As Fair as Morn John Wilbye, Arranged by Russell Robinson
SSA, a cappella
John Wilbye has been called one of the finest “madrigalists” of the Renaissance period. This arrangement of a popular madrigal for SSA voices is refreshing, with emphasis on independent voices, text and dynamics. This selection will be great for festival use! 1:49
Away in a Manger Alexander Hume, arranged by Ruth Elaine Schram
This rocking, soothing SSA setting of Away in a Manger by Ruth Elaine Schram is easy to learn and multi-functional. Schram has provided the option of using the holiday text or that of Robert Burns’ well- known poem Flow Gently, Sweet Afton, making it an excellent addition to your holiday or festival program. Duration: 2:44
Bring a Torch, Jeannette Isabella Traditional French Carol, arranged by Dave & Jean Perry
SSA, a cappella (optional piano)
One of the most well-known French carols, Bring a Torch, Jeannette Isabella may be performed with or without accompaniment, depending on the needs of the ensemble. If performed accompanied, the lilting nature of 6/8 meter couples effectively with the light, transparent nature of the piano part. A necessary addition to any holiday concert.
Rhythmically interesting, celebratory and musically contrasting, Vicki Tucker Courtney's original setting of this well-known Latin text truly exemplifies the words: Sing to the Lord a new song. A fantastic opening selection for festivals or any concerts, women's choirs will enjoy learning and performing this joyful song.
Schram captures the essence of the season’s meaning through text that is sure to speak to any treble choir. Accompanied, this age-appropriate festive selection will add a special sparkle to any holiday concert.
Come and Be With Me Herb Frombach, arranged by Vicki Tucker Courtney
SSA Voices with Piano
Lyric melodies, coupled with lush harmonies, invite the treble choir to share love and life found in the bounty of nature's beauty. Vicki Tucker Courtney captures the imagery found in the text, which is sure to be appealing to treble choirs of all abilities. A winning piece to program for festivals or concerts.
Your treble choir will sound fantastic singing this triumphant SSA choral written by Vicki Tucker Courtney. Conservative ranges coupled with interesting harmonies provide the framework for this exciting song of praise, a sure winner for your concert or festival repertoire list. Also available SATB. Duration: 2:17
Fais Do Do Acadian Lullaby, arranged by Susan Brumfiled
SSA Voices with Piano
New to the BriLee Choral Catalog, Susan Brumfield offers a new arrangement of the Cajun lullaby, Fais Do Do, which originated in southern Louisiana. This soothing and somewhat lulling piece for treble choirs captures the Cajun style, and depicts the French translation of the title, "Go to sleep." An excellent foray into teaching French and sure to compliment any concert needs.
BriLee Music is thrilled to have acclaimed composer Patti Drennan join our catalog. Fresh, exultant and accessible to its intended range, A Festive Gloria is sure to hit the mark with your SSA choir. The energy never subsides, from the moment the piano introduction announces “Gloria in excelsis Deo” until the final “in Gloria.” Appropriate for concert and festival use throughout the year.
Originally published by BriLee Music as an SATB choral, this rhythmic setting of the Gloria text has been revoiced by Rae Moses for the SSA ensemble. Exciting and full of dynamic contrast, this arrangement is appropriate for concert or festival use and makes an equally exciting opener or closer. Duration: 1:30
Here We Come A-Caroling Traditional English Carol, arranged by Becki Slagle Mayo
SSA Voices with Piano
From the rollicking piano and vocal introduction until the final "fa-la-la-la!", treble choirs will experience the joy of the season while learning this well-known carol, also known as Here We Come A-Wassailing. An expression of the hope of happiness and prosperity we all want to find during the holidays, its roots come from 19th century carolers, a valued tradition many still share during the holiday season.
Hey, Ho Fiddle-Eye O American Folk Song, Arranged by Earlene Rentz
A spirited, American folk song arranged by Earlene Rentz, this classic story of underappreciated spouses is fun for all audiences. The singers tell the story of a farmer and his wife trading chores. 2:25
SSA Voices with Piano, optional Djembe or Conga Drum
Patterson's inspirational and uplifting text reminds us that hope reaches in and calls us to sing, especially during challenging times. With an energetic and supportive accompaniment, the vocal parts are both rhythmically interesting and lyrical, sure to engender a love for both singing and this song. Appropriate for any concert or festival.
How Can I Keep From Singing (A Gospel Setting) Greg Gilpin
SSA, accompanied, with Solo
The combination of this highly charged, emotional contemporary gospel style setting with the traditional Quaker text of “How Can I Keep From Singing?” is sure to move both your ensemble and the audience. Duration: 2:30
Arranged for a cappella SSA choirs, this popular children’s song unfolds through story telling in 6/8 meter. It builds to the climax in the manner of Russian nesting dolls and is pure fun for the choir.
I Know Where I'm Going Scottish Folk Song, Arranged Neil Johnson
SSA, optional Flute or C Instrument, Accompanied
This is one of the most beautiful of the Scottish folk love songs. Johnson starts with a simple flute solo, then gradually adds voices, one at a time. The ending really keeps the audience engaged until well after the final release. This is an excellent piece for concert or festival use. 2:45
I Want Two Wings African-American Spiritual, Arranged by Earlene Rentz
Here is an arrangement that combines two spirituals, “I Got Shoes” and “I Want Two Wings,” and provides an easy and effective way to teach harmony. The lively, swinging rhythm is an audience-pleaser as well! This is a great selection for fall or spring concert use. It is also available as a 3-part mixed choral and in a previously released 2-part treble arrangement. 1:52
Commissioned by the Georgia Music Educators Association for the 2008 Middle School Treble Choir, Glenda Franklin very poignantly recollects the powerful emotions and strong memories associated with song. Sensitive singing is required to convey the substance of this work. 3:50
In Stiller Nacht Johannes Brahms (1833-1897), Arranged by Russell Robinson
SSA, accompanied, with Flute or C Instrument
This work is among Brahms' best known and most beloved folk song settings. Russell Robinson has skillfully set this arrangement for three-part treble voices and flute. A pronunciation guide is provided as well as an English translation by Robinson. 2:35
Long lines and elongated vowels distinguish this setting of the "Kyrie Eleison." The use of quartal and quintal harmonies give this work an open and evocative feel. An ideal setting for treble groups of any age and suitable for concert and festival use. 2:45
This work, written especially for Brian Busch, is an energetic setting of Robert Louis Stevenson’s poetry from an 1896 collection called Songs of Travel and Other Verse. The setting provides excellent contrast between the legato verses. This is another great choice for concert or festival programming for SSA voices. 3:17
Mary Had a Baby, Go Tell It! Traditional Spiritual, Arranged by Becki Slagle Mayo
Becki Mayo has combined some of the best known and most loved spirituals into this arrangement. Featuring "Mary Had a Baby," "Go Tell It on the Mountain," and "Behold That Star," this work has tender moments as well hand-clappin', toe-tappin' fun. 2:35
Music We Bring from Pastorale Comique
Jean-Baptiste Lully, edited and arranged by Patrick M. Liebergen
SSA, accompanied, with optional two flutes
Patrick Liebergen gives us a joyous and rhythmic edition of a Lully trio. Originally scored for two countertenors and bass, this arrangement for three-part women’s choir features an English text with keyboard and optional flutes. Also available in three-part mixed. Duration: 1:37
Laura Farnell has done a masterful job setting this text by the acclaimed African-American poet, Joseph Cotter. While the night wind is often characterized as having a sad or melancholy quality, Farnell has ably captured Cotter's perspective that the wind could never be sad with the shining stars and moon for companionship. A singing melody and moving harmony lines create an elegant composition. 3:15
Now My Heart Jacques Arcadelt, edited and arranged by Patrick M. Liebergen
SSA Voices, a cappella, optional Hand Drum and Finger Cymbals (or Triangle)
Aracdelt's French chanson, transcribed into English, was originally written for SAT voices. Now My Heart is an excellent example of Arcadelt's tendency to set chanson in chordal style with simultaneous pronunciation of the text by all voices. The use of optional percussion will only add to the Renaissance experience, and is sure to be a concert or festival crowd-pleaser.
O Vos Omnes Tomas Luis de Victoria, arranged by Russell Robinson
SSA, a cappella, with optional accompaniment
O Vos Omnes, one of Victoria’s most well known motets, is masterfully arranged here for SSA choirs by Russell Robinson. This work offers your choir the option of melodic support with the addition of an unobtrusive piano accompaniment that enhances and meshes with the texture of its polyphonic choral melodies. Duration: 3:19 Download Performance Notes (PDF)
Laura Farnell uses a magnificently simple melody to deliver this original text by Ghanbar Ghanbari. A winning sequence in the middle results in a triumphant climax, combining the text with the Latin refrain “Dona nobis pacem.” 3:59
Rondelay-Oh Jeremiah Savile (1667), Arranged by Peggy Carter
SSA, unaccompanied, with optional accompaniment
Using a tune from the 17th-century composer Jeremiah Savile, Peggy Carter has contributed text to this Waits tune, which was traditionally the last piece sung at meetings of the English Madrigal Society and other similar bodies. With lyrics that are appropriate for festive occasions at any time of year, this selection is performed in the characteristic madrigal style, with or without piano accompaniment. 1:05
Originally written for unison treble voices, Mark Patterson’s original, imaginative text lends inspiration to beautiful harmonies contained within. Laden with opportunities to explore text painting and appropriate syllabic stress, this gorgeous arrangement is appropriate for concert or festival use. Also available for unison/opt 2-part voices (BL528) and SATB voices (BL581).
Sing Joy to the World Quoting "Joy to the World" by Handel and "Spring" from The Four Seasons by Vivaldi
Ruth Elaine Schram
Quoting “Joy to the World” by Isaac Watts and G. F. Handel as well as “Spring” from The Four Seasons by Antonio Vivaldi, Ruth Elaine Schram combines two of the most recognizable melodies into a sensational holiday hit! Duration: 1:48
Song of the Dove Traditional Hymn O Sancticissima, arranged by Steve Kupferschmid
SSA Voices with Piano, optional Flute
The hymn tune O Sanctissima is peaceful and lovely. Kupferschmid's arrangement, with original text, ushers in thanks for the gift of peace and love on the wings of the dove. The optional flute adds one more layer to the overall beauty of the piece, suitable for any concert or festival program.
The Song that Nature Sings was one of the first songs Brian Busch chose to include in the BriLee Music catalog, published (in Unison) in 1997. It has been a perennial favorite since then, sung by Children’s Choirs, Developing Choirs, Unison Choirs, and Solo Voices in countless venues. Ruthie has now revoiced this favorite for SSA chorus. They will surely enjoy it as much as others have! Duration: 2:15
Set to a poem by Charles D’Orleans, Janet Gardner’s a cappella SSA setting in 6/8 meter is joyful! Melodious and lilting with ranges appropriate for the developing adolescent singer, this is a helpful repertoire addition to any concert program.
Gilpin's music is inspired by the word painting and imagery found in Alfred Lord Tennyson's poem, Song of the Lotos-Eaters. Infused with cascading chords, both dissonant and consonant, treble choirs will be inspired by the music and text and inspiring in concert or festival performance. Also available for SATB voices (BL684).
Mark Patterson has set this beloved Charles Dickens text to a comely art song for SSA voices. Lush harmonies and suspensions make this a very fulfilling piece for the SSA ensemble, and the occasional use of two-part texture keeps the piece accessible for most treble choirs. Add the optional violin to make a truly stunning statement for concert or festival. 3:20
Three A Cappella Carols for Treble Voices 1. O Come All Ye Faithful; 2. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing; 3. Good Christian Men Rejoice
arranged by Neena Taylor
SSA Voices, a cappella
Taylor, new to the BriLee Choral Catalog, arranged these three well-known carols: O Come All Ye Faithful, Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, and Good Christian Men Rejoice for her own developing treble choir. Proven a successful selection, treble choirs who are ready to sing a cappella will "shine" with this music on any holiday concert. Easily combined as a set, each carol can certainly stand alone during performance and/or could be used for a processional.
Three A Cappella Folk Songs from Around the World Puerto Rican, German & French Folk Songs, arranged by Tim Winebrenner
SSA, a cappella
The title says it all! With selections appropriate for concerts year round, these tried and proven selections by arranger and teacher Tim Winebrenner could feasibly be programmed as follows: one in the fall, one for the holidays and one in the spring. In Spanish, German and French, each accessible, range-appropriate selection in this collection will help treble ensembles everywhere with their musical growth.
Two Latin Settings I. Jubilate Deo, II. Ubi Caritas
SSA, accompanied, optional a cappella
Contrasting styles make these two melodies fit well together in Mark Patterson's piece, Two Latin Settings. “Jubilate Deo” features a strong, fanfare opening, followed by a lighter, syncopated section before returning to the opening material. The second selection, “Ubi Caritas,” is quite calm; an exquisite setting of the text “Where there is charity and love, there is God." These melodies may be performed sequentially as a set or individually. I - 1:46; II - 2:54
Two Nativity Carols Incorporating Silent Night and Away in a Manger
Gary E. Parks
S(S)A, accompanied with optional flute descant
This S(S)A arrangement weds the two well-known carols Silent Night and Away in a Manger. The quasi-jazzy piano accompaniment gives additional musical interest and the optional flute accompaniment call adds another layer to the lush texture of this work. Duration: 3:43
We Wish You a Merry Christmas 16th Century English Carol, arranged by Catherine DeLanoy
This well-known and oft-performed carol has been skillfully arranged by Catherine DeLanoy. The polyphonic sections add to the 'madrigal' flavor of this carol. Your singers will especially enjoy the brief a cappella section in the middle! This new take on a favorite will surely be a treat for your holiday concert audience. Duration: 1:40