Classic Chorals for Concert and Contest 

Agnus Dei

This beautiful setting of the traditional Latin text has been crafted into a gentle and lovely partner song.  Designed to be sung by any combination of two-part voices, this piece provides an excellent opportunity to teach singing in Latin, and is an excellent choice for concert or contest.

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Bach Cantata

Bach Cantata Erwunschtes Greudenlict BWV 184, Duetto was commissioned by Kirsten Jordon and the Fort Bend Honor Choir for their appearance at the Texas Music Educators Conference in 2016. This beautiful 'duetto' works perfectly for any combination of 2 part voices. It is arranged with piano accompaniment and optional Flauto 1, 11- Violin 1, 11- Viola- and Continuo. It is available in the key of E and the key of D.

 

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Ballinderry

Melancholy Ballinderry is a beautiful Celtic folk song that tells the sad story of Mary, whose beloved Phelim is lost at sea. A violin part is included with the flowing piano accompaniment, making this a lovely multicultural selection for SSA voices.

 

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Beyond a Dream

The tragic 2009 Haitian earthquake devastated the lives of many children in that country. Beyond a Dream incorporates the lovely Haitian lullaby Fais do do with Jill’s original music to create a heartfelt message of hope for the future of the Haitian people and all mankind. Phonetic subtext is provided for the Haitian words. “Beyond a dream, a world I see where every child walks proud and free, and knows no pain or poverty…”

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Cantate Domino

One of a number of short motets written by Italian composer, Claudio Monteverdi, this madrigal style for six voices has been set for SSA, carefully weaving selected vocal lines from the original to create this stylistically authentic edition using both energized and legato singing.

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Come Lift Your Voice

This lively opener shares an uplifting message of the joy of music. Its bouncy melody and bright harmonies are just right for the lyrics: “Let’s sing a song of joy and gladness; come lift your voice and sing!”

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Come, Lovely Spring

“Come, lovely spring, and merrily make the flowers bloom once more. And let us find the violets bright that spring holds gently in store…” This delightful setting, is equally appropriate for winter, spring, festival or concert situations and a great opportunity to introduce the music of Mozart to your young singers!

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Danza Danza Fancuilla Gentile

From the Classics fro Children and Youth series, here’s a spirited 18th-century Italian song that has been arranged for young voices with a phonetic pronunciation guide as well as an English translation. An energetic cross-cultural number for any time of year.

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Die Lotusblume

Music for Young Singers Series Jill Gallina has done a masterful job of arranging this piece of classic literature in a new, lush arrangement for women’s voices. This pristine setting of Shumann’s Die Lotosblume is a wonderful spring concert, contest or festival piece.

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Gia il Sole dal Gange

This standard Italian art song by Alessandro Scarlatti adheres exactly to the original piano and vocal lines. Jill Gallina has enhanced the arrangement with the addition of a second soprano and an alto vocal part that keep with the inherent harmonies of the original. A beautiful selection for women’s voices.

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Heave Away Me Jollies

Heave Away Me Jollies is a traditional sea chantey from Newfoundland. The joyful rollicking feel of the chantey lends itself to the hand claps and foot stomps included in the choral arrangement. They should be performed with gusto and spirit! During the instrumental sections, feel free to improvise and embellish with added choreography such as adding step dancing or Irish jig style dance set in front or to the side of the choir. Be sure to end the piece with a powerful accented “Heeyah! Available in SATB, TBB, 3 pt mixed and 2 pt.

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My Mother Bids Me Bind My Hair

Also known as A Pastoral Song, this is the third in Franz Joseph Haydn’s set of Six Canzonettas. Though bright and cheerful in its setting, the lyrics sadly lament that “those we love are gone.”

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Ode to Peace

Here is a selection from Jill Gallina’s Classics for Children Series. The music from Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony (Choral) finale – “Ode to Joy” – is the basis for this ingenious partner song. In “Ode to Peace” Jill takes the beloved Beethoven melody and adds original lyrics with partnered melody. There are teaching and performance notes on the history of the Symphony, Level I brass accompaniment and a hopeful message of peace for humankind. This is ideal as a festival finale for kids and adults, combined choirs with brass, in schools and in churches, any program, any time.

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One Step

“The future lies before you, open up the book. Don’t be afraid to turn the page and take a look.” The music is as lovely as the message in this light pop original with a fully-produced P/A accompaniment track. A compelling presentation for any year-ending concert performance that everyone will embrace warmly.

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On Wings of Song

For two-part or three-part treble voices, Jill Gallina has once again crafted a masterful partner-song using the romantic music of Mendelssohn. “On Wings of Song” is an impressive spring concert, contest, or festival piece for upper elementary, middle school, or high school treble choirs. Available: 2-part/SSA, Accompaniment & Performance CD.

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A Peaceful Allelu

A wonderful choice as a concert feature or closer, “A Peaceful Allelu” invites us to “Live each day with love and grace and make this world a better place.” For two-part mixed or treble choirs, this offers a heartfelt message that is appropriate throughout the year. Very nicely done!

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Pie Jesu

This famous movement is the soprano aria from Fauré’s Requiem in D minor, Op. 48. Beautifully arranged for SSA voices, Jill Gallina retained the serene melodic sound while adding full, three-part harmonies, keeping the harmonic intent of the original. A lovely addition to your women’s choral library. Available Separately: SSA, PianoTrax CD. Duration: ca. 2:49.

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Sanctus

This beautiful setting of the traditional Latin text has a lovely, light sound, with a lush, lyrical melody and easy harmonies. Available in three voicings, this will appeal to choirs at many levels.

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Sanctus-Faure

From his best known larger work Requiem in D minor, Fauré’s Sanctus is set here for 3-part mixed and SSA voices. Many of the movements from the Requiem have been used in movies and television, making it likely that your young singers have heard parts of it before. This choral arrangement makes a beautiful selection for concert and festival.

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Sing a Song of Peace

Jill Gallina is well known for her expertise in writing partner songs. Here she has partnered the familiar “This Is My Country” with a sensitive peace text. Dramatic and inspirational, yet very singable, “Sing A Song Of Peace” will add that special reflective moment to your program.

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Sing a Spring Song

Using Mendelssohn’s music from Songs Without Words as introduction and interlude music, this original music and text by Jill Gallina is a wonderful selection for your spring concert. The verses in simple unison and the choruses in harmony are repeated to help retention so your chorus members can easily learn and love this piece.

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Sing to the Lord With Joyful Spirit

In this celebratory choral, each part sings its own melody which later combine in partner-style form. It’s an excellent choice for smaller choirs and younger singers learning to harmonize as well as to sing independently and in unison. The lyric uses English and easy Latin phrases to make learning quick while giving the opportunity for musical development.

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Slumber Song

“Slumber, slumber, tiny precious treasure; gently rocking at your mother’s side…” An anonymous text, a partner melody by the arranger, and the classic Wiegenlied fit together beautifully in this skillful adaptation for two-part voices and piano. A first-rate selection for young choirs, it is a wonderful introduction to the music of Franz Schubert. Highly recommended!

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Sonntag

Brahms’ radiant Lieder is crafted into this lovely SSA choral work. Unison singing establishes the melody then breaks off into three-part harmony. Individual part-singing in the second verse makes this small masterwork an excellent teaching piece as well as a performance gem.

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The Wings of Morning

Jill’s mastery with partner songs is no surprise to teachers and directors of young choirs. What is surprising is this beautiful melody by the Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich that is delicate, expressive, and perfectly suited to young voices. The result is a rare choral gem that is ideally suited for treble choirs – lyrical, musical, and full of opportunities for teaching music history as well as developing solid choral technique. Distinguished!

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To Shorten Winter’s Sadness

A cappella ,originally composed for five voices, this delightful English madrigal works very well for developing voices in three parts.  Sung a cappella or with keyboard reduction, it’s a wonderful introduction to the madrigal style. There are more than enough “Fa la la la la” phrases to fill every heart with holiday cheer!

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Venga Nel Nostro Coro

Venga Nel Nostro Coro, alternatively called Canone, was originally a 4-part canon or round written by Antonio Salieri from Canons for Unaccompanied Voices. Loosely translated it means “come to the choir.” The lyrics invite those with “difficulty to come to the choir with the promise of happiness and peace.” A joyful statement indeed for the happiness that singing together can bring!

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We Shepherds Sing

 A cappella Carefully adapted from the original madrigal for five voices by Thomas Weelkes, this three-part mixed edition works well for young singers. It’s an excellent way to introduce madrigal singing to younger voices.

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Whilst Youthful Sports

Thomas Weelkes’ bright, happy a capella madrigal is two minutes’ worth of a cappella fun for developing choirs. With plenty of “Fa la la la la” phrases and a rehearsal piano part, this is an excellent teaching piece for singing in madrigal style.

 

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Widmung

One of Robert Schumann’s best-loved songs is available for your SSA voices. The beautiful text speaks of the many emotions true love encompasses while the key has been lowered to accommodate the added vocal harmonies. Lovely and appealing for women’s voices. Available separately: SSA, PianoTrax CD (35027473). Duration: ca. 2:30.

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Weigenleid

This cradlesong exemplifies the beauty of simplicity. Partnering Mozart’s Wiegenlied with original words and melody, Jill Gallina has once again created a lovely concert moment that is accessible even to the youngest of elementary school choirs. A wonderful practice piece for learning phrasing, legato singing, and soft dynamics, Wiegenlied is pure and pristine.

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Wie Melodien Ziech Es Mir

Designed for the Classics for Children Series, this lush art song by Johannes Brahms was originally written for solo voices and has been crafted into a 2-part arrangement. The lovely melody and harmonic structure remains and Jill Gallina’s arrangement of “Wie Melodien Zieht Es Mir” is suitable for children’s choirs or any 2-part ensembles.

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