"Compositions, Arrangements, and Editions for Choral Ensembles"

by Wayne Kivell

SATB

Nunc Dimittis – CM 1004

Looking for a new setting of this centuries-old text? This new composition has rich harmonies and dissonances, with a little divisi in the women’s voices. Medium difficulty.

Price: $1.70
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Adam Lay Ybounden – CM 1002 
Written for a Nine Lessons and Carols concert, this composition of easy/medium difficulty has a brisk tempo, great climaxes, and is suitable for any Advent or Christmas program. Very little divisi.

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Holy Babe – CM 1013

This arrangement of a simple Welsh carol with a beautiful melody was created especially for I Cantanti’s 2013 Nine Lessons and Carols performances. For choir with violin accompaniment, there is also the opportunity to open with a soprano soloist.

 Price: $1.70

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It is Well – CM 1003
A solid a cappella arrangement of a text by Horatio Spafford, there are unison, two-part, three-part and four-part voicings in this piece. Recommended for church choir. Easy/medium difficulty.

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Io son la Primavera – CM 1007

This is a beautiful poem by the 16th century Italian poet, Torquato Tasso. I sought to keep this piece very much in the Italian madrigal style, so text painting is at the heart. But the meter changes and the harmonies are modernIt was written for my own chamber choir, I Cantanti, and was premiered in April, 2012. Each voice part contains some divisi, which makes it challenging in difficulty, and therefore most suited to college or adult voices. 

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About the May Pole – CM 1008

This madrigal by English composer, Thomas Morley, was originally written for SATTB. Since many choirs are more able to divide the womens’ voices instead of the mens’, this has been revoiced to SSATB. Other than changing the octave of some notes, this edition is true to the original in every way. Medium difficulty. 

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Sussex Carol – CM 1009 

This a cappella arrangement uniquely combines the English Sussex Carol with Of the Father’s Love Begotten. There is no divisi; it is accessible to both school and church choirs. Easy-medium. 

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Wachet auf! – CM 1010

Looking for a way to feature that wonderful lyric soprano in your choir? This Swingle Singers style arrangement is true to Bach’s music, but is textless, using only scat syllables. Medium difficulty. 

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The Whole Bright World Rejoices Now (SATB), Kjos 8876

This spirited spring carol was my first publication, and has been my best seller. Highly recommended for high school and church choirs.

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Two Renaissance Madrigal Laments (SATB), Cesare Tudino, Ed. Wayne Kivell,
ECSchirmer 5477

Though he is little known today, these two madrigals by Tudino, an Italian composer of the late Renaissance, were ground-breaking compositions using chromaticism, which at that time essentially meant harmonies working around the circle of fifths. Texts in both English and Italian. Both are short pieces of medium difficulty.

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SSA & TTBB

Ave Maria (SSAA) CM 1001

This is a challenging, mixed-meter piece for four-part women’s choir. Suitable for high school, college, church and adult ensembles.

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Nacht und Träume – CM 1014

Auf dem Wasser zu singen – CM 1015

Ständchen – CM 1016

Just completed are these arrangements of three of Franz Schubert’s most beautiful art songs. They can be performed individually, but would also make a wonderful set. Each arrangement uses Schubert’s original piano accompaniment, and the voice parts are true to the composer’s harmonic structure. They are mostly unison and two-part, with occasional three-part voicing, and will sound beautiful with youth or adult voices. 

Price: $1.70 (CM 1014 & CM 1016); $1.80 (CM 1015)

 

My True Love Hath My Heart (SA) CM 1005 

This two-part piece for treble voices and piano accompaniment was written for the Anima Chorus of the Northfield Youth Choirs. The very familiar text is by the 16th century English poet, Sir Philip Sidney. Easy. 

Price: $1.70

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Sweet Lorena (TTBB) CM 1011

This song became a favorite of soldiers of both sides, who were homesick for their loved ones during the American Civil War. This arrangement is accessible for young or mature mens’ voices, either chorally or as a quartet. However, a solid low Eb is required for the low bass. Easy. 

Price: $1.70

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March of the Kings (TB) CM 1012

Because of the success of Amo, Amas, directors have encouraged me to do more accessible arrangements for young mens’ voices. Here is a familiar Christmas march for two-part male voices and flute (or other treble instrument.) Easy. 

Price: $1.55

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Amo, Amas, I Love a Lass (TTB), Kjos 5571

This fun English glee has been a favorite with young mens’ ensembles. The middle part can be sung by either tenors or baritones. Ranges are comfortable and the tenors can use a beautiful head voice at the end without being overpowered.

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New

Nacht und Träume – CM 1014

Auf dem Wasser zu singen – CM 1015

Ständchen – CM 1016

Just completed are these arrangements of three of Franz Schubert’s most beautiful art songs. They can be performed individually, but would also make a wonderful set. Each arrangement uses Schubert’s original piano accompaniment, and the voice parts are true to the composer’s harmonic structure. They are mostly unison and two-part, with occasional three-part voicing, and will sound beautiful with youth or adult voices. 

Price: $1.70 (CM 1014 & CM 1016); $1.80 (CM 1015)

 

Holy Babe – CM 1013

This arrangement of a simple Welsh carol with a beautiful melody was created especially for I Cantanti’s 2013 Nine Lessons and Carols performances. For choir with violin accompaniment, there is also the opportunity to open with a soprano soloist.

 Price: $1.70

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Choral Warmups for the Eye, Ear and Intellect – CM 1006
Warmups designed especially for the choir which will teach vocal independence, improve intonation and blend, and focus the eyes of the singers on the director. Designed for high school and above. 

All of these exercises can be easily taught by rote or on the board, so you need only purchase one copy.

Price: $8.00