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Songs of "Winter & Love"

Hello, All.
We've just sat down and decided our mainstage Winter concert will be "Songs of Winter & Love".  Held near the Valentines holiday.   We'd love to hear some suggestions of pieces to sing.  SATB, CTBB, or TTBB are all okay (male choir with counter tenors).  Some of the things we are thinking of are: Edwin Wendler's Winter Medley, Abbie Bettinis' Run Toboggan, Run! and a few others.

I'd love to hear your suggestions:  a capella or with piano preferred (no budget for much more on this one - perhaps harp!).  I always love to hear from composers.

Thanks!  I hope everyone is gearing up towards a great season!


Christopher J McCafferty
Artistic Director, Illumni Men's Chorale
on August 25, 2013 3:37am
To find ideas, go to Musica choral music database ( ) and there, in the field "Keywords, Words of title,..." in the homepage, type Winter love  (this means winter AND love). In the about 200 answers, you will for sure find ideas and information on them... You may refine your search by using the "More criteria" search form, in which you can add additional criteria like English for the language, piano in the instrumentation,...
Have fun
on August 25, 2013 3:44am
Hi Chris,
How about my setting of 'Winter' by Walter de la Mare (for SATB):
Ypu can purchase a pdf download from the above site or printed copies from:
Many thanks.
Regards - Dorian Kelly 
on August 25, 2013 6:56am
Lauridsen 'Midwinter Songs'.
on August 25, 2013 7:59am
"All the World is Winter" by Ruth Elaine Schram is a beautiful piece. I can only image how beautiful it would be with a men's chorus. I've used it with my HS mixed chorus, as well as sung it in the chorale group that I'm a part of. 
on August 25, 2013 9:00am
Rutter, Blow Blow thou Winter Wind.
on August 25, 2013 12:36pm
If you know a soprano saxophonist with whom you'd like to work, I'd like to recommend my piece Love Always!, for SATB and sopsax. Setting of my translation of a very passionate text by Victor Hugo.
Link to info, including sample PDF, performance MP3, and purchase info:
I hope you'll also take a look at the other things available at my site -- all best!
Jonathan Santore
on August 26, 2013 2:46am
Please consider my piece "Land of Crystal Dreams," a secular carol for the winter holiday season - English - text by Erica L. Hoffman - SATB chorus & optional percussion (glockenspiel and vibraphone) - 2002 - ECS Publishing #6166. Kindly follow this link 
to see a PDF of the score and hear a performance by the Philovox Ensemble, Jennifer Lester, conductor. Canticle Distributing (MorningStar Music) now handles all North American sales for ECS Publishing's sheet music and books. Thank you for your consideration.
Stanley M. Hoffman
on August 26, 2013 7:55am
I'd be happy to suggest my "A Winter Ride" on the Amy Lowell poem.  It started out SSA (accomp), then added an SATB version.  Seems only right it should migrate all the way to a men's chorus.  Print copies available from JWPepper, but you can get a review copy and (cheap) print permissions at
Good luck with the program.
John Ward
on August 26, 2013 8:19am
Hi Christopher:
I have a SATB setting of the poem Toboggan by Benjanmin Franklin.  Text is at  I can send you a perusal copy of the score and a performance recording if you are interested.  The piece runs around 4 minutes.
Bob Applebaum
on August 26, 2013 1:47pm
Winter & Love... please have a look & listen to "Coney Island"  here on the composer's showcase or at:
on August 26, 2013 5:45pm
Hi Christopher:
I Love your concept of "Winter & Love".
Please consider my a capella piece for SATB "Night" with words by William Blake.  I would Love to hear it with a male choir!
"Night" was chosen by Schola Cantorum to be part of their Project: Encore works.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Adrienne Albert
on August 30, 2013 11:05pm
Hi Chris,
Perhaps this Shakespeare setting would fit the bill. 
It's mostly SATB with a little divisi. Email me if you want a copy of the score.
Good luck with the search.
-Tom Flaherty
II. Sonnet 97
How like a winter hath my absence been
From thee, the pleasure of the fleeting year!
What freezings have I felt, what dark days seen!
What old December's bareness everywhere!
And yet this time removed was summer's time, 
The teeming autumn, big with rich increase,
Bearing the wanton burden of the prime,
Like widowed wombs after their lord's decease:
Yet this abundant issue seemed to me
But hope of orphans and unfathered fruit;
For summer and his pleasures wait on thee, 
And thou away, the very birds are mute;
Or, if they sing, 'tis with so dull a cheer 
That leaves look pale, dreading the winter's near.
on September 1, 2013 6:52am
I think Winter Wonderland and Sleigh Ride fit your theme.  Although generally thought of as Christmas songs the closest reference to Christmas is the birthday party at farmer Brown's. 
on September 1, 2013 8:19am
I have an absolutely beautiful work entitled "Always" for TTB and piano.  The SSA version can be heard here.  The text is simple and beautiful by Dr. Robert J. Smithdas, deaf/blind since the age of 5 and retired from the Helen Keller National Center.  Please contact me directly, if you wish for a perusal score.  Another work for SATB (or SAB) entitled "I Chose Love" with piano.  Here's the SSA version  This work is publised and available directly from the publisher or jwpepper, sheetmusicplus and other online distributors.  And lastly, In a set of two pieces for SATB entitled "Two Kisses" 1. Plato's Kiss a cappella and "Shakespeare's Kiss" with piano, text from Romeo and Juliet (here's a performance of the later) (Lighthouse Music Publications releases this work in October 13). 
Good luck in your search.
on September 3, 2013 7:23am
Hello, Chris --
I'd like to offer my piece Sudden Light (TTBB), published by ECS.  It's a setting of a poem by Dante Gabriel Rossetti, and was composed as a gift to my wife.  (It was premiered at my wedding.)
Thanks for taking a look!
All the best,
Joseph Gregorio
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