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CoverL’Ennemi [level: Difficult]
Reed Criddle: Bio and other works
RELEASED: August 2023
voicing: SATB | catalog number: SBMP 1735 | duration: c. 3’35 | price: $2.50
accompaniment: piano


Lyrical and gorgeous, composer Criddle has created a stunning new French piece (“The Enemy”) for advanced mixed vocal ensembles. Perfect for contests and festivals, this is challenging but worth the work. An evocative piano accompaniment paired with soaring vocal lines that are set to a broody text by Charles Baudelaire make this an ideal piece to focus on ensemble artistry and to explore mental health in choral mélodie. Complete with an IPA pronunciation guide as well as word-for-word and poetic translations.


performance by: Utah Valley University Chamber Choir - Reed Criddle, conductor [© all rights reserved]

Order CLICK HERE: See and Hear the Complete Score or download a perusal copy: HERE

CLICK HERE: Read the Text or Poem
Poetic translation
The Enemy


My youth has been nothing but a dark storm,
Intersected here and there by brilliant suns;
Thunder and rain have wrought such devastation,
That very few ripe fruits remain in my garden.

Now I have reached the autumn of the mind,
And I must work with the shovel and the rake
To gather anew the inundated earth,
Where the rain digs holes as large as tombs.

And who knows if the new flowers I dream of
Will find in this soil, washed bare like the shore,
The mystical nourishment that would provide their vigor?

— O misery! O misery! Time eats away at our lives,
And the obscure Enemy that gnaws at our hearts
Grows and is fortified from the blood we lose!

Charles Baudelaire


CLICK HERE: Choral Tracks (Practice made simple)


L’Ennemi choral track bundle contains a part dominant track for each voice part, a balanced voices track, and an accompaniment track if the work is not a cappella (the accompaniment is also included with the part dominant and balanced voices track). Get more information and listen to samples HERE. Please note that the choral score is not included in the bundle and needs to be ordered separately.

Price: $49.99
(Each bundle is licensed to be used by up to 50 users)
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Utah Valley University Chamber Choir - Reed Criddle, conductor

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