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Asian Materials

Just enquiring how you people here gather Asian materials, besides from Earthsongs? I'm personally finding it a bit hard to find catalogues with Filippino choral pieces for purchase and also Swedish pieces (but the latter isn't a concern for me now at the moment :P)..
Hope to find an answer here.
Derrick Kam
on November 1, 2009 2:05pm
Here's a ChoralNet resource on Filipino choral music, and here's the general resource area on international music.
on November 2, 2009 1:16am
It's really hard to find published Filipino works but here are few of the readily available pieces.
1) Awiting Bayan para sa Korong Pilipino Songbook - Edited by Verne de la Peña
15 new choral works and arrangements in various Philippine languages. This new arrangements of songs are from a wide range of traditional sources, which are given contemporary treatment. This is recommended for use by choral directors and enthusiasts tired of performing the same frequently heard songs.
2) The NAMCYA Anthology of Philippine Choral Music Book Vols. 1 & 2 - Edited by Verne de la Peña
A compilation of Philippine choral composition by 23 Filipino composers, with works made for children, youth, college and mixed choirs commissioned by NAMCYA from the late 1980s to 2003. Compositions represent styles of the late 20th century Philippine music.
3) Check out the website of Mr. John August Pamintuan, conductor & composer.
4) Check out the Pavane Publishing page of Mr. George Hernandez
5) Check out the Novo Concertante Manila webpage, where conductor Mr. Arwin Tan sells his works.
There are scores only sold here in the Philippines. Also, there are still lots Filipino works just waiting to be published. Probably in the coming years, you should watch out for works of Mr. Eudenice Palaruan, among others.
I hope I was able to help. :)
Irvinne 'Irvs' Redor
on November 2, 2009 5:39am
Hi, Derrick.
I just gave an interest session on Asian Choral Music last Saturday at the ACDA-Michigan Convention. Your inquiry couldn't be more timely. Regarding Filpino choral repertoire, try these sources:
1. "Da Coconut Nut" by Ryan Cayabyab (one edition for SATB, another for TTBB), from Santa Barbara Music Publishing
2. "Ay, Ay, Ay, O Pag-ibig" (for SATB) by George Hernandez, by Pavane Publishing
3. "Caturog Na, Nonoy" (for SATB) by George Hernandez, by Pavane Publishing
4. "Paruparong Bukid" (for SATB) by George Hernandez, by Pavane Publishing
5. "Pasko Na Naman" (for SATB) by George Hernandez, by Pavane Publishing
6. "Rosas Pandan" (for SATB) by George Hernandez, by Pavane Publishing
I highly recommend these Filipino composers:
Fidel Calalang, Jr. (email him at fidel2163(a)
Ryan Cayabyab (email him at rcayabyab(a)
Arlene Chongson (email her at Arlene.Chongson(a)
Jerry Dadap, Jr. (email him at jdadap(a)
Lester Delgado (email him at lester04_delgado(a)
Gianpaolo Eleria (email him at gianpaolo(a)
Francisco Feliciano (email him at info(a)
Arnel Mendoza (email him at arnlmndza(a)
Joel Navarro (email him at joelmagus(a)
John Pamintuan (email him at jpams(a) or view his works from a Slovenia-based company, Astrum Music)
Ramon Pagayon Santos (email him at rampags(a) works were the subject of my disseration
Chino Toledo (email him at chino(a) or toledo(a)
The National Music Competitions for Young Artists division of the Cultural Center of the Philippines has published an extensive collection of choral works for children's choir, youth choir, and college choirs. Visit their website and send them a message at:
Many outstanding Filipino choral works are self-published due to the following reasons:
1. Getting their music published by US publishing houses is next to impossible. Music publishers here prefer to publish music that is "sure to sell." Obviously, interest in Filipino choral music is not high here in the US.
2. Local pushback on US selling prices. If Filipino choral works published in the US are sold to choirs in the Philippines, the price becomes quite exorbitant due to the currency exchange.
Let me know if you still need any more help.

Best wishes,
Dr. Joel Navarro
Associate Professor
Calvin College
Grand Rapids, MI

on November 7, 2009 6:00pm
Thank you all for your responses! Very much helpful, especially Mr Navarro's reply!
It'll be joy to link up too!
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