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Using the image of “barley bending in the breezes” to represent overcoming struggle and adversity, poet Sara Teasdale has created a pastoral and optimistic poem. This move from pain to joy is echoed in the music, with the feisty and exuberant
Change My Sorrow into Song
Here is a high energy piece suitable for either the concert stage or the sanctuary. Body percussion adds energy and the gospel style piano accompaniment drives it all to a powerful conclusion.
Written as a celebration of singing for racial and social justice this powerful work sets the 11th stanza of the Langston Hughes poem “Freedom's Plow.” Opening with a quote from “America (My Country, 'Tis of Thee),” the listener is
America, the Dream
An uplifting, 6/8 gospel feel propels this original to soaring heights. Phrases were offered by school children and the composer crafted and connected them into a powerful message. Just when you think all has been said, a powerful rendition of “This
Let Peace and Love Shine Through
Combing two African-American spirituals – “When the Train Comes Along” and “The Gospel Train” – with additional lyrics by the composer, this song is exactly what we have come to expect from Rollo Dilworth. A great piano
When the Train Comes Along
Based on the poem “Dreams” by Paul Laurence Dunbar, one of the first African-American poets to gain national prominence and recognition. Singing of the power of dreams and when they do they take all of us, singers and listeners, to higher heig
When Dreams Take Flight
Exploring the essence of the butterfly and its impact on nature, the tonalities shift with each passing phrase in the music. Consequently, each line of the text has its own character. This inspired text painting encourages singers to explore vocal colors
The Soul of a Butterfly
Beginning with breath as the only sound, then moving into a slow and legato rubato intro. This is one of the most creative treatments of Psalm 150. Sung in Spanish with excellent IPA and translation guides. A cappella with hand percussion create a Latin f
This text welcomes the long-awaited arrival of the railway system and the benefits it will bring, bidding good riddance to the slow, rough-riding stage coaches of the era. The music has a folk-inspired melody while utilizing contemporary harmony and voice
Along the Western Railroad
This contemporary composition enhances the original “lined-spiritual” with great rhythmic drive, text painting and lush harmonies. It is a great addition to Christmas literature, though it could easily find its way into programs year-round.
Rock de Cradle Mary
Here is a flexible composition with many uses. Although speaking of the Virgin Birth, its message far exceeds the season of Christmas. It speaks of the struggle often associated with the great promises of God. Scored for SATB choir and soloist, it can be
The Birth of a Promise
With a text based on Psalm 150, this a cappella anthem draws on elements from the African-American spiritual, jazz and gospel traditions. The opening four measures are contemplative but then the music shifts to upbeat and declamatory as the basses lay dow
All That Hath Life and Breath
Written by the Puerto Rican song writing legend Rafael Hernandez Marin, here is a jazzy, concert setting of one of his most famous pieces.
The poetry of Langston Hughes has a natural rhythm to it. This music is urgent and driven and calls on the singers to produce a wide range of dynamics and emotions and, of course, rhythm.
Here is a traditional Latin Christmas text beautifully set. Both the joy and the passion of the new born baby is captured in this lush new composition. An optional string quartet is available to add sparkle to your program.
This classic French carol is skillfully arranged for the choirs without tenors. The counterpoint remains like a round making it logical to learn and the a cappella setting is a wonderful skill for developing choirs to navigate.
Il Est Bel et Bon
Here is a majestic anthem in celebration of diversity, equity, inclusion, and access to one's purpose and destiny. With a text by celebrated poet, author and activist Maya Angelou, composer Rollo Dilworth has written a piece for the 2021 ACDA National SSA
On The Pulse Of This New Day
This short minute-long work is joyous, enthusiastic, and full of expression - a whirlwind ride for any chorus, full of agile rhythms, lots of words and great positive emotions. A superb closer for better high schools, collegiate and adult choirs!
This buoyant madrigal-like setting of the Thomas Hood text offers a wonderful opportunity for choirs to practice light and articulate singing. There is wonderful contrast between the lively passages and lyrical, legato sections making wonderful contrasts.
The Time of Roses
With lyricism and sonority, this is the perfect concert closer or graduation song, easily-learned and yet full and lush with immaculate craftsmanship.
An Old Irish Blessing
With a Portuguese text and rhythms in the popular Brazilian “groove” known as “Capoeira,” this song of celebration begins with all voice parts emulating rhythm instruments. If all goes well, a dance just might break out in the audi
This jaunty little work is on a text from William Shakespeare's “Love's Labour's Lost”, one of his earliest comedies. The tongue-in-cheek text talks of married life and the woe that comes from being unable to pursue the frolicsome fruits of sp
This contemporary spiritual setting combines a familiar spiritual with a Biblical text from the book of Matthew. Featuring a first and last section with marked rhythms and heavy accents, the middle section is rubato and expressive. The contrast should be
Sit Down, Servant
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