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Goodbye Love

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Here is a great arrangement of Ken Kraintz’s famous ballad, Goodbye Love. This ballad was a mainstay of the early jazz choirs and had become a favorite with all types of vocal ensembles over the years. It has been translated into several languages and has been recorded all over the world. Ken has added a piano part to enhance the haunting melody that has endured for decades. This will be a favorite with your groups and audiences alike.

Type of ensemble needed: The voicing on this piece needs all three parts to make it sound properly. Melody is carried by the soprano line and supported by the alto and baritone lines.

Technique teaching points: The phrases are quite long, so proper breath support and a legato feel are required to make the piece come alive.

Story line: The lyric line describes the loss of a relationship of some kind. There was an expectation of something that would last, but it has come to an end.

Program placement: This is a stand alone piece that can be featured as a focus point in the middle of your program. It is more of a contemplative piece and not to be used as the opening or closing to your program.

Product Includes: Sheet Music * Lyric Sheet * Soprano MP3  * Alto MP3* Baritone MP3 * Piano MP3 * FullMix MP3

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Oh What a Beautiful Day

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This typical Broadway up-beat type of selection will have your choir and audience feelin’ good. The lyric line describes a beautiful sunny day just waiting to be enjoyed. The melody and harmony go together beautifully and are enhanced by a traditional Broadway-infused piano accompaniment.

Type of ensemble needed: The piece is written for SAB and sounds best with the baritone part included, however the alto part covers the harmony quite well so the piece could be effectively done SA.

Technique teaching points: The selection is a Broadway show piece which requires lots of energy throughout. The dynamics are terraced so there is little finesse required in the phrasing.

Story line:  The lyrics speak for themselves. This is an uplifting piece with lots of enthusiasm positive feelings.

Program placement:  This is an excellent opener or closer to your program. It could also be used as an encore piece to finish your program on a positive note. 

Product Includes: Sheet Music * Lyric Sheet * Soprano MP3  * Alto MP3* Baritone MP3 * Piano MP3 * FullMix MP3


The Winds of Africa

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Here is a great production piece to feature all of your choirs. The open harmonies and haunting melodic line provide an outstanding base for a mass choir selection. This would also be an excellent opportunity to include an improvised African drum part. The lyric line is simple and speaks of the never ending winds of Africa. The piano accompaniment part is challenging and adds a special spice to the ensemble.

Type of ensemble:  Voicing is SAB and depends on all three parts to make it sound properly. The baritone part is copying the melody much of the time so it’s quite easy.

Technique teaching points: Sections of the song go from smooth legato lines to powerful accented phrases so there is a wide variety tonal techniques to cover.

Story line:  The lyrics refer to a broad overview of Africa with it’s majestic and mysterious winds that continually sweep over the continent and it’s people.

Program placement:  This would be an excellent piece to close your concert. It could also be a selection to have all your choirs learn and have a mass production at the end. It would be easy to add percussion parts to enhance the effect of the total performance.

Product Includes: Sheet Music * Lyric Sheet * Soprano MP3  * Alto MP3* Baritone MP3 * Piano MP3 * FullMix MP3


More Than a Hero

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This piece would fit perfectly into your Veterans Day program or be a great selection to add a little drama to your fall or spring concerts. The message is heartfelt and speaks of friendship and the positive belief in another person. A mellow piano accompaniment adds a great deal to the feel of the piece.

Type of ensemble: In this piece the baritone doubles the melody in many cases giving the boys a chance to really shine and get into the lyrics.

Technique teaching points:  Very fluid and dramatic melodic lines offer some great ideas for sustained breath control and dynamic contrast.

Story line:  This piece is dedicated to all those special people in our lives that have made a positive impact on us. They could be parents, friends, first-responders or service people that have made our lives better.

Program placement:  This selection can stand alone in the middle of your program or could also be a special dedication piece for someone in the audience or community.  

Product Includes: Sheet Music * Lyric Sheet * Soprano MP3  * Alto MP3* Baritone MP3 * Piano MP3 * FullMix MP3


One Small Voice

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The piece begins with an a cappella overview of the message. The song then features a soprano/alto duet, followed by the full ensemble for the remainder of the selection. The true meaning of the lyrics is that it only takes one small voice to encourage belief in yourself. The piano background is soothing and fits well into the melodic and harmonic lines.

Type of ensemble:  This piece relies on a balanced 3 part ensemble and starts with an a cappella section that sets up the lyric line for the remainder of the selection. There are also two soprano/alto soli parts that feature your outstanding soloists.

Story line:  This piece is full of optimistic thoughtfulness and the feeling that there will always be a better way in the future. There is a powerful bridge section that will bring true feelings within the ensemble to the front.

Program placement:  This would be a great way to start the second half of your program, or use it as a  segue to a more dynamic part of the concert. It could also be a featured as a more dramatic piece in the middle of your concert.  

Product Includes: Sheet Music * Lyric Sheet * Soprano MP3  * Alto MP3* Baritone MP3 * Piano MP3 * FullMix MP3


A Very Merry Time of Year

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Winter holiday concerts always need an uplifting piece to add to the festive feel of the season. The lyric line covers the positive, fun and enjoyable activities we all love during that time of year. The message and melody, combined with a very active piano part, add to the joy of this selection.

Type of ensemble:  This arrangement is for SAB and lets all voices take part in singing the melody. The harmonies are straight forward and easy to understand while the melodic line flows easily through the piece.

Story line:  This piece focuses on the joys of the holiday season in a very jolly way with a vibrant piano accompaniment part and very appealing melodic line. This is totally upbeat throughout and has a great ending.

Teaching technique points: This piece would focus on getting the message and feeling across to the listener. The group would need to make sure this is a happy sounding performance. All smiles, no frowns or deep thoughts.

Program placement:  This would make a great closer or opener to your holiday program. It has lots of life, sparkle and joy in the lyric line and the melody is very catchy.  

Product Includes: Sheet Music * Lyric Sheet * Soprano MP3  * Alto MP3* Baritone MP3 * Piano MP3 * FullMix MP3


Are We There Yet?

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How many times have we heard this familiar phrase? This jazzy tune captures the innermost feelings of a young person off for another agonizing outing in the good ol’ family car.  All the usual excuses and experiences are included in this hilarious weekend family road trip. Are we there yet?

Type of Ensemble:  It is written for SAB with some very important notes in the boys part. Lots of unison make this arrangement easy to sing.

Technique teaching points:  This piece takes a lot of energy from the beginning to the very end. The key point is pacing and not letting the energy flow out too quickly. Very little dynamic change in this piece.

Story line:  This is a very humorous story about the family road trips that we all had to endure as young people sitting in the back seat of the good old family sedan.

Program placement:  This is a great closer to your program. It can also serve as a great encore piece, short and lots of energy.

Product Includes: Sheet Music * Lyric Sheet * Soprano MP3  * Alto MP3* Baritone MP3 * Piano MP3 * FullMix MP3


Rock Me Amadeus

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This piece brings Mozart’s 40th symphony into a whole new dimension using contemporary rock rhythms and harmonies. The original story line touches on some of Mozart’s struggles as a great composer trapped in a lifestyle with little freedom to create the music he truly longed to write. He died at a very young age but still managed to produce some of our most beloved classical music selections. This piece could also serve as a reference point for a historical study of the life of Mozart.

Type of ensemble:  This SAB arrangement is a unique adaptation of Mozart’s 40th symphony with some added original content to keep it moving. The melodic line is shared with all parts but there are sections where all three add to the power of this selection.

Technique teaching points: This piece requires a great deal of energy to make it through to the end. The challenge will be to keep the energy flowing and not let it sag in the middle of the piece.

Story line:  Much of Mozart’s life was filled with success and lavish life styles, however there were times where he felt used, trapped and generally undervalued. The lyrics touch on some of these more somber times in his life.

Program placement:  This would be a great selection to finish your concert with a powerful piece. There is a lot of movement, dynamic contrast and drama in the ending. 

Product Includes: Sheet Music * Lyric Sheet * Soprano MP3  * Alto MP3* Baritone MP3 * Piano MP3 * FullMix MP3


Our Last Goodbye

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Everyone will experience some type of loss in his or her life. This piece explores the feelings that accompany the end of a relationship, friendship or a moving-on life change. The message is simple and the melody and harmony are hauntingly beautiful. There is lots of room for expressive creativity and drama in this selection.

Type of ensemble:  This piece is written for SA with lots of unison and some question and answer parts in the middle. Harmonies are easy to understand and sing.

Technique teaching points:  This is very dark, dramatic and legato. Long phrases and proper breath support can be the key to this selection.

Story line:  This is a very introspective piece that can serve as a way to express a loss of a friendship or relationship. You can use as much drama and expressive phrasing as you can with this piece.

Program placement:  This is a great selection to place before a big forceful piece in your program. It will slow things down and create a quiet space before a major highlight piece in your concert. 

Product Includes: Sheet Music * Lyric Sheet * Soprano MP3  * Alto MP3 * Piano MP3 * FullMix MP3


Eyes of a Child

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This original piece written for SSA is sure to be a holiday favorite with your groups and listeners. The melody is reminiscent of a revered classic that has endured forever. The sensitive lyric line will bring back memories of a wonderful time each of us remembers in our own way. Voice leading is smooth, flowing and vocal ranges are moderate. I’m sure you will love this piece year after year.

Type of ensemble:  This piece is written for SSA and features easy to understand harmonies and voice leading. It is ideal for young voices in that the voice leading and vocal ranges are quite moderate.

Story line:  This is a holiday piece that recons back to when we were young children enjoying all the wonders of the season. It is innocent in its approach to understanding personal feelings.

Technique teaching points:  Here is an ideal way to get independent voices working together. There are lots of moving parts within the chords and the detail in getting the finished product will challenge the ensemble. Balance and blend will also be an important aspect of this piece.

Program placement: This selection could be placed just before your last piece in your program. It’s quite delicate and sweet and would set up your last big finale.   

Product Includes: Sheet Music * Lyric Sheet * First Soprano MP3  * Second Soprano MP3 * Alto MP3 * Piano MP3 * FullMix MP3


Rainy Day Getaway

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Here is another fun piece done in a traditional calypso style that paints a picture of warm breezes, swaying palm trees and sandy beaches. Just what most of us need when February rolls around each year and we’re faced with rain, clouds, snow and sleet. The mood is festive and light with a repeating interlude that is reminiscent young children singing a playful song.  The piano part adds to the rhythmic feel of the piece to create a true Caribbean experience.

Here is another fun piece done in a traditional calypso style that paints a picture of warm breezes, swaying palm trees and sandy beaches. Just what most of us need when February rolls around each year and we’re faced with rain, clouds, snow and sleet. The mood is festive and light with a repeating interlude that is reminiscent young children singing a playful song.  The piano part adds to the rhythmic feel of the piece to create a true Caribbean experience.

Type of ensemble:  This selection is SAB with lots of unison melodic parts in octaves. It could be performed just SA if need be, but the baritone line adds a lot of depth in the harmony.

Technique teaching points:  This is a happy, carefree type of song that needs lots of confined energy. The dynamic range is quite limited so the contrast has to come from accented phrases and crisp releases. As a contemporary calypso piece this song could also be an introduction to a 

Story line:  The story is highlights daydreaming in a Caribbean holiday setting. Letting go of your troubles and just relaxing in a tropical paradise.

Program placement:  This is an excellent encore piece or perfect just before your intermission break. Light-hearted, quick-paced and just plain fun to listen to.

Product Includes: Sheet Music * Lyric Sheet * Soprano MP3  * Alto MP3* Baritone MP3 * Piano MP3 * FullMix MP3



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