Secular Mixed Voices
Choral Arrangements

Folksongs of Latin America for SATB Chorus and Piano.  

1. Vuela, suspiro, a nineteenth century folksong, uses the habañera dance rhythm of Cuba.  The song is popular throughout Latin America.
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2. ¿Donde vas, Alfonso Doce? comes from Spain and refers to Alfonso XII (1857-1885), the popular ruler of Spain from 1874 to 1885. 
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3. A cantar a una niña is also popular throughout Latin America.  Here it is arranged as a lullaby. 
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4. ¡Ay, Zamba!, one of the best-known Latin American folksongs, comes from Argentina.  Its buoyant rhythm, alternating between meters with much syncopation, contributes to its popularity.
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View the texts and translations. View the full score. 

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. 

From: A Hundred Years Hence
One hundred years hence, what a change will be made, 
In politics, morals, religion, and trade,
In statesmen who wrangle or ride on the fence, 
These things will be altered a hundred years hence. . . .
Instead of speech-making to satisfy wrong, 
All will join the glad chorus to sing Freedom's song; 
And if the Millennium is not a pretense, 
We all will be good Brothers, and Sisters, a hundred years hence.
View text and score.  Listen to Chestnut Brass Company and Friends singing original version.

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. 

1. Barney Brallaghan's Courtship View score. Listen to midi. 
2. Have You Been at Carrick?  View score. Listen to midi.
3. The Next Market Day  View score. Listen to midi.
4. I Dream of You in the Flowering Time  View score. Listen to midi.
5. Wreathe the Bowl (This wonderful convivial song is also arranged for TTBB.) View score. Listen to midi.
Then wreathe the bowl with flowers of soul the brightest Wit can find us; 
we'll take a flight towards heaven tonight, and leave dull earth behind us!
Oh! Then Remember Me View score. Listen to midi.
When around thee dying Autumn leaves are lying, Oh! then, remember me.
View the poems and the full score. 

Songs of an Irish Wanderer  Six Irish Ballads for SATB Chorus Unaccompanied.

1. Long Have I Wandered   A youngster roams the countryside searching for one’s love. 
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2. While Gazing at the Moon's Light   Lyrics by Thomas Moore (1779-1852) 
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3. Mourn Not for Me Remember me and forget my follies. View score. Listen to midi. 
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4. Kathleen O'More The countryman still has fond memories of the girl that left him.
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5. Arranmore Moore remembers the island Eden of his youth in northwestern Ireland.
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6. My Love, Oh, She Is My Love A love song as only the Irish can create and sing them. 
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Read notes and full score. 
Thomas Moore: Arranmore
Oh! Arranmore, loved Arranmore, how oft I dream of thee, 
and of those days when, by thy shore, I wandered young and free. 
Full many a path I've tried since then through pleasure's flowery maze, 
but ne'er could find the bliss again I felt in those sweet days.

How blithe upon thy breezy cliffs at sunny morn I've stood, 
with heart as bounding as the skiffs that danced along thy flood; 
or, when the western wave grew bright with daylight's parting wing, 
have sought that Eden in its light which dreaming poets sing.

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. 

Choral Arrangements
Theatre and Popular Songs

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.

1. Catfish Song  View score. Listen to midi.
2. River Chanty  View score. Listen to midi.
3. Apple Jack View score. Listen to midi.
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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.

1. Day Dream  Music by Duke Ellington (1899-1974) and Billy Strayhorn (1915-1967).
View SATB score.  Listen to Jo Stafford sing jazz standard. 
2. Lazy Afternoon  Music by Jerome Moross (1913-1983) from The Golden Apple (1954). 
It's a lazy afternoon 
and the beetlebugs are zoomin’ 
and the tulip trees are bloomin’ 
and there's not another human in view. 
But us two. 
View SATB score.  Listen to Kaye Ballard classic recording from The Golden Apple.
3. My Love Is on the Way  Music by Jerome Moross from The Golden Apple .
As you come nearer the future’s clearer 
and all that's dear to me grows much dearer,
my love is on the way. My love is on the way.
View SATB score.  Listen to Priscilla Gillette sing the original version from The Golden Apple.
4. Taking a Chance on Love  Music by Vernon Duke (1903-1969) from Cabin in the Sky (1940).
Here I go again, 
I hear those trumpets blow again, 
all aglow again, Taking a Chance on Love. 
View SATB score.  Listen to Ethel Waters sing the song in Cabin in the Sky.

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.