Music for Mixed Chorus
A Winter Ride (2013)
(JWP) A commission for women's voices led to three pieces. This one I rewrote for mixed voices.
- A Winter Ride, Amy Lowell (1874-1925). SATB, accomp. About 2:00 in length.
Energetic and full of the joy of life. See the SATB version in the Mixed Voices listing.
A Prayer of Dedication (2011)
(JWP) SATB with piano accompaniment.
Setting of the familiar "Prayer of St. Francis", with a lively syncopated rhythm through much of the work.
Poetry by Bill Holm
Bill Holm was a well-loved Minnesota author, poet, and SMSU professor. After his death in 2009, I was asked to set a couple of his poems for the SMSU Concert Choir. "Bread Soup" was performed at a tribute in the Spring of 2009, and "Letting Go of What Cannot Be Held Back" was premiered in 2010.
I have permission to share these works with interested Minnesota choirs at no cost. Please contact me by email if you'd like to receive a copy.
- Bread Soup: An Old Icelandic Recipe (2009) SATB a cappella.
Bill's version of the recipe emphasizes the time it takes to steam and soak and boil until the soup is "just right". Perhaps a metaphor for the creative process in general?
- Letting Go of What Cannot Be Held Back (2009) SATB a cappella.
The final poem in "Playing the Black Piano", from a section reflecting on the loss of a dear friend, this poem reconciles with the realization that in the end you must let go and "practice your own song".
- Concert Choir performance from Spring, 2010 - MP3
Danny Boy (2008)
(JWP) SATB with piano accompaniment. An easy arrangement for both singers and accompanist.
Hard Times, Come Again No More (2008)
(JWP) SATB a cappella with oboe obbligato.
An arrangement of the familiar Stephen Collins Foster song, with a bit of a Celtic twist. Includes three verses, sung out of order.
Too-Ra-Loo-Ra-Loo-Ral (That's an Irish Lullaby) (2012)
SATB a cappella.
A straightforward adaptation of the original harmonies for 4-part chorus. Simple but sings well.
SATB a cappella.
An early poem of Robert Frost captures the tension between needs for intimacy and anonymity.
MnSCU Fight Song (2009)
SATB a cappella. Strictly for fun - a fight song for the seven universities of MnSCU, all at once!