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Music about Music

Dear friends--

Thanks so much to ALL of you for your interesting responses to my request
for 'Music about Music':

R. Vaughan Williams: Serenade to Music

D. Dickau: If Music Be the Food of Love

W. Billings: Modern Music

M. Gould: Solfeggio

G. Mabry: The Chorister's Covert Concert (? Exact

H. Hassler: Ihr Musici, Frisch auf

H. Purcell: If Music Be the Food of Love

Vecchi: Fa una canzona

T. Tomkins: Music Divine

Peuerl: O Musica

Pearsall: Sing We and Chant It

T. Weelkes: The Nightingale, Organ of Delight

B. Britten: Hymn to St. Cecilia

J. Brahms: Abendständchen

J. Brahms: Der bucklichte Fiedler

H. Distler: Vorspruch

Conte: The Composer

J. Clements: Commendation of Music

B. Allaway: You and the Song

G. Walker: The Dreamers of Dreams

How Can I Keep from Singing?

Let Music fill the Air

F.Schubert: An die Musik (SATB arr.)

S. Sametz: I Have Had Singing

B. Ellingboe: Be Music, Night (new composition)

C. de Rore: Musica dulci sono

E. Carter: To Music

F. Martin: Ode a la Musique

D. Argento: Peter Quince at the Clavier

Kathy Bowers: Music, when sweet voices die

J. Martin The Awakening

G. Bartholomew: To a Locomotive in Winter (from composer)

C. Goudimel : A Dieu ma voix j'ai hausée

J. Sweelinck: A Dieu ma voix j'ai hausée

F. Mendelssohn: Die Nachtigall


R. Vaughan Williams: Silence and Music

W. Billings: Jargon

E. Carter: Musicians Wrestle Everywhere

Alan Higbee: My Song Will Speak

Tis you that are the music, not
your song (manuscript)

R. Starer: Music vibrates in the memory

Donna Rhodenizer: Singing in the Choir (Red Castle Pub.)

T. Weelkes: O care, thou wilt despatch me

Josef Hedar: Musik (Swedish)

Toivo Kuula: Keinutan

Gregg Smith: Music
Robert Ross: Lady Music Speaks (available from the

P. Hindemith: Frau Musica

S. Chatman: There is sweet music here

Piping Down the Valleys wild

P. Kimper: Where everything is music

M. Wilberg: Cantus in Harmonia

B. Chilcott: The Singing Heart

J. Rutter: Musica Dei Donum Optima

Mark Winges: The Breath of Nature

Kurt Amolsch

on January 27, 2007 10:00pm
Do you know where I might find the translation for Mendelssohn's "Die Nachtigall" ?
Thank you for your thoughts.
on March 25, 2007 10:00pm
Die Nachtigall

Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)

Die Nachtigall, sie war entfernt,
The nightingale, she was far away,
Der Fr
on September 1, 2007 10:00pm
Musica Dei Donum, O. di Lasso.
6 part (ssatbb).
on June 25, 2010 6:06pm
The Choir Invisible, by David Childs
on May 4, 2015 4:14pm
Music For Music's Sake High School 30 Minute Program:

Celebrate With Music!                                                                                                      Mary Lynn Lightfoot
                                                                                                                                                     (b. 1952)
The Awakening                                                                                                                  Joseph M. Martin
                                                                                                                                                     (b. 1959)
Just Sing!                                                                                                                       arr. Roger Emerson
                                                                                                                                                     (b. 1950)
And the Night Shall Be Filled With Music                                                                                      Greg Gilpin
                                                                                                                                               (b. unknown)
How Can I Keep From Singing?                                                                                        arr. Gwyneth Walker
                                                                                                                                                     (b. 1947)
Music Sing On!                                                                                                                          Cynthia Gray
                                                                                                                                                (b. unknown)
And Sweet Singing in the Choir                                                                                    arr. Douglas E. Wagner
                                                                                                                                                      (b. 1952)
Program Notes:
Celebrate with Music!                                                                                                                    2:00
Published by Heritage Music Press in 2011
For SATB Chorus, Piano, and B-flat Trumpet
Key of G Major with 2/2 meter
Tempo: dance-like; half note = 76-88
Style: ‘Joyfully’; flowing
This exuberant opener does exactly what the title suggests – celebrates music WITH music! Singing in octave unison can be quite the challenge for men and women voices, but you will find that the Charming High Choir sounds like one beautiful, pure voice! Celebrate with Music! features our senior trumpet player, Joe C.  Playing with accompanied instruments poses a unique challenge in that the human voice should emulate the instrument’s sound or tone quality.  To do this, we worked on many energizers and focused on the written tenuto articulations.  Please celebrate the jubilant song with us! 

The Awakening                                                                                                                                7:00
Published by Shawnee Press in 1995
For SATB Choir and Piano Accompaniment
Keys of f minor, c# minor, and E Major with 4/4 and 2/4 meter
Tempo: andante (walking speed); quarter note = 76
Styles: expressive, delicate, flowing, sad, passionate, tenderly, joyful
Fitting with our program theme of music for music’s sake, composer Joseph M. Martin’s goal was to encourage music teachers and remind them of how important their work is through The Awakening.  In three very contrasting, emotional sections, the choir is required to create atmospheres of haunting silence and despair, the coming of a new day, and finally, the banishment of darkness forever with joyful proclamations!  The choir must follow strict text cues that breathe this musical-textual imagery to life, a challenging concept for a high school choir.  Other challenges include imitation and lyrical repetition, wide leaps (minor sevenths down and Major sixths and octaves up), and extreme dynamic contrast (pppp – fff).  The Awakening ends with the proclamation, “Let Music Live!”, and we hope you’ll do just that after hearing how important music is in our lives!

Just Sing!                                                                                                                                           3:00
Published by Hal Leonard Corporation in 2013
For SATB Chorus and Piano Accompaniment
Key of E-flat Major with 4/4 meter
Tempo: quick, with a feel of two; quarter note = 132
Style: ‘Grandly’, thoughtful, confident
Just Sing! affirms music as a powerful means of healing. Some challenges of this piece include leaps of a P5 or greater, triplet rhythms, legato singing, dissonant suspensions, and a gradual build in dynamics throughout the piece.  When reflecting on all of the pain and suffering in the world, it is easy to feel hopeless and distraught.  However, the Charming High Choir knows how to help – by simply singing until the world sings along! 
And the Night Shall Be Filled With Music                                                                                  2:30
Published by Heritage Music Press in 2004
For SATB Chorus and Piano Accompaniment
Key of D Major with 4/4, 2/4, and 2/2 meters
Tempo: slow; quarter note = 52, half note = 60
Style: reflective, gentle, but with distinction
And the Night Shall Be Filled With Music is an encouraging work that expresses how important music is to relax the entire being.  While an easier piece on our program, it challenges our choir with gradual dynamic contrast throughout (pp, mp, mf, mp, p, pp), quickly executed swells, and call and response singing.  Intonation and vocal resonance are key elements that we focus on to correctly execute the unison parts.  As with anything, it is difficult to make repetition interesting, but you might find that we’re able to keep your attention by adding expression and motion to the music, only to slow down again, all while maintaining that great expression.  Please let us help your ‘cares that infest the day to fold their tents’ by singing this beautiful piece by Greg Gilpin!
How Can I Keep From Singing?                                                                                                    4:30
Published by E. C. Schirmer Music Company Inc. in 1996
For SA(T)B Chorus and Piano
Key of G Major with 4/4 meter
Tempo: energetic; quarter note = 108
Style: ‘With energy and celebration’
Gwyneth Walker’s arrangement of this Quaker hymn dating back to the 1800’s emphasizes the celebratory and life affirming aspects of the song.  A quicker, energetic piece of our program, How Can I Keep From Singing? has many challenges, such as phrasing, diction, and dynamics.  Our choir has worked hard on making the lyrics as clear as possible and has taken much consideration towards the accents and articulations of the rhythms of this piece.  Agreeing on the dotted rhythms as a full choir was also a tedious task.  However, through thick and thin, we always came back to one question – how can we keep from singing?

Music Sing On!                                                                                                                                 3:30
Published by Heritage Music Press in 2014
For SATB Chorus with option Children’s Choir and Piano Accompaniment
Key of E-flat Major with 4/4 meter
Tempo: slow; quarter note = 60 - 69
Style: ‘With quiet simplicity’
Music Sing On! celebrates music in a unique way, beginning with the silence of the earth before music.  It goes on to express how important music is to life all life – nature, animals, and people!  Opening with unison soprano and alto voices presents a challenge for the Charming High Choir, as there are many female vocalists!  Range extension is of special need in this piece, as the soprano range is B-flat-4 to G-5, and the bass range is A-flat-3 to C-4.  Many accidentals are written as well, creating chromaticism and unusual leaps.  The soprano voice is also divisi, which creates additional harmonies and therefore requires extreme attention to intonation. 
And Sweet Singing in the Choir                                                                                                    2:30
Published by Heritage Music Press in 2015
For SATB Chorus and Piano Accompaniment
Key of F Major and A Major with 4/4 meter
Tempo: rhythmically; quarter note = 126
Style: gladly, sweetly
While an arrangement of the beloved holiday carol The Holly and the Ivy, we decided to close with this piece to affirm how sweet it truly is to sing in the choir!  The eight-note ostinato piano accompaniment creates an energetic atmosphere.  Syncopated rhythms and vocal leaps were the most difficult aspects of this piece (Major sixths and octaves up).  Range extension was also a huge technique we tackled.  The final eighth-note runs were also a challenge to correctly place the syllables and remain together during the accelerando and ritardando.  We hope you have has as much fun listening to our program as we have had preparing it for you!