on theme of "Light"
"Light" being such a central theological concept, there are a jillion... A few from my library: Children of Light. Webdell. Colla Voce Any Lux Aeterna (Lauridsen) Arise, Shine, for Your Light Has Come. mathias. oxford God's Great Lights. Kemp. Concordia Holy Radiant Light. Gretchaninoff. I Want to ...
Comment: Re: Short sacred work for choir and French horn
Thanks, guys. Richard Nance's "Set Me..." may be the perfect choice.  And I even own a copy of it, though I'd forgotten it included horn!  Thanks again.  (Basler's Missa Kenya is an interesting work; just more music than I need for this concert.) Tom
Forum message: Short sacred work for choir and French horn
I'm programming the Paul Basler, Songs of Faith for choir and French horn.  I'd love another excellent sacred short work for choir and horn, preferably a modern composer (since the program is generally 20th century music).  Any quick ideas? The choir can sing most anything and the horn player'...
Comment: Re: Amazing Grace
Among the many, I've especially enjoyed the ones by David Ashley White and Ames, listed in this stream. Also an unusual but effective setting by Stephen Hatfield (Boosey) for choir and BAGPIPES (yes) or, alternatively, oboe. You can hear this on Hatfield's website.  Also, Rob, since I believe you...
Comment: Re: voice problems
(Related to & expanding it bit on Jay's reply) I don't know if you student also experiences tension w/ his "backward" tonal placement, but I  had a former student who came to me with tension caused by retracting (thus arching) her tongue. (!) She thought it nicely "colored" her sound. (!!) We...
Comment: Re: Congregation Hymn singing
To John's (later) point, while I value the influence of the choir in leading congregational hymns, by far our BEST congregational singing is on those rare Sundays (alternating weeks in the summer when choir sometimes takes a Sunday off) when the choir is not in the loft but seated among the congre...
Comment: Re: Choral Intoits, Sentences, and Benedictions
I've been disappointed in many of the collections (but will order a copy of John Carter's listed below).  In addition to (a handful) of introit collections, I've opted to use short anthems for introits or to make cuts in longer anthems.  This is meager but for examples of short anthems with text...
Comment: Re: "Blended" Hymnal
Such in important decision.  I'm not sure it's any better but "Worship & Rejoice" (from Hope, copyright 2001) sought to blend traditional hymns with 100 or so contemporary songs, plus a dozen or so Taize choruses.  I've only seen a "pre-sampler sampler" of the new Presbyterian Hymnal, but it...
Comment: Re: Family-friendly church choir
Sorry, I mis-read your original post, thinking it was an inquiry about an optimal children's choir rehearsal time.  I'm afraid I have no creative suggestions for your situation. (We just do nursery...)
Comment: Re: Family-friendly church choir
We have 5 children's choirs in my church, (choosing to keep groups limiited to about 25 max in each, rather than fewer and larger groups).  In short, one ingredient--perhaps the key ingredient--over the past 20 years is that all the choirs rehearse on Wed afternoon at the same time (4:30-5:30), a...
Borrowing request: Need to borrow (or rent) Canita Tuba
Item: Canite Tuba Composer/Arranger/Edition: Don McCullough/Hinshaw Starting: September For: December Copies: 55 vocal scores plus cond. score & parts Willing to rent: No   We're performing the edition for brass, timpani, percussion and organ.  If you can help, much appreciated.  Would pref...
Comment: Re: Jazz Bug Hits Church
(Briefly) I've been doing an annual Jazz Service for 20 years.  I've written numerous arrangements.  Spirituals and (joyful) hymns that "swing" well.  Ballad settings of hymns like This Is My Father's World, Near to the Heart of God, God of the Sparrow.  Jazz waltz settings of Joyful, Joyful,...
Comment: Re: Vocal Jazz Companies
I'm (sadly) not singing choral jazz any more but from quick recollection:  Since you've perused Hal Leonard you might know these but I'll still say...  Don't miss all the wonderful work of Phil Mattson & Gene Puerling (Singers Unlimited). (some "accessible", some difficult).  Hal Leonard ...
Comment: Re: Progressive lenses and conducting? HELP!
Go back to your dr. or see another one.  Mine worked with me (took 2 tries) and conformed a progressive lens for distance, folder length and computer work, adjusting the "height" of each field as necessary.  They work well.  Tom B.
Comment: Re: Looking for a Processional for a 300+ voice Choir
off top of my head: While I've never actually walked while singing it, Wm. Boyce's "Alleluia" comes to mind (for which there are several editions).  I imagine as quite doable and perhaps brilliant w/ 300 voices.  (An old Belwin? arr. has a concluding homphonic coda that would be striking after a...
Forum message: LED Folder Lights
I need to buy LED (battery operated ) folder lights for my choir.  If you've purchased these, please let me know if there is a brand(or company) that you would especially recommend (or not)?  Be sure to note order info....  Thanks!   Tom Brown Austin, TX
Comment: Re: Congregational Song
Typically, three: 1. opening hymn of praise 2. either a hymn of preparation (which might "set-up" scripture or sermon or confession) OR 2. hymn of response (following sermon) 3. parting/sending hymn (either further "comments" on theme of the day or sends people forth to love & serve the world) ...
Forum message: literature for baritone & chorus
I have a world-class operatic baritone in town who has volunteered to sing at my church.  I'd like him to do something with my choir.  I'm looking for suggestions.  It could be a short work or he could be soloist as part of a (somewhat) larger work.  As to th...
Forum message: Let Nothing Ever Grieve Thee
I want to do Brahms' Let Nothing Ever Grieve Thee (Lass dich nur nichts nicht dauren) with my church choir in ENGLISH, but have been less than satisfied with the quality of the translations in the editions I've seen.  My objection isn't about accuracy but just the awkwardness of the English.    ...
Comment: Re: Christmas Work with Harpsichord
Charles, I'll send copies.  If you like it, feel free to keep them.
Comment: Re: Suggestions for new Christmas Repertoire (10 - 20 min) for Choir and brass
Correction: Gwen Walker's "Appalachian Carols" are published by ECS (not Oxford).
Comment: Re: Suggestions for new Christmas Repertoire (10 - 20 min) for Choir and brass
I missed the original question but...   Published by Oxford, Gweneth Walker has a set of four Christmas pieces with brass quintet, entitled Appalachian Carols.  (Go, Tell It..., What Wondrous Love, Cherry Tree Carol & Jesus, Jesus Rest Your Head).  If you like them, I'm also happy to loan the...
Comment: Re: Jazz for worship
"Briefly", I've done yearly "jazz services" for the last 25 years in the various (Presbyterian, Methodist) churches I've served.  I've not found a lot of sacred literature and so have written numerous combo arrangements of hymns and have commissioned a few jazz arranger friends to write some.  ...
Comment: Re: Special church choir performances
(As do many of my colleagues) For years we've had something called "Summer Choir".  We cancel mid-week rehearsals for the summer and meet for 45 minutes prior to the 11:00 morning service.  We sing familiar and easier anthems.  The plan: "If you're in town, of course you'll be in worship, so c...
Forum message: Good Friday Lit-Philosophy
This comment is more of a theological musing than a musical dictum, but the passion (suffering), crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus, being the central focus of the Good Friday service, I've never been fully settled about doing Requiem masses on this occasion (I presume there's no historical/lit...
Archives: down south camp meeting inquiry
If anyone has or knows of a transcription (or good arrangement) of the Manhattan Transfer setting of (Benny Goodman originally) of Down South Camp Meeting, please reply with info. Thank you,Tom Browntbrown@covenant.org