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choral lyrics from children's literature

I'm curious about choral music with lyrics taken from children's literature. I want to pursue this as a possible concert theme. Any suggestions of individual pieces or concert order greatly appreciated.
Adam Samuels
Abilene, Texas
Replies (8): Threaded | Chronological
on April 14, 2012 11:42am
You didn't specify a voicing. Is this for children's choir, SATB adults, or what? ChoralNet's concert-theme resources have a bunch of related items, including Fairy Tales, Texts Written by Children, etc.
There are numerous settings of Jabberwocky and other Lewis Carroll texts. Here's a huge list of settings of Rudyard Kipling texts, although of course they aren't all for children.
on April 15, 2012 3:54pm
You may want to look into Cristi Cary Miller's "The Duel" about the gingham dog and the calico cat - a poem by Eugene Field.
on April 15, 2012 9:33pm
I have published two settings of poems from The Wind in the Willows
Carol of the Field Mice SA + piano or SATB unaccompanied
Available from William Thorpe 
for sample pages and audio, visit
The Song of Mr Toad SSA + baritone sax + piano
Available from Roger Dean (recently published)
I can send you a recording.
I have also published four settings of insect poems from Paul Fleischman's Joyful Noise.
1.  Water Striders   2. Moth's Serenade    3.  Requiem    4. Cicadas
SA + piano.
Available from Brichtmark
I can send sample scores and a recording on request.
Brian Holmes
on April 16, 2012 6:21am
Hi Adam. We publish two musicals based on children's literature.
The first is a children's musical adaptation of Dickens' A Christmas Carol, called 'Scrooge ... a ghost of a chance!' It has ten songs, which you can find and listen to on our website or here's a direct link to the musical. The songs are a mixture of rocky and ballad. Most of the songs aren't 'Christmassy' so it wouldn't matter if it was a summer concert. If you were interested in a particular song, I'd recommend 'Charity!', 'A ghost of a chance' or 'The Fezziwig Rock and Roll'. The musical is very popular in schools, and of course it's highly relevant in this year's Dickens anniversary celebrations! It's suitable for all ages.
The other musical which may interest you is 'The Selfish Giant', from Oscar Wilde's short story of the same name. This has nine songs, mostly gentle or stirring ballads, and one rocky one. This is one of our most popular musicals, as it's quite hauntingly beautiful. It's for ages 5-12.
We're based in the UK, but regularly ship orders to the United States. Feel free to contact me if you'd like any further info!
With best wishes,
Sheila Wilson, composer.

on April 17, 2012 10:35am
Catch the Moon by Greg Danner at Tennessee Tech.  It is for SA and Brass quintet I think.  Always wanted to perform it but never had the right mix.  These are texts by Shel Silverstein. contact can be found:,com_staffdirectory/view,profile/id,1895/Itemid,1401/
on April 17, 2012 11:43am
You might want to research the copyright status of this work. Shel Silverstein's estate has routinely denied permission to set his texts to music. Before you pursue this work you might want to doublecheck with the composer about this.
on April 18, 2012 1:49pm
Rutter's "5 Childhood Lyrics"
on April 19, 2012 9:00am
How about William Blake's "Songs of Innocence"? I have written a suite on this for ssaa and heard it performed by both adult and (v.good) childrens' choirs) It is scored for harp (or piano) and flute accompaniment. It may be heard at (SA secular). 
All the best,
Donald Patriquin
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