Choral Music

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BEST-SELLING WORKS BY JONATHAN RAPPAPORT:
twotonguetwisters TWO TONGUE TWISTERS (Two-Part, Piano)
….. $1.50
Delightful original octavo highlighting two favorite tongue twisters, “Peter Piper” and “Betty Botter,” which become partner songs, and are performed faster and faster, each part trying to show off that they can do it better than the other.  Destined to become another Rappaport classic; premiered at the Vocal Vacation choral program of New England Conservatory, Jordan Hall, July, 2004. 

OL’ TEXAS (Two-Part, Orff Instruments, with flute, recorder, or Piccolo)
…..$1.00
Easy two-part arrangement of this well-known cowboy song; Orff instruments can be easily performed by students.

 

 

 

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CAPE COD CHANTEY (S.A. or T.B. a cappella)
…..$1.15
Spirited, hearty setting of a classic New England Sea Chantey with optional solos, bound to be enjoyed by both chorus and the audience!  Altos enjoy having the melody on verse #3.

HERE LIES FRED (3-Part Equal Voices, Piano)
…..$1.45

Humorous setting of a traditional English rhyme that has a basis in History. Easy to learn with canonic writing and melodic ostinato parts.

SOON I WILL BE DONE (S.A. or T.B.; optional 3rd part, a cappella)
…..$1.15

Beautiful setting of an African-American spiritual; great care taken in voice leading and giving the altos “the melody” in one verse.  Singable, independent parts.

BOUGHT ME A CAT (S.A.; optional S.S.A.; piano)
…..$ .85

Easy arrangement of this delightful children’s folk song.  Melody is in the lower voice throughout, with simple countermelodies in upper voice(s).  Great fun for both chorus members and the listening audience!

THE SINGING FROG (Equal Voices, piano)
…..$1.1
5 Original poem by Aletha Rappaport.  Unison melody, with five melodic ostinati at refrain.  Wow your audience with this singable, engaging piece!

WAYFARING STRANGER (S.S.A., a cappella; soprano solo)
…..$1.15

Exquisite setting of this Appalachian spiritual.  Moderately difficult.

 

 

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THREE BEST-SELLING LULLABYES by Jonathan C. Rappaport:
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1.  BYE-LO, BABY, BYE (Unison, Piano, with optional soprano I or instrument)
…..$ .85
Hauntingly beautiful original composition, with text adapted from a French rhyme.  Extremely simple with the melody part having a range of only a sixth.
2.  HUSHABYE, DON’T YOU CRY (S.A. a cappella; Recorder)
….. $ .85

Lovely two-part setting of a classic African-American folk lullaby; highly independent parts.3.  MOTHER GOOSE HUSHABYE (S.A.; Piano; Recorder)
…..$ .90

Winner of the 1976 Kodály Institute Composition Contest, this original piece with words from “Mother Goose” remains one of Rappaport’s most effective and enduring works.
 

 

 

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Two- and Three-Part Works by John Alfred Young

Each set contains 6 songs.  These settings are masterful a cappella arrangements of well-known songs, mostly in “bicinia” style.  Designed for equal voices, they feature parts that are highly melodic and imitative.  Parts are quite independent, thus helping to ensure success for the beginning choral student.  These pieces are excellent for both chorus and classroom and are appropriate for beginning two-part work for older beginners, as well as for high school and college solfège classes.  Fills a pressing need for easy, singable part work.  Highly recommended!

TWO EASY VOICES–Set One …………………………………………………………..$1.45
1.   Bye Baby Bunting                                 4.    Great Big House
2.   Bounce High                                         5.    Nice Clothes
3.   Past Three O’Clock                               6.    The Greedy Girl
TWO EASY VOICES–Set Two  ………………………………………………………… $1.50
7.   Variations on Eenie Meenie               10.  Phoebe in Her Gown
8.   Twinkle, Twinkle                               11.   Lavender’s Blue
9.   Tideo                                                   12.  Naughty Pussy Cat
 

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TWO VOICES–Set One ……………………………………………………………… $1.45
1.  All Through the Night                         4.   The Harp That Once
2.  The Old Woman & the Peddler           5.   The Tailor and the Mouse
3.  Drink to Me Only                                 6.   Will Ye No Come Back Again?   TWO VOICES–Set Two  …………………………………………………………….. $1.45
7.  The Old Grey Goose                           10.   Liza Jane
8.  Noah’s Ark                                         11.   I’ve Been to Haarlem
9.  There Was a Mighty King                 12.   Shall We Gather at the River?     TWO VOICES–Set Three …………………………………………………………… $1.45
13.  Old Joe Clarke                                  16.   My Love’s an Arbutus
14.  À La Claire Fontaine                       17.   Barbara Allen
15.  O, No John!                                      18.   My Homeland

THREE VOICES  ……………………………………………………………………………………………………. $1.75
1.    Ezekiel Saw the Wheel                      4.    Mr. Rabbit
2.    Charlotte Town                                 5.    Bound for Australia
3.    Going to Boston                                6.    Train Comes Along

Other Choral Works by John Alfred Young
 

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SNIPPETS–Two Miniature Pentatonic Songs, (Unison, Piano)  …………. $1.00 These two delightful brief songs with contemporary piano accompaniments give beginning singers a flavor of singing artistic, accompanied music.  Includes “The Purple Cow” and “Humble We Must Be.”

VIVA LA MUSICA! (4-Part Equal or S.A.T.B.) ……………………………………… $1.00 Exceptionally exquisite setting of a traditional melody!  Wonderful way to conclude a concert.  Both the equal voices and SATB versions are included, and they may be sung either way or together, thus this is a great piece for several assorted choirs to sing jointly.

Choral Music For Various Holidays
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SKIN AND BONES (S.[S.] A.; PIANO)
Arranged by Jonathan C. Rappaport
…..$ .85
This Kentucky folk song has delighted children during the Halloween season for generations.  This skillful arrangement’s surprise ending is a great audience pleaser.  Altos enjoy “having the melody!”
POOR LITTLE BEGGAR GIRL (Unison, Piano),

Shannon/Rappaport
…..$ .85
Words and melody by 11-year-old Christina Shannon, arranged by Jonathan Rappaport.  This plaintive story of a homeless child is appropriate any time during the year, but especially appealing during the holiday season.

TWO HOLIDAY SONGS (Equal Voices; Orff Instrumentation),
Jonathan C. Rappaport
…..$ .85
1. There is No Cradle Ready — A two-part setting of a lovely Spanish-American Christmas lullaby
2. On This Day We Sing Noel — an exuberent, original two-part canon with up to six optional vocal ostinati.  Can be sung with equal voices, cambiata, or S.A.T.B.  A delightful addition to the holiday repertoire!

THREE FRENCH CHRISTMAS CAROLS (2-Part Equal Voices; Instr.),  Arranged by Jonathan C. Rappaport
…..$1.45
1.  He is Born, the Holy Child
2.  The Sleep of the Infant
3.  Shepherd, Shake Off Your Drowsy Sleep
Sublime settings of three classic French carols.  All three have a “C” instrument obbligato (flute, recorder, or oboe suggested) and #2 includes piano accompaniment.  Original French texts, Singable English translations, and detailed performance suggestions are included.

COME, ALL YOU CHILDREN, COME (Unison, opt. solos, Orff Instrumentation) Lund/Rappaport
….. $ .85
Wonderful yet simple original melody and text by Floice Lund, with accompaniment by Jonathan C. Rappaport that can be played with Orff Instruments, handbells, or piano/keyboard.

HANUKAH, CANDLES BURNING BRIGHT; Words and Music by Jonathan C. Rappaport
S.A. Chorus, Recorder…………. $1.15
S.A.T.B. a cappella; soli ………. $1.15
Destined to become another classic Rappaport score, this song details the timeless story of the triumph of right and freedom over might and suppression in the Hanukah tale.

 

 

 

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UNDER PREPARATION:

MUSIC FOR CHRISTMAS–Set One for Two Voices, by J. Alfred Young ………………………………. $1.75 Please see description of J. A. Young’s two- and three-part works above.  
1.    Merry Christmas           3.    The Echo Carol           4.      A Little Child
2.    The Moon of Wintertime                                       5.      Angels from the Realms

MUSIC FOR CHRISTMAS–Set Two for Three Voices, by J. Alfred Young ……………………………. $1.75   
6.    The Holly and the Ivy    8.    A Virgin Most Pure    9.    The Coventry Carol
7.    O Come, O Come, Emmanuel                                  10.    Puer Nobis