Magazine article The American Organist

Choral Old and New

Magazine article The American Organist

Choral Old and New

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Farewell This World! Dominick Argento, TTBB with G chime (Boosey & Hawkes 48024194). Argento always has a way of finding unique texts and this Middle English lyric is no exception. Excerpted from his monumental Te Deum, the fifth of the six sections, it follows the words "Make them to be numbered with thy Saints, in glory everlasting." This is a challenging, Romantic setting for a large male chorus supported by a solitary chime from time to time, and a sublimely beautiful piece!

Cradling Children in His Arm, Daniel Kaliman, SATB with whistlers, flute, and keyboard (Kallman Creates Publications). If there is an occasion where children are to be dedicated or baptized, this short setting of "Gaudeamus Pariter" would be delightful. A simple setting with a part for whistlers to join in!

In the Bleak Midwinter, Paul Mealor, SATB with divisi a cappella (Novello 167134). This is the final movement of four in the work, "To Seek Where Shadows Are," all based on words by Christina Rossetti. Mealor has created a new melody for these beloved words and it is a beautiful setting, serene and filled with the kinds of harmonies that Mealor knows how to compose so well. Not easy, but definitely worth the effort.

The Colors of Peace (Pakearen koloreak), Javier Busto, SATB with divisi a cappella (Bustovega 28 an 46). Here is a new work by the Basque composer Busto (who has composed some beautiful a cappella works for treble voices). This is a setting of a poem by Josune López that focuses on peace for the world. …

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