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In praise of the sun

I am looking for Mixed Chorus pieces in praise of the sun. Not interested in pop or sing-along type pieces.
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on February 6, 2014 5:30pm
With regard to mixed-chorus pieces in praise of the sun, you don't mention the size or the musical/intellectual level of your chorus, but...
Sofia Gubaidulina's Canticle of the Sun, for chorus, solo cello, 2 percussionists and celesta. 45 minutes, written for Rostropovich.
Best regards,
Jerome Hoberman
Music Director/Conductor, The Hong Kong Bach Choir & Orchestra
on February 6, 2014 7:12pm
You might consider "Ecco Mormorar L'Onde" by Claudio Monteverdi.  True, it is mostly about the Dawn but it's a truly wonderful piece.
on February 6, 2014 8:55pm
Hi Wayland,
I did the German part song, An die Sonne, D 439, Franz Schubert with my chamber choir two years ago. It is SATB and wonderful...we had a great time with it. I have a recording of Elly Ameling, Janet Baker, Peter Schreier and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau with Gerald Moore (OF COURSE) on piano...will make you feel cozy and warm in this cold,cold,cold Chicago winter!
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on February 7, 2014 8:13am
Hymne au soleil by Lili Boulanger, for mezzo solo, SATB chorus, and piano or orchestra
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on February 16, 2014 9:40am
I second Allen's reommendation. The Boulanger.
on February 14, 2014 4:18pm
Solhymne (Hymn to the Sun) by Vagn Homboe. Three movements for a cappella large mixed chorus. Not easy, but worth it!
on February 15, 2014 2:07am
The Songs of the Lights, particularly The Sun Is A Luminous Shield, by Imant Raminsh
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on February 15, 2014 10:53am
Good luck,
on February 15, 2014 6:21pm
For something a bit different, try Jussi Chydenius' "I am the great sun"--if you have singers who can reliably throat-sing, it's very effective.
I also like Charles Wood's "Hail, gladdening light" for double chorus. If you can stretch the theme a bit and if you are working with an advanced group, Abbie Betinis' Carmina mei cordis is lovely, and the first of the two texts is lux-oriented.
on February 16, 2014 4:45am
Not much information about your choir, I wonder if these suggestions could be suitable (not PD!):
 - Shoenberg’s “Seht die Sonne farbenfroh am Himmelssaum” finale of Gurre Lieder, nr. IX, part III.
   Sheet music available from IMSPL
 - “Inno del sole” the opening choir of Mascagni’s “Iris”.
W.A.Mozart Cantata “Dir, Seele des Weltalls, o Sonne” KV 429 (Freemason Music) was for soprano and male choir
Blanche De Sanctis
on February 16, 2014 7:19am
Here are a few more I discovered:
“O Sun” from September Sun John Stirling Walker /David Conte SATB 6085
O Gladsome Light – David Ashley White ECS Publishing #6607
The Eternal Sun John Tavener SATB CH73205 The Music Sales Group
on February 16, 2014 7:51am
How about a song of thanks...doesn't mention the sun itself...but "i thank You God for this most amazing day"
by Eric Whitacre.  Speaks for itself!!
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on February 16, 2014 7:57am bad...of course it mentions the sun --- "...and this is the sun's birthday" --- 
on February 16, 2014 8:11am
Back in 2008 the Latvian Youth Choir (,EN/) produced a double CD recording called "Sun Songs" (Pasaules Saules Dziesmas), featuring 17 newly commissioned works from composers all over the world, which they released in conjunction with the World Symposium on Choral Music in Copenhagen that summer. It is an amazing disk, well worth your investment. One of the most riveting works on it is Sven David Sandström's "Ah, Sunflower", quite challenging but absolutely worth the effort to learn. Speaking of this Blake text, another setting, for double choir and piano, is by Jonathan Dove, the fifth movement of his cycle "The Passing of the Year".
on February 16, 2014 9:46am
Also, I highly recommend Michael Hennagin's "Sunrise", the second movement from his "Give me the splendid silent sun." it is published, I think, by Walton. There's an excellent reporting by the Santa Fe Desert Chorale on their CD titled "Transcendence."
on February 16, 2014 10:15am
Please consider my composition With a Greeting for SSAATTBB Chorus unaccompanied.
The piece sets a Russian poem by Afanasy Fet in praise of the sun.
Here is the first stanza in English: "I come to you with a greeting, to tell you that the sun has risen, that its blazing light has made the leaves tremble."
The piece was commissioned by The Esoterics, through the POLYPHONOS commissioning competition, and later won a BMI Student Composer Award.
It is now published by E.C. Schirmer Music Company (Catalog No. 8030) and is available through Canticle Distributing.
Listen to a live recording here by The Esoterics, conducted by founding director Eric Banks:
Thank You,
Joshua Fishbein
on February 17, 2014 7:48am
One of my most important compositions is "Voices of Earth" for chamber choir, large SATB choir, children's choir and 2 pianos with an optional orchestral accompaniment. It is 25' long and the movements include "The Sun Cup", "The Moon Path", "The Wind's Word", "Winter-Store", "May" and "Voices of Earth", all texts by Archibald Lampman with verses from "Canticle of the Sun" introducing each piece.
Best wishes,
Ruth watson Henderson
on February 17, 2014 9:50am
Hello Wayland,
Do you know my piece LIGHTS UPON OUR SOUL?   It is a cappella SATB, written in the shape note style.  Boosey & Hawkes publishes it.   You can hear it on my website.
The words are below,
Nick Page
The light of sun and moon and stars
Lights upon our souls and gives us life.
Compassion is the key to life,
To give as has been given to you.
Renew your soul and go within to find your light.
The sun gives light to feed the Earth.
The soul gives love to feed the light.
on February 18, 2014 10:36am
Two pieces to add to the list:
Dies natalis invicti solis (Birthday of the Undefeated Sun)  -  a "pagan carol" 
Aurora rutilat (Dawn Glows Red)  -  arrangement of a Scottish plainchant hymn 
Both published by Canasg Music
Best wishes
Sheena Phillips
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