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Programming suggestions: "food" theme

Does anyone have any concert suggestions for music (stylistically open) for a 14-voice, adult, unaccompanied chamber choir that would fit a "food" theme?
Table graces, harvest songs, folksongs, poetry about eating...I'm interested! Thanks!
on June 25, 2009 3:05pm
Here is the perfect music for you. "Everybody Eats When They Come To My House" arranged by Jennifer Barnes, Sound Music Publications.  Easy and most entertaining.
on June 25, 2009 3:17pm
There is a piece that the King's Singers did entitled THE BANQUET FUGUE.  I believe it's still in print and can probably be ordered thru JW PEPPER. We performed this music several years ago in a choral festival and the audience loved it.
on June 25, 2009 3:19pm
There a ChoralNet resource on this topic.
on June 25, 2009 3:20pm
 I have composed "Ghost's Grace" for a cappella mixed chorus. The poem is by Paul Fleischman,
from his book Big Talk. The poem imagines ghosts watching through the window as
a family eats a meal.  Duration: 4.5 - 5 min.  Not difficult, but through-composed, so
there are no literal repeats.  The original poem was written to be recited by four
readers, sometimes together and sometimes separately; the music preserves this
pretty faithfully.  Not published; let me know if you want a copy of the score.
Brian Holmes
on June 25, 2009 3:31pm
 Bob Chilcott's Fragments from His Dish is excellent - five movements, all about food, different styles - it's expensive, not easy to find, and tricky in spots, but effective and worth the trouble.
John Jost
Bradley University
Peoria IL
on June 25, 2009 8:07pm
"Banquet Fugue" is by John Rutter, from "The Reluctant Dragon." Also look for "Insalata Italiana" (I think that's the title). Check JW Pepper. It's really fun.

Wendy Oesterling
Winchester, VA

on June 26, 2009 1:23am
There is a great piece by the Irish composer Elaine Agnew on the subject of Irish breads - you can get it at
Best of luck
on June 26, 2009 5:15am
We just did a piece by Paul Carey called "Play With Your Food" -- published by Walton -- worth looking into.
Clayton Parr
DePaul University, Chicago
on June 26, 2009 5:18am
My vote goes to "Insalata Italiana." Although not specifically ABOUT food, the title translates to "Italian Salad".
on June 26, 2009 5:39am
This is probably unnecessary, but have you seen these old posts?
on June 26, 2009 6:18am
 The West Shore Chorale in Cleveland did such a concert this and drink...Here's the program (some are accompanied)
Food Glorious Food - from Oliver
Drinking Song - from The Student Prince - Romberg
The Banquet Fugue - Rutter
The Big Fat Goose - diLasso
The Goslings - Bridge
Play With your food - Carey
   Summer's Bounty
   Mashed Potato/Love Song
   Vending Machine
The Prune - Carter
Bile Them Cabbage Down - Wilberg
Oysters and Clams - Dusing
Chili con Carne - Edenroth
Landlord fill the flowing bowl - Arr: Drotleff
Drink to me only with thine eyes - Cumming
As Sure as the cat will catch the mouse ( final chorus from the Coffee Cantata) - Bach, Arr: Drotleff
Java Jive - Oakland
Sing On - Walker
on June 26, 2009 6:20am
I have performed "The Bill of Fare" several times in my career.  It is a turn-of-the-century (1916?) catalog aria, basically a sung menu.  It is in the public domain, originally published by Oliver Ditson, and it was reprinted as a public service (by T. Presser?) in 1976 as a public service.  Let me know if you can't locate a copy.  A cute novelty piece, SATB.
Ben Locke
Kenyon College
on June 26, 2009 6:36am
Check out composer Paul Carey's cycle, "Play With Your Food."
on June 26, 2009 6:50am
"Be Careful What you Eat", arr. by Deke Sharon & available through is a parody making fun of the "ingredients" you find in packaged food.
on June 28, 2009 12:45am
"Seven Menu-ettes" for unison choir by Eric Austin Phillips. Manuscript, available from the composer.
on July 14, 2009 12:23pm
Check out:
Everybody Eats When They  Come To My House  arr. Jennifer Barnes      Sound Music Publications
If You Don't Like My Peaches, Don't Shake My Tree     arr. Dave Cross      Sound Music Pubications
Latte Land                                                                      arr. Sonja Sarr        Sound Music Publications
Balckberry Winter                                                           ar. Dave Cross       Sound Music Publications
on July 28, 2009 7:53pm
Hi Jodi!  Funny you should bring this up:  a couple composer friends and I just had this conversation.  Here's a list of some of our a cappella "food" related songs:
Elizabeth Alexander:  Before the Bread (canon)
Abbie Betinis:  Table Grace (2-8 part canon)
Matthew Culloton, arr.:  Famine Song (orig. VIDA)
J. David Moore: Coffee Calling
Joshua Shank:  Yellow Brooms and Cold Mushrooms (from "Color Madrigals")
Something tells me you know a few of these composers.  :)
on July 29, 2009 8:07am
If this little table prayer insterest you, please contact me for a pdf or hard-copy score and a sound bite.
KELSEY’S PRAYER (SATB) was written for Dr. Joseph Henry’s daughter, Kelsey, to sing with her family at dinnertime.  The piece is canonic, starting with only one voice and finally arriving at four voices.  The text is:
    Thank you Lord, in heaven above, for your all embracing love.  
    Thank you for our bread today; thanks for listening while we pray,
        and thank you, Lord, in every way, for everyone we love.
    May we show our love for you, in the kindly things we do? 
    Help us be steadfast and true, until our lives are through.
    When that time arrives, at last, and your book reviews our past,
        we will go through heaven's door with the Lord whom we implore
        to be with us forevermore and govern us with love. Amen.

The vocal ranges are: Soprano, D1–d2; Alto, C1–e2; Tenor, d–E1; Bass, G–g. (3:30-4:40)  EASY
on July 31, 2009 10:34am
If you'd like a 'food' song that ends with a good burp (by the conductor!) I can suggest the palindrome "Ladies Long in the Tooth" which you can hear at (SATB SECULAR) It is, of course, not to be taken seriously!
on July 31, 2009 11:30am
 Jodi --
when I get home from vacation, I will bring over the TCGMC Spring Concert program.  Their whole concert was around food, and I'm guessing many of the same songs are available in SATB.
Dan Adolphson
Co-Director of Music Ministries
New Congregation (the joining of Asbury and Oakland Ave UMCs)
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