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Holiday concert "finds

Dear Colleagues,
 
I'm always interested in new pieces you have all discovered in planning your holiday concerts.  "New" could mean old pieces recently unearthed, I suppose, though I am mostly interested in recently-written pieces. SO many pieces cross my desk/email each year, and vetting them takes forever!  So I'd love to know any pieces for the holiday season, SATB a cappella or with piano, that you discovered and loved.
 
I'll start this off with a handful we did this year or last that I admire greatly.  Happy to send mp3s of any of these, or contact the composers directly, of course.
 
Brian Holmes - The Shepherd and the King  - with piano or harp - Sharpley and Taylor Music, Thorpe Music Pub - fun, upbeat piece
Brian Holmes - Remember - a cappella - http://horncabbage.com/ - beautiful, serious, slow
 
Steve Murray - A Christmas Carol - a cappella - fun, charming, mostly in 11/8, but it suits - http://www.berkshiremusic.net/
 
Carson Cooman - Love Came Down - lovely a cappella setting of this famous text, very gentle and tender. St. James Music Press.  also carsoncooman.com  A new Cd of his music called Welcome News is really interesting. I plan on doing his The Rose Tree Carol next year.
 
O Magnum Mysterium - Frank La Rocca - discovered on choralnet!  This is an absolutely stunning a cappella setting, longish (6-7'). Available on youtube though I think neither performance I found there does it justice.  walton music 1406.  MOst people's favorite in our concet last weekend.
 
Bob Chilcott The Time of Snow - with piano.  Oxford BC56. If O Magnum wasn't people's favorite last week,  this one was.
Bob Chilcott Shepherd's Carol - Oxford. Probably not new to many of you but it was to me last year.
 
Cheers!
David
 
Replies (13): Threaded | Chronological
on December 27, 2012 6:12pm
Winter's Night- Nicholas Myers
The Snow- Elgar (not a new piece by any stretch, but a gem that I just recently did for the first time)
Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening- Artman (also not that new)
 
Nice to have some quality secular options.
 
Angels We Have Heard on High- Laubengayer
 
And now, since a pet peeve of mine is Chanukah repertoire that is either of poor musical quality or not really a Chanukah song (i.e. "Here, this piece (insert title of Hebrew piece that has nothing whatsoever to do with Chanukah) is our Chanukah song for the year)... some favorites of what I would consider high quality Chanukah repertoire...
 
Lo V'Chayil- Levine
Al Hanisim- Frimer, arr. Jacobson
Y'mei HaChanukah- traditional, I've arranged it as have several others
S'vivon- arr. Bertaux (and others)
Mi Yemalel- arr. Helfman (and others)
Ocho Kandelikas- Jagoda, arr. Jacobson
Hallelujah Amen, from Judas Maccabaeus- Handel
Arise and Be Free- Steven Barnett
 
 
 
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