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Lively and infused with humor, "Za Tou Naši Storoličkou" is an enjoyable experience!
“ZA TOU NAŠÍ STOROLIČKOU,” composed by Václav Kalika and arranged by Miroslav Košler (1931-2016), is a whimsical Czech folk song from the Chodsko region for SATB a cappella choir. The 2-minute piece combines lively lyrics and a captivating melody, infused with humor, creating an enjoyable experience for performers and audiences alike.
A Czech pronunciation guide and English translation are included, enhancing the accessibility of this cultural gem. Celebrating Czech musical heritage, the song invites choristers to harmonize and embrace the charm of Chodsko’s folk traditions.
"Ze Želinárské Zahradky" (From The Vegetable Garden) offers a delightful exploration of nature's bounty.
ZE ZELINÁŘSKÉ ZAHRÁDKY, a captivating 7-song cycle by Czech composer Jiří Laburda designed for Unison Choir with Piano, offers a delightful exploration of nature’s bounty. Each piece in the cycle, including titles such as “Hlávka zelí” (Head of Cabbage) and “Zlatý déšt’” (Golden Rain), paints a vivid musical picture of various vegetables and their unique characteristics.
With a Grade: E rating, the cycle is accessible for a wide range of choirs. The inclusion of a Czech pronunciation guide and English translations ensures that performers and audiences can fully appreciate the poetic and cultural nuances embedded in Laburda’s work.
The duration of 11:13 allows for a comprehensive yet manageable performance, making it an ideal addition to choral repertoires. The Jiří Laburda Choral Library continues to enrich the choral landscape, showcasing the composer’s creative brilliance and commitment to musical storytelling.
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"Your House Is Beautiful" is a delightful and expressive journey.
Cecil Steffen’s composition, “Your House Is Beautiful,” featuring text by Bridget McCarron inspired by Psalms 84, proves versatile for both concert and worship settings. With a thoughtful selection of lyrics, “Your House Is Beautiful” not only showcases Steffen’s musical prowess but also provides a platform for SSA choirs to convey a message of beauty, grace, and harmony.
Particularly poignant for occasions like All Saints, funerals, and healing services, this piece is designed for SSA Choir with Piano accompaniment. Edited by Anita Smisek, the composition not only offers a musically enriching experience but also serves as a meaningful addition to diverse choral occasions, blending spirituality and artistic expression.
"Žena (Woman)" offers a nuanced and emotive portrayal of the diverse experiences associated with femininity.
“ŽENA” composed by Vladimír Soukup (1930-2012) features three emotionally charged songs with lyrics by Frána Šrámek, designed for Soprano Vocal Solo with Piano. The compositions, ‘Dívka – Girl’ (3’20”), ‘Žena – Woman’ (3’15”), and ‘Matka – Mother’ (5’25”), showcase Soukup’s adeptness in capturing nuanced emotions across different life stages. The solo soprano voice, accompanied by piano, highlights the depth of Šrámek’s poetic verses.
With a Czech pronunciation guide and English translations, the work is accessible globally, enhancing the connection to the lyrical narrative. Published by Alliance Publications in 2017 and available via Print on Demand, “ŽENA” invites performers to bring its stirring melodies and poetic verses to life on stage.
About Alliance Publications
At Alliance Publications, Inc. (API), we pride ourselves on publishing quality music with interest, charm, and challenge for school, church, community, and professional musicians. Since 1989, we have helped build a community of composers, teachers, and eager listeners who value distinctive music.
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API specializes in traditional and contemporary sacred music gleaned from around the world, and musical treasures gleaned from Czech and Slovak composers of classical and folk music, enjoyed by the world community of musicians.
For Czech pronunciation, API provides CDs or MP3s for each title published.
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Czech & Slovak Classical Music & Concerts.
We provide music for soloists, choral groups, ensembles, band, and orchestra.
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Piano & Guitar Books
An Approach to Fingering in Piano Playing: Concert pianist, teacher, and composer Ejnar Krantz’s 1954 doctoral dissertation from Chicago Musical College, “An Approach to Fingering in Piano Playing,” offers valuable insights and illustrations. The book provides rationale and examples from standard classical piano literature.
Czech Music History Books
In A History of the Trombone in the Czech Lands, Joel Blahník meticulously unravels the nuanced evolution of trombone playing in Czech music, offering a concise yet thorough account that illuminates the instrument’s profound cultural impact on the region’s musical landscape.