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January 2018
Early Release Octavos



CoverA Living Dream [level: Easy]
Jonathan Adams

voicing: SATB | catalog number: SBMP 1109 | duration: 3:00 | price: $1.95
accompaniment: piano, flute

The Henry David Thoreau poem presents a challenge for all: “Live the life you’ve dreamed.” Not just a great graduation piece, this maxim is a challenge for all. Musically rich, and not difficult, many choirs can enjoy this excellent piece.

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CoverFootprints [level: Medium]
David Dickau | Jo-Michael Scheibe Choral Series

voicing: SATB | catalog number: SBMP 760 | price: $1.95
accompaniment: piano

The composer has chosen stanzas from Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s poem, A PSALM OF LIFE, creating a piece perfect for graduation or for celebrations honoring significant leaders. In addition to the octavo with piano, David Dickau has a version with symphonic band accompaniment; the latter is available directly from him.

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CoverHold Fast to Dreams [level: Medium]
Susan LaBarr
voicing: SSA | catalog number: SBMP 1426 | duration: 4:35 | price: $2.15
accompaniment: piano

The Langston Hughes poem warns us that “when dreams go, life is a barren field frozen with snow.” The message is one to live by, and as can be expected of this composer, the music is special.

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CoverHope Is the Thing with Feathers [level: Easy]
Kenney Potter

voicing: SATB | catalog number: SBMP 1017 | duration: 2:30 | price: $2.05
accompaniment: a cappella

A clever, upbeat rhythmic pattern mirrors the sentiment of the text as it “never stops at all” except for a few moments of mid-song reflection with the poem’s final thought: “It never asked a crumb of me.” Fun and inspiring, this piece would provide a special highlight for a concert.

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CoverSomewhere I Have Never Traveled [level: Medium]
Kevin S. Foster

voicing: SATB | catalog number: SBMP 1100 | duration: 3:20 | price: $2.10
accompaniment: piano

What’s ahead for the graduate, the retiree, the person moving away, or the one getting a new job? Written to honor a retiree, the text by Thomas Troeger, Professor of Christian Communication at Yale University, presents a vision of hope for the future adventure whatever it may be. A sparkling piano accompaniment paves the way, the singers telling the story via soaring melodies. This is a beautiful, dramatic piece.

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CoverStand Tall, O Man! [level: Easy]
Ken Berg | Randy and Rachel Stenson Choral Series

voicing: TTB | catalog number: SBMP 1288 | duration: 3:20 | price: $2.25
accompaniment: piano

The composer/poet turned advisor, here gives teenage boys something to think about as they mature toward manhood. Upbeat, tuneful, powerful, this is a winner.

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CoverTread Softly [level: Medium]
Connor J. Koppin | Jo-Michael Scheibe Choral Series
voicing: SATB | catalog number: SBMP 1447 | price: $2.15
accompaniment: piano

This setting of the profound Yeats poem wiill be a favorite of singers as the composer lets each section have a turn at singing the melody, the conclusion bringing them together as one.

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CoverUmi Sono Ai [level: Medium]
Kousaku Dan, arr. Rachel Stenson | Randy and Rachel Stenson Choral Series

voicing: TTBB | catalog number: SBMP 974 | duration: 4:40 | price: $1.95
accompaniment: piano

A beautiful, beloved Japanese song, it tells of a man who goes to the ocean to reflect upon his life. In each wave he sees opportunity. Though the retreat of each wave may reflect his failures, a new wave of hope soon appears. It carries him, it lifts him, and sends him toward his destiny. Sing the song in the original Japanese, or in the English version provided by Randy Stenson.

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CoverWoven Together [level: Medium]
Jacob Narverud

voicing: SATB | catalog number: SBMP 1151 | duration: 6:30 | price: $2.25
accompaniment: piano; opt. inst. ens.

Based on a pentatonic Sacred Harp tune, this piece affords several performance options beyond SATB. The introduction could allow a procession; a children’s chorus could sing one of the verses; a program insert could invite the audience join in on one verse. Composed for a massed choir event, it is that rare piece that can serve this purpose. The uplifting text advocates togetherness and thankfulness and speaks to all ages. Optional instrument ensemble: vln. 1, 2, vla., cello, marimba, 2 hns, trb., tuba, piano, opt. organ

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