Choral Music


  North Country        Ordering information

Commisssioned by the Da Camera Singers of Amherst, MA for their 2011 season. A setting of five early poems by Robert Frost: To the Thawing Wind, Stars, Revelation, Fire and Ice, and Going for Water.

Voicing: SATB

Accompaniment: Piano

Detail Summary
Text by Robert Frost

  Composed:

2010

  Duration:

12 minutes

  Publisher:

Pear Tree Press

  Catalog No.:


PTM 4001


  Hildegard Magnificat        Audio excerpt  :::  Score excerpt   :::  Ordering information

Composed for the 2009 Christmas Vespers concert at Smith College, which featured new music commissioned for the occasion based on chants composed by the 12th-century composer, artist and mystic Hildegard von Bingen. This Magnificat setting is inspired by Hildegard's Marian antiphon Quia ergo femina. The original SSA version is dedicated to the Smith College Glee Club, Jonathan Hirsh, director. Published in SSA and SATB voicing.

Voicing: SSA (ECS 7624)  and  SATB (ECS 7625)

Accompaniment: Organ

Detail Summary
Text: Magnificat (The Song of Mary) from the Book of Common Prayer

  Composed:

2009

  Duration:

about 4:30 minutes

  Publisher:

ECS Publishing

  Catalog No.:


7624 (SSA) and 7625 (SATB)


  A Dickinson Set        Audio excerpt  :::  Score excerpt   :::  Ordering information

A cappella settings of three Emily Dickinson poems including the well known "Wild Nights." Dedicated to Harold Rosenbaum and the New York Virtuoso Singers.

Voicing: SATB

Accompaniment: None

Movements:

  1. Ample Make This Bed
  2. Wild Nights
  3. Bring Me the Sunset In a Cup

Detail Summary
Text by Emily Dickinson

  Composed:

2009

  Duration:

about 5:45 minutes

  Publisher:

Pear Tree Press

  Catalog No.:


PTM 491


  Why I Wake Early        Audio excerpt  :::  Score excerpt   :::  Reviews   :::  Ordering information

Settings of eight Poems of Mary Oliver that are highly contrasting in texture and mood, trace a cycle in the natural world from dawn of one day to dawn of the next. This piece was co-commissioned by the Chatham Chorale and the New Amsterdam Singers.

Voicing: SATB

Accompaniment: String quartet and piano

 


Detail Summary
Text by Mary Oliver

  Composed:

2007

  Duration:

23 minutes

  Publisher:

Pear Tree Press

  Catalog No.:


PTM 481 (full score)
PTM 481a (Piano-vocal score)


  The Star in the Pail        Audio excerpts  :::  Score excerpt   :::   Reviews   :::   Ordering information
A setting of six poems of David McCord. Commissioned by the MeistUrsingers chorus of the Tavern Club, Boston, in honor of Elliot Forbes.

Voicing: TTBB (also available in SSAA and SATB with piano accompaniment)

Accompaniment: piano

Audio Excerpts:
Earth Song
The Cow Has A Cud
The Starfish

Detail Summary
Text by David McCord

  Composed:

2004

  Duration:

9 minutes

  Publisher:

Pear Tree Press

  Catalog No.:


PTM 471 (TTBB)
PTM 472 (SSAA)
PTM 473 (SATB)


  Out of Small Beginnings        Audio excerpt  :::  Ordering information
The second section of The Light Here Kindled. The parent work was commissioned for the 350th anniversary of Harvard University. The moving text is about how faith can spread "as one small candle can light a thousand."

Voicing: SATB

Accompaniment: Brass quintet, timpani and organ, or organ alone

Detail Summary
Text from William Bradford's
Of Plimoth Plantation

  Composed:

1986

  Duration:

5 1/2 minutes

  Publisher:

Pear Tree Press

  Catalog No.:


PTM 412 (full score)
PTM 412a (Piano-vocal score)
PTM 412b (Set of parts)


  The Crown of Praise        Score excerpt  :::  Ordering information
A setting of three of the Holy Sonnets of John Donne.

Voicing: SSATBB a cappella

Accompaniment: None

Detail Summary

   Composed:

1962

   Duration:

11 min.

   Publisher:

Pear Tree Press

   Catalog No.:

PTM 461


  Music for the Anglican Service        Score excerpt  :::  Ordering information
A setting of the Kyrie, Gloria, Sanctus and Agnus Dei for both Rites I and II, and the Rite II Fraction Anthem. Intended for unison singing by both choir and congregation, with optional simple descants for the choir. Composed for St. John's Church, Northampton, MA.

Voicing: unison, with optional descants for the choir

Accompaniment: organ

Detail Summary

   Composed:

2000 (rev. 2001)

   Duration:

n/a

   Publisher:

Pear Tree Press

   Catalog No.:

PTM 451

  The Garden Hymn       Audio excerpt  :::   Ordering information
A Southern Folk-Hymn. Commissioned by the Harvard University Choir.

Voicing: SATB or TBB a cappella

Accompaniment: None
Detail Summary

   Composed:

1961

   Duration:

3 min.

   Publisher:

ECS Publishing

   Catalog No.:

2715 (SATB)
6217 (TBB)

  The Lord's Prayer       Audio excerpt  :::   Ordering information
Voicing: SATB a cappella

Accompaniment: None
Detail Summary

   Composed:

1966

   Duration:

2 min.

   Publisher:

ECS Publishing

   Catalog No.:

2716


  Mass       Audio excerpt  :::  Reviews  :::  Ordering information
A setting of the complete five-part Latin Mass. First performed in Washington National Cathedral in 1973 in memory of ZeBarney Thorne Phillips, former Dean of the Cathedral.

Voicing: Solo Soprano, Tenor and Bass, SATB chorus

Accompaniment: Flute (doubling piccolo), oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn, trumpet, tenor trombone, bass trombone, percussion (2 players), harp, strings

NOTE: Can be ordered with a piano-vocal score, with a full orchestral score, with orchestral parts only, or with a two-piano accompaniment.

"The score is very attractive, with its articulate command of intriguingly sophisticated yet simple and fresh harmonic movement, nice melodic lines and well handled contrapuntal textures." 
—The Washington Post
Detail Summary

   Composed:

1967

   Duration:

25 min.

   Publisher:

Pear Tree Press

   Catalog No.:

PTM 401, 401a, 401b


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  Did You Hear the Angels Sing?       Audio excerpt  :::  Reviews  :::  Ordering information
Commissioned in memory of Samuel H. Miller by the Harvard University Choir for its annual carol service.

Voicing: Soprano solo, SATB chorus

Accompaniment: Organ

"Samuel H. Miller's poem is dramatically stated by Perera within contemporary sonorities." —The Choir Journal
Detail Summary
Text is Christmas Carol by Samuel H. Miller

   Composed:

1968

   Duration:

6 min.

   Publisher:

ECS Publishing

   Catalog No.:

2914


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  Three Night Pieces       Audio excerpt  :::  Reviews  :::  Ordering information
A work for the more advanced college- or university-level chorus. The texts are drawn from three woman poets of vastly different times and cultures, the Greek poet Sappho, the American imagist poet Adelaid Crapsey, and the Chinese poet Tzu Yeh. The second piece is a cappella.

Voicing: Soprano and Alto solo, SSAA chorus

Accompaniment: Solo cello, percussion and piano

Movements:
  1. Alone
  2. Triad
  3. I Am the North Pole

NOTE: Parts available on rental. Study score for sale.

Detail Summary
Text by Sappho, Adelaid Crapsey and Tzu Yeh

   Composed:

1974

   Duration:

12 min.

   Publisher:

ECS Publishing

   Catalog No.:

2834

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  Everything That Hath Breath   Audio excerpt  :::  Ordering information
The text is drawn from Psalms 148 and 150.

Voicing: Two-part chorus (men's, women's or mixed)

Accompaniment: Tape

Detail Summary

   Composed:

1976

   Duration:

6 min.

   Publisher:

ECS Publishing

   Catalog No.:

3048

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  Earthsongs        Audio excerpt  :::  Reviews  :::  Ordering information
A celebration of some of cummings' most vivid nature poetry. Commissioned by the Smith College Glee Club, Theodore Morrison, director.

Voicing: Soli and SSA chorus

Accompaniment: 2 flutes (2nd doubling piccolo), 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 2 horns, 2 trumpets, percussion (one player), harp, strings. Or piano.

Movements:
  1. O sweet spontaneous earth
  2. in Just-spring
  3. as is the sea marvelous
  4. All in green went my love riding
  5. when god lets my body be
  6. i thank You God

NOTE: The individual movements are also available as separate octavos (ECS 5701-5706).

"These are sublime pieces, and immediately advance to the front rank of cummings' settings." —Fanfare
Detail Summary
Text by e.e. cummings

   Composed:

1983

   Duration:

16 min.

   Publisher:

ECS Publishing

   Catalog No.:

4095 (rental)
5701-5706 (sale)

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  As Freedom Is a Breakfastfood        Audio excerpt  :::  Ordering information
Voicing: SSA

Accompaniment: Piano

Detail Summary
Text by e.e. cummings

   Composed:

1984

   Duration:

5 min.

   Publisher:

ECS Publishing

   Catalog No.:

4094

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  The Canticle of the Sun       Audio excerpt  :::  Score excerpt  :::  Reviews  :::  Ordering information
A dramatic cantata in which the narrator sets forth, in English, events from the life of St. Francis, and the chorus sings, in Italian, the sections of his famous poem. Commissioned for the 100th anniversary of Groton School.

Voicing: Narrator, SATB chorus

Accompaniment: Synthesized accompaniment (CD) or keyboard

Movements:
  1. Processional
  2. Reading No. 1
  3. Chorus, "Altissimu omnipotente bon signore"
  4. Reading No. 2
  5. Chorus, "Laudatu sie, mi signore"
  6. Reading No. 3
  7. Chorus, "Laudato si', mi signore, per quelli che perdonano"
  8. Reading No. 4
  9. Chorus, "Laudato si', mi signore, per sora nostra morte corporale"
  10. Reading No. 5
  11. Hymn, "Laudate et benedicite mi signore"
  12. Recessional
"Perera's ability to set text to memorable music is very much in evidence." —Fanfare Magazine
Detail Summary
Text by St. Francis of Assisi

   Composed:

1984

   Duration:

21 min.

   Publisher:

ECS Publishing

   Catalog No.:

4280


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  Laudato sie, mi signore       Audio excerpt  :::  Score excerpt  :::  Ordering information
From The Canticle of the Sun, movement 5.

Voicing: SATB

Accompaniment: Synthesized accompaniment (CD) or keyboard

Detail Summary

   Composed:

1984

   Duration:

4 1/2 min.

   Publisher:

ECS Publishing

   Catalog No.:

4084


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  The Light Here Kindled        Audio excerpt  :::  Ordering information
Commissioned for the 350th anniversay of Harvard University. Following an opening solo baritone setting of Governor Bradford's thanksgiving text, the chorus develops a motet out of a moving passage that starts "out of small beginnings."

Voicing: Solo Baritone and SATB chorus

Accompaniment: Brass quintet, timpani and organ

Detail Summary
Text from William Bradford's Of Plimoth Plantation

   Composed:

1986

   Duration:

8 min.

   Publisher:

Pear Tree Press

   Catalog No.:

PTM 411 (full score)
411a (Piano-vocal score)



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  The Outermost House        Audio excerpt  :::  Reviews  :::  Ordering information
Based on The Outermost House by Henry Beston, which recounts the experience of living for a year in a two-room cottage on the beach in Eastham, Cape Cod. With one exception, the odd-number movements are for the narrator, while the even numbers are usually for the chorus with and without the soprano.

Commissioned by the Chatham Chorale, Margaret Bossi, director, in honor of its founder, Marjorie Bennett Morley.

Voicing: Narrator, Soprano solo, SATB chorus

Accompaniment: flute (doubling piccolo), 2 oboes (2nd doubling english horn), 2 horns, piano, percussion (one player), 2 cellos, contrabass

Movements:
  1. East of America
  2. My Western Windows
  3. A New Sound on the Beach
  4. The Sea Has Many Voices
  5. Now Come the Sea Fowl
  6. Glorious White Birds
  7. A Year Indoors
  8. That Multiplicity of Insect Tracks
  9. The Wreck of the Montclair
  10. Night on the Great Beach
  11. It Was Still Night
  12. My Year Upon the Beach
  13. Hold Out Your Hands Over the Earth

NOTE: Vocal score for sale. Conductor's score and parts available on rental.

"The music is simply lovely.... This is a major addition to the choral repertoire." —Fanfare Magazine
Detail Summary
Text from The Outermost House by Henry Beston

   Composed:

1991

   Duration:

40 min.

   Publisher:

Music Associates of New York

   Catalog No.:

MANY 001


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  Hold Out Your Hands Over the Earth        Audio excerpt  :::  Score excerpt  :::  Ordering information
The final movement of The Outermost House.

Voicing: SATB, SSAA, or TTBB

Accompaniment: Piano

Detail Summary

   Composed:

1991

   Duration:

4 min.

   Publisher:

Music Associates of New York

   Catalog No.:

MANY 002MX (SATB)
002SA (SSAA)
002TB (TTBB)


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  Psalm 126        Reviews  :::  Ordering information
Composed for the 100th anniversary of St. John's Church, Northampton, MA.

Voicing: SATB

Accompaniment: Brass quintet, timpani and organ

Detail Summary

   Composed:

1992

   Duration:

4 min.

   Publisher:

ECS Publishing

   Catalog No.:

5187


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  A Fondness for Music       Audio excerpt  :::  Ordering information
Commissioned by the Smith College Glee Club, Lucinda Thayer, director.

Voicing: SSA

Accompaniment: Piano

Movements:
  1. If You Intend to Sing
  2. Few Ladies Adopt the Violin
  3. A Fondness for Music
Detail Summary
Text from 19th-century etiquette books.

   Composed:

1993

   Duration:

9 min.

   Publisher:

Pear Tree Press

   Catalog No.:

PTM 421


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  The Golden Door       Audio excerpt  :::  Score excerpt  :::  Reviews  :::  Ordering information
Commissioned by the New Amsterdam Singers. A cantata based on archives of interviews with immigrants who passed through Ellis Island in the early years of the 20th century.

Voicing: Speaker and SATB chorus

Accompaniment: Flute (doubling alto flute), clarinet in Bb (doubling clarinet in A, bass clarinet, alto sax), violin, viola, cello, bass, piano, percussion

Movements:
  1. What is your number?
  2. America, I wish I was going
  3. The fastest and securist transportation
  4. Steerage
  5. The Lady with her hand up
  6. Island of hope; island of tears
  7. Names
" Mr. Perera's work...is an invitingly consonant and occasionally dramatic overview of the varied paths that the immigrants of several nationalities took to Ellis Island, and those immigrants' first moments here." —The New York Times
Detail Summary

   Composed:

1998

   Duration:

23 min.

   Publisher:

Pear Tree Press

   Catalog No.:

PTM 431 (Piano-vocal score)
431a (Full score)


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  Three Love Lyrics        Audio excerpt  :::  Score excerpt  :::  Ordering information
Commissioned by Five Colleges, Inc. for the 2000 Five College Choral Festival.

Voicing: SA, SA, SATB*

Accompaniment: Six trumpets, two trombones

Movements:
  1. Behold, thou art fair
  2. Rise up, my love
  3. Set me as a seal

NOTE: Also available as SATB and keyboard or SSAA and keyboard

*audio excerpt

Detail Summary
Text from The Song of Solomon

   Composed:

1999

   Duration:

5 min.

   Publisher:

Pear Tree Press

   Catalog No.:

PTM 441 (SA, SA, SATB)
PTM 442 (SATB)
PTM 443 (SSAA)


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