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Compositions

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Orchestra Chorus Solo Voice
Piano Organ Chamber Music


   ORCHESTRA

The Cascades

1 fl, 1 ob, 1 cl, 1 bsn, 1 hn, strings

A fun arrangement for small orchestra of the Scott Joplin ragtime favorite.

Duration:  3 minutes
Style:  ragtime
Difficulty:  fairly easy
 
Full score:  $10.00
Rental parts and score:  $50.00

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The Lord is My Shepherd

soprano solo, oboe, harp, strings

A poignant setting of Psalm 23, in an orchestrated version of the original piano accompaniment. Orchestral interludes include lovely oboe solos.

Duration:  6 minutes
Style:  tonal and accessible
Difficulty:  moderately difficult
 
Full score:  $20.00
Rental parts and score:  $50.00

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Nor Shall Your Glory Be Forgot

2 fl, 2 ob, 2 cl, 2 bsn, 4 hn, 2 tpt, 3 tbn, tba, timp, 2 perc, strings

Composed to commemorate the 140th anniversary of the end of the American Civil War, this evocative piece includes a number of period folksongs, authentic drum cadences, and a set of variations on "Dixie."

Duration:  10 minutes
Style:  tonal and accessible
Difficulty:  moderately easy
 
Full score:  $20.00
Rental parts and score:  $75.00


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New!An Old English Christmas

piccolo, 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 4 horns, 2 trumpets, 3 trombones, tuba, timpani, 2 percussion, strings

Medley includes Here We Come a-Wassailing, The Holly and the Ivy, I Saw Three Ships, God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, and the Sussex Carol.

Duration:  6 minutes
Style:  traditional holiday
Difficulty:  moderately easy
 
Rental parts and score:  $125.00
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President Monroe's Trumpet March

2 cl, 1 bsn, 2 hn, 1 tpt, 1 perc, strings

An arrangement of a march by I. Briljan written for President James Monroe.

Duration:  2 minutes
Style:  tonal and accessible
Difficulty:  easy
 
Full score:  $10.00
Rental parts and score:  $25.00

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President Monroe's March

1 picc, 2 ob, 2 cl, 1 bsn, 2 hn, 2 tpt, 1 perc, strings

An arrangement of a march by Charles Hupfeld written for President James Monroe.

Duration:  2 minutes
Style:  tonal and accessible
Difficulty:  easy
 
Full score:  $10.00
Rental parts and score:  $25.00

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Shenandoah: A Symphonic Portrait

2 fl, 2 ob (ob 2 = Eng hn), 2 cl, 2 bsn, 4 hn, 2 tpt, 3 tbn, tba, synth, timp, 2 perc, strings

A four-movement portrait of the Shenandoah area of Virginia and the mountain people who once lived there. Includes emulations of folksong and roots music, plus a set of variations on "Oh Shenandoah." A real crowd-pleaser.

Duration:  25 minutes
Style:  tonal and accessible
Difficulty:  moderately easy
 
Rental parts and score:  $250.00

 

 

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Three Spirituals for Orchestra

piccolo, 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 4 horns, 2 trumpets, 3 trombones, tuba, timpani, 2 percussion, strings

Orchestral arrangements of Deep River, Ride on, King Jesus, and There is a Balm in Gilead.

"Excellent — so varied, and with wonderful orchestration."
Gwyneth Walker, composer

Duration:  9 minutes
Style:  tonal and accessible
Difficulty:  moderately easy
 
Full score:  $20.00
Rental parts and score:  $60.00
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   CHORUS

Answer Me, O Lord

SATB chorus a cappella

A haunting and contemplative setting of Psalm 69. Homophonic passages alternate with contrapuntal sections.

Duration:  3 minutes
Style:  modal and accessible
Difficulty:  moderately difficult
 
Choral score:  $1.75

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The Bow of God's Wrath

SATB chorus a cappella

A strikingly original setting of text from Jonathan Edwards' famous sermon "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God."

Duration:  2 minutes
Style:  angular and dissonant
Difficulty:  moderately difficult
 
Choral score:  $1.50

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Dawn and Shine

SSAATTBB chorus and speaker

A stunning setting of text by the great Enlightenment minister Jonathan Edwards.

Duration:  4 minutes
Style:  modal and accessible
Difficulty:  moderately easy
 
Choral score: $2.50
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The Dove of New Snow

2-part children's or women's chorus with piano and flute

A beautiful setting of the winter-themed poem by Vachel Lindsay. The flute obligato imitates the call of the mourning dove.

Duration:  4 minutes
Style:  modal and accessible
Difficulty:  moderately easy
 
Choral score:  $2.00

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Dwelling Place

2-part chorus and keyboard

Appropriate for church anniversaries, this easy anthem incorporates the familiar hymn The Church's One Foundation

Duration:  3 minutes
Style:  tonal and accessible
Difficulty:  easy
 
Choral score: $1.75
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God, We Thank You

SATB chorus and organ

A setting of Ruth Duck's beautiful text, using the familiar Holy Manna tune. Suitable for Thanksgiving or general worship.

Duration:  3 minutes
Style:  church anthem
Difficulty:  easy
 
Choral score:  $1.75

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New! He Will Provide

two voices (or two-part chorus) and piano

A modal song whose text praises the sacred beauty of the physical world.

Duration:  3 minutes
Style:  modal and accessible
Difficulty:  easy
 
Choral score:  $2.00
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I Sing the Mighty Power of God

SATB chorus and piano

A majestic anthem setting of the tune Ellacombe.

Duration:  3 minutes
Style:  church anthem
Difficulty:  moderately easy
 
Choral score:  $1.75

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The Lord's Prayer

SSATTB chorus and piano

A moving choral setting of the traditional text.

Duration:  2 minutes
Style:  tonal and accessible
Difficulty:  moderately easy
 
Choral score:  $1.75

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Psalm 67

SSAATTBB chorus, piano, string quartet

Come Ye Faithful People Come forms the thematic basis for this celebratory Thanksgiving work.

Duration:  7 minutes
Style:  tonal and accessible
Difficulty:  moderately difficult
 
Full score:  $10.00
Choral score with piano reduction: $3.50
Set of string parts: $15.00
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Psalm 117: Laudate Dominum

SATB chorus a cappella

A challenging motet with Latin text. Declamatory outer sections contrast with a highly rhythmic middle section.

Duration:  2 1/2 minutes
Style:  contemporary tonal
Difficulty:  moderately difficult
 
Choral score:  $2.00

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Rock o' My Soul

SATB chorus a cappella

A fun and rhythmic arrangement of the traditional Spiritual.

Duration:  2 minutes
Style:  gospel
Difficulty:  moderately easy
 
Choral score:  $1.50

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Free! Service Music

A wonderfully varied collection of choral introits, closings, and prayer responses. These pieces are offered as free downloads. Click the title of the piece below to open a PDF you can download and save on your computer.

NOTE: Compositions marked "Free" may be downloaded, printed, photocopied and distributed free of charge. For performances of these works, please credit the composer, David Kidwell, in the concert program or church bulletin.

Clap Your Hands (75 KB)
Four Choral Benedictions (73 KB)
Four Choral Prayer Responses (60 KB)
Make a Joyful Noise (57 KB)
The Lord Is Our Light (46 KB)
Ride On, King Jesus (55 KB)
Threefold Amen (57 KB)
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Summer Sun

SSA children's chorus and piano

A bright and cheerful setting of the well-known Robert Louis Stevenson poem.

Duration:  2 minutes
Style:  tonal and accessible
Difficulty:  easy
 
Choral score:  $1.50

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This Day

SATB chorus a cappella

A modal setting of a medieval Christmas text.

Duration:  2 minutes
Style:  modal
Difficulty:  moderate
 
Choral score:  $1.75
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The Winter Is Past

SSA chorus and piano

A beautiful setting of the springtime text from the Song of Solomon. Appropriate for either women's or children's voices.

Duration:  4 minutes
Style:  modal and accessible
Difficulty:  moderately easy
 
Choral score:  $2.00

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   SOLO VOICE

Evensong

soprano (or tenor) and organ

Includes Psalm 130 ("Out of the depths"), Magnificat, Nunc dimittis, and Gloria Patri. Suitable for either concert performance or worship.

Duration:  20 minutes
Style:  contemporary tonal
Difficulty:  moderately difficult
 
Full score:  $10.00

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Free!The Gallant's Way of Wooing

solo voice (any) and piano

A setting of one of W. S. Gilbert's "Bab Ballads." A must for Gilbert and Sullivan fans!

This piece is offered as a free download. Click the title of the piece below to open a PDF you can download and save on your computer.

NOTE: Compositions marked "Free" may be downloaded, printed, photocopied and distributed free of charge. For performances of these works, please credit the composer, David Kidwell, in the concert program or church bulletin.

Duration:  3 minutes
Style:  tonal and accessible
Difficulty:  fairly easy
 
The Gallant's Way of Wooing  (Free PDF 167 KB)

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How Can I Keep From Singing

soprano (or tenor) solo and piano

A beautifully moving arrangement of the traditional hymn.

Duration:  4 minutes
Style:  tonal and accessible
Difficulty:  moderate
 
Full score:  $5.00

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The Lord Is My Shepherd

soprano (or tenor) solo and piano

A poignant setting of Psalm 23 with beautiful piano interludes.

Duration:  6 minutes
Style:  tonal and accessible
Difficulty:  moderately difficult
 
Full score:  $7.50

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Free!Peace

solo voice (any) and piano

A flowing arrangement of the traditional song "Peace, I Ask of Thee, O River."

This arrangement is offered as a free download. Click the title of the piece below to open a PDF you can download and save on your computer.

NOTE: Compositions marked "Free" may be downloaded, printed, photocopied and distributed free of charge. For performances of these works, please credit the composer, David Kidwell, in the concert program or church bulletin.

Duration:  3 minutes
Style:  tonal and accessible
Difficulty:  moderately easy
 
Peace  (Free PDF 123 KB)

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Storm

tenor and piano

A powerful and evocative setting of the Heinrich Heine poem, in an English translation by Louis Untermeyer.

Duration:  8 minutes
Style:  tonal and accessible
Difficulty:  fairly difficult
 
Full score:  $7.50

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Three Shakespeare Sonnets

soprano (or tenor) solo and piano

Settings of sonnets 144 (modal, contemplative E minor), 128 (perpetual motion, shifting irregular meters), and 27 (dreamy outer sections, middle section in popular style)

Duration:  10 minutes
Style:  tonal/modal and accessible
Difficulty:  fairly difficult
 
Full score:  $10.00


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   PIANO

Free!Dorian Rondo

piano solo

Inspired by Debussy and Ravel, alternating between Dorian and Lydian modes.

This piece is offered as a free download. Click the title below to open a PDF you can download and save on your computer.

NOTE: Compositions marked "Free" may be downloaded, printed, photocopied and distributed free of charge. For performances of these works, please credit the composer, David Kidwell, in the concert program or church bulletin.

Duration:  4 1/2 minutes
Style:  modal and Impressionistic
Difficulty:  moderate
 
Dorian Rondo  (Free PDF 153 KB)
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Free!if Love be ours

piano solo

A short, tuneful piece in popular style.

This piece is offered as a free download. Click the title below to open a PDF you can download and save on your computer.

NOTE: Compositions marked "Free" may be downloaded, printed, photocopied and distributed free of charge. For performances of these works, please credit the composer, David Kidwell, in the concert program or church bulletin.

Duration:  2 minutes
Style:  tonal and accessible
Difficulty:  moderate
 
if Love be ours  (Free PDF 104 KB)
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Free!Prelude in D

piano solo

Slow and meditative jazz voicings, inspired by Gershwin's preludes.

This piece is offered as a free download. Click the title below to open a PDF you can download and save on your computer.

NOTE: Compositions marked "Free" may be downloaded, printed, photocopied and distributed free of charge. For performances of these works, please credit the composer, David Kidwell, in the concert program or church bulletin.

Duration:  2 1/2 minutes
Style:  tonal and accessible
Difficulty:  moderately easy
 
Prelude in D  (Free PDF 82 KB)
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Sonata for One Piano, Four Hands

piano solo

A non-traditional sonata form cast in three large sections. Liberal use of canon and free counterpoint.

Duration:  10 minutes
Style:  contemporary classical
Difficulty:  fairly difficult
 
Full score:  $20.00

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   ORGAN

Free! Hymn Reharmonizations

organ solo

Creative reharmonizations of familiar hymns.

These reharmonizations are offered as free downloads. Click the title of the hymn below to open a PDF you can download and save on your computer.

NOTE: Compositions marked "Free" may be downloaded, printed, photocopied and distributed free of charge. For performances of these works, please credit the composer, David Kidwell, in the concert program or church bulletin.

The Church's One Foundation  (50 KB)
Come, O Fount of Every Blessing  (61 KB)
Fairest Lord Jesus  (53 KB)
Go My Children  (48 KB)
Love Divine (53 KB)
My Shepherd is the Living God (56 KB)
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New! Reverie and March

organ solo

A contemplative Reverie with jazz harmonies paired with a festive March. May be used separately as service music.

Duration:  7 1/2 minutes
Style:  tonal and accessible
Difficulty:  moderately difficult
 
Full score:  $10.00
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Three Meditations on American Hymn Tunes

organ solo

Includes Holy Manna ("Brethren, We Have Met to Worship"), Beach Spring ("Come, All Christians, Be Committed"), and Foundation ("How Firm a Foundation"). Suitable individually for worship preludes, or collectively for concert use.

Duration:  8 minutes
Style:  tonal and accessible
Difficulty:  moderately easy
 
Full score:  $10.00

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New! Three Spirituals

organ solo

Settings of the spirituals Ride On, King Jesus; Steal Away; and I Woke Up This Morning. Individual movements may be used as worship preludes or postludes.

Duration:  7 1/2 minutes
Style:  tonal and accessible
Difficulty:  moderate
 
Full score:  $10.00
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Two Meditations

organ solo

Two haunting, contemplative works written in 12-tone style. Appropriate for either worship or concert use.

Duration:  3 minutes
Style:  serial
Difficulty:  moderate
 
Full score:  $5.00

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New! Voluntary on "Dix"

organ solo

A festive arrangement of For the Beauty of the Earth.

Duration:  2 minutes
Style:  tonal and accessible
Difficulty:  moderate
 
Full score:  $5.00
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   CHAMBER MUSIC

New! Fawkes' Lament

alto recorder and viola

A beautiful theme and variations inspired by a quote from Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.

Duration:  3 minutes
Style:  tonal and accessible
Difficulty:  fairly easy
 
Full score and parts:  $10.00
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Night Thoughts

flute, violin, viola, cello. (Also available for flute, violin, clarinet, cello.)

A mood piece with ethereal outer sections surrounding a central theme and variations.

Duration:  8 minutes
Style:  contemporary classical
Difficulty:  fairly difficult
 
Full score and parts:  $50.00


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New! La Vida de un Hombre

flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, cello

A post-minimalist quintet with echoes of Michael Torke.

Duration:  10 minutes
Style:  post-minimalist
Difficulty:  fairly difficult
 
Full score and parts:  $70.00
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New! Serenade: Every Grain of Sand

string quartet

A short and reflective work featuring canons and sighing motives.

Duration:  2 minutes
Style:  tonal and accessible
Difficulty:  fairly easy
 
Full score and parts:  $30.00
Score Page

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Two Civil War Songs

bagpipes, horn, trumpet, trombone, tuba, 2 percussion

An effective and enjoyable arrangement of the Civil War songs Battle Cry of Freedom and Bonnie Blue Flag.

Duration:  4 minutes
Style:  tonal and accessible
Difficulty:  moderately easy
 
Full score:  $10.00
Rental parts and score:  $40.00

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What Wondrous Love Is This

horn and piano

The horn soars in this beautiful arrangement of the traditional American hymn.

Duration:  3 minutes
Style:  tonal and accessible
Difficulty:  moderately easy
 
Full score with horn part:  $10.00
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The World Is Too Much With Us

tenor, horn and piano

A melancholy treatment of the familiar poem by William Wordsworth.

Duration:  5 minutes
Style:  tonal and accessible
Difficulty:  moderately difficult
 
Full score with horn part:  $15.00
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