Holiday concert "finds
Date: December 19, 2012
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.
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