Chorus

Winner, First Prize, International Orange Chorale of San Francisco Choral Composition Contest 2016 (O Euchari)
ACDA Silver Platter Award 2012 for Choral Repertoire of Outstanding Quality
(I Bend the Knee)
Winner, Mountainside Master Chorale (Pomona, CA) Composition Contest 2016 (2nd Prize) (Praise the Lord)
“Polifonija”, Lithuania, International Sacred Choral Music Competition 2013 (2nd Prize) (I Bend the Knee)
PROJECT:ENCORE Recommended Choral Work of Exceptional Merit 2013 (I Bend the Knee)
TheC7Prize (Canada) 2014 (Chanukah Tonight! and The Garlic Blessing)
American Prize 2013 for Choral Composition, Finalist (Blake: Innocence/Experience),

Contemporary works for Chorus – a collection of 20th and 21st century choral music by composer David Avshalomov, with sound files and scores.

 

ListenScoreTitleVoicesSolosAccomp.Dur.Lyrics byYear
view scoreChanukah Tonight!SATB (opt. div.)piano2'45David Avshalomov2011
Order This»TheC7Prize (Canada) 2014
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 scoreChanukah Tonight! (orch)SATB (opt. div.)strings (or mandolines)2'45
Order This»Version with string orchestra (or mandoline orchestra) accompaniment
view scoreThe Chocolate CarolSATB divisipiano, opt. solo fl 3'David/Randi Avshalomov2005
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 » . (See Valentine's version, "Love and Chocolate", below.)Lyrics»

(MIDI)
view scoreThe Chocolate Carol
(orch)
SATB divisiOrchestra 3'David/Randi Avshalomov2017
Order This»SATB version with orchestral accompaniment
view scoreThe Chocolate Carol--women's voicesSSAApiano, opt. solo fl3'David/Randi Avshalomov2005
Order This»Accompanied version for women's chorus
view scoreThe Chocolate Carol--Carolers' VersionSATBa cappella3'David/Randi Avshalomov2005
Order This»Carolers' version, a cappella
view scoreDo You Believe in Angels?SSAAbrief S16 vln, 2 vla9'David Avshalomov2010
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 scoreEnchanted RiverSAOpt. S soloHarp (or piano), violin (opt.)2'Meredith Kennedy2008-9
Order This»Sweet, simple Irish-folk-style tune about a river inviting the poet’s wanderlust, leaving a lover behind. Key of Eb (recording is Blue Sky album duet version in Db).Lyrics»
view scoreFather The Tree SATBbrief S1a cappella2'30Doris Avshalomov1981
Order This»Serious slow poetic/symbolic memorial to a tall strong father/grandfather.Lyrics»
view scoreFlopsy the Christmas Pup!SATBpiano (opt. bass, drums)5'45Doggerel by David Avshalomov2011
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.
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view scoreThe Garlic BlessingSATB divisipiano6'David Avshalomov2009
Order This»TheC7Prize (Canada) 2014
Witty 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.)
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view scoreGo Ahead and Rejoice SATB divisia cappella3'Doris Avshalomov2002
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 scoreHappy Anniversary (mixed voices)SATBa cappella1'David Avshalomov2003
Order This»Cheery tonal canonic anniversary greeting written for the composer's parents Doris and Jacob. Version for mixed voices.
view scoreHappy Anniversary (women's voices)SSAAa cappella1'David Avshalomov2003
Order This»Cheery tonal canonic anniversary greeting written for the composer's parents Doris and Jacob. 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 scoreHappy Anniversary (men's voices)TTBBa cappella1'David Avshalomov2003
Order This»Cheery tonal canonic anniversary greeting written for the composer's parents Doris and Jacob. Version for men's voices
view scoreI Bend the Knee of My HeartSSAATTBBa cappella5'Canticle 14/ Menasseh2006
Order This»ACDA Silver Platter Award 2012 for Choral Repertoire of Outstanding Quality
“Polifonija”, Lithuania, International Sacred Choral Music Competition 2013
(2nd Prize)
PROJECT : ENCORE Recommended Choral Work of Exceptional Merit 2013
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
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view scoreKedushah SATBT or Spiano, fl 5'Trad1997
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 SABLet the Children Play SAA or SABpiano, opt. fl (2)4'David Avshalomov2012
Order This»view score SAASlow, sweet, lyrical song, sincere and touching, with an appealing and natural pentatonic tune, unison, then 3-part harmony, then easy canon, with a sweet harmony ending. Idealistic, innocent dream about the future of our suffering world and the hope that our children—and their children—may heal both the Earth and human society and live in peace forever. Suitable for youth and community/adult choruses. Can be learned fairly easily.Lyrics»
view scoreLove and ChocolateSATB divisipiano, opt. fl3'David/ Randi Avshalomov2005
Order This»Valentine's Day version of the Chocolate Carol, more romantic lyrics. [Also: simplified version for solo quartet SATB/piano.]Lyrics»
(excerpts)view scoreThe Mixed BlessingsSSAATTBBbar and/or low Thandbells (or vibr, glock)13'Matthew/Luke2010
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 scoreO Euchari ColumbaSSATTBbrief S1a cappella6'Hildegard von Bingen2006
Order This»Winner, First Prize, IOCSF Choral Composition Contest 2016
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. Recording: International Orange Chorale of San Francisco/Zane Fiala. (Parts predominant practice MP3s also available.)
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view scorePraise the Lord!SSAATBBorg, opt. sus. cym5'Psalm 1502008
Order This»Winner, Mountainside Master Chorale (Pomona, CA) Composition Contest 2016 (2nd Prize). 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 scoreSong for Late Summer SATBa cappella3'30Doris Avshalomov1962
Order This»Shy romantic yearning likened to the cricket's wistful cries. Episodic, with appealing madrigalisms, slow haunting end. Pure tonal.Lyrics»
view scoreThe Star Spangled Banner (arr.)TTBB qtt or ens.a cappella1'45F. Scott Key2004
Order This»Purple harmonization for the Santa Monica HS Barbershop Gentlemen of 2004--and my son Zack. Available in C, B, Bb
view scoreThere's a WindSSAATTBBbrief S1a cappella4'30David Avshalomov2009
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»

MIDI
view scoreThere Was Another Song to SingSATBAlto (or Mezzo)Piano, cello, opt. harp4'Chaim Bialik2017
Order This»Touching memorial to those who die too young. Slow solo voice start with choral echos, livelier reminiscing middle section, cello interlude, slow reprise with long-arch choral/solo close. Commissioned by St. Edward's Episcopal Church, La Canada, CA.Lyrics»
view scoreThis Sacred SpaceSSAATTBbrief Aorgan, 2 tpt 2 tbn, timp (3 dr)5'30Holy, Holy, Holy, other lyrics by David Avshalomov2008
Order This»Tonal consecration anthem with congregational hymn, showy organ part. Mystical start, buildup to big bright celebratory Alleluia ending.Lyrics»
view scoreU.S. 30 in IdahoSSAATTBa cappella1'Doris Avshalomov1961
Order This»Ironic nature/highway roadkill observation, over in a flash.Lyrics»
view scoreThe U.S. Air Force FugueTTBBa cappella3'USAF/ David Avshalomov1972
Order This»Parody fugue based on "Off we Go, Into the Wild Blue Yonder."Lyrics»
view scoreWhere You Go, I Will GoSSAAbrief S, Aa cappella13'Ruth and Naomi2003
Order This»Mini-oratorio on the story of Ruth and Naomi. Dramatic, expressive, epic-narrative style, tender ending. Commissioned by Chris Rhodes, Santa Monica HSLyrics»Notes»
SECULAR ORATORIO--PRINCIPLES    
(piano/vocal score)view piano/vocal scorePRINCIPLES (mixed chorus) SSAATTBBBarNEW 2017 with Orchestra; or piano w/opt. perc (6)32'Thos. Jeffersonrev. 2017
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(full orchestra score)
view piano/vocal scoreSecular oratorio, tuneful, populist, rousing, on themes of liberty, social justice, and religious freedom from a Founding Father. Accessible, thinking person's patriotic music. Texts: His creed, Statute of Virginia for Religious Freedom, Declaration of Independence, epitaph, letters. (Also available with concert band accompaniment; some keys differ. See WORKS/BAND page. )Lyrics»Notes»

Mvt. 1 (v2 chor/piano)

Mvt. 1-2-3 (v3 MIDI orch/vox)
1. Creed: "I Have Sworn"4'Thos. Jefferson
Brilliant ringing opening, hortatory middle in polymeters on the evils of forced false religions; big unresolved cadence.

Mvt. 2-3 (solo bar., v2 chor/piano)
2. Our Civil RightsBar3'Thos. Jefferson
Bitter, dignified solo elaboration of the relationship between religious choice and civil rights. Choral echos. Grim ending.
3. The Opinions of Men2'Thos. Jefferson
Serious, energetic repudiation of government control of opinion.
3a. We Do Enact4'
Pure choral, gentle statement of the formal text of the Statute.

Mvt. 4 (chorus a cappella)
4. The Truth is Great (fugue)2'Thos. Jefferson
Tight, lively, chromatic rhetorical fugue on Truth. (Possible a cappella.)

Mvt. 5 (solo bass/piano)

Mvt. 5-6-7 (v3 MIDI Orch/vox)
5. Rebellion to TyrantsBar2'Thos. Jefferson
Shay's Rebellion letter, solo recitative.
6. We Hold These Truths/Here Was Buried7'Thos. Jefferson
Taut, dramatic setting of the salient parts of the Declaration of Independence with brave, strong, inspiring conclusion on "and our sacred honor", and bright joyous brass tattoo cadence. Quiet unison setting of his self-penned epitaph.
7. All Eyes Are Opened8'Thos. Jefferson
Populist, revival-style exhortation to remember and honor the Principles of the Declaration. Several accompaniment interludes, drum line break. Big peroration on the refrain, "All Eyes are Opened to the Rights of Man," skyrocket ending.
(piano/vocal score)view piano/vocal scorePrinciples (men's chorus)TTTTBBBBBarconcert band, or piano w/opt. perc (6)32'Thos. Jefferson1993-4
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(band score)
view piano/vocal scoreMale chorus version, written for the Singing Sgts. of the USAF band. (See WORKS/BAND page.)Lyrics»Notes»
SONGS OF INNOCENCE AND OF EXPERIENCE--William BlakeI
SONGS OF INNOCENCE AND OF EXPERIENCE SATB occasional divisifew, various, shorta cappella104' totalWm. Blake2001-2
Order Set»Finalist, American Prize 2013 for Choral Composition
45 individual settings of Blake's amazing symbolic, ironical, and mystical poems. 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.
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view scoreAh! Sun-FlowerSATBa cappella2'10Wm. Blake2001-2
Order This»Wistful, poignant Air with slow, limp, soft energy. Subject: Death, time, yearning for release. Good for single voices also.
view scoreThe AngelSSA, women onlya cappella3'Wm. Blake2001-2
Order This»Mysterious, slow-fast-slow Melodrama. Subject: Aging womanhood and love, depicted in a Dream.
view scoreThe BlossomSATBa cappella1'Wm. Blake2001-2
Order This»Fun, light, playful Madrigal, fast and rhythmic. Subject: Nature and yearning for love. Excellent for single voices also.
view scoreThe Chimney Sweeper ISATB (opt. divisi)a cappella4'Wm. Blake2001-2
Order This»Ironic, ecstatic Melodrama, slow-fast-slow. Subject: Child labor, dream of flying and redemption.
view scoreThe Chimney Sweeper IISATBa cappella2'Wm. Blake2001-2
Order This»Bitter Melodrama, moderate speed. Subject: Child labor in the snow.
view scoreThe Clod & the PebbleSATBa cappella2'Wm. Blake2001-2
Order This»Ironic, formal Madrigal, moderate speed. Subject: Love's illusions. Good for single voices also.
view scoreA Cradle Song SATBa cappella3'15Wm. Blake2001-2
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 scoreThe Divine Image ISATBa cappella2'Wm. Blake2001-2
Order This»Reverent Prayer, moderate speed. Subject: Tolerance/diversity. Good for single voices also.
view scoreA Divine Image IISATBa cappella1'30Wm. Blake2001-2
Order This»Bitter, profound, ironic Aphorism; slow, solid, and full. Subject: Darkness of the soul.
view scoreA Dream (the Lost Ant)SATB (B div. At end)a cappella2'Wm. Blake2001-2
Order This»Play-spooky Melodrama; moving and rhythmic. Subject: The lost ant's children rescued from a home fire.
view scoreEarth's AnswerSATBa cappella2'30Wm. Blake2001-2
Order This»Dark Plaint, slow and strong. Subject: Forbidden love. Pairs with Hear the Voice of the Bard.
view scoreThe Ecchoing GreenSATBa cappella2'31Wm. Blake2001-2
Order This»Exuberant Carol/glee with rhythmic high energy; opening bell tones, sleepy-bye ending. Subject: Children's play, then off to bed
view scoreThe FlySATBa cappella1'20Wm. Blake2001-2
Order This»Witty, playful Madrigal, lively and rhythmic. Subject: Are you Fly or Man? Excellent for single voices also.
view scoreFreedom/UhuruSATBopt. Bara cappella4'15Wm. Blake2001-2
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 scoreThe Garden of LoveSATBa cappella2'30Wm. Blake2001-2
Order This»Bitter, intense, poised Moral Madrigal, moderate speed. Subject: Forbidden free love. Good for single voices also.
view scoreHear the Voice of the BardSATBa cappella2'45Wm. Blake2001-2
Order This»Strong, hortatory Prophecy with a gentle ending. Subject: Mystery, the end of night
view scoreHoly Thursday ISATBa cappella2'Wm. Blake2001-2
Order This»Hopeful, steady Hymn. Subject: Processional of orphaned children into St. Paul's Cathedral. Long-melisma final cadence.
view scoreHoly Thursday IISATBa cappella3'15Wm. Blake2001-2
Order This»Tragic slow Sermon. Subject: Grinding poverty and despair
view scoreThe Human AbstractSATBa cappella3'30Wm. Blake2001-2
Order This»Bitter, sharp, slow Moral Madrigal. Subject: Mean selfishness. Good for single voices also.
view scoreInfant JoySATBlight S1a cappella2'Wm. Blake2001-2
Order This»Sweet Air/rocking song, moderate then rhythmic. Subject: Innocence and mother's joy in her newborn.
view scoreInfant SorrowSATBa cappella2'15Wm. Blake2001-2
Order This»Soulful Blues moan, slow and heavy. Subject: Pains of birth.

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view scoreThe LambSATBa cappella2'20Wm. Blake2001-2
Order This»The sweetest Prayer, gentle and sustaining. Subject: The Lamb and Christ. Good for single voices also (see video).
view scoreLaughing Song SATBa cappella3'40Wm. Blake2001-2
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 scoreThe LillySATBa cappella1'30Wm. Blake2001-2
Order This»Esthetic nature Madrigal, slow and soft. Subject: The Lily vs. the Rose. Excellent for single voices also.
view scoreThe Little Boy Lost/Found SATBa cappella3'30Wm. Blake2001-2
Order This»Worried Melodrama, restlessly moving, rhythmic. Subject: A little boy lost in the night marsh, rescued by his Father.
view scoreA Little Boy Lost [II]SATBa cappella4'Wm. Blake2001-2
Order This»Righteous bitter Sermon, moderate speed. Subject: A little boy burned at the stake for questioning religion.
view scoreA Little Girl Lost (Ona)SATBa cappella3'Wm. Blake2001-2
Order This»Light, then heavy Madrigal/Melodrama, lively then slow. Subject: Forbidden young love. Good for single voices also.
view scoreThe Little Girl Lost/Found (Lyca) SATBa cappella4'Wm. Blake2001-2
Order This»Varied Story Madrigal, moderate speed. Subject: A lost girl, symbolic nature rescue--by the lion! Snoring section in the middle.
view scoreThe Little VagabondSATBa cappella1'45Wm. Blake2001-2
Order This»High-spirited Glee, lively and rhythmic. Subject: The need for ale in church.
view scoreLondonSATBa cappella2'Wm. Blake2001-2
Order This»Slow, gloomy Sermon. Subject: Degradation in the city.
view scoreMotto to the Songs of Innocence & ExperienceSATBa cappella2'15Wm. Blake2001-2
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 scoreNightSATBa cappella2'Wm. Blake2001-2
Order This»Sweet Prayer, moderate speed. Subject: Angels protecting us from wild beasts while we sleep, lion lies down with lamb.
view scoreNurse's Song ISATB (SSAATT-B div end)a cappella2'45Wm. Blake2001-2
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 scoreNurse's song II SATBa cappella1'30Wm. Blake2001-2
Order This»Bitter, cynical Vignette, moderate speed. Subject: Mortality
view scoreOn Another's SorrowSATBa cappella1'30Wm. Blake2001-2
Order This»Sweet sentimental variation-Hymn, moderate speed. Subject: Compassion (ours and Christ's). Good for single voices also.
view scorePiping down the Valleys WildSATB (div. End)whistlera cappella2'Wm. Blake2001-2
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 scoreA Poison TreeSATBa cappella3'45Wm. Blake2001-2
Order This»Bitter Moral Madrigal, slow and intense with a dramatic ending. Subject: Revenge. Good for single voices also.
view scoreMy Pretty Rose TreeSATBa cappella1'45Wm. Blake2001-2
Order This»Ironic Madrigal, moderate and gentle, sudden turn from pleasant to dark. Subject: Spurned love. Excellent for single voices also.
view scoreThe School BoySATBa cappella3'30Wm. Blake2001-2
Order This»Ironic Madrigal, lively and rhythmic, loud bitter end. Subject: Summer School trapped boredom/misery. Good for single voices also.

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view scoreThe ShepherdSATBa cappella1'30Wm. Blake2001-2
Order This»Sweet Prayer, rocking gently. Subject: Guarding the flock. Solo whistling intro and end. Good for solo voices also (see video). Audio is solo quartet with organ during communion.
view scoreThe Sick RoseSATBa cappella1'45Wm. Blake2001-2
Order This»Bittersweet slow Madrigal. Subject: Love/death (or death of love). Excellent for single voices also.
view scoreSpringSATBa cappella1'30Wm. Blake2001-2
Order This»Charming, playful Madrigal, lively and rhythmic. Subject: Children and lambs in Spring. Excellent for single voices also.
view scoreTo TirzahSATBa cappella2'45Wm. Blake2001-2
Order This»Bitter steady variation-Chorale. Subject: Misogyny
view scoreTyger Tyger Burning BrightSATBa cappella2'10Wm. Blake2001-2
Order This»Sharp Paean, lively, rhythmic, fierce, finally dire. Subject: Fearsome nature.
view scoreThe Voice of the Ancient BardSATBa cappella2'Wm. Blake2001-2
Order This»Hortatory Sermon, moderate speed. Subject: Folly. Good for single voices also.
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CHORAL ARRANGEMENTS

ListenScoreTitleComposerVoicesKeyAccomp.Dur.Year
(vocal score/COMBO reduction)view scoreSERGEANT PEPPER MEDLEYLennon/McCartneyTTBB chorus, Tenor, Baritone soli (or solo quintet)combo (or concert band)14-16'1970-72
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(See BAND Works for full band score)
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. Can be performed with men’s chorus and soloists, or with amplified solo quintet/sextet of good vocal Beatles imitators.
NJ1. Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club BandLennon/McCartneyRecording: Orpheus Men's Choir, Ridgewood Band, New JerseyG1'30
NJ2. With a Little Help from My FriendsLennon/McCartneyE2'
NJ3. Lucy in the Sky with DiamondsLennon/McCartneyA G1'20
NJ4. It's Getting Better All the TimeLennon/McCartneyC1'45
USAF5. She's Leaving HomeLennon/McCartneyRecording: USAF Band DC/Singing Sgts./GabrielE1'30
USAF6. When I'm 64Lennon/McCartneyDb1'45
USAF7. Lovely Rita Meter MaidLennon/McCartneyE1'40
USAF8. Sgt Pepper RepriseLennon/McCartneyF G1'25
9. A Day in the LifeLennon/McCartneyG E(with concert band only)2'15