Composer — Ivor Martin Voicing + performing forces —Treble Unison Call Number — 4069 Level — Easy
The Vagabond by Ivor Martin is a beautiful unison composition perfect for a young children's choir. It's lyrical, beautifully written melodic lines (and equally beautiful piano accompaniment) tell the story of a vagabond who wanders from place to place with no place to call home. This does not make him unhappy however, as this is the life he loves to lead. It is the people that he crosses paths with and are touched by his spirit that are sad when he must depart, a-wandering forever more... This is a perfect song for any developing children's choir: secular in nature, with a most beautiful melody and text, written perfectly to sit in children's head voices.
Laudibus in Sanctis is a kaleidoscopic setting of Psalm 150 by the Latvian composer Uģis Prauliņš. As the resident composer of Edmonton’s professional choir Pro Coro Canada, it’s no surprise that Prauliņš likes to push the choral medium to a new level! Laudibus in Sanctis is almost symphonic in its choral writing, with independent voices intricately weaving together to create a complex texture. The music is eclectic, showing influences not only of Gregorian chant and Renaissance polyphony, but also modern rock music. The final Hallelujah section is powerful and emotional, building in intensity for nearly two minutes towards an ecstatic final cadence. If this all sounds familiar, it’s because you may have already heard this piece! It was masterfully performed at Edmonton’s Winspear Centre by the National Youth Choir of Canada, with conductor Michael Zaugg, as part of Podium 2016.