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Dominick Argento

Born: 1927. Died: 2019. Lived in: United States

Dominick Argento is considered to be America's preeminent composer of lyric opera. At the Peabody Conservatory, where he earned his Bachelor's and Master's degrees, his teachers included Nicholas Nabokov, Henry Cowell and Hugo Weisgall. Argento received his Ph.D. from the Eastman School of Music, where he studied with Alan Hovhaness and Howard Hanson. Fulbright and Guggenheim Fellowships allowed him to study in Italy with Luigi Dallapiccola and to complete his first opera, Colonel Jonathan the Saint. Following his Fulbright, Argento became music director of Hilltop Opera in Baltimore, and taught theory and composition at the Eastman School. In 1958, he joined the faculty of the Department of Music at the University of Minnesota, where he taught until 1997. He now holds the rank of Professor Emeritus.

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Dominick Argento : Seasons : SATB : Songbook : 884088889203 : 1480333263 : 48022800

Dominick Argento : Seasons

Texts by Pat Solstad. In four movements:

Songlist: Autumn, Winter, Spring, Summer

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Voicing: SATB | 4087b | Songbook | $7.95 | A Cappella


Dominick Argento : A Nation of Cowslips : SATB : Songbook : 884088310530 : 1423469453 : 48019935

Dominick Argento : A Nation of Cowslips

A set of seven choral pieces based on whimsical doggerel verses by John Keats. Published as separate movements in 1969, this work is now available as a complete set for the first time.

Songlist: The Devon Maid, In Praise Of Apollo, On Visiting Oxford, A Party Of Lovers At Tea, Sharing Eve's Apple, There Was A Naughty Boy, Two Or Three Posies

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Voicing: SATB | 7235b | Songbook | $8.95 | A Cappella


Dominick Argento : Spirituals and Swedish Chorales : Mixed 5-8 Parts : Songbook : 073999493825 : 48002932

Dominick Argento : Spirituals and Swedish Chorales

Six beautiful and challenging original works by Dominick Argento. The works with Swedish text have English translations.

Songlist: So I'll Sing With My Voice, Vi Lofve Dig, O Store Gud, There's Singing Up In Heaven, EnDag Skall Uppga For Var Syn, What Can That Shadow Be, a Ar Fulkkomnadt, Jesu Kar

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Voicing: Mixed 5-8 Parts | 9131b | Songbook | $7.50 | A Cappella


Dominick Argento : Everyone Sang : SATB : Songbook : Dominick Argento : 073999224436 : 48002907

Dominick Argento : Everyone Sang

Pulitzer Prize winning composer Dominick Argento displays a natural dramatic impulse with this 4 1/2 minute piece for double mixed chorus a cappella.

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Voicing: SATB | 9201b | Songbook | $9.45 | A Cappella


Dominick Argento : Miss Manners on Music : Solo : Songbook : 073999562798 : 48008516

Dominick Argento : Miss Manners on Music

This witty song cycle, premiered in 1998, is a setting of prose by etiquette columnist Judith Martin (Miss Manners) about attending a concert, a ballet, and other music related advice. Contents: I. Prologue - II. Manners at a Concert - III. Manners at the Ballet - IV. Manners for Contemporary Music - V. Manners at a Church Recital - VI. Manners at the Opera - VII. Envoi

Songlist: PROLOGUE, MANNERS AT A CONCERT, MANNERS AT THE BALLET, MANNERS FOR CONTEMPORARY MUSIC, MANNERS AT A CHURCH RECITAL, MANNERS AT THE OPERA, ENVOI

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Voicing: Solo | 10288b | Songbook | $21.95 | Voice and Piano


Dominick Argento : Six Elizabethan Songs - High Voice : Solo : Songbook & Online Audio : 888680043414 : 1495009661 : 48023417

Dominick Argento : Six Elizabethan Songs - High Voice

Contents: Spring - Sleep - Winter - Dirge - Diaphenia - Hymn. Includes composer commentary and access to companion recorded piano accompaniments online for download or streaming.

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Voicing: Solo | 10841b | Songbook & Online Audio | $17.95 | Voice and Piano


Dominick Argento : Peter Quince at the Clavier : SATB divisi : Songbook : 073999567250 : 48002851

Dominick Argento : Peter Quince at the Clavier

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Voicing: SATB divisi | 11081b | Songbook | $17.50


Dominick Argento : Collected Song Cycles - High Voice : Solo : Songbook : 884088075248 : 1423426983 : 48019175

Dominick Argento : Collected Song Cycles - High Voice

This lyric American master is celebrated in comprehensive collections of some of the greatest achievements in setting words to music in the 20th century. Fascinating, extensive essays by the composer give fresh insights into these masterworks. The Medium/Low Voice edition includes the first published transpositions of Songs About Spring and Six Elizabethan Songs. Contents: SONGS ABOUT SPRING: Who Knows if the Moon's a Balloon - Spring is like a Perhaps Hand - In Just-Spring - In Spring Comes - When Faces Called Flowers Float out of the Ground - SIX ELIZABETHAN SONGS: Spring - Sleep - Winter - Dirge - Diaphenia - Hymn - LETTERS FROM COMPOSERS - Frederic Chopin - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Franz Schubert - Johann Sebastian Bach - Claude Debussy - Giacomo Puccini - Robert Schumann - TO BE SUNG UPON THE WATER: Prologue: Shadow and Substance - The Lake at Evening - Music on the Water - Fair is the Swan - In Remembrance of Schubert - Hymn Near the Rapids - The Lake at Night - Epilogue: De Profundis - MISS MANNERS ON MUSIC: Prologue - Manners at a Concert - Manners at the Ballet - Manners for Contemporary Music - Manners at a Church Recital - Manners at the Opera - Envoi

Songlist: Songs about Spring, Six Elizabethan Songs, Miss Manners on Music, Letters from Composers, To Be Sung Upon the Water

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Voicing: Solo | 11108b | Songbook | $27.99


Dominick Argento : Collected Song Cycles - Low Voice : Solo : Songbook : 884088075255 : 1423412184 : 48019176

Dominick Argento : Collected Song Cycles - Low Voice

This lyric American master is celebrated in comprehensive collections of some of the greatest achievements in setting words to music in the 20th century. Fascinating, extensive essays by the composer give fresh insights into these masterworks. The Medium/Low Voice edition includes the first published transpositions of Songs about Spring and Six Elizabethan Songs. Contents: SONGS ABOUT SPRING: Who Knows if the Moon's a Balloon - Spring is like a Perhaps Hand - In Just-spring - In Spring Comes - When Faces Called Flowers Float out of the Ground - SIX ELIZABETHAN SONGS: Spring - Sleep - Winter - Dirge - Diaphenia - Hymn - FROM THE DIARY OF VIRGINIA WOOLF: The Diary - Anxiety - Fancy - Hardy's Funeral - Rome - War - Parents - Last Entry - THE ANDREE EXPEDITION: PART ONE: IN THE AIR: Prologue - the Balloon Rises - Pride and Ambition - Dinner Aloft - The Unforeseen Problem - the Flight Aborted - PART TWO: ON THE ICE: Mishap with a Sledge - The King's Jubilee - Illness and Drugs - Hallucinations - Anna's Birthday - Epilogue - Final Words - CASA GUIDI: Casa Guidi - The Italian Cook and the English Maid - Robert Browning - The Death of Mr. Barrett - Domesticity - MISS MANNERS ON MUSIC: Prologue - Manners at a Concert - Manners at the Ballet - Manners for Contemporary Music - Manners at a Church Recital - Manners at the Opera - Envoi

Songlist: Songs about Spring, Six Elizabethan Songs, From the Diary of Virginia Woolf, The Andree Expedition, Casa Guidi, Miss Manners on Music

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Voicing: Solo | 11109b | Songbook | $24.95


Dominick Argento : Cabaret Songs : Solo : Songbook : 884088624644 : 1458419533 : 48021189

Dominick Argento : Cabaret Songs

Five songs from the Pulitzer Prize-winning composer of From the Diary of Virginia Woolf, Six Elizabethan Songs, Songs about Spring, and more. For female voice and singing male accompanist. Words and music by the composer. Contents: 1. Who Could Have Known? - 2. You Are a Love Song - 3. The Luckiest Woman - 4. Sai Tu Perche - 5a. You - 5b. Crazy Lady - 5c. You and Crazy Lady

Songlist: 1. Who Could Have Known?, 2. You Are A Love Song, 3. The Luckiest Woman, 4. Sai Tu Perchè, 5a. You, 5b. Crazy Lady, 5c. You °and° Crazy Lady

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Voicing: Solo | 11114b | Songbook | $14.95


Dominick Argento : Six Elizabethan Songs - Medium/Low Voice : Solo : Songbook & Online Audio : 888680043421 : 1495010368 : 48023418

Dominick Argento : Six Elizabethan Songs - Medium/Low Voice

Contents: Spring - Sleep - Winter - Dirge - Diaphenia - Hymn. Includes composer commentary and access to companion recorded piano accompaniments online for download or streaming.

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Voicing: Solo | 11118b | Songbook & Online Audio | $16.95


Dominick Argento : A Few Words About Chekhov : Solo : Songbook : 884088087647 : 48019228

Dominick Argento : A Few Words About Chekhov

This 20-minute cycle was premiered in 1996 by Frederica von Stade, Håkan Hagegård and Martin Katz. With a text based on letters and a memoir, it communicates the relationship of Anton Chekhov and Olga Knipper from their meeting in 1898, through their marriage, to his untimely death in 1904. An orchestrated version (2001) is available on rental from Boosey & Hawkes.

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Voicing: Solo | 11767b | Songbook | $14.95


Dominick Argento : Three Sonnets of Petrarch : Solo : Songbook : 884088204334 : 142345328X : 48019671

Dominick Argento : Three Sonnets of Petrarch

Three sonnets, premiered in 2007, which represent the beginning, middle and end of the poet's unrequited love for a married woman named Laura. 10 minutes.

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Voicing: Solo | 11770b | Songbook | $14.95


Dominick Argento : Six Elizabethan Songs : Solo : Songbook : 884088204747 : 1423437837 : 48019672

Dominick Argento : Six Elizabethan Songs

The composer created this version of Six Elizabethan Songs a few years after the original voice and piano composition. He has stated that he prefers the voice and chamber ensemble version. Previously available only on rental, this set of facsimile parts is now available for sale. For high voice, flute, oboe, violin, violoncello, harpsichord. The corresponding original voice and piano publication is 48008386.

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Voicing: Solo | 11771b | Songbook | $50.00


Dominick Argento : Walden Pond : SATB : Songbook : 073999790153 : 0634096168 : 48018761

Dominick Argento : Walden Pond

Written for the 25th anniversary of the Dale Warland Singers, Walden Pond employs excerpts of Henry David Thoreau's transcendentalist text in five movements. 25 minutes. Instrumental parts available separately (HL48020840).

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Voicing: SATB | 40379b | Songbook | $10.95 | Companion CD Available


Dominick Argento : Cenotaph : SATB : Songbook : 884088285845 : 1423468104 : 48019927

Dominick Argento : Cenotaph

Dominick Argento's Cenotaph was the American Choral Directors Association's Raymond W. Brock Memorial Commission for its 2009 national convention in Oklahoma City. A cenotaph is defined as a monument to someone buried elsewhere, and the cenotaphs found in America-and indeed across the world-have inspired Argento's writing. This newly-commissioned work uses a collage of textual sources, and employs the composer's signature harmonic language and melodic beauty. From the initial muted rumblings of a crowd awaiting a parade to the broad a cappella textures of its internal movements, Cenotaph commemorates those who have given their lives for their countries, no matter what that country happens to be.

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Voicing: SATB | 40380b | Songbook | $10.95


Dominick Argento : The Masque of Angels Suite : SATB : Songbook : 888680694876 : 154001259X : 48024092

Dominick Argento : The Masque of Angels Suite

Argento has crafted a five-movement suite from his 1964 opera The Masque of Angels. Designed as a mini choral drama, it includes a Processional for the angels; the well-known Gloria; the colorful Arrival of the Archangels; a majestic Sanctus; and a joyful Recessional. Best for larger ensembles, this suite is a showcase for magnificent choral sound. Orchestra parts are available on rental.

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Voicing: SATB | 40388b | Songbook | $9.95


Dominick Argento : I Hate and I Love : SATB : Songbook : 073999609912 : 48002876

Dominick Argento : I Hate and I Love

Contents: I hate and I love - Let us live, my Clodia, and let us love - Greetings, miss, with nose not small - My woman says she will be no one's - Was it a lioness from the mountains of Libya - You promise me, my dearest life - Wretched Catullus, put an end to this madness - I hate and I love.

Songlist: I HATE AND I LOVE, LET US LIVE, MY CLODIA, AND LET US LOVE, GREETINGS, MISS, WITH NOSE NOT SMALL, MY WOMAN SAYS SHE WILL BE NO ONE'S, WAS IT A LIONESS FROM THE MOUNTAINS OF LIBYA, YOU PROMISE ME, MY DEAREST LIFE, WRETCHED CATULLUS, PUT AN END TO THIS MADNESS

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Voicing: SATB | 40467b | Songbook | $15.95


Dominick Argento : Jonah and the Whale : TB : Songbook : 073999980486 : 1617805386 : 48008553

Dominick Argento : Jonah and the Whale

for Tenor and Bass soli, mixed chorus, narrator and instrumental ensemble.

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Voicing: TB | 40468b | Songbook | $37.95


Individual Folios

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A Party of Lovers at Tea : SATB : Dominick Argento : Songbook : 48003636 : 073999927641

Dominick Argento : A Party of Lovers at Tea

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $1.95 | A Cappella |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 48003636


Brother Sun, Sister Moon : SATB : Dominick Argento : Sheet Music : 48019306 : 884088106546

Dominick Argento : Brother Sun, Sister Moon

A beautiful setting of St. Francis of Assisi's text asking for all of creation to praise God. With organ.

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $1.80 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 48019306


Dover Beach Revisited : SATB : Dominick Argento : Sheet Music : 48019171 : 884088074333

Dominick Argento : Dover Beach Revisited

Vividly capturing the imagery of Matthew Arnold's poetry, this work was commissioned by the Yale Glee Club. With piano.

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $2.25 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 48019171


Farewell This World! : TTBB : Dominick Argento : Sheet Music : 48024194 : 888680706180 : 1540002195

Dominick Argento : Farewell This World!

The anonymous Middle English text is a beautiful, poignant contemplation of mortality, and Argento's setting of it casts a quiet, haunting spell. The men's chorus is occasionally joined by an insistent single chime note. The complete major work Te Deum (48002908) was performed at the 2017 National ACDA Conference in Minneapolis.

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Voicing: TTBB | Sheet Music | $2.50 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 48024194


Gloria : SATB : Dominick Argento : Sheet Music : 48003801 : 073999919899

Dominick Argento : Gloria

This intensely beautiful piece is from the Pulitzer-Prize winning Argento's opera, The Masque of Angels. With Organ (Piano)

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $2.75 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 48003801


In Praise of Apollo : SATB : Dominick Argento : Sheet Music : 48003638 : 073999336665

Dominick Argento : In Praise of Apollo

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $3.25 | A Cappella |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 48003638


On Visiting Oxford : SATB : Dominick Argento : Sheet Music : 48003633 : 073999036336

Dominick Argento : On Visiting Oxford

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $1.70 | A Cappella |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 48003633


Orpheus : SSA : Dominick Argento : Sheet Music : 48005131 : 073999837711

Dominick Argento : Orpheus

From an interview with the composer: "As the concluding lines of the poem make clear, the weary housewife is deaf and blind to the miracle of Orpheus and the peaceable kingdom he creates through music. That vision is only seen through the eyes and heard through the ears of the child."

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Voicing: SSA | Sheet Music | $2.50 | A Cappella |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 48005131


Sharing Eve's Apple : SATB : Dominick Argento : Sheet Music : 48003634 : 073999771145

Dominick Argento : Sharing Eve's Apple

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $2.95 | A Cappella |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 48003634


So I'll Sing with My Voice : SATB : Dominick Argento : Sheet Music : 48019899 : 884088278984

Dominick Argento : So I'll Sing with My Voice

Juxtaposing the solemn and somber devotion expressed in the 17th-century Swedish chorale-hymns and the more unrestrained, joyful worship manifest in 19th-century spirituals, the extremely different music and origins, text and intention: rendering praise to the glory of God are remarkably similar.

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $1.95 | A Cappella |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 48019899


The Choir Invisible : SATB : Dominick Argento : Sheet Music : 48020830 : 884088492779 : 1423476832

Dominick Argento : The Choir Invisible

Dominick Argento is noted for his lyricism, refined sense of language and impeccable craft to the extent that few contemporary composers can match. This work, a rhapsody for mixed chorus a cappella was commissioned by The Cathedral Society of Washington National Cathedral. Poetry by George Eliot.

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $1.95 | A Cappella |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 48020830


The Choirmaster's Burial : SATB divisi : Dominick Argento : Sheet Music : 48020909 : 884088515546 : 1423496728

Dominick Argento : The Choirmaster's Burial

Commissioned by VocalEssence in celebration of its 40th Anniversary season. The text is based on a poem by Thomas Hardy.

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Voicing: SATB divisi | Sheet Music | $1.95 | A Cappella |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 48020909


There Was a Naughty Boy : SATB : Dominick Argento : Sheet Music : 48003635 : 073999871784

Dominick Argento : There Was a Naughty Boy

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $2.75 | A Cappella |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 48003635


They Shall Hunger No More : TTBB : Dominick Argento : Sheet Music : 48019307 : 884088106553

Dominick Argento : They Shall Hunger No More

From his dramatic cantata for sizeable male chorus, Revelation of Saint John, Dominick Argento made this edition for male chorus and piano that brings it into the arena for more male choruses, focusing on the melody, which is at the center of the work.

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Voicing: TTBB | Sheet Music | $1.80 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 48019307


Two or Three Posies : SATB : Dominick Argento : Sheet Music : 48003637 : 073999981216

Dominick Argento : Two or Three Posies

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $2.50 | A Cappella |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 48003637

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