Folksongs of Latin America for SATB Chorus and Piano.
A Hundred Years Hence Words by Frances Gage (1808-1884). Music by John Hutchison (1821-1908) for SATB chorus and piano.
Fanny Gage wrote the text around 1850; it was subsequently set to music and became a regular part of the Hutchinson Family Singers’ repertory. Now almost two centuries later the period piece with a quaint 19th centurey melody is still relevant and stirring.
Arranger’s Note I had long contemplated arranging some Irish folk songs. So during a residency at Dorland Mountain Arts Colony in 1998 I took along and played through four extensive collections of old Irish songs, some true folk songs, but many from the collections of poets like Thomas Moore (1779-1852) who fitted new words to old – and new melodies. Over the course of the summer I crafted some nine choral cycles and several individual song arrangements. The ones for mixed voices are cited below and the ones for men’s voices and women’s voices are in those respective pages. I want to express my appreciation to Dorland for that very productive residency.
The Black Velvet Band Irish folksong arranged for SATB or TTBB chorus and piano.
A traditional folk song describing how a young man is tricked by the fair maiden with the black ribbon and then sentenced to transportation to Australia, a common punishment in the British Empire during the 19th century.
View SATB score. Listen to midi. Listen to The Dubliners (40th Reunion) or better yet, The Irish Rovers in Toronto!
Brennan on the Moor Irish folksong from 1805 arranged for SATB chorus and piano.
Also for TTBB.
The ballad recounts the story of Willy Brennan, an Irish highwayman and Celtic Robin Hood, and his character, his exploits, his accomplices and finally his capture and demise. All told through brilliant choral writing with the piano underscoring his exploits. Not your sweet “Annie Laurie.”
View score. Listen to midi. Listen to Clancy Brothers.
The Lass of Aughrim Irish folk song for SATB chorus and piano.
A folksong best known to readers of James Joyce (1882-1941) from the short story “The Dead,” where it figures crucially in the plot and tells of a love betrayed. The lyrics record a man who wants proof that the girl is one he used to know in Aughrim, a village south of Dublin. She laments the lover's rejection of herself and his child.
View score. Listen to midi. Listen to Irish tenor Dave MaGuire sing the solo voice acappella version.
Limerick Is Beautiful Irish folk song for SATB or TTBB chorus, solo voice and piano.Commission and Premiere: Scott Campbell and the Farmington High School Choir.One of the most beautiful and least known of the great Irish love songs.
View score. Listen to Richard Kennedy, tenor, and the Penn State Glee Club: The Green Album.
Sligo Songs Six Irish Airs for SATB Chorus, Soloists and Piano.
These are spirited and expressive settings of some of the finest of Irish folk tunes all with accompaniments that will delight your pianist. The dual glories of Irish folk songs are the fine texts coupled with memorable melodies. Barney Brallaghan comes a courting and gives all your soloists a chance to shine. The young lover wonders if you have seen his beloved at Carrick, set to one of the loveliest of Irish modal melodies. Another glorious modality tells the story of lovers courting at The Next Market Day. The poet couches his love song with desciptions of nature in the Flowering Time. Thomas Moore’s Wreathe the Bowl is an infectious and roistering song of celebration and community during holiday revels. (Consider for holiday programs.) Oh! Then Remember Me is as touching a parting farewell as exists in the Irish folk song canon.
Songs of an Irish Wanderer Six Irish Ballads for SATB Chorus Unaccompanied.
National Anthem of Trinidad and Tobago For SATB or TTBB Voices. Arranged by Edward Cumberbatch and Bruce Trinkley.
When Assistant Director Frank Worrell arranged for the Glee Club to go to his native Trinidad, I arranged the National Anthem for TTBB voices after Eddie Cumberbatch’s original version. The arrangement for SATB voices was made for the Juniata College Choir when they toured to Trinidad several years later.
View SATB score. Listen and watch Anne Fridal, dramatic soprano from Trinidad and Tobago.
An American Hymn Music by Lee Holdridge. Lyrics by Molly Ann Leikin For SATB or TTBB chorus and piano.
Inspiring text and tune used as the main theme for the 1981 television miniseries of John Steinbeck’s 1952 novel East of Eden.
View SATB score. Listen to Placido Domingo sing the Three Tenors version.
Huckleberry Finn Songs Three Songs for SAB or TTB Voices and Piano by Kurt Weill (1900-1950) and Maxwell Anderson (1888-1959) from Huckleberry Finn (1950).
From an unfinished musical based on the Mark Twain classic. Weill in his American folksong idiom: in praise of fishing; in praise of the mysterious Mississippi; and a discussion among the Narrator, the Snake and Eve about the virtues of homemade liquor.
Commission and Premiere: The Blair County Junior High Choral Festival, Peggy Horner, Director.
Lyrics by Latouche Four songs for SATB or TTBB Voices and Piano.
Lyrics by John Latouche. (1914 - 1956)
Arrangements by Bruce Trinkley. For Columbia Alumni Singers Reunion 2018.
John Latouche was one of the most gifted and versatile of American lyricists, writing pop and cabaret songs, and book and lyrics for several Broadway shows and an opera. He was born in Virginia and attended Columbia for two years in 1934-1935 where he was a member of the Philolexian Society and wrote two Varsity Shows. His musical collaborators included Vernon Duke, Duke Ellington, Jerome Moross (the musical The Golden Apple) and Douglas Moore (the opera The Ballad of Baby Doe).
Read Latouche’s lyrics.
My House Music and Lyrics by Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990) from
Peter Pan (1950).
For SATB or TTBB Voices with solo tenor or baritone, piano and optional flute or chamber orchestra.
View SATB score. Listen to Roberta Alexander sing solo song.
My Romance Music by Richard Rodgers (1902-1979). Words by Lorenz Hart (1895-1943) from Jumbo (1935).
For Vocal Octet or SATB Chorus (with divisi) and Piano.
Arranged for an octet of singer friends for National Opera Association cabaret performance of the music of Richard Rogers, San Antonio, TX January 2011. November 5, 2010 The Millay Colony, Steepletop, New York.
View SATB score. Listen to Ella Fitzgerald sing solo song.
Sing a Song with Me Words and Music by Wally Harper (c. 1941-2004). For SATB or SSA or TTBB and piano with optional string bass. Wally Harper, Barbara Cook’s longtime pianist, wrote the song for her and they frequently performed the song, most memorably at her Carnegie Hall concert in 1975.
View SATB score. Listen to Barbara Cook and Wally Harper.
So Pretty Music by Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990). Words by Betty Comden and Adolph Green.
For SAB or SSA or TBB and piano with optional flute and string bass.
Anti-war song written for and performed by Barbra Streisand for a Broadway for Peace fundraiser on January 21, 1968, at Lincoln Center’s Philharmonic Hall.
View SAB score. Listen to Lara Downes sing solo song.