- August 19, 2014 at 8:33 am #448687
Frank WellsParticipantWe are looking for choral music that uses Shakespeare texts. We are a high school choral program that ranges from two- and tree-part men’s & women’s up to advanced SATB choirs. All suggestions, in any style, are welcome. Thanks!August 19, 2014 at 1:23 pm #448714
J. Edmund HughesParticipantHi Frank – I apologize for the shameless “self-promotion”, but I would be honored if you would consider “A Shakespeare Suite” which was recently published with Santa Barbara. I wrote and dedicated it to a feeder high schools in Arizona(Highland HS). It has 3 movements, #1 “Sigh, No More Ladies”(for women), #2 “Take, O Take Those Lips Away” (for men), and #3 “It Was a Lover and His Lass” (full choir, and soprano solo). All have piano accompaniment. You can hear all 3 on the Santa Barbaraweb site. They are listed individually.Best wishes,EdAugust 19, 2014 at 2:16 pm #448715
Maggie FurtakParticipantThis may get you started: http://www.choraldirectormag.com/2536/archives/august-2013/choral-settings-of-shakespearean-texts/Seems like this topic comes up from time to time!And here are a whole bunch offered free by the composers, or in the Public Domain: http://www3.cpdl.org/wiki/index.php/William_ShakespeareClick the links under “settings of his literary works” pages where you can listen to and download the sheet music.Best,M. FurtakAugust 19, 2014 at 6:00 pm #448735
Rick BartlettParticipantFrank,I shall also apologize for my shameless “self-promotion” 🙂 Please conisder “Two Kisses” for SATB and piano. This is a paired work: Included is “Plato’s Kiss” short a cappella and “Shakespeare’s Kiss” with piano. Each can be performed separately. The work is published by LighthouseMusicPublications.com, but can be purchased through JWPepper and SheetMusicPlus. The text is from Romeo and Juliet; an intensely adoring, moving, accompanied work of Romeo’s words shared in dialogue within the chorus. “Shakespeare’s Kiss” is dedicated to the Ward-Mellville High School Camerata and Director, Linda Contino. Here is there performance: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iqUWiJo2IEcBest of success in finding your perfect program.Rick Bartlettcrickb88(a)cox.netAugust 19, 2014 at 9:05 pm #448743
Brian HolmesParticipantI can offer you several pieces.Three Shakespeare Songs SSA, trumpet, piano.•Hark, Hark, the Lark•Blow, Blow, Thou Winter Wind•Orpheus with his Lute.Originally written for children’s chorus, suitable for women.Orpheus has been posted on the Composers Showcase. Click here.Music of the Spheres, SATB, horn, and piano; or SSA, horn and piHow sweet the moonlight sleeps upon this bank…from the Merchant of Venice.Full Fathom Five SA, horn, pianoThis may be more suitable for younger voices, through it has beensung by women’s choruses.These pieces are unpublished; contact me if you care for scores and recordings.Cheers,Brian HolmesAugust 19, 2014 at 9:28 pm #448745
Michael A. GrayParticipantYou might take a look at my own Book of Sonnets. They are all different levels, scored SAB piano, and are free at http://graymichael.comHope that helps!Michael A. GrayAugust 20, 2014 at 5:21 am #448763
Steve MurrayParticipantFrank:More shameless self-promotion here…I have two pieces you may wish to examine: an SATB setting of “While You Here Do Snoring Lie” from The Tempest that was commissioned by The Taconic High School Chorus, Paula Nuss, Conductor, and a fun SATB piece not written by the bard but sounds like it could have been – “O Proud Left Foot” with text by Jeff Brechlin. Jeff won a Washington Post writing contest by telling the reader how to do the Hokey Poke in the style of Shakespeare. This is published by Cypress Choral Music. If interested, contact me and I’ll send mp3s.Steve MurrayAugust 20, 2014 at 7:03 am #448766
Dennis HouserParticipantFrank, if your group is advanced enough, please consider“The Serenade to Music” Vaughn-Williams.Dennis Houser,Prescott, AZAugust 20, 2014 at 7:17 am #448768
ann reidParticipantI can’t remember the exact title, but there are five songs by Theron Kirk using Shakespearian texts. Interesting music, and nice to perform.August 20, 2014 at 8:15 am #448771
Nick PageParticipantAgain, apologies for the self-promotion.Orpheus With His Lute Made Trees by Nick Page SATB a cappella Boosey & HawkesThe piece fuses Rennaisance with minimalistic. You can hear it on my website in the choral music section.NickAugust 20, 2014 at 10:18 am #448779
Marie Grass AmentaModeratorI like Emma Lou Diemer’s Three Shakespeare Songs–SATB with piano. I would also suggest Matthew Harris’ Shakespeare Songs–he has FIVE BOOKS of them and all are unaccompanied and range from easy to difficult with different voicings depending on the song. There is certainly something you could like/use. I especially like, “There was a Lover and His Lass”, “Tell Me Where is Fancy Bred” and “Who is Sylvia?”—Sylvia is funky!August 20, 2014 at 11:20 am #448783
Anna DembskaParticipantDear Frank,I’ve made an SATB a cappella setting of Sonnet 43. It has been performed by the small community chorus I direct. Please contact me if you’d like a perusal copy and/or recording.When most I wink, then do mine eyes best see,
For all the day they view things unrespected;
But when I sleep, in dreams they look on thee,
And darkly bright are bright in dark directed;
Then thou, whose shadow shadows doth make bright,
How would thy shadow’s form form happy show
To the clear day with thy much clearer light,
When to unseeing eyes thy shade shines so?
How would, I say, mine eyes be blessed made
By looking on thee in the living day,
When in dead night thy fair imperfect shade
Through heavy sleep on sightless eyes doth stay?
All days are nights to see till I see thee,
And nights bright days when dreams do show thee me.best wishes,Anna DembskaAugust 20, 2014 at 11:55 am #448788
Jack Curtis DubowskyParticipant
Full Fathom Five (SSA) composed by Jack Curtis Dubowsky. For SSA choir. Choral. Secular; contemporary. Octavo. Composed 2001. 4 pages. Duration 1:30.
Published by De Stijl Music (D1.SM-01-0001).
Lyrics by Shakespeare from “The Tempest.” Trippy, quiet, and eerie.August 20, 2014 at 4:00 pm #448826
carol barnettParticipantHi Frank,More self-promotion; after all, that’s what this site is for, right?My “Melted Into Dreams” also uses text from “The Tempest.” SSAATTBB, a cappella, duration c. 5:00. Available from my self-publishing entity, Beady Eyes. Perusal and audio clip links below:Best of luck with your search.Carol BarnettPS – Matthew Harris has written quite a few excellent Shakespeare settings. Here’s a link to his website: http://matthewharrismusic.com/works.htmlAugust 21, 2014 at 4:10 am #448862
Jan WilkeParticipantYou might consider my “Perchance to Dream”, which has won the Meistersingers Knapp Award this year and is now available through SheetMusicPlus. It is a setting of the beginning of the famous monologue from Hamlet “To be or not to be”, scored for SATB, piano and triangle (which can be played by a member of the choir). Duration 5:30.http://www.sheetmusicplus.com/title/perchance-to-dream-digital-sheet-music/19978908?ac=1&_requestid=12871280
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