It is important to remember to use your conductor’s ear when perusing scores and listening to recordings of these pieces. Not every recording is great, even though the pieces are. I have found many terrific pieces that don’t have great recordings by “cleaning up” the sound and imagining them as could and should sound.
***Disclaimer: I am not being remunerated or even asked to promote these composers and their pieces, but I do retail music with MusicSpoke, from which come two of these pieces.***
“Jesus is Mine” is a very skillfully arranged Jamaican Spiritual that would be an exciting concert closer. The piece would work well for college or advanced high school choirs.
Ethan is a very talented composer that is consistently writing quality material. “The Invitation” is beautiful, and sets a compelling Biblical text dealing with the human need of rest for the soul. The universality of this need combined with a lovely setting makes this piece a great fit for variety of performance settings.
This piece combines famous folk tunes, including “Shenandoah,” but in a very unique way. The effect is of a duet of two lovers separated by great distance, but singing to and longing for one another simultaneously.
Here is a very meaty, meaningful, “wow” piece for an advanced choir. I would say it is appropriate for college level and up in most cases. It has won a first and third prize in two composition competitions.
Piece: Little David Play On Your Harp (Swirly Music: full perusal score and recording)
This is a delightful arrangement of the Spiritual for SATB and piano four hands. It is fun and accessible, but not at all cheesy and would be interesting for choirs at a variety of levels.
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