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A Lifetime of Choral Gems Dr. Ronald Kean A Lifetime of Choral Gems TITLE 1 2 3 4 5 Til Time and Times are Done A Soalin' Three Carols Heavenly Light Antiphona de Morte 6 The Lover's Ghost 7 Siksik Se Batu Manikkam 8 9 COMPOSER VOICING PUBLISHER PUBLISHER # Ron Kean SATB Pavane P 1355 SATB Hinshaw HI.HMC1909 SATB Oxford Univ. Press SATB Carl Fischer Slogedal, Barne SATB R. V. Williams Arr. Pontas Purba Arr. Ron Staheli Peter Warlock Alexander Kopylov Ca' the Yowes R. V. Williams Frobisher Bay Arr. James Gordon Alle meine Herz 10 Gedanken Johannes Brahms Western Songs Arr. Roger Wagner 11 PEPPER # TIME COUNTRY SOLOS, INSTR. 5 Contemp Ireland 6 Xmas England 1479930 8 Xmas England 3224847 2 Hymn Russia Walton Music 4006797 4 Octavo Norway SATB E. C. Schirmer 4799581 3 Folk England SATB earthsongs 10187418 3 Folk Indonesia SATB G. Schirmer, Inc. 1995950 3 Folk England SSA Music Plus Corp/Kelman Hall 3243474 3 Folk Canada SATB Carus Verlag 3 Art Song Germany TTBB Alfred Music Publishers 1799055 5 Cowboy USA CM 497 10068723 STYLE CA.4020750 12 Precious Lord Arr. Arnold Sevier SATB Theodore Presser 3091394 3 Gospel USA 13 Country Dances Arr. Ward Swingle SATB Swingle Music 1668359 4 Folk USA 14 Quien Fuera Como El Jazmin Carlos Guastavino SATB Kjos 3287554 3 Art Song Argentina 15 America Arr. Robert Hunter SATB Carl Fischer 1223809 3 Patriotic USA 8912 TOTAL TIME 58 bodhran, whirlies Tenor Baritone 1. “‘Til Time and Times are Done” Ron Kean (b. 1951) Poetry by William Butler Yeats • Number three in a set of five poems entitled, “Yeats in Love.” 1. “‘Til Time and Times are Done” (continued) • Commissioned by the Santiago High School Madrigals, Karen Garrett, conductor. • I composed a melody in an Irish folk idiom and superimposed it over the Irish “slip jig,” “Drops of Brandy.” • “Slip jig” is an abbreviation of “slipper jig,” which is a jig in 9/8 meter that is traditionally danced by a woman. 1. “‘Til Time and Times are Done” (continued) • Accompanied by bodhran (Irish frame drum) and “harmonic whirlies” that can be ordered from composer Sara Hopkins from Australia at “harmonicwhirlies.com.” • “Yeats in Love” Choral Cycle “Brown Penny” “Only My Dreams” “’Til Time and Times are Done” “The Lake Isle of Innesfree” “The White Birds” 2. “A Soalin” arr. Ron Staheli (b. 1947) BYU Professor Emeritus • A “soul cake” is a small round cake traditionally made for All Saints Day to commemorate the dead in the Christian tradition. • The cakes, often simply referred to as souls, are given out to “soulers” (mainly consisting of children and the poor) who go from door to door singing and saying prayers for the souls of the givers and their friends. “A Soalin” arr. Ron Staheli, (Continued) • The practice in England dates to medieval times and was continued until the 1930s by both Protestant and Catholic Christians. Note the similarities of the opening 4 pitches to the “Dies Irae” chant. • I performed this arrangement using upright bass and hammered dulcimer to evoke an antique sound. 3. “Three Carols” by Philip Heseltine (1894–1930), (Peter Warlock) • The Warlock name, which reflects Heseltine's interest in occult practices, was used for all his published musical works. 3. “Three Carols” (Continued) • He is best known as a composer of songs and other vocal music; he also achieved notoriety in his lifetime through his unconventional and often scandalous lifestyle. It is scored for full orchestra and this piano reduction. • The Warlock name, which reflects Heseltine's interest in occult practices, was used for all his published musical works. • He is best known as a composer of songs and other vocal music; he also achieved notoriety in his lifetime through his unconventional and often scandalous lifestyle. It is scored for full orchestra and this piano reduction. • Your sopranos will line up to audition for the gorgeous “Balulalow” solo. 4. “Heavenly Light” by Alexandrovich Kopylov (1854–1911) • Kopylov was a Russian composer and violinist. He studied for many years as a chorister and violinist in the Imperial Court Choir, where he would later teach for much of his life. 4. “Heavenly Light” (continued) • (The Court Choir was modeled after the more famous one in Vienna, known today as the Vienna Boys Choir). • Your low basses will love to sing this. 5. “Antiphona de Morte” by Bjarne Sløgedal (b. 1927) • Sløgedal is one of Norway's most highly respected church musicians as organist, conductor, and composer. • This “gem” was at the forefront of contemporary music in the 1970’s. • The translation is at the back of the publication. 6. “The Lover’s Ghost” arr. Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958) • This is the fourth of the five songs that comprise the 1913 set of “Five English Folk Songs” that concludes with the famous “Wassail Song.” • It is also known as “The Suffolk Miracle.” 6. “The Lover’s Ghost” (continued) • A young maiden of noble birth comes to love a young commoner, so her father sends her away. While in exile, the maid wakes one night to find her lover at her window mounted upon a fine horse. • They go out riding together until the man complains he has a headache; the maid tends to him and ties her handkerchief around his head. • She returns to her father, who gives her the news that her young lover has in fact died of grief, whereupon he goes to his grave and digs up the bones, finding that her handkerchief is tied round his skull. 7. “Siksik Si Batu Manikkam” arr. Pontas Purba • There are excellent notes at the back of this publication. 7. “Siksik Si Batu Manikkam” (Continued) • I first heard this charming folk song while judging the Bali International Choral Festival in 2014. • The Maranatha Christian University Choir from Bandung, Indonesia, performed this folk song at the 2016 ACDA Western Division Convention, although it was by a different arranger. • YouTube of Incheon Chorale, Conductor Hak won Yoon 8. Ca' the Yowes” arr. Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958) 8. Ca' the Yowes” (Continued) • There are a number of versions of this song by Scotsman, Robert Burns. He composed it on an evening stroll in September, 1794. • He was born in the town of Ayre, the same location as the British Open Golf Tournament a few weeks ago. Translations: Yowes = ewes Knowes = knolls, hills Burnie = small stream Rowes = rolls along Mavis = song thrush bird "Clouden" is a tributary of the river Nith A-faulding = put in a sheep fold Gang = go 9. "Frobisher Bay” by James Gordon • This a song about a Canadian shipwreck. • Directly north of Newfoundland and Labrador lies Frobisher Bay, which is part of the Davis Strait area of Canada. • Whaling began in this region in the 17th century, and did not stop until the 20th century. It was a dangerous occupation for many reasons, one of which was the threat of being caught in the ice of the frozen sea over the winter. 10. “Alle meine Herzgedanken” Opus 62. No. 5, by Johannes Brahms (1833-1897) 10. “Alle meine Herzgedanken” (Continued) All’ meine Herzgedanken sind immerdar bei dir; das ist das stille Kranken, das innen zehrt an mir. Da du mich einst umfangen hast, ist mir gewichen Ruh’ und Rast. Der Maßlieb und der Rosen begehr’ ich fürder nicht, wie kann ich Lust erlosen, wenn Liebe mir gebricht! Seit du von mir geschieden bist, hab’ ich gelacht zu keiner Frist. Gott wolle die vereinen, die füreinander sind! Von Grämen und von Weinen wird sonst das Auge blind. Treuliebe steht in Himmelshut, es wird noch alles, alles gut. All the thoughts of my heart are forever with you; That is the silent illness that consumes me on the inside. Since you once embraced me, peace and rest have left me. All the thoughts of my heart are forever with you. For chrysanthemum and roses I no longer yearn, How can I win joy when I am lacking love? Since you parted from me, I have not laughed for a single moment; May God unite those who are meant for one another! Otherwise the eyes shall become blind From sorrowing and weeping. True love is in Heaven's keeping; Everything, everything shall still come out right. 11. “Western Songs” arr. Roger Wagner (1914-1992) • These four “Western” songs were arranged for the Roger Wagner Chorale likely with input from their amazing pianist, Robert Hunter and from their award winning arranger, Salli Terri. • “Green Grow the Lilacs” was a favorite song in what is now Texas. Some believe that Mexicans heard so many Americans sing this song that they called the Americans “gringo” because it sounded like “green grow.” • The Loyola Men’s Chorus YouTube 12. “Precious Lord” by Thomas A. Dorsey (18991993), arr. Arnold Sevier (1929-2004) • A few days after hearing the devastating news that his wife and child died during childbirth, Dorsey writes, “I sat down at the piano, and my hands began to browse over the keys. Something happened to me then. I felt at peace. I felt as though I could reach out and touch God. I found myself playing a melody that just seemed to fall into place. 12. “Precious Lord” by Thomas A. Dorsey (Continued) …As the Lord gave me these words and melody, He also healed my spirit. I learned that when we are in our deepest grief, when we feel farthest from God, this is when He is closest, and when we are most open to His restoring power. And so I go on living for God willingly and joyfully, until that day comes when He will take me and gently lead me home.” Dorsey’s “Precious Lord” is credited with being the first African/American gospel song. 13. “Country Dances,” arr. Ward Swingle (19271915) 13. “Country Dances,” arr. Ward Swingle (Continued) • Robert Oliveira preceded Dean Semple who preceded me at Bakersfield College. Robert moved to Paris to study with Nadia Boulanger. Here he befriended Ward Swingle. • I was a 7th grader living in Paris during this tumultuous time. Charles De Gaulle “kicked” the U.S. military out of France, and because the school knew that I would leave in the middle of the semester, they placed me in choir. • I LOVED singing in choir, my only choral experience until college. When speaking with Robert Oliveira about Ward Swingle during my first year at Bakersfield College, I discovered that Robert was my 7th grade choir teacher! 14. “Quién fuera como el jazmín” No. 2 from “Indianas” by Carlos Guastavino (1912-2000) • There are excellent notes at the beginning of the publication including a translation. • This is a wonderful piece to teach Spanish, great vocalism, phrasing, rubato, and sensitivity. Each section has a solo! 15. “America” (“My Country, 'Tis of Thee”) arr. Robert Hunter (1929-2001) • Text by Rev. Samuel F. Smith – 1832 • The melody is “God Save the Queen/King) which is the national anthem of the United Kingdom and many of its commonwealth realms. • This stirring arrangement makes a wonderful closer to a patriotic program.