Apr 19, 2017

Canada's 150!

To celebrate Canada's 150th!
Category: Newsletter Archive
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Soon Canada turns 150 and a year long soiree begins!  Yes it is the sesquicentennial, or 150th anniversary!  Careful how you pronounce that, it can be tough to say with a straight face and may garner a few giggles!  
However you say it, this is a big deal and a great time to program a Canadian composition and do something uniquely canuck!  Aside from performing a Canadian work, you may wish to do something extra like have your group perform with toques and mitts, serve bacon and maple syrup treats at concerts, invite a neighborhood beaver, our national symbol, to snack on un-needed reeds or on that bassoon that is well past repair.  It is well known that beavers love reeds and bassoons, not sure on their tastes for bacon or maple syrup!?  The choice is yours.  However, if interested in finding a Canadian composition for band or choir please see below.
Band directors click on the pdf, choir directors please scroll to Cypress Choral below.
The pdf contains a listing of Canadian band compositions from grade 0.5-grade 6.  Includes compositions by Donald Coakley, Howard Cable, Ryan Meeboer, Paul Suchan, Glen Gillis, David Marlatt and more.  This compilation is from Canadian publisher Eighth Note, but don’t forget other Canadian composers like Pete Meechan, Allan Gilliland, Robert Buckley, Vince Gassi, Michael Colgrass, Brian McAuley, Douglas Court, or Andre Jutras for example.  Truly we are blessed with wonderful Canadian composers.  Keen readers will notice some titles in the pdf are also found on our web page.


Choir Directors please see below for a letter contributed from Cypress Music.  If interested in any of these Canadian choral titles just let us know, we will have them promptly...

Click on a title to hear the recording while studying the score - (below)

Canada’s 150th!  Most Canadian choirs will be celebrating the big 2017 event in song. American choirs might give us a nod and celebrate with us, eh - and I hear that some singers are immigrating to Canada! Hey, we sing American folksongs all the time! - O Shanandoah, Ol’ Dan Tucker, etc.
Cypress has so much amazing Candiana to offer - and most pieces have multiple voicings. For example, we recently revived the anthem “This is My Home” (SATB, SAB, TBB, SSA, SA).  Here a solid setting of O Canada.  Can you name “All the Little Rivers of Canada”? Travel across the country from east to west on the Canadian Pacific or rattle through the Rocky’s on the Royal HudsonFish off the coast of B.C. - Where the Coho Flash Silver or in the Atlantic with the Rankin Family hit - Fisherman’s Son . Enjoy the coastline with Mountains, Sea and Sky. How about those Prairie cowboys? - Alberta Cowboy Songs.  Who could forget the timeless Four Strong Winds by Ian Tyson? or the internationally famous Hockey Song by Stompin’ tom Connors?(guaranteed to bring down the house). Gordon Lightfoot’s  Song for a Winter’s Night or Pussy Willows and Cat-tails will surely be audience pleasers. To Young Canadians - the words of Jack Layton. Take your canoe out on the lake to the music of Ian Tamblyn and Matthew Emery.  Haul timber out of the bush while singing these classics - Peter Amberley  Log Driver’s WaltzDonkey Riding.  Swat pesky flies in Ontario while working with a crew. - Black Fly Song. Try Susan Aglukark’s Song of the Land.  Hot off the press; Brian’s Tate’s Emily Carr Suite. Ever sing along with humpback whales? - Mother Whale Lullaby. Enjoy the Rodeo with this knee slapper - “William’s Lake Stampede”. One of my personal favorites - reflecting on Canada’s immigration policy - Immigrant Son.
We’ve recently upgraded our french catalogue. Allan Bevan’s gorgeous Parlez-moi, Stephen Hatfield’s Les Draveurs de la Gatineau and Donald Patriquin’s C’est l’aviron
Diane Loomer’s collection of Canadian Folksongs would be very fitting. Maple Leaf Forever, "Fogarty’s Cove - and our list goes on. Dianes setting of Away From the Roll of the Sea by Allister MacGillivray   has been a best seller for 27 years.  Stuck in the ice? - Frobisher Bay.  Ever curse in a song and get away with it? - try Barrett’s Privateers.  
Hey, this only scratches the surface of our terrific options for the big Canuck celebration.
Don’t forget music by Calgary’s own Erica Phare Berg, and Kathryn Parrotta (this added by Don Closson).
upwards and onwards!
Larry - Cypress Choral Music

If you wish for any of the above or something else Canadian just let us know and we will quickly continue for you.


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