SDG 94-101 Chorus$ 1.25SDG 98-204 Handbell Ensemble (Arr. Robert Noland)$ 3.95
Alleluia! A Child is Born
(The Eternal Life)Mixed Chorus, Baritone Solo, Keyboard2' WW 1206 (Walton Music)An exciting mix of baritone solo recitative with the SATB choir setting up each solo entrance. Choir functions vocally and instrumentally (in easy 4-part divisi in both SA and TB) and progresses to a "Handelesque," baroque–inspired "We had walked in darkness until the dawning of a great light! You Lord, have made us glad, and we rejoice in your presence!" A choral pyramid (with easy multiple divisi) builds in reverse (top to bottom) to bring the piece to an exciting close. Contact HalLeonard.com to order.
SDG 98-203 Handbell Ensemble (Arr. Robert Noland)$ 3.95SDG 91-101 Mixed Chorus$ 1.25 SDG 12-401 Male Chorus$ 1.25
Jackson Berkey's Anniversary Carols are as unusual as they are familiar. Using surprises in rhythm, meter, voicing, instruments and harmonies, the composer brings a refreshing sparkle to the familiar melodies, presenting audiences with songs that are at once dear and traditional, yet delightfully new again. Jackson Berkey's collection of Christmas carol and hymn arrangements were originally presented as anniversary gifts to his lady, Almeda, Music Director of Nebraska's Professional Chorale, Soli Deo Gloria Cantorum. Commending the Berkey settings, John Rutter wrote: "With consummate skill, craftsmanship and imagination he has taken a wassail cup full of well-loved carols and miraculously made them new."
A Day in a Manger (Away in a Manger)
(Anniversary Carols)Mixed Chorus a cappella or Handbell Ensemble4'SDG 94-101 Chorus$ 1.25SDG 98-204 Handbell Ensemble (Arr. Robert Noland)$ 3.95A Day in a Manger is a contemporary setting of the popular carol, Away in a Manger. What we now understand as the standard American tune was first offered in Cincinnati in 1887 in the collection Dainty Songs for Little Lads and Lasses by James R. Murray. You will delight in Jackson Berkey's unusual a cappella arrangement of this carol.
(Anniversary Carols)Chorus a cappella or Handbell Ensemble2'SDG 98-203 Handbell Ensemble (Arr. Robert Noland)$ 3.95SDG 91-101 Mixed Chorus$ 1.25 SDG 12-401 Male Chorus$ 1.25Angels We Have Heard on High is one of America's most beloved carols. It comes to us from the French countryside where it emerged anonymously as a "macaronic" carol (that is, with its text a mlange of Latin and vernacular French,) probably in the 1700s, called Les angel dans nos campagnes. Jackson Berkey's arrangement is strikingly individual, with its particular non-strophic handling of the text.See also Angels We Have Heard On High for Handbells (SDG 98-203).
Chorus a cappella3.5' SDG 96-102 Male Chorus$ 1.50SDG 96-103 Treble Chorus$ 1.50SDG 96-104 Mixed Chorus$ 1.70Ascendit Deus, in its original TTBB voicing, is the second commissioned work written for Gary Schwartzhoff and the Singing Statesmen, University of Wisconsin~Eau Claire. The work opens with the original Gregorian chant transliterated from the Liber Usualis and progresses tonally and rhythmically into a Twentieth Century Alleluia which reaches a powerfully climactic vocal peak. Ascendit Deus was also set for SATB chorus (for Almeda Berkey and Soli Deo Gloria Cantorum) and for SSAA treble voices (for Jerome Wright's Seattle Girls' Choir).
See also Gregorian Tangent for Cello Ensemble (SDG 07-204).
(Thoughts and Remembrances, Carnegie Hall Series)Chorus, Piano5.5' SDG 96-116 Mixed Chorus$ 1.60SDG 96-117 Treble Chorus$ 1.60This choral setting expresses a double meaning for the Berkeys. For the originators of this spiritual there is an inherent hope of forgiveness and eternal peace and a desire to serve God well while on this earth. It was a favorite song of Almeda's mother, Opal, who never tired of serving others or in offering encouragement and strength to those in need. It bears the inscription: "For Almeda's mother, Opal, who told me of the Love." SATB version was performed in the Carnegie Hall Series.
Also available:Mixed Chorus a cappella5.5'SC 156 (Plymouth Music)The accompanimental aspect is combined with the vocal lines in this a cappella "Competition Series" version commissioned by the Detroit Concert Choir, Gordon Nelson, conductor. Berkey's writing here emanates from a style reminiscent of Rachmaninoff in his "Vespers." Contact Colla Voce Music (www.collavoce.com), order 55-54156.
(American Journey, Carnegie Hall Series)Chorus, Piano, String Quartet5' SDG 02-100 Mixed Chorus/Piano (includes instruments)$ 5.95SDG 02-100P Conductor's Score and Parts$ 10.00SDG 05-301 Treble Chorus/Piano (includes instruments)$ 5.95SDG 05-301P Conductor's Score and Parts$ 10.00Unexpected turns of mode and melody characterize this beautiful setting of the Appalachian folk song. Thick vocal textures as well as transparent lines weave throughout the arrangement. Commissioned by the Rochester (MN) Choral Arts Ensemble, Rick Kvam, Director.
(21st Century Carols)Mixed Chorus, Piano5.25'SDG 13-101 Chorus$ 3.25Jackson’s arrangement of the Gustav Holst hymn begins with a quiet statement of the tune as a piano solo. As is always his intention, the lyrics are treated with great attention to inflection and deep meaning. The unleashing of emotion shines through Christina Rossetti’s words with great clarity and power as dynamics eventually lead to a quiet piano interlude. The sincere question, “What can I give him, Poor as I am?...Give my heart” shows the intense devotion of poet and composer.
(Carnegie Hall Series)Mixed Chorus, Strings (VI-II, Vla, Vc, Db), Percussion I (Tambourine, Tri., Susp. Cymbal), II (2 Tom-toms, Bass Drum), Piano, Marimba I-II22'SDGM 2000P4H Piano 4-Hands Part$ 16.00SDGM 2000P Instrumental Parts$ 25.00SDGM 2000 Treble Chorus/Piano$ 8.95SDGM 01-100 Mixed Chorus/Piano$ 9.95The original version of Cantate 2000 was a joint commission from the Phoenix (AZ) Boys Choir (Georg Stangelberger, Conductor) and the Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus (Julian Ackerley, Conductor). The work is in four movements, the first three of which are performed without pause. The Latin texts are from Biblical sources. Running the gamut from soaring exultant song to sorrowful, then resolute to fearful and strange to jubilant praise; Cantate 2000 is an intense experience for singers and audience. There is no age requirement, since youth choirs and adults alike produce successful and meaningful performances.
Other performance possibilities:
Chorus, Piano, Marimba I-II, Acoustic Bass, Percussion I (Tambourine, Tri., Susp. Cymbal), II (2 Tom-toms, Bass Drum).
Chorus and Piano 4-Hands, Acoustic Bass, Percussion I (Tambourine, Tri., Susp. Cymbal), II (2 Tom-toms, Bass Drum) Allows performance of treble or mixed chorus versions without marimbas. Percussion still recommended. Resonet in laudibus
Super flumina Babylonis
Chorus, Piano; Varied Vocal Versions5' SDG 10-101 Mixed Chorus, Piano$ 2.25 SDG 11-301 Treble Chorus, Piano$ 2.25 SDG 10-202 Voice, Piano$ 8.95SDG 10-203 Voice, Violoncello, Piano$ 9.95SDG 10-204 Soprano/Baritone Duet, Piano$ 9.95Emily Dickinson's poem I Never Saw a Moor serves as the inspiration for this statement of simple, yet powerful faith. Varied settings of this work's beautiful melody and accompaniment lead young or mature voices in a rewarding music experience. The original version was commissioned by the "Cantabile" chorus of young voices at the Kingswood-Oxford School in West Hartford, CT, Marcos Carreras, Director.See Homage to Emily Dickinson for instrumental solo and ensemble versions.
(The Phillip Whitehawk Collection)Chorus, Piano, Guitar, Bass (opt.)4' SDG 06-102 Mixed Chorus$ 4.75 SDG 06-402 Male Chorus$ 3.80 Cello EnsembleBerkey's setting of Cibola masterfully captures the essence of Native American Phillip White Hawk's style from a very masculine and dynamic vocal timbre to a falsetto. Commissioned for the 2006 Songfest Men's Choral Conference at the University of Illinois-Urbana, Dr. Barrington Coleman, Conductor, it is successfully performed with piano alone, or with added bass and a single acoustic guitar or larger guitar ensemble. Exciting to sing!See also Spanish Gold for Cello Ensemble, Piano, Guitars (SDG 07-207).
Come, Follow Me! (excerpt movement)
(Carnegie Hall Series)Mixed Chorus, Keyboard4.5'W 3410 (Walton Music)Dynamic and powerful, this excerpt from the Easter Celebration, Come, Follow Me! offers a wonderful challenge to singers and instrumentalists alike. It's multi-rhythmic structure highlights and strengthens the powerful language of its text: "Take up thy cross, take up thy cross and follow me, follow Christ the Lord!" It also features the calling of the Apostles with shouts of the twelve names emanating from the choir.
Chorus, Harp4.5'SDG 98-101 Mixed Chorus$ 1.35SDG 98-301 Treble Chorus$ 1.35 SDG 03-401 Male Chorus$ 1.35SDG 99-100P Harp, Bass, Percussion Parts (Order complete set)$ 25.00This famous Christmas hymn is introduced by a beautiful harp solo and then delicately voiced throughout, sometimes venturing into the Lydian mode. The middle section intersperses the chorus with double glissandi in the harp, followed by another solo instrumental statement of the lesser known Away in a Manger tune. The choir chants the end of the arrangement with a hushed, "Ivesian" combination of the hymn and the carol.
(Carnegie Hall Series)Chorus, Orchestra 1,1 (Ob/EngHn dbl), Strings11'SDG 01-504P Orchestra PartsSDG 03-504 Conductor's Score (Treble) SDGM 01-304 Treble Chorus/Keyboard Reduction SDG 03-504P Orchestra Parts SDGM 01-104 Mixed Chorus/Keyboard Reduction$ 2.10SDG 01-504 Conductor's Score (Mixed)Jackson Berkey's Crucifixus, the first completed movement of Towers of Sagrada Famlia, found its origins in Soli Deo Gloria Cantorum's 1999 concert tour to Barcelona, Spain. The composer's inspiration for the entire work came immediately while visiting the church. He studied the cryptogram engraved in the limestone facade by Subirachs, the architect carrying out Antonio Gaud's magnificent and grand vision for this immense artistic and sacred structure. The cryptogram appears on the "Death and Passion" entrance to the cathedral. The pathos, the passion, the sorrow, and the heavy load of the sins of all people are heard in this incredible piece. Suspension upon suspension carries the unending tension and anguish. A wonderful and penetrating English horn solo sustains over pizzicato cellos and arco double basses.
Chorus and Handbells3.5' SDG 02-304 Treble Chorus$ 4.95 SDG 05-105 Mixed Chorus$ 4.95SDG 02-304P Handbells part$ 4.00Contemporary setting of 6th C. Gallican chant. Varied tempi and vocal colors occur as the text is mixed throughout in Latin and English. Beautiful handbells sometimes play as a duet to the voices, as well as a solo section. Commissioned by the Seattle Girls' Choir, Dr. Jerome Wright, Founder and Artistic Director.
Chorus, Piano, Bells or Chimes (part in score)8'SDG 03-103 Mixed Chorus$ 4.75 SDG 03-304 Treble Chorus$ 4.75Setting of text attributed to St. Patrick, specifically "St. Patrick's Shield" or "Breastplate," also known historically as "Deer's Cry." The text speaks to the continuing presence of Christ and His free gift of salvation to all generations and all people. Commissioned for Ed Brodnicki by his loving wife, Judith.
(Come, Follow Me!, Carnegie Hall Series)Mixed Chorus, Alto Solo, Keyboard4.5' W 3408 (Walton Music)"And the people brought young children to Jesus for the touch of His precious hand." This narrative from the Easter celebration serves as the catalyst for this beautiful, lilting lullaby. Uncomplicated in its vocal structure, Gently, Gently offers lyrical, memorable melodic choral lines and features an alto solo midway in the piece. The text also is suitable for a Children's Day presentation: "Gently, He reached out to them. Tenderly, He called them to Him. Gently, He touched them in his way. Bring them to Me. Don't turn them away. Suffer the little children to come to Me. Let the children come to Me; of such is the Kingdom of God, my Father." Contact HalLeonard.com to order.
Chorus, Keyboard, opt. Synthesizer part included3' SDG 91-100 Treble Chorus$ 1.50SDG 91-103 Mixed Chorus$ 1.50Gloria in Excelsis Deo! was written on commission from the late Dan Nelson for the Edina High School Choirs, Edina, MN. It is a vibrant, intense setting of a small portion of the Gloria text. Its rhythmic variety is immediately apparent and combines beautifully with varied vocal textures throughout. On its last two pages, the choral score includes an optional synthesizer part that may be used in conjunction with the piano part.
Mixed Chorus a cappella3' WW 1280 (Walton Music)This 2001 addition to Berkey's "Competition Series" combines the highly rhythmic piano part and the vocal lines of the original accompanied work. The result is an exciting a cappella competition piece. Latin text throughout. Contact HalLeonard.com to order.
Glory to God in the Highest
(From The Eternal Life)Mixed Chorus, Keyboard2.5' W 3405 (Walton Music)This setting of the familiar text, "Glory to God in the Highest, And on Earth, God's peace to all men," makes a rhythmically exciting concert opener. Also very powerful when used as a call to worship. Contact HalLeonard.com to order.
Chorus a cappella3.5'SDG 93-104 Male Chorus$ 1.40SDG 93-105 Treble Chorus$ 1.40 SDG 93-106 Mixed Chorus$ 1.40God Be In My Head was commissioned by Gary Schwartzhoff and the Singing Statesmen at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. It is structured around original chant-like melodic fragments which are hinted at in the optional "celebrant" solo at the start of the piece and then fully stated in the first three ad libitum measures. With the melody throughout, the expressive setting exploits the dynamic and vocal ranges of the chorus while exploring both mixtures and combinations of tertian and quartal harmonic structures.
See also Sarum Primer 1545 for Cello Ensemble (SDG 07-203).
(From The Eternal Life)Mixed Chorus, Keyboard (opt. tambour, finger cymbals)2.5' W 3406 (Walton Music)Add a few hand drums and finger cymbals and make a holiday processional with God's Priceless Gift. This joyously rhythmic work opens with three-part TB combined with a modal and angular keyboard part. Perfect for Christmas! Contact HalLeonard.com to order.
(The Phillip Whitehawk Collection)Chorus, Piano, opt. Rhythm4' SDG 93-103 Mixed Chorus$ 1.70 SDG 06-401 Male Chorus$ 1.70SDG 93-103P Bass, Guitar, and Percussion parts$ 6.00Native American composer/guitarist Phillip White Hawk has been writing songs about America almost all of his life and has hundreds of songs in his Phillip White Hawk Collection. Jackson first became acquainted with Phil in the mid-1970's when he produced two LP recordings with the guitarist. Among the songs produced in those sessions was Hold On! Jackson's arrangement maintains the "feel and flavor" of the original version as Phil recorded it. A great concert closer! SATB setting is also found in the American Journey collection and the Carnegie Hall Series.
(Come, Follow Me!, Carnegie Hall Series)Mixed Chorus, Keyboard4' W 3407 (Walton Music)Hosanna! is a delightfully syncopated, powerful statement of praise for Palm Sunday, Easter, general worship celebration, or concert. The mixed vocal writing is fast, brilliant, and great fun for all. Contact HalLeonard.com to order.
(Anniversary Carols)Chorus, Tambour, Bass, Harp4'SDG 95-101 Mixed Chorus$ 2.40 SDG 03-402 Male Chorus$ 2.40SDG 99-100P Harp, Bass, Percussion Parts (Order complete set)$ 25.00Il est né is a traditional French melody with a text which first appeared about 1875. The decision to set this familiar tune in English left enough to be desired that the composer decided to maintain some of the French style lost in the lingual translation. Historically, this arrangement also compares nicely with the old Normandy hunting tune's original appearance in 6/8 meter. The tambour is a drum similar to a snare drum but played with the snares off. A "bolero" rhythm begins quietly in the tambour and continues throughout the song. There is a dance in the vocal rhythms, as well, but an additional striking quality is the singers' silky phrases that seem to pull and stretch and weave layer upon layer of resonance. Lush sonorities provide the wrapping to this charming arrangement.
See also Charmingly Perfect Child for Flute Orchestra (SDG 09-600).
(Thoughts and Remembrances, Carnegie Hall Series)Chorus, Organ, Piano, Harp3.2' SDG 96-108 Mixed Chorus$ 1.50SDG 96-109 Treble Chorus$ 1.50SDG 96-110 Male Chorus$ 1.50Isaiah 44:3 expresses a beautiful promise from God to His people. An ancient text set to a chant-like melody by the composer hearkens back to the sound of Hebrew melody. Beginning from barely audible sounds, the choral dynamics progress fully as the work unfolds. The repetition of the chant develops both through extensions in the voice parts as well as in the accompaniment. While the melody remains constant throughout, harmonic extensions occur in the underlying parts. The work seems to develop roots almost figuratively as the promise of God takes root and nourishes generation after generation of His people's seed upon the earth. The SATB version was performed in the Carnegie Hall Series. Isaiah 44:3 is also available in a setting for solo harp.
The Wisdom of Isaiah SDGS 971 (Nature of the World)
Mixed Chorus, Mezzo-Soprano Solo, Harp or Keyboard4' WW 1160 Chorus, Harp (Walton Music)SDG 99-100P Harp, Bass, Percussion Parts (Order complete set)$ 25.00Jesu, Son Most Sweet and Dear is a centuries old anonymous English poem. Colin Brumby, an Australian composer and teacher at the University of Queensland, Brisbane, found it in an 1866 edition of Political, Religious and Love Poems collected by F.J. Furniwall of "The Early English Text Society". Jackson Berkey's arrangement of Brumby's 1977 setting is hauntingly beautiful. A gorgeous solo carries the arrangement throughout, with overlapping phrase endings between the choral forces and the soloist. Contact HalLeonard.com to order.
(Anniversary Carols)Chorus a cappella2.5'SDG 94-103 Mixed Chorus$ 1.35 SDG 03-403 Male ChorusJoy to the World is a Christmas hymn familiar to all of us in spite of its somewhat confusing history. With importance of text constantly in mind, this setting makes use of Isaac Watts' words and the tune usually known as Antioch. In this arrangement, the third verse words appear at the outset in a modal treatment which is fast overcome by 20th Century rhythms and a polymetric combination of ostinato and hymn tune. Word painting occurs as we "repeat the sounding joy," but the "wonders of His Love" eventually surface triumphant.
(Come, Follow Me!, Carnegie Hall Series)Mixed Chorus, Keyboard2' W 3409 (Walton Music)This opening chorus from the Easter celebration features strong 2-part writing at the outset, followed by beautiful SA three-part writing and TB unisons. The text is beautifully appropriate for most any worship occasion: "Joy, Great Joy! My heart is filled with joy! Joy of knowing Christ, the Lord. Praise! Wonderful praise! My song is filled with praise!Praise for Christ, my Lord and King!There's new life in Christ. There's joy in the Lord.Peace. My soul is filled with peace. Peace while resting in the Lord. Peace." Contact HalLeonard.com to order.
Chorus, Piano 4-hands, Train Whistle, opt. Marimba/Xylophone5' SDG 98-103 Mixed Chorus$ 2.00SDG 98-401 Male Chorus$ 2.00SDG 99-303 Treble Chorus$ 2.00SDG 98-103P Marimba, Xylophone parts$ 5.00The tune Casey Jones (alias K.C.) takes place amidst train whistles and a dramatic spoken history, with a train in the choir! This song is great fun to sing and exciting to hear.
Chorus, Keyboard, opt. Harp4' SDG 93-101 Mixed Chorus$ 1.40 SDG 93-102 Treble Chorus$ 1.40Little Fire was commissioned by Sharon Hansen and the Iowa Choral Directors Association for their 1993 summer Symposium. Subtitled "A Remembrance of Aidan O'Neil," this work has as its title the translation of the name "Aidan." Little Fire depicts the courage and strength of a nine year old girl who, through her valiant battle with childhood cancer, left a life pattern for many of us to emulate in our adult lives. The work is accompanied on piano and ends with a heavenly jig on harp.
Mixed Chorus, Tenor Solos, Soprano Solos, Dramatic Reader, Native American Flute (part included), Prerecorded Percussion, Natural Environmental Sounds10-26'SDGM 93-100 Conductor, Chorus Score$ 3.35SDGM CDR 93-100 Prerecorded Sounds CD$ 25.00Compelling musical settings of words from prophetic Native American leaders. The Ambiances exist in contrasting and combined layers of a cappella mixed chorus, Native American Flute, and prerecorded percussion and natural environmental sounds. Also included for optional use in performance are selected readings by Nebraska poet laureate John G. Neihardt. The vocal score includes all parts necessary for performance. A prerecorded CD of the sparse percussion and natural environmental sounds is available from the publisher. Please note: the prerecorded elements have specified start points but are "non-critical synch." That is, once underway, they do not require exact synchronization by the conductor. Loon Lake by Morning
The Sacred Earth
Words from our Brothers
This We Know
The Web of Life
(Anniversary Carols)Chorus a cappella, opt. Tambour, Finger cymbals3'SDG 91-102 Mixed Chorus$ 1.25SDG 03-404 Male ChorusSDG 99-100P Harp, Bass, Percussion Parts (Order complete set)$ 25.00O Come, All Ye Faithful is probably the most popular Christmas hymn (as distinguished from carol) in America. Although its origins remained obscure for more than two centuries, this originally Latin hymn, Adeste fideles, can now be attributed with certainty to John Francis Wade (1711-1786), a teacher of music who specialized in copying plainchant for use in chapels and homes of prominent families in France. It was translated into English by the Rev. Frederick Oakley in 1842 and was first printed in Murray's Hymnal in 1852 in England. Jackson Berkey has a lively arrangement, with a striking treatment of the refrain.
Debussy's original Piano Solo orchestrated with voices5' SDG 08-101 Mixed Chorus$ 2.50 SDG 09-302 Treble Chorus$ 2.50Claude Debussy's early 1890 composition is loved by audiences the world over. In this arrangement designed to feature the pianist as soloist with choral accompaniment, Jackson Berkey takes Debussy's original work and cradles the piano with blankets of voices. Even without lyrics, one can hear poetry. If desired, both voicings may be combined in performance.
Mixed Chorus, Soprano Solo, Audience Participation,Obligato or Treble Chorus, Orchestra 1111, 2211, Harp, Perc I-II-III, Timp, Harp, Keyboard, Strings, opt. Handbells16' SDG 01-102 Chorus, Piano$ 6.95SDG 01-503 Conductor's Score$ 30.00SDG 01-503P Orchestra Parts$ 150.00A brilliant Christmas collection infused throughout with interesting and unexpected harmonic and rhythmic devices. The 2000 commission from Maurice Casey and Worthington United Methodist Church, Columbus (OH), is structured to allow audience participation at the beginning and end. An instrumental transition in the orchestra precedes each section allowing for the entire piece to be performed with (or without) interruption. The very important soprano solo in O, Holy Night is supported with harp and choir. O, Come Emmanuel
The Good King (Wenceslas)
O, Holy Night
Deck the Hall
O, Come All Ye Faithful
(American Journey, Carnegie Hall Series)Chorus, Piano 4-hands, opt. Marimba/Xylophone5'SDG 96-105 Mixed Chorus$ 2.95SDG 96-106 Male Chorus$ 2.95W 5040 Chorus (Walton Music)SDG 96-107 Treble Chorus$ 2.95SDG 96-567 Marimba, Xylophone mallet parts$ 5.00Sacramento~Sis Joe was commissioned by Dr. Charles Smith for the Hastings (NE) College Concert Choir tour to Japan in March of 1996. The work is a joyous, eclectic mix of Americana at its best! It is a combination of Camptown Races (with text about the Sacramento gold rush) and Sis Joe, a railroad work song used by Aaron Copland in his Rodeo! With the addition of a dance section, piano 4-hands, and mallet instruments, it makes a tremendous concert closer! SATB setting also found in American Journey, Carnegie Hall Series.
(American Journey, Carnegie Hall Series)Chorus, Piano, Percussion (Field Drum, Picc. Snare, Triangle)10' SDG 02-305 Treble Chorus/Piano Score$ 3.80 SDG 03-102 Mixed Chorus$ 3.80SDG 02-305P Percussion Parts$ 10.00A pensive choral setting of excepts from Civil War poetry by Longfellow and O'Hara. The use of a color guard processional is encouraged during the extended instrumental introduction that includes the drum cadence played in President John F. Kennedy's funeral cortege. Commissioned by the Brooklyn (NY) Youth Chorus, Dianne Berkun, Artistic Director. SATB setting also found in American Journey, Carnegie Hall Series.
(Thoughts and Remembrances, Carnegie Hall Series)Chorus, Piano 4-Hands2' SDG 96-113 Mixed Chorus$ 1.50SDGS 967 Piano 4-hands$ 4.50SDG 96-114 Treble Chorus$ 1.50SDG 96-115 Male Chorus$ 1.50 SDG 96-113 Mixed Chorus$ 1.50The English rhyme Sing a Song of Six Pence, is the basis for 6Pence. Following a robust statement of the familiar melody by all the voices, the tune continues while the background begins “counting money, eating bread and honey, counting bread,” (as in “money”)! This leads to the “Counting and Eating” instrumental solo which includes excerpts from Mozart’s Overture to The Marriage of Figaro and a Berkey frenzy on the piano. During this extravaganza, the women eat bread and honey while the men count their money. The piece concludes with the voices reiterating the overture to Mozart’s opera, taking them to a high “C” and finishing with uproarious laughter and applause. The work bears the dedication: “For my mother, Josephine, in celebration of her ever-present, always irreverent sense of humor!” SATB version was performed in the Carnegie Hall Series.
(Anniversary Carols)Chorus and Harp or Keyboard6'WW 1255 Mixed Chorus, Mezzo-Soprano Solo (Walton Music)W 5035 Treble Chorus, Mezzo-Soprano SoloW 9005 Male Chorus, Baritone SoloSDG 99-100P Harp, Bass, Percussion Parts (Order complete set)$ 25.00Still, Still Night (Silent Night) is a carol known the world over. Its music by Franz Gruber and text by Joseph Mohr have been translated into virtually every language where Christmas is celebrated. As an expression of love and thanks, this setting intentionally emulates, in key and feeling, the wonderful arrangement of Still, Still, Still by the composer's mentor, Norman Luboff. The arrangement bears a dedication to Norman and his wife, Gunilla. Contact HalLeonard.com to order.
See also Silver Winds in the Night for Flute Orchestra (SDG 01-600).
21st Century Carols Collection
Jackson Berkey's 21st Century Carols continue the composer's artful setting of time-honored, favorite Christmas carols. Taking the descriptive, narrative poetry and connecting it vividly to unique phrasing, dynamic climaxes, unexpected modal shifts, and ever-careful word painting is essential to Mr. Berkey's music understanding. Sometimes it is the removal of a traditional breath in the strophic hymn singing, or it is lingering on the most powerful words of a phrase that gives new life to an old hymn and designs new challenges for the singers and conductor. The challenge is not set in needless difficulty, but it embraces the full understanding of each meaningful phrase.
Characteristic of Berkey's arrangements is rhythmic intensity, gorgeous lyricism that sets melody and countermelody soaring, and lush vertical sonorities among the voices. Sometimes “the dance” in his carols is between voices and instruments, sometimes in a joyous release within voices, sometimes in a stately restraint. Ancient tradition becomes new with his unique settings. With careful attention to every expression mark, subtle tempo changes, meter changes, and focused balancing, choirs can create a living expression of Jackson's inspired imagination. All titles available separately.
(Thoughts and Remembrances, Carnegie Hall Series)Chorus, Alto Solo, Piano4.5' SDG 96-111 Mixed Chorus, Alto Solo, Piano$ 1.50SDG 96-112 Treble Chorus, Alto Solo, Piano$ 1.50SDGS 962 Vocal Solo, PianoSDG 04-201 Handbell Ensemble (Arr. Robert Noland)$ 3.95The text source for View Me, Lord, A Work Of Thine is English poet and composer Thomas Campion (1567-1610). Berkey's beautiful composition interweaves the vocal elements with contrasting ranges and colors in the accompaniment. The melody is hauntingly beautiful and engaging. Friends of Soli Deo Gloria Cantorum, Nebraska's Professional Chorale, commissioned Berkey to compose a work in memory of his and his wife Almeda's mothers.
See Homage to Thomas Campion for instrumental solo and ensemble versions.
What Child Is This? see The Silent Word