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SSAA rep relating to Light of Day, Dark of Night

I normally conduct a TTBB choir at a college in NY but due to a sabbatical I will be moved up to the SSAA choir and need to program for their concert.
 
60-80 females
Mix of music majors and non majors
Capable of collegiate level works - any language
 
The theme as posted above is Light of Day Dark of Night.... so anything having to do with that theme or even colors like yellow, blue or black.
 
Thanks!
Replies (9): Threaded | Chronological
on April 5, 2013 9:49pm
Here it is: Gloomy but real.
 
Out of print, you may reproduce if you give credit!
 
 It was composed for Sarah Lawrence college.
 Mr Brown founded RCNY.http://www.renaissancechorus.org
 Info here.
 Let me know more about your Concert!
SIR
212 740 4050
 
 
on April 8, 2013 9:47am
Rebecca:
 
Three pieces of mine may suit your theme.
 
Let Evening Come is my setting of Jane Kenyon's poem.
You can read the poem here.  It is published by William
Thorpe, though his website only describes the mixed
chorus version.  The Peninsula Women's Chorus has
posted a video of a performance here.  SSAA plus piano.
This is the music I want the PWC to sing at my funeral.  
Preferably not in the next couple of weeks.
 
So we'll go no more a roving is a setting of Byron's famous poem.
SSA, flute (or violin), horn, and piano.  Published by Roger Dean;
you can see most of the score here.  Let me know if you wish
to see the complete score, and hear a recording.
 
The Music of the Spheres is a setting of words from The Merchant
of Venice.  SSA, horn, and piano.  You can look at the score and
listen to a recording here.  
 
Cheers,
Brian Holmes
2012 winner, American Prize in Choral Composition.
on April 8, 2013 11:57am
 BEST: Through the Dark, music by Andrea Ramsey text by Helen Keller - stunning piece available from JW Pepper
 scored for SATB but I do it with SSAT (all women, by the way)
 
 
 
 
 
on April 20, 2013 11:11am
Rebecca:
 
While you are specifically speaking of day/night light/dark - would you consider an additional perspective?  I have scored many choral works to the texts of Dr. Robert J. Smithdas (deaf/blind from the age of 5).  He is retired from the Helen Keller National Center in NY.  The scores are accessible and for HS level and above. 
 
Enigma: SSAA and piano (the SATB version was a finalist in the Ithaca College School of music choral composition competition) Youtube performance.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YSl95Yjw7Fs 
 
Nocturne: SSA and piano.  Youtube performance http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MW2RQ1tFYO4 (contact me directly for this score).
 
Good luck.
Rick
crickb88(a)cox.net
on April 20, 2013 1:23pm
Rebecca,
 
I have written a piece called Earth Chant - premiered this year by the Women's Ensemble at St Mary's College, Indiana, dir. Nancy Menk, based on the idea of earth's continuous rotation and the cycle of day and night.  I will be happy to send you a sample PDF and recording.  Just let me know.
 
Sheena Phillips
www.sheenaphillips.com
 
2013 winner, Sorel prize for choral composition
on August 15, 2013 11:51am
Rebecca,
 
Here are a few suggestions:
Faith is the Bird That Feels the Light - Elizabeth Alexander
Keep Your Lamps Trimmed and Burnin' - Randi Grundahl Rexroth
Daybreak - Stephen Paulus
Estrella Brillante - Nancy Grundahl
 
Good luck!
Randi Rexroth
on August 15, 2013 12:19pm
My women's choir did a similarly themed program a few years ago--we called it "Music to Dispel Darkness", which had more interpretive options (like lullabys and Marian hymns).
 
You should absolutely consider "Jerusalem Luminosa", by Abbie Betinis. Your ladies will love it (ours certainly did). 
 
Depending on how ambitious the group is, check out Karen P. Thomas' Lux Lucis--easily one of the most gorgeous pieces I've ever sung, with Hildegard von Bingen texts about wisdom. 
 
 
Cheers,
Caroline
on August 16, 2013 11:16pm
I looked up Karen P. Thomas on jwpepper, but Lux Lucis is not there. I did however find "How Can I Keep From Singing" which I definitely plan to revisit for a future concert.
 
Bill Paisner
Director, Southwest Women's Chorus
on August 17, 2013 6:32am
Here is how to find Lux Lucis.
 
Cheers,
Brian Holmes
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