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Worldwide Winter Holidays/Festivals Literature

Hi everyone-
I'm looking for quality literature to cover various "winter holidays/festivals", or holidays that happen during the winter months.  I'm especially looking for literature from other world traditions, so something Hindi, Persian, Muslim, and Buddhist would be nice.  Also, I'd like to include some of the festivals such as Winter Solstice (various traditions), Dongzhi, Yule, Yalda (Persian Solstice), Saturnalis, and various New Year's traditions.
 
My goal is to have a truly "Winter" Concert in December, featuring music of various traditions and celebrations that happen around the world during the winter season.
 
Literature should be for any voicings from unison/SA/TB to SATB with divisi (the only rep we can't use is advanced TTBB).  We have five high school choirs of ability levels from beginners (SA and TB/TTB) to advanced (SSAA, SATB+).
 
Thank you!
Christopher Borges
 
Replies (7): Threaded | Chronological
on May 5, 2012 12:53pm
Here is a ChoralNet resource on this topic.
on May 5, 2012 1:18pm
Christopher,
 
You might find interesting things in Musica database ( http://www.musicanet.org ) by combining the keyword "winter" with all kind of different criteria that go through your mind (origin, style,...).
To be more efficient, use preferably the search form "More criteria" or even the "Expert search form"
 
Jean
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on May 12, 2012 2:55pm
Thank you, Jean.  That's not something I've used and I don't know why.  :)
on May 5, 2012 4:02pm
I have written The Shortest Day. It is an unaccompanied setting for mixed
chorus of a Winter Solstice poem of Susan Cooper.  This piece won the
most recent Amadeus Choir (Toronoto) Seasonal Song-writing Contest,
You can find a score and computer demo at the Composers Showcase
Contact me if you want to hear a recording by a real choir.
 
Cheers,
Brian Holmes 
on May 12, 2012 4:54pm
Hey Brian-
Nice piece.  Beautiful text, and it's not difficult.  Could certainly be something I'd use for my large choir.  Can you let me buy a referral copy?  I am still programming the concert, of course, but I'm interested in using your song.
Thanks-
Christopher
on May 6, 2012 8:29am
Check out my arrangement of "Masters in this Hall" set to a Yule (not Christmas) text, available for SATB/SA/TB with piano at Canasg music: http://www.canasg.com/adams.shtml
 
I also have several other Solstice pieces in a vareity of styles that will work for you, just mail me for perusal copies.
 
Andrew Adams
on May 7, 2012 8:40pm
1. There's a fantastic unison/round entitled "Hanukkah and Solstice" - I found it by doing a search on iTunes - sounds beautiful with women's/girls' voices
2. "Orientis Partibus" is a fantastic Yule / Midwinter song - there is a recorded version floating around out there conducted by Pickett which is great
3.  Secular - Ruth Artman's "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening" is one of the best pieces of SSA choral music for holidays
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