Chorus

Contemporary works for Chorus – a collection of 20th and 21st century choral music by composer David Avshalomov, with sound files and scores.
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view score Chanukah Tonight! SATB (opt. div.) piano 2’45 David Avshalomov 2011
Order This» Quick glimpse of the legend, tradition, and observance of the Jewish Festival of Lights. Exuberant syncopated setting building up to the bright celebration on the eighth night. (Also for high solo voice) Lyrics» Notes»
view score Chanukah Tonight! (orch) SATB (opt. div.) strings 2’45
Order This» Version with string orchestra accompaniment
view score The Chocolate Carol SATB divisi piano, opt. solo fl 3′ David/Randi Avshalomov 2005
Order This» Humorous tonal Holiday novelty, slow intro, bouncy catchy chorus, mock-operatic ending. Written for Pat Loeb’s Music Companie. Hilarious video of this on YouTube–search on “Chocolate Carol”. (See Valentine’s version, “Love and Chocolate”, below.) Lyrics»
view score The Chocolate Carol–Carolers’ Version SATB a cappella 3′ David/Randi Avshalomov 2005
Order This» Carolers’ version
view score Do You Believe in Angels? SSAA brief S1 6 vln, 2 vla 9′ David Avshalomov 2010
Order This» Ecstatic, transcendently beautiful, melodious and harmonically rich setting for older children’s or treble chorus and high strings. Original non-sectarian, non-religious poem by the composer on the phenomenon of angelic encounters and the common images of both light and dark angels. Bright start, dark energetic middle, luminous ending. Colorful, evocative string scoring. P/V score gives organ reduction. Youtube video of the premiere by Concerto Delle Donne and string orchestra at Alabama School of the Arts, led by Laura Doss. Lyrics» Notes»
view score Father The Tree SATB brief S1 a cappella 4′ Doris Avshalomov 1981
Order This» Serious slow poetic/symbolic memorial to a tall strong father/grandfather. Lyrics»
view score Flopsy the Christmas Pup! SATB (div.) piano (opt. bass, drums) 4:45 Doggerel by David Avshalomov 2011
Order This» Novelty about adopting a pet for Christmas. An old-fashioned, corny but sincere family message for tough economic times, with a subtext promoting responsible ownership. Fun to sing, moderate difficulty, and a sure-fire audience
pleaser. Lively swing chorus, doowop break, rockettes last chorus, ruff ending.
view score The Garlic Blessing SATB divisi piano 3′ David Avshalomov 2009
Order This» Witty, lively novelty on the wonders of garlic. Recurring sentimental chorale hook. Pungent ending. Guaranteed to bring a smile. (Choral insiders will recognize one obvious parody reference.) Lyrics»
view score Go Ahead and Rejoice SATB divisi a cappella 3′ Doris Avshalomov 2002
Order This» Joyous rhythmic momentum-builder on the exuberance of entering Autumn, with catchy refrain–”come expecting a miracle”–and astonishing ending. Lyrics» Notes»
view score Happy Anniversary (men’s voices) TTBB a cappella 1′ David Avshalomov 2003
Order This» Cheery tonal canonic anniversary greeting for the composer’s parents Doris and Jacob

view score Happy Anniversary (women’s voices) SSAA a cappella 1′ David Avshalomov 2003
Order This» Version for women’s voices. Sound file was recorded for use here by the lead quartet of the Southwest Women’s Chorus, Temecula, CA, Bill Paisner, Director.
view score I Bend the Knee of My Heart SSAATTBB a cappella 5′ Canticle 14/ Menasseh 2006
Order This» ACDA Silver Platter Award 2012 for Choral Repertoire of Outstanding Quality. Broad artful expression of awe at Gods’ power and the unworthiness of a famous sinful Old Testament king. Starts slow, solemn, moves ahead to final fervent peroration on “I will praise you without ceasing all the days of my life.” Commissioned by Richard Beatty for the Anglican Chorale of Southern California, James Person, Director Lyrics» Notes»
view score Kedushah SATB T or S piano, fl 5′ Trad 1997
Order This» Formal, serious blessing, ecstatic end, operatic solo part. Commissioned by Cantor Mark Saltzman, Sha’arei Am Synagogue for the High Holy Days. Lyrics»
view score Love and Chocolate SATB divisi piano, opt. fl 3′ David/ Randi Avshalomov 2005
Order This» Valentine’s Day version of the Chocolate Carol, more romantic lyrics. [Also: simplified version for solo quartet SATB/piano.] Lyrics»
view score The Mixed Blessings SSAATTBB bar and/or low T handbells (or vibr, glock) 13′ Matthew/Luke 2010
Order This» Ritualized, dramatic dialectic illuminating the paradoxical contradictions of the two sets of Blessings (and Woes) attributed to the Christ. Formalized semi-medieval quasi-Anglican-style start and end, one angry climax, one romantic climax on the word God. Punctuations, ostinatos, flashes of divine light from handbells. Lyrics» Notes»
view score O Euchari Columba SSATTB brief S1 a cappella 6′ Hildegard von Bingen 2006
Order This» Ecstatic meditation on the virtues and works of a little-known saint. Quiet, slow mystical medieval start and end, fast buildup to quasi-Orthodox climax, gentle denouement like the start. Commissioned by Coro Oddyssea, Gonçalo Lourenço, conductor, Lisbon, Spain Lyrics» Notes»
view score Praise the Lord! SSAATBB org, opt. sus. cym 5′ Psalm 150 2008
Order This» Wild, slightly modern, fast, rhythmic (5/8) setting of Psalm 150, with a “Bulgarian Jazz” organ solo middle. Big bright ending. Commissioned by the choir of Westwood United Methodist Church, Los Angeles for their retiring director Gina Shaw. Parts predominant practice MP3s also available. Lyrics» Notes»
view score Song for Late Summer SATB a cappella 3’30 Doris Avshalomov 1962
Order This» Shy romantic yearning likened to the cricket’s wistful cries. Episodic, with appealing madrigalisms, slow haunting end. Pure tonal. Lyrics»
view score The Star Spangled Banner (arr.) TTBB qtt or ens. a cappella 1’45 F. Scott Key 2004
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
(piano/vocal) view piano/vocal score PRINCIPLES SSAATTBB Bar concert band, or piano w/opt. perc (6) 32′ Thos. Jefferson rev. 2010
Order This» view piano/vocal scoreBand score Secular oratorio, tuneful, populist, rousing, on themes of liberty, social justice, and religious freedom from a Founding Father. Accessible thinking person’s patriotic music. Mixed chorus version. Texts: His creed, Statute of Virginia for Religious Freedom, Declaration of Independence, epitaph, letters. Mixed chorus version Lyrics» Notes»
1. Creed 4′ Thos. Jefferson
Brilliant ringing opening, hortatory middle in polymeters on the evils of forced false religions; big unresolved cadence.
2. Our Civil Rights Bar 3′ Thos. Jefferson
Bitter, dignified solo elaboration of the relationship between religious choice and civil rights. Choral echos. Grim ending.
3. The Opinions of Men 2′ Thos. Jefferson
Serious, energetic repudiation of government control of opinion.
4. We Do Enact 4′ Thos. Jefferson
Pure choral, gentle psalm/prayer-style statement of the Statute.
5. The Truth is Great (fugue) 2′ Thos. Jefferson
Tight, lively, chromatic rhetorical fugue on Truth. (Possible a cappella.)
6. Rebellion to Tyrants Bar 2′ Thos. Jefferson
Shay’s Rebellion letter, solo recitative.
7. We Hold These Truths 7′ Thos. Jefferson
Taut, dramatic setting of the salient parts of the DOI with brave, strong, inspiring conclusion, bright joyous brass tattoo outburst after “sacred honor”.
8. All Eyes Are Opened 8′ Thos. Jefferson
Populist, revival-style exhortation to remember and honor the Principles of the DOI. Several band interludes, drum section break. Big peroration on the refrain, “All Eyes are Opened to the Rights of Man,” skyrocket ending.
view piano/vocal score Principles (male chorus) TTTTBBBB Bar concert band, or piano w/opt. perc (6) 32′ Thos. Jefferson 1993-4
Order This» Secular oratorio. Male chorus version written for the Singing Sgts. of the USAF band, DC. See BAND for full score and sound samples. Lyrics» Notes»
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SONGS OF INNOCENCE AND OF EXPERIENCE SATB occasional divisi few, various, short a cappella 104′ total Wm. Blake 2001-2
Order Set» 45 individual settings of Blake’s amazing symbolic, ironical, and mystical poems (see individual titles below). Some also suitable as madrigals (one on a part). Can be performed separately, or complete as a double cycle with alternating/combining double chamber choir and breakout solo quartets. All Lyrics» Cycle Notes»
view score Ah! Sun-Flower SATB a cappella 2’10 Wm. Blake 2001-2
Order This» Wistful, poignant Air with slow, limp, soft energy. Subject: Death, time, yearning for release. Good for single voices also.
view score The Angel SSA, women only a cappella 3′ Wm. Blake 2001-2
Order This» Mysterious, slow-fast-slow Melodrama. Subject: Aging womanhood and love, depicted in a Dream.
view score The Blossom SATB a cappella 1′ Wm. Blake 2001-2
Order This» Fun, light, playful Madrigal, fast and rhythmic. Subject: Nature and yearning for love. Excellent for single voices also.
view score The Chimney Sweeper I SATB (opt. divisi) a cappella 4′ Wm. Blake 2001-2
Order This» Ironic, ecstatic Melodrama, slow-fast-slow. Subject: Child labor, dream of flying and redemption.
view score The Chimney Sweeper II SATB a cappella 2′ Wm. Blake 2001-2
Order This» Bitter Melodrama, moderate speed. Subject: Child labor in the snow.
view score The Clod & the Pebble SATB a cappella 2′ Wm. Blake 2001-2
Order This» Ironic, formal Madrigal, moderate speed. Subject: Love’s illusions. Good for single voices also.
view score A Cradle Song SATB a cappella 3’15 Wm. Blake 2001-2
Order This» Sweet Lullaby with a middle twist; slow, soft and steady. Subject: Baby’s/Christ’s innocence, mother’s worry. Good for single voices also.
view score The Divine Image I SATB a cappella 2′ Wm. Blake 2001-2
Order This» Reverent Prayer, moderate speed. Subject: Tolerance/diversity. Good for single voices also.
view score A Divine Image II SATB a cappella 1’30 Wm. Blake 2001-2
Order This» Bitter, profound, ironic Aphorism; slow, solid, and full. Subject: Darkness of the soul.
view score A Dream (the Lost Ant) SATB (B div. At end) a cappella 2′ Wm. Blake 2001-2
Order This» Play-spooky Melodrama; moving and rhythmic. Subject: The lost ant’s children rescued from a home fire.
view score Earth’s Answer SATB a cappella 2’30 Wm. Blake 2001-2
Order This» Dark Plaint, slow and strong. Subject: Forbidden love. Pairs with Hear the Voice of the Bard.
view score The Ecchoing Green SATB a cappella 2’31 Wm. Blake 2001-2
Order This» Exuberant Carol/glee with rhythmic high energy; opening bell tones, sleepy-bye ending. Subject: Children’s play, then off to bed
view score The Fly SATB a cappella 1’20 Wm. Blake 2001-2
Order This» Witty, playful Madrigal, lively and rhythmic. Subject: Are you Fly or Man? Excellent for single voices also.
view score Freedom/Uhuru SATB opt. Bar a cappella 4’15 Wm. Blake 2001-2
Order This» Proud African Affirmation, high energy, strong and rhythmic, with a chant background. Optional clapping, minor rhythmic movement.  Subject: Divine soul of a slave child
view score The Garden of Love SATB a cappella 2’30 Wm. Blake 2001-2
Order This» Bitter, intense, poised Moral Madrigal, moderate speed. Subject: Forbidden free love. Good for single voices also.
view score Hear the Voice of the Bard SATB a cappella 2’45 Wm. Blake 2001-2
Order This» Strong, hortatory Prophecy with a gentle ending. Subject: Mystery, the end of night
view score Holy Thursday I SATB a cappella 2′ Wm. Blake 2001-2
Order This» Hopeful, steady Hymn. Subject: Processional of orphaned children into St. Paul’s Cathedral. Long-melisma final cadence.
view score Holy Thursday II SATB a cappella 3’15 Wm. Blake 2001-2
Order This» Tragic slow Sermon. Subject: Grinding poverty and despair
view score The Human Abstract SATB a cappella 3’30 Wm. Blake 2001-2
Order This» Bitter, sharp, slow Moral Madrigal. Subject: Mean selfishness. Good for single voices also.
view score Infant Joy SATB light S1 a cappella 2′ Wm. Blake 2001-2
Order This» Sweet Air/rocking song, moderate then rhythmic. Subject: Innocence and mother’s joy in her newborn.
view score Infant Sorrow SATB a cappella 2’15 Wm. Blake 2001-2
Order This» Soulful Blues moan, slow and heavy. Subject: Pains of birth.
view score The Lamb SATB a cappella 2’20 Wm. Blake 2001-2
Order This» The sweetest Prayer, gentle and sustaining. Subject: The Lamb and Christ. Good for single voices also.
view score Laughing Song SATB a cappella 3’40 Wm. Blake 2001-2
Order This» Hilarious playful Madrigal, lively, rhythmic and full. Subject: Laughter and youth. Stage business: actual laughter/hilarity breakdown and recovery before the end.
view score The Lilly SATB a cappella 1’30 Wm. Blake 2001-2
Order This» Esthetic nature Madrigal, slow and soft. Subject: The Lily vs. the Rose. Excellent for single voices also.
view score The Little Boy Lost/Found SATB a cappella 3’30 Wm. Blake 2001-2
Order This» Worried Melodrama, restlessly moving, rhythmic. Subject: A little boy lost in the night marsh, rescued by his Father.
view score A Little Boy Lost [II] SATB a cappella 4′ Wm. Blake 2001-2
Order This» Righteous bitter Sermon, moderate speed. Subject: A little boy burned at the stake for questioning religion.
view score A Little Girl Lost (Ona) SATB a cappella 3′ Wm. Blake 2001-2
Order This» Light, then heavy Madrigal/Melodrama, lively then slow. Subject: Forbidden young love. Good for single voices also.
view score The Little Girl Lost/Found (Lyca) SATB a cappella 4′ Wm. Blake 2001-2
Order This» Varied Story Madrigal, moderate speed. Subject: A lost girl, symbolic nature rescue–by the lion! Snoring section in the middle.
view score The Little Vagabond SATB a cappella 1’45 Wm. Blake 2001-2
Order This» High-spirited Glee, lively and rhythmic. Subject: The need for ale in church.
view score London SATB a cappella 2′ Wm. Blake 2001-2
Order This» Slow, gloomy Sermon. Subject: Degradation in the city.
view score Motto to the Songs of Innocence & Experience SATB a cappella 2’15 Wm. Blake 2001-2
Order This» Ironic tangled-canonic Conundrum, lively and rhythmic. Subject: The twisting of human nature as we mature–’til the Eagle is known from the Owl. Gloss on poem»
view score Night SATB a cappella 2′ Wm. Blake 2001-2
Order This» Sweet Prayer, moderate speed. Subject: Angels protecting us from wild beasts while we sleep, lion lies down with lamb.
view score Nurse’s Song I SATB (SSAATT-B div end) a cappella 2’45 Wm. Blake 2001-2
Order This» Innocent Vignette, moderate speed, with fade-out echo-effect divisi at the end. Subject: Children playing on the green, not ready for sleep.
view score Nurse’s song II SATB a cappella 1’30 Wm. Blake 2001-2
Order This» Bitter, cynical Vignette, moderate speed. Subject: Mortality
view score On Another’s Sorrow SATB a cappella 1’30 Wm. Blake 2001-2
Order This» Sweet sentimental variation-Hymn, moderate speed. Subject: Compassion (ours and Christ’s). Good for single voices also.
view score Piping down the Valleys Wild SATB (div. End) whistler a cappella 2′ Wm. Blake 2001-2
Order This» Cheery, playful Madrigal, lively and rhythmic, big Disney end. Subject: The Poet’s inspiration to write songs for children. Solo whistling intro. Good for single voices also.
view score A Poison Tree SATB a cappella 3’45 Wm. Blake 2001-2
Order This» Bitter Moral Madrigal, slow and intense with a dramatic ending. Subject: Revenge. Good for single voices also.
view score My Pretty Rose Tree SATB a cappella 1’45 Wm. Blake 2001-2
Order This» Ironic Madrigal, moderate and gentle, sudden turn from pleasant to dark. Subject: Spurned love. Excellent for single voices also.
view score The School Boy SATB a cappella 3’30 Wm. Blake 2001-2
Order This» Ironic Madrigal, lively and rhythmic, loud bitter end. Subject: Summer School trapped boredom/misery. Good for single voices also.
view score The Shepherd SATB a cappella 1’30 Wm. Blake 2001-2
Order This» Sweet Prayer, rocking gently. Subject: Guarding the flock. Solo whistling intro and end.
view score The Sick Rose SATB a cappella 1’45 Wm. Blake 2001-2
Order This» Bittersweet slow Madrigal. Subject: Love/death (or death of love). Excellent for single voices also.
view score Spring SATB a cappella 1’30 Wm. Blake 2001-2
Order This» Charming, playful Madrigal, lively and rhythmic. Subject: Children and lambs in Spring. Excellent for single voices also.
view score To Tirzah SATB a cappella 2’45 Wm. Blake 2001-2
Order This» Bitter steady variation-Chorale. Subject: Misogyny
view score Tyger Tyger Burning Bright SATB a cappella 2’10 Wm. Blake 2001-2
Order This» Sharp Paean, lively, rhythmic, fierce, finally dire. Subject: Fearsome nature.
view score The Voice of the Ancient Bard SATB a cappella 2′ Wm. Blake 2001-2
Order This» Hortatory Sermon, moderate speed. Subject: Folly. Good for single voices also.
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Purple harmonization for the Santa Monica HS Barbershop Gentlemen of 2004–and my son Zack. Available in C, B, Bb
 
 
view score There’s a Wind SSAATTBB brief S1 a cappella 4’30 David Avshalomov 2009
Order This» Folk-tonal, madrigalistic depiction of the rise, climax, and diedown of a wild bay windstorm at a dramatic turn in a famous American novella. Commissioned by Meredith Kennedy for Camerata Singers of Long Beach. Wind-whistling effect at start. Lyrics» Notes»
view score This Sacred Space SSAATTB brief A organ, 2 tpt 2 tbn, timp (3 dr) 5’30 Holy, Holy, Holy, other lyrics by David Avshalomov 2008
Order This» Tonal consecration anthem with congregational hymn, showy organ part. Mystical start, buildup to big bright celebratory Alleluia ending. Lyrics»
view score U.S. 30 in Idaho SSAATTB a cappella 1′ Doris Avshalomov 1961
Order This» Ironic nature/highway roadkill observation, over in a flash. Lyrics»
view score The U.S. Air Force Fugue TTBB a cappella 3′ USAF/ David Avshalomov 1972
Order This» Parody fugue based on “Off we Go, Into the Wild Blue Yonder.” Lyrics»
view score Where You Go, I Will Go SSAA brief S, A a cappella 13′ Ruth and Naomi 2003
Order This» Mini-oratorio on the story of Ruth and Naomi. Dramatic, expressive, epic-narrative style, tender ending. Commissioned by Chris Rhodes, Santa Monica HS Lyrics» Notes»

CHORAL ARRANGEMENTS

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view score (Piano part) view score(Vocal parts) SERGEANT PEPPER MEDLEY Lennon/McCartney TTBB chorus, Tenor, Baritone soli var. Concert band or combo 16′ 1970-72
Request This» Fun transcription medley from the Beatle’s amazing first concept album. Created for and premiered by the USAF Band and Singing Sergeants, Col. Arnald D. Gabriel, Commander/ Conductor
1. Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band Lennon/McCartney
2. With a Little Help from My Friends Lennon/McCartney
3. It’s Getting Better All the Time Lennon/McCartney
4. Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds Lennon/McCartney
5. She’s Leaving Home Lennon/McCartney
6. When I’m 64 Lennon/McCartney
7. Lovely Rita Meter Maid Lennon/McCartney
8. Sgt Pepper Reprise Lennon/McCartney
9. A Day in the Life Lennon/McCartney