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Ad Genua (To the Knees)

Category:   COLLEGE & UNIVERSITY
Composer:   Anna Thorvaldsdottir
Arranger:   NA
Publisher:   Chester Music
Edition:   CH86922
Voicing:   SSAATTBB
Setting:   Soprano Solo, Strings (2vn.va.vc.db)

Reviewer:   

Michael McGaghie
Macalester College
R&R Chair College & University

In English; also available in Icelandic

This compelling work serves as homage to Dietrich Buxtehude’s Membra Jesu Nostri, a set of cantatas meditating on Christ’s […]

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Entarisi Ala Benziyor

Category:   COLLEGE & UNIVERSITY
Composer:   Muammer Sun
Arranger:   NA
Publisher:   Earthsongs
Edition:   S-382
Voicing:   SATB
Setting:   a cappella

Reviewer:   

Michael McGaghie
Macalester College
R&R Chair College & University

This lively folk dance from the Bosporus region uses a traditional meter and mode, the C harmonic minor scale within a 9/8 divided as 2+2+2+3. The limited […]

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The Choirmaster’s Burial

Category:   COLLEGE & UNIVERSITY
Composer:   Dominick Argento
Arranger:   NA
Publisher:   Boosey & Hawkes
Edition:   48020909
Voicing:   SATB (div.)
Setting:   a cappella

Reviewer:   

Michael McGaghie
Macalester College
R&R Chair College & University

Perhaps Argento’s very best octavo, this outstanding work sets Thomas Hardy’s eponymous poem with interpolations from an Isaac Watts hymn. The piece narrates a […]

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Some Thoughts on Keats and Coleridge

Category:   COLLEGE & UNIVERSITY
Composer:   Earl Kim
Arranger:   NA
Publisher:   Presser
Edition:   342-40162
Voicing:   SATB (div.)
Setting:   a cappella

Reviewer:   

Michael McGaghie
Macalester College
R&R Chair College & University

Composed in five short movements, this piece sets excerpts of odes by John Keats and Samuel Taylor Coleridge. Homophonic textures predominate in the work, interspersed with […]

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How to Go On

Category:   COLLEGE & UNIVERSITY
Composer:   Dale Trumbore
Arranger:   NA
Publisher:   Self-published
Edition:   
Voicing:   SSAATTBB
Setting:   a cappella

Reviewer:   

Michael McGaghie
Macalester College
R&R Chair College & University

Imagined by the composer as a “secular requiem,” this 35-minute work takes its texts from three living poets (all women.) The eight movements can be performed in […]

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Laus Trinitati

Category:   COLLEGE & UNIVERSITY
Composer:   Hildegard von Bingen
Arranger:   Felicia Sandler
Publisher:   Alliance
Edition:   AMP-1005
Voicing:   SSATTB
Setting:   a cappella

Reviewer:   

Michael McGaghie
Macalester College
R&R Chair College & University

This arrangement of a Hildegard chant makes a great program opener. Following a unison statement of the chant melody, tight canons accumulate a sense of […]

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Abendlied

Category:   COLLEGE & UNIVERSITY
Composer:   Josef Rheinberger
Arranger:   
Publisher:   CPDL
Edition:   
Voicing:   SATB div
Setting:   A Cappella

Reviewer:   

Matthew Ferrell
St. Cloud State University – St. Cloud MN
R&R Chair College & University

Translated, “Bide with us, for evening shadows darken, and the day will soon be over,” Abendlied (Evening Song) needs no […]

November 3rd, 2013|Categories: COLLEGE & UNIVERSITY|Comments Off on Abendlied

Ich bin das Brot des Lebens

Category:   COLLEGE & UNIVERSITY
Composer:   Wolfram Buchenberg
Arranger:   NA
Publisher:   Carus Verlag
Edition:   CV 735100
Voicing:   SATB div
Setting:   A Cappella

Reviewer:   

Dr. Matthew Ferrell
St. Cloud State University
R&R Chair College & University

Part of a larger set of choral music titled, “Ver gastiche Gesange,” Ich bin das Brot des Lebens utilizes aleatoric techniques […]

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The Day is Done

Category:   COLLEGE & UNIVERSITY
Composer:   Stephen Paulus
Arranger:   NA
Publisher:   Paulus Publications
Edition:   SP466
Voicing:   SATB div
Setting:   A Cappella

Reviewer:   

Dr. Matthew Ferrell
St. Cloud State University
R&R Chair College & University

One of my favorite a cappella choral works by Stephen Paulus, “The Day is Done” captures the essence of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s […]

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Cantate Domino

Category:   COLLEGE & UNIVERSITY
Composer:   Claudio Monteverdi
Arranger:   NA
Publisher:   CPDL
Edition:   NA
Voicing:   SATB div
Setting:   A Cappella

Reviewer:   

Dr. Matthew Ferrell
St. Cloud State University
R&R Chair College & University

Cantate Domino first appeared in a collection of motets published in 1620. Although written for six-part choir, this composition is fairly attainable for […]

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