Composer -- R. Murray Schafer Voicing + performing forces — SATB Call Number — 4207 Level — Medium
Epitaph for Moonlight by R. Murray Shafer is an excellent choice for so many different reasons. Are you looking for something Canadian? Want to explore more unusual elements of compositional style and/or notation while still allowing your group to retain some sort of toehold in the familiar? Want to have a teaching score (in this case, intervals as well as independence of voices) We programmed this piece in our first concert of the year on the theme of “Light”, but it could just as easily have been part of concert #2: “Dark”. While written for a youth choir, it was ideally challenging for an auditioned community group of a wide range of experience and abilities.
Composer — John Rutter Voicing + performing forces — Treble unison and 2 part Call Number — 4887 Level — Easy
Magical Kingdom is a charming, high quality contemporary piece about the lands where dreams come true. Children will embrace the theme of imagination, wonder, and make believe. Opportunities for learning and exploring storytelling, creative expression, diction, dynamics, and style are abundant. Although it is listed as two part, the majority is unison and the harmony is fairly simple. Highly Recommended for upper elementary and junior high treble choirs!
Composer — Traditional Tamil Song Arranger — Arranged by Stephen Hatfield Voicing + performing forces — Treble or Mixed Voices Call Number — 4134 Level — Easy/Medium
The Stephen Hatfield setting of Ödi Ödi - a Tamil folksong - is a breath of fresh air, and also arranged by a Canadian! Using contrasting groupings in 7/8 time to juxtapose upper and lower voices, the composer has the lower group singing almost entirely in 2+2+3, while the higher voices are 3+2+2. The pronunciation guide is clear for both those familiar with IPA and those needing some explanation. Our choir is mixed voices, but the setting is equally suited to treble ensemble. The text is a saying or proverb that lends itself well to themes such as possibility, light, insight or growth: “Untold millions of people run and run, constantly seeking, grow desperate and die looking for the light that is within them.”