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piece about ice?

I'm looking for an a cappella piece on the subject of ice... SATB, unaccompanied, not too much divisi (only ten singers involved).  Any era. 
Suggestions are much appreciated!
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on February 26, 2012 6:07am
Snowforms, by Raymond Murray Schafer?
on February 28, 2012 9:28am
Snowforms is a terrific piece but it's written for women's choir.
on February 26, 2012 7:04am
The closest thing I can think of, at least in the Italian madrigal repertoire, is a piece in two sections by Giangiacomo Gastoldi, published in his Terzo libro di madrigali a 5 (1598).  (BTW, Gastoldi composed many "serious" madrigals, although he is remembered today chiefly for his fa-la-la balletti.)
The disposition of the piece is SSATB, so you would need divisi sopranos throughout; also, since the piece uses the so-called "chiavette" clef combination, a downward transposition of between a whole step and a major third might be in order, depending on the ranges and capabilities of your singers.
The translation of the text reads as follows:
   (prima parte)
My lady was drinking,
And though her bosom and heart be of ice,
While drinking she added yet more ice to the wine.
  (seconda parte)
I, who burned with passion for her,
Said, “If I could obtain a bit of that ice,
Perhaps I can extinguish my heated desire.”
And yet, in drinking of the same ice from the same glass as she,
Alas, I felt such fire,
That I can no longer accommodate my passion.
Cupid laughed at the sport,
And, turning to me, he said,
“Lament now, and experience
How fire is to be found even in ice.”
I might add that no copy of the original Alto partbook is known to survive; however I have attempted a reconstruction of the missing Alto and put the resultant piece up on my Web site.  You can download it from there.
Hope this is helpful.
Best regards,
Martin Morell
on February 29, 2012 6:16am
on February 26, 2012 7:15am
Hi Robert,
Not quite ice, but In the Bleak mid-winter might fit the bill. There are at least 2 excellent versions - Holst and Britten (from A Boy was born).
on February 26, 2012 10:33am
I'm not sure if this one specifically mentions ice, but at least it's about winter.
It's the third (as I recall -- not sure) of Debussy's Trois Chansons:  Hiver, vous nette qu'un Villain.
on February 26, 2012 11:10am
#4 of Hindemith's *Sechs Chansons nach Rilke,* En Hiver, might also work.
Robert A.M. Ross
on February 26, 2012 2:17pm
Perhaps a setting of "When Icicles Hang" (Shakespeare)? I think the three settings i know of (Rutter, Parry and Vaughan-Williams) are all accompanied. Perhaps there are other settings out there?

Or, as long as people are making suggestions about "wintery" pieces in general, how about Poulenc's "Un soir de neige"?

on February 26, 2012 3:31pm
Stanley Hoffman's The Land of Crystal Dreams is all about ice, although the word itself is not mentioned except once as icicles.  But beautiful part writing, magical poetry, paints pictures.
on February 26, 2012 3:37pm
May I suggest a MUSICA database search using the keyword "ice"?  Dont' know if it will yield anything.
on February 27, 2012 1:42pm
I put the words ice, choral music in Google and a number of links came up.  Give it a shot.  :)
on March 1, 2012 6:01am
Meredith Monk has a piece called ICE DEMONS.  Her music is published by Boosey & Hawkes but I don't think ICE DEMONS is published.   It has no text.
Michael Tippett wrote an opera called THE ICE BREAK.  the term "Ice breaking" is used metaphorically.
Nick Page
on March 3, 2012 2:12pm
There are several that start with "When icicles hang" - text Shakespeare, probably the most popular by John Rutter.
Good lick.
on March 4, 2012 6:56am
In a more contemporary genre, I have a song published called 'Always Winter, Never Spring' which is an musical adpatation of Oscar Wilde words. It's unison with a piano score accompaniment or an orchestral backing-track, but if it suited your concert requirements, I could do a SATB arrangement for you. You can hear the opening bars on this page of our website: Always Winter, Never Spring
Similarly I've a conservation song with a different publisher entitled H2O Blues, which you can hear on this page: H20 Blues, which mentions ice
With best wishes for your performance,

on March 4, 2012 7:55am
Snowflakes by Lane Johnson
on March 4, 2012 9:46am
There is an entire multi movement work by John Rutter "When Icicles Hang, that includes the better know Blow, Blow Thou Winter Wind. Words are by Shakespeare music is early Rutter. It can chill you!
on March 4, 2012 2:20pm
Hallo, if ancient italian isn't a problem, may I suggest Orlando di Lasso's Malvagio, orrido gelo, freely available here:,_Orlande_de)
Best regards from Italy!
Blanche De Sanctis
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