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Music for Women's Voices on theme of Autumn/Evening

Dear Friends, 
I am looking for music that is appropriate for high school age females (my Women's Chorale is 9-12, unauditioned voices, approximately 45 singers) on the themes of Night, Autumn, and Evening.  Music that is accompanied by piano is highly preferred, but I would consider something that is a cappella if it's on the simpler side.  Any language, sacred or secular is acceptable.  Any great ideas?
Thanks so much!
Joshua Cheney
Replies (16): Threaded | Chronological
on July 29, 2014 3:18pm
If you are not opposed to incorporating unison art songs into your curriculum, you might consider several of Faure’s Chansons transposed down to a lower key.  Specifically, I’m thinking of Automne (Op. 18 #3), En Sourdine (Op. 58 #2), and Clair de Lune (Op. 46, #2).
Hope that helps!
Michael A. Gray
on July 29, 2014 11:39pm
Consider Let Evening Come, my setting of Jane Kenyon's wonderful poem.
SSAA plus piano.  William Thorpe publishes it; available as a Custom
Print Edition (No. 392-03080).  A more standard octavo edition will
be published later this year.  A video of a performance by
the Peninsula Women's Chorus may be found here.  Let me know
if you want to see a copy of the score.
Music of the Spheres was commisioned by the Contra Costa Children's Chorus.
It is a setting of a passage from Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice.
How sweet the moolight sleeps upon this bank!
Here will we sit, and let the sounds of music
Creep in our ears: soft stillness and the night
become the touches of sweet harmony....
SSA plus horn and piano.  Score and recording visible/audible here on
the Composers Showcase.
So we'll go no more a roving is a setting of a familiar poem of Byron.
SSA plus flute, horn, and violin.  Originally written for children's
chorus, but rewarding for older voices.  Published by Roger Dean.
I can send you a recording.
Brian Holmes
on July 30, 2014 5:54pm
The SSA version is out of print according to JWPepper...
on July 31, 2014 4:15pm
It's a special order item.  (And it will be among Thorpe's regular
publications later.)  I have a bunch on hand - let me know your snail mail address.
on August 4, 2014 7:15am
Never automatically believe Pepper or Sheetmusicplus if they tell you something is out of print - it often simply means they don't want to deal with that publisher. (I have direct experience of this.) Look up the publisher directly, or go to a retailer that you can trust to actually do the research for you (eg Print Musicworks in Australia).
on July 30, 2014 10:33pm
from a past post:
(Each week we look at one or two of the best choral works posted in the Composition Showcase here on ChoralNet.  This is where we store a treasure trove of works that your choirs will love to sing and your audiences will love to hear.)
Winter Stars by Rich Campbell for SSA a cappella (Click here for PDF and here for AUDIO)
Level: High School Intermediate
Uses: Winter Concert
Program Themes: Winter, Stars, Hope, War
This Piece Would Program Well With: Three Spanish Ballades arr. Eugene Butler available from JWPepper and Sheet Music Plus
This is an excellent teaching piece for an intermediate level women's ensemble.  Getting young ladies to sing in three parts can be a challenge when they first give it a go.  Winter Stars makes it a bit easier by using a homophonic texture and a pedal tone.  The changes between minor and major may be a stumbling block. What an opportunity to work their ears, stopping on each chord to tune!  I would consider helping a struggling choir with piano or better yet, a string trio doubling the parts.   The simple and predictable cadences can make learning this piece in sections pretty straight forward.  
on July 31, 2014 6:24am
From ECS Publishing:
WALKER, Gwyneth: In Autumn (No. 5 from "Songs for Women's Voices"), #5024, (SA soli, SSA & piano), [Secular]
Listen to a RealAudio (G2) stream of the fifth movement ("In Autumn") of this work performed by Vox Femina Los Angeles, Iris S. Levine, conductor.
HOFFMAN, Stanley M.: The Writing of Autumn, #5722, (SA, Piano), [Secular]
Click here to listen to a performance of the SATB version this work (ECS #5421) by the Philovox ensemble, Jennifer Lester, conductor, Ronald Maltais, pianist. While the SA version has been sold, I do not yet have a recording of it to share with you. Or you can listen to the SATB version on YouTube by clicking here.
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on August 1, 2014 4:01am
To get ideas, go the the Musica database of choral music: .
There, choose the "More criteria" search form. Then:
- "women" as the type of choir
- "night" or "autumn" or "evening", or "night autum" for both criteria, etc... as Keyword
- you can of course add additional criteria in other proposed fields (century, language, etc...) in order to narrow the search, if there are too many answers.
Your question is interesting, because the "En Musique l'An Neuf 2015" workshop that I will share with Volker Hempfling during the last week of the year has a similar theme : "Night and Dreams".
Good luck
on August 1, 2014 6:06am
Thanks so much for the replies!
Joshua Cheney
on August 1, 2014 9:51am
Before you close the thread, consider Rachmaninoff's "Night" from the Six Choral Songs.
This edition has original text with phonetics as well as a singable English translation. A good, Rachmaninoff-level pianist is required.
Vlad Morosan.
on August 1, 2014 1:18pm
Beau Soir - an art song by Debussy arranged by Linda Spevacek for treble chorus
La Nuit - Jean Phillipe Rameau although acappella is quite beautiful and easily attainable. I wrote a transcription for SSA and solo if you would like.
Shade of Night - Michael Runyon
The Tempest - Victoria Ebel-Sabo  although not specifically about night, autumn or evening it might offer a nice contrast since storms are associated with night time.
on August 2, 2014 5:42am
Autumn Song by Eugene Butler. ssa
4 sacred songs of the Night by Houston Bright. ssa
on August 2, 2014 7:32am
Autumn Night- Ron Nelson. Three part with piano. Stunning. My ladies loved it
Bruce Lengacher
Acalanea High School
Lafayette, CA
on August 2, 2014 11:09am
I hope that what I have to share with you will fit the bill:
Nocturne for SSA and piano.  Text by Dr. Robert J. Smithdas (deaf/blind since the age of 5)- a beautiful and most interesting text with a languorous accompaniment in somewhat of an homage to Bill Evans' "Peace Piece".  Very accessible.  The score is currently out of print, but you can obtain them directly from me.  Here is a fabulous performance on youtube:
Song of Thanksgiving for SSA and piano.  Text by Dr. Robert J. Smithdas - another beautiful text about autumn harvest.  This work is available through the publisher (Lighthouse Music Publications) and other choral music distributors like JWPepper and SheetMusicPlus.  Here is a performance from soundcloud (apologies for the long lead in)
Contact me for scores for Nocturne if this is a fit for your program.
Best of success.
Rick Bartlett
on August 4, 2014 6:36pm
You may be interested in my arrangement for SSAA chorus, soprano soloist, violin and piano of THE LAST ROSE OF SUMMER, a lovely Irish folk song about autumn, published by Rhythmic Trident Music Publishing. It's a great sing, very lyrical and rich sounding; it would be an accessible challenge for the group you describe. Listen to an excerpt at Also available SATB, by the way.
Best wishes,
Willi Zwozdesky
Rhythmic Trident Music Publishing
Vancouver, BC
on August 6, 2014 7:41am
Hello Joshua!
I have a song for high voices with piano, Autumn Sea. It can be sung as a unison or with up to seven parts. These optional parts take the form of repeating patterns and simple harmonies. I know it's been performed by women's choirs. Overnight, topically enough, it was performed in New Zealand by a girls' choir (ages 9-14 - and won a prize for them!). It has been perfomed by primary school choirs (ages 5-11).
Here's the link to it. There is a full learning video of the song towards the bottom of the page.
If you want to know more about the song, I did write a blog about it recently:
Best wishes with your concert
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