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CoverCradle Hymn [level: Medium]
Kim André Arnesen | Turtle Creek Chorale Choral Series
voicing: TTBB | catalog number: SBMP 1466 | duration: 5:10 | price: $2.15
accompaniment: piano, optional strings

The Norwegian composer has created a beautiful, expressive piece set to a poem by the famous English hymn writer Isaac Watts. Sing it at Christmas or any time of the year.

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CoverDance for Love [level: Medium]
Z. Randall Stroope | Turtle Creek Chorale Choral Series
voicing: TTBB | catalog number: SBMP 1462 | duration: 3:25 | price: $2.05
accompaniment: piano

Master melodist Stroope is at his best with this delightful, charming composition. Set to a Civil War poem, we are implored to “dance for beauty, dance for laughter, dance for love, - soft falls the rain, bare feet dance me home.”

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CoverGloria Patri [level: Easy]
Ashley Nelson
voicing: TBB | catalog number: SBMP 1461 | price: $2.05
accompaniment: a cappella

Not difficult, but highly effective, TBB choirs can ring out with this glorious piece.

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CoverSisi ni moja (We Are One) [level: Medium]
Jacob Narverud
voicing: TBB | catalog number: SBMP 1481 | duration: 4:10 | price: $2.25
accompaniment: piano, djembe

Ever clever, composer Narverud came up with a highly rhythmic celebratory composition. The title translates “We are one”, the theme being that all human beings have much in common. The energetic djembe sets the tone, the piano adds its own rhythmic design, and the singers deliver the message, at times sounding as though there should be a campfire at the center of their circle. Great fun, a profound message, and an intriguing piece, this is a winner!

Composer Notes
The original voicing of Sisi ni moja was commissioned in 2015 for the Michigan State University Children & Youth Choirs by their director, Kyle Zeuch, to celebrate unity and community through cultures. This piece was written specifically for their world-music concert theme, “We are One.” It was requested to be similar in style to my arrangement of the Kenyan song “Jambo,” and was commissioned by the director for SA(T)B choir, piano, and djembe. The SA voicing was written two years later (2017) for the Lawrence Children’s Choir in Kansas, Carolyn Welch, Director, and a TBB voicing was requested by the publisher later that same year.

I wanted to create an uplifting, hopeful song that had a modern, popular-style vibe and dealt with the choir’s theme of unity and one-ness. Since the piece was intended to represent all people and all cultures, I sought to write a text that would reflect just that. I was teaching high school at the time, and a student in one of my choirs was from Kenya. I asked her to assist me with a Swahili phrase that I could combine with a new original text, which would translate specifically to “We are One.” Though not a common Swahili phrase, we came up with “Sisi ni moja,” pronounced “Moh-Jah” with a hard “J”. “Heja” (pronounced “hey-yah”) is a non-word with no literal meaning, and does not represent any specific culture. It is given a more instrumental treatment in the chorus, acting as a joyful, declamatory backdrop to the song’s message of unity. This “celebratory chant” mirrors the piano and djembe’s heavy rhythmic influence, energizing and driving the song forward.

When I wrote Sisi Ni Moja I specifically chose chord progressions that would be familiar to the ear of both the audience and the singers performing. These popular music chord progressions, coupled with the speech driven rhythms and repetition in the piano, allow listeners to feel an instant connection to the music and focus on the message of the text.

-Jacob Narverud (2018)

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CoverWhen Music Sounds [level: Medium]
Connor J. Koppin | Turtle Creek Chorale Choral Series
voicing: TTBB | catalog number: SBMP 1480 | duration: 4:30 | price: $2.25
accompaniment: piano

The composer has created beautiful melodies, and wisely gives each section the opportunity to sing them. A dramatic piano accompaniment adds to the grandeur of this special composition.

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