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Cover A Hope Carol [level: Easy]
David Dickau | Jo-Michael Scheibe Choral Series
voicing: SATB | catalog number: SBMP 1048 | duration: 3:30 | price: $1.95
accompaniment: piano
A beautiful setting of the contemplative Rossetti poem, ever melodic, it will be a joy to sing. An artistic piano accompaniment adds color and support. Choirs of all sizes will enjoy this special piece.

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Cover Banjo Sam [level: Easy]
American Folk Song, arr. Jay Broeker
voicing: SA | catalog number: SBMP 1055 | duration: 3:00 | price: $2.10
accompaniment: piano, banjo, percussion
Based on an American folk tune from the southern folk tradition of the early 1900s, this is an upbeat showpiece that incorporates a banjo player, a bit of non-improvised scat singing, a fun text, and the option of clog or tap dancers to create both rhythmic and visual excitement. It was commissioned for and first sung by a treble honor choir.

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Cover Blue Bird [level: Easy]
Korean folk song, arr. Jungsun Lee
voicing: SSA | catalog number: SBMP 1035 | duration: 2:45 | price: $1.95
accompaniment: piano
A beautiful Korean folk song, it has a short, but powerful text symbolic of a farmer’s dream for a better life. The transliteration makes this easy to learn. An artistic piano accompaniment lends support and adds its own color to the already colorful melodies - the piece may also be sung a cappella. Also available for SATB.

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Cover Caroling Fantasy [level: Easy]
arr. B. Wayne Bisbee
voicing: SATB or SSA | catalog number: SBMP 1041 | duration: 2:50 | price: $2.50
accompaniment: piano, flute, handbells, perc.
Composer Bisbee has created a festive and clever medley of The First Noel, Sing Nowell, God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, and Have a Merry Christmas. An aleatoric rendering of the latter greeting leads to the final dramatic phrase: “And a happy new year.” Throughout, a sprightly flute part decorates the melodies; the piano adds great rhythmic and harmonic support; the handbells add elegance with their special ring; and the drum and triangle add rhythmic emphasis and sparkle. The versatile arrangement can be sung by treble choirs and/or by mixed voices. This piece is a great choice for concluding a holiday concert, perhaps with more than one choir combining forces.

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Cover El Besu [level: Medium]
Spanish folk song, arr. Vicente Chavarria | Jo-Michael Scheibe Choral Series
voicing: SATB | catalog number: SBMP 1039 | duration: 4:00 | price: $1.95
accompaniment: a cappella
“El Besu” (“The Kiss”) is based on a hauntingly beautiful folk tune from the Principality of Asturias in northwestern Spain. This tender love song will provide a nice contrast to a program that features several upbeat pieces. To be sung in the original language, a transliteration is included in the score.

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Cover Emerald Stream [level: Medium]
Seth Houston | Jo-Michael Scheibe Choral Series
voicing: SATB | catalog number: SBMP 1046 | duration: 2:00 | price: $2.05
accompaniment: a cappella
The then 17 year old composer was in a canoe fishing with his dad in Colorado when the inspiration for this great piece began. The music draws from the “shape-note” singing tradition featuring a hearty, strong sound, an imitative fuging section, melodic ornaments, open intervals, and doubling at the octave. It is unusual, in that the melody is in the bass part. The text by the composer draws on the hymn-writing style of the great theologians of the shape-note tradition, while it proclaims a more contemporary message of environmental stewardship. It has had an extensive pre-publication life that included performances by Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion, the Christmas Revels, Village Harmony, and Northern Harmony.

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Cover Everyone Sang [level: Medium]
Paul Rudoi | Sharon Hansen Choral Series
voicing: SSA | catalog number: SBMP 1024 | duration: 4:00 | price: $1.95
accompaniment: piano
The profound poem, with a subtle theme of war and peace and alive with colorful images, has been given vivid musical treatment. A highly creative piano part soars on its own, coupled with superb melodic writing for the voices. An excellent piece for the mature choir blessed with a fine accompanist.

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Cover Frankie and Johnny [level: Medium]
arr. Peter Frost
voicing: SA | catalog number: SBMP 1036 | duration: 2:50 | price: $1.95
accompaniment: piano
This arrangement really swings with a superb, stylistic piano part setting the groove. Great tossing back and forth of the melody, plus a bit of scat-like singing midway through, make this extra fun to sing. In two parts all the way, Frankie and Johnny begs for a little dramatic action by the singers as they tell this tragic lovelorn story.

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Cover Gardener of the World [level: Medium]
Philip E. Silvey
voicing: SA | catalog number: SBMP 1042 | duration: 2:45 | price: $1.95
accompaniment: piano
“Summer Sun,” the Robert Louis Stevenson poem of this piece, has the sun finding its way into all the nooks and crannies of the world below. The music offers sprightly treatment befitting a bright, pleasant day. In unison, or with two melodies working in tandem, and occasionally with 2-part harmony, this is an enjoyable piece to sing.

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Cover I Am Your Sunlight [level: Difficult]
Mikael Carlsson
voicing: SATB div. | catalog number: SBMP 1050 | duration: 3:40 | price: $1.95
accompaniment: a cappella
The Swedish composer chose an intense love poem by Australian poet Janet Jackson and created a stunning choral rendition. A composer of film music, it should come as no surprise that great drama abounds in this composition. The adept mature choir, or the young choir with close ties to contemporary sounds, will delight in the challenges of this special piece.

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Cover I See the Heaven’s Glories Shine [level: Medium]
Andrea Ramsey
voicing: SATB | catalog number: SBMP 1040 | duration: 4:20 | price: $2.10
accompaniment: piano
A strong statement of faith by poet Emily Bronte comes to majestic life with a vibrant piano accompaniment providing the backbone for this elegant choral rendition. The piece is framed by a dramatic opening that is echoed and enhanced at the powerful ending, with delicate, expressive moments closely tied to the meaning of the text forming the middle. Large choirs will especially enjoy this dramatic piece. Also available for SSAAA or TTBB.
ERRATA on page 13, M73, Alto Part: F natural should be a G#. M74: B# should be B natural.

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Cover Invictus [level: Medium]
Nancy Hill Cobb | Robert J. Ward Choral Series
voicing: TTBB | catalog number: SBMP 1025 | duration: 3:30 | price: $1.95
accompaniment: piano
A song of bravery and hope, the ending phrase proclaims “I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul.” The music majestically projects the meaning of the text, and a bravado piano accompaniment provides great support and vitality.

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Cover It Was a Lover and His Lass [level: Medium]
piano accomp.: Mary Ellen Loose - J. Edmund Hughes | Edith Copley Choral Series
voicing: SATB | catalog number: SBMP 1030 | duration: 4:00 | price: $2.25
accompaniment: piano
This piece can do well on its own merit, or it can be joined by two others in a unique Shakespeare Suite, each piece being for a different voicing. To perform all three, divide the SATB choir, the women getting their turn first with Sigh No More Ladies; next the men perform Take, O Take Those Lips Away; and finally all join in with It Was a Lover and His Lass. Clever writing abounds for both the voices and the piano. Add a bit of staging to make the performance extra special.
Errata in tenor part: Ms 37 and 78 the triplet text should be "ring a ding"


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Cover Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming [level: Medium]
Allen Koepke
voicing: SATB div. | catalog number: SBMP 1033 | duration: c. 4:00 | price: $1.95
accompaniment: a cappella
This is not your garden variety Lo How a Rose! In eight parts much of the time, it innocently begins, and dramatically ends, with four treble soloists. The main structure of the piece is antiphonal, the men alternating with the women, A stunning arrangement, this would be a fine centerpiece for a Christmas concert.

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Cover Magnificat [level: Medium]
Peter Chamberlain | Jo-Michael Scheibe Choral Series
voicing: SATB div. | catalog number: SBMP 1023 | duration: 4:50 | price: $1.95
accompaniment: a cappella
A beautiful, dramatic setting, the young composer brings great creativity to the realization of this text. The men open the piece with rich four-part harmony, soon joined by the women to complete the phrase and musical idea. This becomes the pattern of the piece, ending with the basses introducing the final “Magnificat, Amen” sequence that builds to an impassioned, glorious ending.

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Cover Make We Joye Now In This Fest [level: Medium]
René Clausen | Matthew and Michael Culloton Choral Series
voicing: SATB | catalog number: SBMP 1049 | duration: 4:50 | price: $1.95
accompaniment: a cappella
Festive and dramatic with great rhythmic drive contrasted by Latin chant-like phases, the piece opens with the text of the title, and at the end builds via a Gloria section to the final utterance of this text. A wonderful opener for a Christmas concert, best sung by a large choir.

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Cover May the Lord Bless You and Keep You [level: Medium]
Seth Houston | Jo-Michael Scheibe Choral Series
voicing: SATB | catalog number: SBMP 1043 | duration: 4:40 | price: $1.95
accompaniment: piano
A splendid setting of this beloved text, the piece opens with an optional bass solo and covers the entire dynamic range as it builds to a climax before thoughtfully returning to an elegant, quiet amen. The piano adds drama and interest as it tastefully embellishes the vocal lines.

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Cover O magnum mysterium [level: Difficult]
Mikael Carlsson
voicing: SATB div. | catalog number: SBMP 1032 | duration: 4:40 | price: $1.95
accompaniment: a cappella
The Swedish composer brings great mystery and drama to his setting with a colorful harmonic palette, a wide range of dynamics, and soaring melodies. This piece is best described as “Wow.” It is highly recommended for the mature choir and for a favorable acoustic setting.

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Cover Oh, What a Beautiful City [level: Medium]
arr. Stacey V. Gibbs | Jo-Michael Scheibe Choral Series
voicing: SATB | catalog number: SBMP 1054 | duration: 3:30 | price: $1.95
accompaniment: a cappella
The master arranger of spirituals has created a special rendering of this beloved piece. It has a glorious ending, making it a great closer for a concert or a stunning addition to church repertoire.

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Cover Sanctus [level: Medium]
Randall Johnson | Randy and Rachel Stenson Choral Series
voicing: SATB | catalog number: SBMP 1052 | duration: 3:35 | price: $2.25
accompaniment: piano, tympani
Upbeat and dramatic, Sanctus features an optional timpani joining the piano to add to the rhythmic drive of this outstanding piece. The traditional text leads to aleatoric treatment of ”Praise God” in several languages, accompanied by the tenors in unison singing the “Old Hundredth” melody, that text in English:
“From all that dwell below the skies,
Let songs of hope and faith arise,
Let peace, goodwill on earth be sung,
Through every land on every tongue.” A recapitulation of the Sanctus dramatically concludes the piece.

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Cover Sanctus [level: Medium]
Randall Johnson | Randy and Rachel Stenson Choral Series
voicing: TTBB | catalog number: SBMP 1045 | duration: 3:35 | price: $2.25
accompaniment: piano, tympani
Upbeat and dramatic, an optional timpani joins the piano to add to the rhythmic drive of this outstanding piece. The traditional Sanctus text leads to aleatoric treatment of ”Praise God” in several languages, accompanied by the baritones in unison singing the “Old Hundredth” melody, that text in English:
“From all that dwell below the skies,
Let songs of hope and faith arise,
Let peace, goodwill on earth be sung,
Through every land on every tongue.” A recapitulation of the rhythmic Sanctus concludes the piece.

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Cover Sigh No More Ladies [level: Medium]
piano accomp.: Mary Ellen Loose - J. Edmund Hughes | Edith Copley Choral Series
voicing: SA | catalog number: SBMP 1028 | duration: 2:20 | price: $1.95
accompaniment: piano
This piece can do well on its own merit, or it can be joined by two others in a unique Shakespeare Suite, each piece being for a different voicing. To perform all three, divide the SATB choir, the women getting their turn first with Sigh No More Ladies; next the men perform Take, O Take Those Lips Away (SBMP 1029); and finally all join in with It Was a Lover and His Lass (SBMP 1030). Clever writing abounds for both the voices and the piano. Add a bit of staging to make the performance extra special

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Cover Take, O Take Those Lips Away [level: Medium]
piano accomp.: Mary Ellen Loose - J. Edmund Hughes | Edith Copley Choral Series
voicing: TB | catalog number: SBMP 1029 | duration: 1:50 | price: $1.95
accompaniment: piano
This piece can do well on its own merit, or it can be joined by two others in a unique Shakespeare Suite, each piece being for a different voicing. To perform all three, divide the SATB choir, the women getting their turn first with Sigh No More Ladies (SBMP 1028); next the men perform Take, O Take Those Lips Away; and finally all join in with It Was a Lover and His Lass (SBMP 1030). Clever writing abounds for both the voices and the piano. Add a bit of staging to make the performance extra special.

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Cover The Light of God [level: Medium]
Kevin Foster | David N. Childs Sacred Choral Series
voicing: SATB | catalog number: SBMP 1026 | duration: 3:55 | price: $2.25
accompaniment: piano
After opening with the Latin Locus iste, The Light of God quickly finds English as the mainstay throughout. Later, the Latin phrase re-enters, soaring above the energetic rhythmic pattern sung in English. A great concert piece with its outstanding piano accompaniment and fine choral writing, this piece would also be a bright star in the church literature.

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Cover The Old Lost Road [level: Easy]
David N. Childs
voicing: CCB | catalog number: SBMP 1051 | duration: 2:30 | price: $1.95
accompaniment: piano
A beautifully crafted piece written especially for cambiata voices, the whimsical Rudyard Kipling text will intrigue young singers. A fine piano accompaniment arts to the artistic merit of the composition.

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Cover Thou Art My Radiant Star [level: Medium]
Handel, arr. Robert Sieving
voicing: SA | catalog number: SBMP 1037 | duration: 3:00 | price: $1.95
accompaniment: piano
This delightful aria, sung by Cleopatra in Handel’s opera Julius Caesar, has been skillfully arranged with melodic writing for each part, while shared rhythmic patterns and canonic interest contribute to the musicality of the score. The text asks that the “bright heavenly star shine its light on me.” Not too demanding vocally, this will appeal to many ages of treble choirs.

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Cover To make a prairie… [level: Easy]
Kenneth Carter
voicing: SA | catalog number: SBMP 1031 | duration: 5:30 | price: $1.95
accompaniment: piano, clarinet
Emily Dickinson’s whimsical poem comes to sparkling life via a beautiful melody for the singers. The clarinet gets a turn at the melody, and the piano adds color and support. Mostly in unison, the two-part writing is equal in range. Some humming, along with buzzing of the bee sounds, make this is a great piece for teaching vocal techniques to young singers.

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Cover Toboggan! [level: Medium]
Mona Lyn Reese | Daniel Hughes Choral Series
voicing: SATB | catalog number: SBMP 1038 | duration: 2:10 | price: $1.95
accompaniment: flute or treble recorder
A classy piece, it was created with great whimsy reflective of the theme as the vocal lines occasionally have a downhill slide. The grace notes of the flute or recorder enhance the dance-like rhythms. Toboggan is a worthy novelty number or encore for a winter program.

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Cover Voces Lucis [level: Medium]
Andrea Ramsey
voicing: SATB | catalog number: SBMP 1047 | duration: 3:50 | price: $1.95
accompaniment: piano, cello
Poet Charles Anthony Silvestri created an intriguing poem for the composer about the “Voices of light.” To be sung in Latin, a beautiful choral melody develops into an interwoven tapestry involving the four voice parts. The texture is made special by the cello countermelodies and the artistic piano accompaniment. With no divisi, this elegant piece will appeal to many choirs.

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Cover Wake Me a Song [level: Easy]
Andrea Ramsey | Janeal Krehbiel Choral Series
voicing: SSA | catalog number: SBMP 1027 | duration: 3:30 | price: $2.05
accompaniment: piano
Composer Ramsey brings her magic touch to this special text about the glories of a song as it soars all the way to heaven. Melodic in all three voice parts, this is a piece singers will love to sing. The artistically rendered piano accompaniment lends special support to the voices.

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Cover Waking, The [level: Medium]
Giselle Wyers | Giselle Wyers Choral Series
voicing: SSA | catalog number: SBMP 1053 | duration: 3:20 | price: $1.95
accompaniment: piano
This delightful setting of a Theodore Roethke poem gloriously describes awakening to the beauties and wonders of nature. Vivid imagery, lovely vocals, and a flowing accompaniment all combine to create a piece that is especially suitable for spring and summer concerts. Also available for SATB.

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Cover Water Lillies Floating [level: Easy]
Earl Reisdorff
voicing: SA | catalog number: SBMP 1034 | duration: 3:35 | price: $1.95
accompaniment: piano
The Sara Teasdale text comes to life with great melodic interest for the voices, as a repetitive echo helps depict words like “floating.” The colorful harmonies and melodic contrasts of the piano accompaniment add support and beauty to the composition. Treble choirs of all ages will enjoy this fine composition.

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Cover When You Go A-courtin' [level: Easy]
American Folk Song, arr. Jeffrey Benson | Charlene Archibeque Choral Series
voicing: SATB | catalog number: SBMP 1044 | duration: 2:30 | price: $1.95
accompaniment: piano
A fun, foot-stomping American folk song, the piece has a conversational style, the guys talking to the gals and vice versa. The message is pure Americana, with sassafras tea, a long-tail coat, and an old leather bonnet part of the mix.

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