Un Canadien Errant

by Cricket Handler

Un Canadien Errant arranged by Canadian composer Mark Sirett tells the story of a rebel exiled from his homeland after the Lower Canada Rebellion of 1837-38. This poignant folk tune expresses the pain of exile and the longing to return home. The song was made popular by Ian & Sylvia – a Canadian folk duo […]

Paree, What Did You Do to Me?

by Cricket Handler

Can a young American millionaire travel to Paris, live without his money for a month and still get engaged to the girl of his dreams? This is just the beginning of the story in Cole Porter’s musical comedy Fifty Million Frenchmen which opened on Broadway in November 1929, just one month after the stock market crash. Local […]

I Love Paris

by Cricket Handler

I Love Paris (well, who doesn’t) is a song from Cole Porter’s popular show “Can-Can” which ran for 892 performances on Broadway from 1953 until 1955. The show, set in Paris in 1893 tells the story of a dance-hall in Montmartre owned by La Môme Pistache which is being threatened with closure by a self-righteous judge […]

Sing Creation’s Music On

by Cricket Handler

Stephen Paulus has set his his composition Sing Creation’s Music On to the ending section of  “Songs Eternity” by English poet John Clare who lived from 1793 to 1864. This glorious tribute to nature has a dramatic piano accompaniment and a jubilant choral part with close harmony and mixed meter. “Nature’s glee is in every mood and […]

Gwyneth Walker

by Cricket Handler

American composer Gwyneth Walker’s music is “beloved for its energy, beauty, reverence and drama” and certainly I thank you God for most this amazing day is no exception. Set to the poem by e.e.cummings, this piece expresses the grandeur and vastness of the universe and the feeling of gratitude we have each morning as we awaken to […]

O Lady Moon

by Cricket Handler

  Alan Hovhaness (1911-2000) wrote this exotic piece on texts from “A Japanese Miscellany” by Lafcadio Hearn (1850-1904.)  Japan was still largely unknown  to Westerners in the late 19th century, and Hearn became well known for his writings about that country where he went to live in 1890. Hovhaness composed O Lady Moon in 1953 for soprano, […]

The Cloths of Heaven

by Cricket Handler

  Canadian Eleanor Daley is another of our favorite composers who is particularly well known for her expressive setting of text. She was interviewed for the ACDA Choral Journal in July of 2011: “For me, the music comes from the text: therefore it makes sense for me to try to enhance the text as fully […]

O Virtus Sapientie

by Cricket Handler

  O Virtus Sapientie by Karen P. Thomas is from her set Lux Lucis based on texts by Hildegard von Bingen. Ms. Thomas is the artistic director of Seattle Pro Musica and she dedicated this beautiful set of three pieces to that ensemble. You can learn more about them here. I learned about Ms. Thomas from a […]

Joan Szymko, composer

by Cricket Handler

Joan Szymko is one of my favorite composers and we’re delighted to feature her musical interpretation of the poem Wynken, Blynken and Nod on our concert highlighting the music of women composers. We enjoyed singing maggie and milly and molly and may our first season, and last fall we performed her Nada te turbe on text by Saint Teresa de Avila […]

Bradley Ellingboe, composer

by Cricket Handler

We asked composer Bradley Ellingboe to tell us a bit about his composition That Passeth All Understanding for women’s ensemble, soprano solo and clarinet.  ” I wrote the piece for the Santa Fe Women’s Ensemble. It was premiered in the historic Loretto Chapel on a cold winter’s night that had a LOT of snow.  There was talk of […]

            

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