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Traditional Welsh Lullaby

Suo Gan is a traditional Welsh lullaby written by an anonymous composer. It was first recorded in print around 1800 and the lyrics were notably captured by the Welsh folklorist Robert Bryan. The song's title simply means lullaby

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Choir of King's College, Cambridge : Christmas at King's College : SATB : Songbook : Stephen Cleobury : 884088501396 : 1849382670 : 14037543

Choir of King's College, Cambridge : Christmas at King's College

Every Christmas Eve for decades, the world-renowned Choir of King's College Chapel, Cambridge has broadcast the Festival o Nine Lessons and Carols worldwide on BBC Radio (Carols from King's is also televised by the BBC every Christmas annually). It never fails to inspire and appeal by bringing together readings from the Christmas story with the singing of traditional carols in which all may join: classic Christmas arrangements for the choir and exciting newly-composed anthems that often become choral classics. For countless people the broadcast of Nine Lessons and Carols is a major part of the Christmas experience.

Now the King's College Director of Music, Stephen Cleobury, has created this album of forty-six of the most enduring choral pieces from the Festivals. Thirteen are published here for the first time, ten were specially commissioned for King's and seven are carols for choir and congregation. Wide ranging in sources, this collection includes arrangements by King's directors of music David Wilcocks, Philip Ledger and Stephen Cleobury and leading contemporary composers such as Richard Rodney Bennett, Bob Chilcott, Jonathan Dove, John Joubert, Roxanna Panufnik, Arvo Part, John Rutter, Peter Sculthorpe, John Tavener, and Judith Weir.

Christmas at King's includes a preface by Stephen Cleobury and a useful appendix of readings with relevant repertoire from the collection for those choirs who want to present their own Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols.

Songlist: Once In Royal David's City, A Great and Mighty Wonder, A Tender Shoot, A Virgin Most Pure, Adam Lay Ybounden, Alleluya, A New Work Is Come On Hand, Away In A Manger, Be Merry, Benedicamus Domino, The Birthday of Thy King, Bogoroditsye Dyevo, Christo Paremus Cantica, God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen, Good King Wenceslas, I Saw Three Ships Come Sailing In, I Wonder As I Wander, I Sing Of A Maiden, Illuminare, Jerusalem, In Wintertime, Infant Holy, Infant Lowly, The Infant King, It Came Upon The Midnight Clear, Jesus Christ The Apple Tree, The Lamb, Morning Song For The Christ Child, Myn Lyking, No Small Wonder, Love Came Down At Christmas, Noel nouvelet, Nowel, and more

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Voicing: SATB | 6617b | Songbook | $19.95

Various Arrangers : A Cappella Lullabies : SATB : Sheet Music Collection

Various Arrangers : A Cappella Lullabies

Lullabies have been around for thousands of years and in almost all cultures and are probably some of the very first songs ever sung by humans. A lullaby is not surprising appreciated by many of us even as we age and they can be a pleasant addition to any concert. Here are a collection of interesting arrangements of lullabies from Europe.

Songlist: Suo-Gan, Celtic Lullaby, Hush Little Baby, Lullaby, Three Lullabies, Op. 49

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Voicing: SATB | 7357b | Sheet Music Collection | $8.95 | A Cappella

Various Arrangers : World Folk Songs for Women's Voices, Vol. 3 : SSAA : Sheet Music Collection

Various Arrangers : World Folk Songs for Women's Voices, Vol. 3

Mellifluous Samoan lull words, like "manulele" (bird), and "suamalie," (sweet) are the basis for the hypnotic lullaby of repeated and recombined pentatonic patterns, titled 'Malolo.' Accessible to average choirs, this piece, with its subtle rhythmic interest and carefully crafted dynamic changes, is rewarding for more advanced choirs as well. The "macho march" setting of the Israeli pioneer song, 'Artsa Alina,' makes fine use of rapid alternation between unisons and vigorous chords. This one is a rouser! The Hebrew text is phonetically underlaid, with full Hebrew text and translation, with prononciation guide, included. Because 'K'wae-jina ching-ching nah-neh' builds on repeating short verses and refrains, this song of warning and complaint is accessible to western singers. Suggestions for performance alternatives give additional flexibility.The Korean text is underlaid phonetically, with full Korean text and translation, and guides to pronunciation, given as well. The haunting melody of 'Shenandoah' is variously placed against pedal points, with unison phrase closings, in the alto line, and at close imitation, to give the acoustic feeling of the singers' listening and longing for the sound of the beloved. Lush voicing and the subtle rhythmic texture of the choral accompaniment highlight the simple appeal of 'Suo Gan.' With full Welsh text and phonetic rendition underlaid in the score, and word-by-word and prose translations.

Songlist: Malolo (Lullaby on a Samoan text)., Artsa alinu (We have come up to the land), K'wae-jina ching-ching nah-neh, Shenandoah, Suo-Gan

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Voicing: SSAA | 9497b | Sheet Music Collection | $8.95 | A Cappella

Individual Folios

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Suo-Gan : SATB : Kyle Haugen : Sheet Music Collection : 00117253 : 884088886721

Kyle Haugen : Suo-Gan

Sometimes simplicity says it best. The lovely Welsh tune Suo-Gan has been arranged with intelligent reserve by veteran Judy Herrington and new-comer Kyle Haugen. Texts are provided in both English and Welsh with pronunciation guides. An excellent choice for high school choirs.

Arranger: Kyle Haugen | Country: Wales

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $2.10 | A Cappella |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 00117253

Suo-Gan : SATB : K. Lee Scott : Sheet Music : 08738640 : 073999748604

K. Lee Scott : Suo-Gan

Arranger: K. Lee Scott | Country: Wales

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $2.10 | A Cappella |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 08738640

Suo-Gan : SATB : K. Lee Scott : Sheet Music : 08748586 : 884088237134

K. Lee Scott : Suo-Gan

This new setting of the Welsh melody used in the motion picture Empire of the Sun works well with piano or harp accompaniment. The carol-like text also makes it a perfect selection for Christmas.

Arranger: K. Lee Scott

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $2.05 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 08748586

Suo-Gan : SSA : Nigel E. Jones : Sheet Music : 48018830 : 073999348491

Nigel E. Jones : Suo-Gan

This lovely Welsh lullaby is sensitively set with a range of feeling, moving from a haunted mood into sublime gentleness. Both Welsh and English texts are given; with piano.

Arranger: Nigel E. Jones | Country: Wales

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Voicing: SSA | Sheet Music | $1.70 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 48018830

Suo-Gan : SATB divisi : Jack Noble White : Alaw Werin : Sheet Music : 00-GCMR03622 : 029156035957

Jack Noble White : Suo-Gan

Jack Noble White has discovered a gem in this tender Welsh lullaby heard briefly in the 1987 movie EMPIRE OF THE SUN. Performance options are many in this simple, yet beautiful, setting. The solo may be sung by a mezzo-soprano or unison choir, and the accompaniment, adaptable to organ or piano, is optional. Originally written as a mother's lullaby to her child, an alternate text makes this lovely edition suitable for Christmas as well. For use in churches or schools.

Arranger: Jack Noble White | Composer: Alaw Werin | Country: Wales

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Voicing: SATB divisi | Sheet Music | $2.25 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 00-GCMR03622

Suo-Gan : SATB : Mack Wilberg : Sheet Music : 9780193869899 : 9780193869899

Mack Wilberg : Suo-Gan

This gentle setting of the traditional Welsh lullaby features a new English text by David Warner. An alternative Christmas text is included.
The story depicts someone at the end of life who is asking to be led into eternal life. The altos sing the text of the hymn, while the sopranos, tenors, and basses accompany them on "oo." Accessible for most church choirs and suitable for performance throughout the year.

Arranger: Mack Wilberg | Country: Wales

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $2.90 | With Piano |

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