Music for Mixed Chorus
I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say (2014)
This is an old hymn that I stumbled across as a youth - a moving text by Horatius Bonar paired with Thomas Tallis' "Third Mode Melody". (The music was later used by Ralph Vaughan Williams in his "Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis".) I've arranged the hymn into a somewhat more choral setting for mixed voices (SATB divisi).
This arrangement is offered free to all in memory of my late wife, Pastor Ann Dwelle Ward. You are invited to download, copy, and use without cost, so long as the complete score (including cover, copyright notice, and attributions) are present in all copies.
Note: This was originally intended as for men's voices, so a TTBB arrangement may be posted in the future, also available without cost.
A Winter Ride (2013)
A commission for women's voices led to three pieces. This one I rewrote for mixed voices. (JWP)
- A Winter Ride, Amy Lowell (1874-1925). SATB, accomp. About 2:00 in length.
Energetic and full of the joy of life. See the SSA version in the Women's Chorus listing.
A Prayer of Dedication (2011)
SATB with piano accompaniment. (JWP)
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)
SATB with piano accompaniment. An easy arrangement for both singers and accompanist. (JWP)
Hard Times, Come Again No More (2008)
SATB a cappella with oboe obbligato. (JWP)
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!