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CoverA la Media Noche [level: Medium]
arr. Joan Szymko

voicing: SSAA | catalog number: SBMP 304 | duration: 4:30 | price: $2.10
accompaniment: piano, flute, percussion, claves, shaker, conga

The gals can really ring out on this festive arrangement. To be sung in Spanish, it will add a special merriment to the holiday concert.

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CoverA Prayer for Peace [level: Medium]
Paula Foley Tillen | Sharon Hansen Choral Series

voicing: SSAA | catalog number: SBMP 948 | duration: 5:50 | price: $2.05
accompaniment: piano

The text, by Buddhist Thich Nhat Hanh, was written as a peace chant in South Vietnam during the Vietnam War. Composer Foley has created a hauntingly beautiful setting that unfolds dramatically, ending with a whisper of hope. Mostly SA, SSA, and briefly, SSAA.

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CoverA Universal Dream [level: Difficult]
Jenni Brandon

voicing: SSAA | catalog number: SBMP 1058 | duration: 4:45 | price: $2.35
accompaniment: piano, djembe

The text expresses the universal message of liberty and freedom. A unique piece for women, it is both theatric and ethnic in its style, with a rhythmic djembe drum and a text that includes various translations of the word “liberty.” To properly realize its dramatic impact, it is recommended for the large choir.

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CoverAgnus Dei [level: Medium]
David Rossow

voicing: SSAA | catalog number: SBMP 843 | duration: 4:00 | price: $1.65
accompaniment: piano/4 hands

A possible companion piece to SANCTUS by David Rossow, AGNUS DEI offers the contrast with its slower tempo and quieter mood. Soaring melodic lines, this will be a wonderful addition to literature for the advanced women’s ensemble.

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CoverAlleluia, Cantate Domino [level: Difficult]
Ko Matsushita | Cameron LaBarr Choral Series

voicing: SSAA | catalog number: SBMP 1168 | duration: 5:00 | price: $1.95
accompaniment: a cappella

A tour de force for the women’s choir, this impressive piece is highly rhythmic, loaded with melodic interest, and extremely well crafted. Looking for drama for your concert, this will fit the bill.

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CoverAlways Keep This Close [level: Medium]
Zachary J. Moore | Jo-Michael Scheibe Choral Series
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voicing: SSAA | catalog number: SBMP 1342 | duration: 4:45 | price: $2.10
accompaniment: piano, opt. strings

The text will be dear to the hearts of choral singers with its sentiments such as “no notes are as connected as the souls that sing them”, and the final statement, “we are one.” Musically strong and creative, this is destined to be a compelling addition to women’s repertoire.

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CoverAmazing Grace [level: Medium]
arr. Joan Szymko

voicing: SSAA | catalog number: SBMP 437 | duration: 2:20 | price: $1.75
accompaniment: a cappella

Rich textures, close harmonies, a fresh setting for the four-part women's choir.


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CoverAnd Now Abide [level: Difficult]
Marcus Paus | Robyn Lana Choral Series
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voicing: SSAA | catalog number: SBMP 1320 | duration: 4:30 | price: $1.95
accompaniment: a cappella

A most unusual piece by the eclectic Norwegian composer, it gives the treble choir a chance to explore new dimensions of expression and drama. The text is from the bible: And now abide, faith, hope, love; but the greatest of these is love.

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CoverAngele Dei [level: Medium]
Lindsay Goodson | Jo-Michael Scheibe Choral Series

voicing: SSAA | catalog number: SBMP 1095 | duration: 6:20 | price: $1.95
accompaniment: a cappella

“Angel of God” presents an opportunity for the women’s choir to sing like angels. Use of the outer reaches of range, occasional antiphonal writing, and clever harmonic shifts make this an outstanding show-piece for the adept choir.

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CoverAngels We Have Heard on High [level: Medium]
arr. Linda Paschal Gingrich

voicing: SATB/SSAA | catalog number: SBMP 125 | duration: 3:15 | price: $2.05
accompaniment: a cappella

A marvelous antiphonal setting of the familiar carol. The SSAA “echo" could be sung by a quartet or a small group.

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CoverBan, Ban, Caliban [level: Medium]
Dan Forrest | Robyn Lana Choral Series
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voicing: SSAA | catalog number: SBMP 1321 | duration: 2:45 | price: $2.10
accompaniment: piano, percussion

Shakespeare meets up with Dan Forrest and the result is “wow!!!” This loaded with excitement setting taken from Shakespeare’s famous Tempest will have audiences both entertained and amazed. A great concert closer, the rousing piano accompaniment is joined by an unique percussion ensemble (cabasa, vibraslap, guiro, ratchet, triangle, and would you believe, police whistle). Treble choirs rarely get to have this much fun.

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CoverBeauty of Your Dreams, The [level: Medium]
Joan Szymko

voicing: SSAA | catalog number: SBMP 564 | price: $1.95
accompaniment: piano

Famous statements of Eleanor Roosevelt provide the text for this inspiring piece. The dramatic writing of Joan Szymko vividly brings the text to life. A special showpiece for the women's choir.

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CoverBenedizione [level: Medium]
Joan Szymko

voicing: SSAA | catalog number: SBMP 799 | duration: 2:50 | price: $1.65
accompaniment: piano

Inspired after a visit to Assisi, the composer uses as text the Italian version of the beloved Blessing of St Francis, “The Lord Bless You and Keep you.” The beginning and ending of the piece feature a beautiful unison melody; the middle section divides briefly into 4 parts for a dramatic contrast.

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CoverBirds of Passage [level: Medium]
Tara Traxler | Robyn Lana Choral Series
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voicing: SSAA | catalog number: SBMP 1378 | duration: 4:30 | price: $2.10
accompaniment: piano

The poem by Longfellow is given highly creative treatment in this vibrant choral setting. Singers here have the opportunity to create great drama, on occasion spoken, but most often via great melodic lines. A colorful piano part adds to the overall dramatic impact.

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CoverBlessed Be the Name [level: Medium]
David Rossow
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voicing: SSAA | catalog number: SBMP 1274 | duration: 4:15 | price: $2.10
accompaniment: piano

This full-on gospel selection will win over choirs and audiences alike. With an abundance of swinging rhythm, a "hold on to your hat" piano part, and an incredibly bold ending, the applause meter is sure to be off the charts once this one’s finished!

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CoverBright Morning Stars [level: Medium]
arr. Shawn L. Kirchner

voicing: SSAA | catalog number: SBMP 1077 | duration: 5:00 | price: $2.10
accompaniment: piano

This artful arrangement of a great Appalachian folk melody will be loved by both singers and audiences. A superb piano accompaniment adds greatly to the texture that grows and builds as the song progresses and ultimately returns to the unadorned beauty of the opening solo.

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CoverCoo-Coo Bird [level: Medium]
arr. Alice Parker | Robyn Lana Choral Series

voicing: SSAA | catalog number: SBMP 1222 | duration: 3:20 | price: $2.10
accompaniment: piano

A bluesy piano accompaniment leads the way, and a few well-orchestrated finger snaps give the singers the opportunity to be “cool.” This American folksong is now in a new “dress” and is a guaranteed delight for performers and audiences.

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CoverCradle Hymn [level: Medium]
Kim André Arnesen

voicing: SSAA | catalog number: SBMP 1163 | duration: 5:10 | price: $2.05
accompaniment: piano, opt. strings (violin 1, 2, viola, cello)

The Norwegian composer has created a beautiful, expressive piece set to a poem by the famous English hymn writer Isaac Watts. Sing at Christmas or any time of the year. Also available for Mixed Voices.

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CoverDown in the Valley to Pray [level: Medium]
arr. Michael Cleveland

voicing: SSAA | catalog number: SBMP 477 | duration: 1:35 | price: $1.95
accompaniment: a cappella

This spiritual was featured in the movie, “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” For the film, the title and text was changed to Down to the River to Pray. To be sung with great fervor , the melody is in the pentatonic mode. Also available for SATB.

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CoverEin Bernelis Per Laukeli [level: Medium]
arr. Kristina Vasiliauskaite, ed. Vance Wolverton | Baltic Series edited by Vance Wolverton

voicing: SSAA | catalog number: SBMP 143 | duration: 1:14 | price: $1.95
accompaniment: a cappella

This charming folksong setting tells the story of a carefree young man who proffers a bouquet of sweet clover to a young woman who prefers sweet words over flowers. The lilting melody in duple meter is accompanied by consonant harmonies and the oft-repeated affirmative idiom "Oi ja, oi ja."

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CoverEt In Terra Pax [level: Difficult]
Joan Szymko

voicing: SSAA | catalog number: SBMP 493 | duration: 3:20 | price: $2.05
accompaniment: a cappella

Based on the lydian mode, this is a show piece for the advanced treble choir.



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CoverEt misericordia [level: Medium]
Kim Andre Arnesen
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voicing: SSAA - sop. solo | catalog number: SBMP 1296 | duration: 4:55 | price: $2.05
accompaniment: organ

Extracted from Arnesen's beloved "Magnificat" (SBMP1293), "Et misericordia" opens with a hauntingly gorgeous soprano solo. Ever pushing to its soft and sensitive conclusion, this piece is bound to become a favorite selection for your choir and audiences alike.

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CoverFamine Song [level: Medium]
VIDA, arr. Matthew Culloton | Matthew and Michael Culloton Choral Series

voicing: SSAA | catalog number: SBMP 1007 | duration: 5:30 | price: $1.95
accompaniment: a cappella

Written by a quartet of women named VIDA and inspired by the stories of Sudanese basket weavers who expressed the pain and hope experienced by those in the famine of the 1980s, this is a most unusual and fascinating song. Arranger Culloton has captured all the pathos of the original version. A proven audience pleaser. Also available for SATB.

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CoverFecit potentiam [level: Medium]
Kim André Arnesen
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voicing: SSAA | catalog number: SBMP 1295 | duration: 5:40 | price: $2.25
accompaniment: organ

From the beloved Arnesen Magnificat comes this upbeat, dramatic movement. All sizes of choirs will delight in this special piece.

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CoverFireflies [level: Medium]
Tara Traxler | Robyn Lana Choral Series
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voicing: SSAA | catalog number: SBMP 1253 | duration: 4:15 | price: $2.05
accompaniment: a cappella

Pin your dreams upon a star then let them wander free and far. So ends the inspired text of this splendid piece. Loaded with drama, rhythmic interest, and great melodies, this one has it all, and is bound to be a favorite of singers and audiences.

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CoverFreedom Come [level: Medium]
Ben Allaway

voicing: SSAA | catalog number: SBMP 133 | duration: 5:10 | price: $2.05
accompaniment: a cappella

In the style of a South African freedom song. Easy vocal writing and one or two soloists provide a dramatic uplifting experience. The words may be altered to suit the occasion, be it Christmas or a celebration of a special sort. Great audience appeal and an excellent concert closer. Also available for SATB or TTBB.

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CoverGrace Before Sleep [level: Medium]
Susan LaBarr | Jo-Michael Scheibe Choral Series

voicing: SSAA | catalog number: SBMP 1196 | duration: 3:10 | price: $2.05
accompaniment: a cappella

Sara Teasdaleʼs poem of thanks inspired a beautiful, melodic setting by composer LaBarr. A quiet opening builds into a gorgeous, resounding climax before coming to a more reflective, thankful close. The piece could provide a tender, thoughtful ending to a concert, or be part of a theme of thanksgiving.

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CoverHealing River [level: Medium]
Fred Hellerman, arr. Sheena Phillips

voicing: SSAA | catalog number: SBMP 681 | duration: 4:00 | price: $1.85
accompaniment: a cappella

The versatile composer is renowned in the world of folk music for his association with the Weavers, that legendary group of the fifties and sixties who received an honorary Grammy in 2006. Sheena Phillips created a splendid choral arrangement of this moving piece; it is also available for SATB.

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CoverHodie [level: Difficult]
Joan Szymko

voicing: SSAA | catalog number: SBMP 356 | price: $1.95
accompaniment: a cappella

The opening unison chant is first contrasted by vigorous rhythmic sections, then developed with masterful weaving of the vocal line. A must for outstanding treble choirs.

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CoverHold On [level: Easy]
arr. Jay Broeker

voicing: SSAA | catalog number: SBMP 321 | duration: 3:36 | price: $1.95
accompaniment: bass, percussion

Treble choirs will delight in the opportunity to indulge in this program winner. Percussion and bass join the a cappella singing which begins quietly and innocently, and builds to a dramatic flair at the ending.

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CoverHow Can I Keep from Singing [level: Medium]
Robert Wadsworth Lowry, arr. Karen P. Thomas | Giselle Wyers Choral Series

voicing: SSAA | catalog number: SBMP 894 | duration: 4:30 | price: $1.95
accompaniment: a cappella

A glorious setting of this favorite song. A small group begins the piece singing in unison; the piece builds and builds to the six-part ending.


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CoverI Am Not Yours [level: Medium]
David N. Childs

voicing: SSAA | catalog number: SBMP 568 | duration: 4:38 | price: $2.05
accompaniment: piano

A flowing piano accompaniment supports a tender love song with text by Sara Teasdale. Women's choirs will delight in this piece.

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CoverI Dream a World [level: Medium]
Joan Szymko

voicing: SSAA | catalog number: SBMP 613 | duration: 3:20 | price: $1.95
accompaniment: piano

The famous text by Langston Hughes is set to a beautiful melody with a dramatic buildup midway emphasizing the powerful meaning herein. Suitable for all ages of treble choirs; some unison, some 2 part, and some 4 part writing.

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CoverI Know Where I'm Going [level: Medium]
arr. Christopher T. Lewis

voicing: SSAA | catalog number: SBMP 618 | duration: 3:50 | price: $1.85
accompaniment: piano

The non-traditional harmonies of the piano accompaniment, along with the arranger's creative stretch for the melody, make this a totally new setting of this beloved folk song.

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CoverI See the Heaven’s Glories Shine [level: Medium]
Andrea Ramsey

voicing: SSAA | catalog number: SBMP 929 | duration: 4:20 | price: $2.05
accompaniment: piano

The singers get to shine in this majestic piece set to a poem by Emily Bronte. Composer Ramsey has created an outstanding show piece for treble choirs. Also available for SATB or TTBB.

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CoverI Shot an Arrow [level: Medium]
David N. Childs

voicing: SSAA | catalog number: SBMP 998 | duration: 5:00 | price: $1.95
accompaniment: piano, oboe

The poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow comes to life in this dramatic piece. The oboe shoots the arrow, the singers follow with their ascending take on this event. Word painting adds to the color. A great opener for a concert, this piece would quickly engage the listeners.

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Coveri thank You God [level: Medium]
J. D. Frizzell | Lori Hetzel Choral Series
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voicing: SSAA | catalog number: SBMP 1330 | duration: 3:30 | price: $2.10
accompaniment: piano, cello

Drama abounds in this outstanding setting of this beloved text. The piano and cello provide the introduction. The singers deliver the profound text reaching a glorious climax, only to be followed by a whisper assignment while the cello improvises according to a plan. The ending unites all the forces for a reflective and calm conclusion. This one is guaranteed to add intrigue to a program.

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CoverIllumina le tenebre [level: Medium]
Joan Szymko

voicing: SSAA | catalog number: SBMP 955 | duration: 4:30 | price: $1.95
accompaniment: a cappella

A reverberant hall will serve this special piece very well. The text is one of the oldest prayers of St. Francis of Assisi. The composer states: “My intention was to create a setting both spacious and intimate.” She has succeeded beautifully. Also available for SATB.

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CoverIn Anchor Bay [level: Easy]
Sue Bohlin

voicing: SA (div.) | catalog number: SBMP 731 | duration: 3:00 | price: $2.10
accompaniment: piano

The composer created this piece for her Anchor Bay Children’s Chorus. Upbeat, with Latin rhythms and a fun text, this one is a crowd pleaser and will be a delight for children to learn. The ranges are conservative, much of the time the writing features unison or melodic writing for each part. There is an opportunity to incorporate some ad lib dancing, making this piece even more fun for all.

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CoverInstruments of Praise [level: Medium]
Allen Koepke | Charlotte Adams Choral Series

voicing: SSAA | catalog number: SBMP 156 | duration: 2:40 | price: $1.95
accompaniment: piano

A dramatic setting of Psalm 150 suitable for concert or church use.

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CoverIt Takes a Village [level: Medium]
Joan Szymko

voicing: SSAA | catalog number: SBMP 328 | duration: 3:45 | price: $2.05
accompaniment: percussion

The familiar African saying, "It takes a village to raise a child," is given African-style treatment. A great closer, this piece is a proven audience favorite. Also available for SATB.

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CoverJubilate [level: Difficult]
Martin Ramroth | Paul Head Choral Series

voicing: SSAA | catalog number: SBMP 1113 | duration: 3:45 | price: $1.95
accompaniment: a cappella

Marked by compelling rhythms, many canonic passages, and short melodic fragments, this piece will challenge and delight singers and fascinate audiences.

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CoverJubilate Deo [level: Medium]
Halmos, arr. Barbara Harlow

voicing: SSAA | catalog number: SBMP 915 | duration: 1:40 | price: $1.85
accompaniment: a cappella

The SATB version of this piece has been a long-time best seller in the SBMP catalog. At the request of Nancy Parker who recorded it with her choir, a treble version was created. Wonderful antiphonal melodies will lend well to spacing the two sections of the choir a bit apart for a dramatic effect. This is one of those rare a cappella pieces that works really well for treble voices.

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CoverKyrie & Gloria (from Missa Brevis) [level: Medium]
Kristina Vasiliauskaite | Baltic Series edited by Vance Wolverton

voicing: SSAA | catalog number: SBMP 263 | duration: 1:35 & 1:50 | price: $2.05
accompaniment: keyboard

The first two parts of a stunning Missa Brevis for women.

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CoverLacrymosa [level: Medium]
Mozart, arr. Michael Cleveland

voicing: SSAA | catalog number: SBMP 297 | price: $1.95
accompaniment: piano

From Mozart's REQUIEM. Scored originally for mixed choir and strings, composer Cleveland has created a beautiful setting for four-part treble chorus with keyboard accompaniment.

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CoverLamento di Arianna abbando [level: Difficult]
Veroslav Neumann

voicing: SSAA | catalog number: SBMP 359 | price: $1.95
accompaniment: a cappella

Avant garde, challenging, impressive, dramatic, expressive. The piece was inspired by the famous piece of Claudio Monteverdi and for a stunning contrast, could be paired with that piece in concert.

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CoverLes Béatitudes [level: Medium]
David N. Childs | Peter A. Eklund Choral Series

voicing: SSAA or TTBB | catalog number: SBMP 946 | duration: 3:30 | price: $1.95
accompaniment: a cappella

The Beatitudes were translated into French for this elegant composition that features a chant-like melody and a dramatic harmonic structure. Beautiful!


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CoverLIsten to a Jubilant Song [level: Medium]
Tim Sarsany

voicing: SSAA | catalog number: SBMP 1107 | duration: 1:40 | price: $1.95
accompaniment: a cappella

A Walt Whitman text inspired this dramatic piece. It lends itself to interesting staging possibilities as it begins with an antiphonal second choir echoing choir one. Next a four-part homophonic middle section adds contrast, then it concludes with a dramatic recapitulation of the opening. This would be a special opener for a concert.

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CoverLo, How a rose e're blooming [level: Medium]
arr. J. Edmund Hughes

voicing: SSAA | catalog number: SBMP 198 | duration: 3:45 | price: $1.85
accompaniment: opt. hand bells

Composer Hughes has combined a thirteenth century plainsong with the fifteenth century German carol for a fascinating result. To be sung in English.

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CoverLook! Be: leap; [level: Medium]
Libby Larsen | Bowling Green State University Choral Series
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voicing: SSAA | catalog number: SBMP 1249 | duration: 3:10 | price: $2.10
accompaniment: piano

This setting of excerpts from the colorful Muriel Rukeyser poem implores one to put your face to the wind and fly. Mature treble choirs will treasure Libby Larsen’s extraordinary composition.

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