All Videos Tagged Choir (Composers' Forum) - Composers' Forum 2020-12-02T19:00:00Z http://composersforum.ning.com/video/video/listTagged?tag=Choir&rss=yes&xn_auth=no Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child (Avanna + EWQLSC) tag:composersforum.ning.com,2019-09-02:773368:Video:523523 2019-09-02T11:53:51.092Z August Champlin http://composersforum.ning.com/profile/AugustChamplin <a href="http://composersforum.ning.com/video/sometimes-i-feel-like-a-motherless-child-avanna-ewqlsc"><br /> <img alt="Thumbnail" height="180" src="http://storage.ning.com/topology/rest/1.0/file/get/327294515?profile=original&amp;width=240&amp;height=180" width="240"></img><br /> </a> <br></br>Perhaps no performance has moved me more than Bessie Griffin's earth shattering rendition of the old African American Spiritual "Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child" (Google it!). After hearing her sing this piece, I could not get the tune out of my mind. I found myself humming and singing it everywhere I went, except in my mind a contralto voice… <a href="http://composersforum.ning.com/video/sometimes-i-feel-like-a-motherless-child-avanna-ewqlsc"><br /> <img src="http://storage.ning.com/topology/rest/1.0/file/get/327294515?profile=original&amp;width=240&amp;height=180" width="240" height="180" alt="Thumbnail" /><br /> </a><br />Perhaps no performance has moved me more than Bessie Griffin's earth shattering rendition of the old African American Spiritual "Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child" (Google it!). After hearing her sing this piece, I could not get the tune out of my mind. I found myself humming and singing it everywhere I went, except in my mind a contralto voice sang the desolate call and a full gospel choir sang the painful jabbing responses. This arrangement so haunted me that I wrote it out and developed it into this piece. Since I have no access to a contralto or gospel choir, I did my best to program Zero-G's Avanna, a Vocaloid, to perform the solo and EWQL Symphonic Choirs to perform the role of the full gospel choir. Avanna is more of a lyric blues singer than the powerful contralto I had in mind (think Jessye Norman); however, her light bluesy rendition captures something of the forlornness of the piece. I thought Symphonic Choirs did a pretty good job of imitating a gospel choir. I also experimented with using Hollywood Choirs, which I own; however, SC did a better job than HC, I felt, so that is what you hear in this performance. If your choir wants to sing this piece, please contact me. I would love to hear this piece performed by a real soloist and choir! Fantasia on We Three Kings tag:composersforum.ning.com,2016-12-18:773368:Video:463493 2016-12-18T00:14:57.055Z August Champlin http://composersforum.ning.com/profile/AugustChamplin <a href="http://composersforum.ning.com/video/fantasia-on-we-three-kings"><br /> <img src="http://storage.ning.com/topology/rest/1.0/file/get/327294377?profile=original&amp;width=240&amp;height=180" width="240" height="180" alt="Thumbnail" /><br /> </a><br />In the Fall of 2010, I joined the William Chunestudy Men's Chorus as a second tenor. When Dr. William Chunestudy told the choir that he was looking for new a... <a href="http://composersforum.ning.com/video/fantasia-on-we-three-kings"><br /> <img src="http://storage.ning.com/topology/rest/1.0/file/get/327294377?profile=original&amp;width=240&amp;height=180" width="240" height="180" alt="Thumbnail" /><br /> </a><br />In the Fall of 2010, I joined the William Chunestudy Men's Chorus as a second tenor. When Dr. William Chunestudy told the choir that he was looking for new a... Evening Star (SATB + Piano) tag:composersforum.ning.com,2016-02-29:773368:Video:442027 2016-02-29T01:53:25.353Z Nicholas Kelly http://composersforum.ning.com/profile/NicholasKelly <a href="http://composersforum.ning.com/video/evening-star-satb-piano"><br /> <img src="http://storage.ning.com/topology/rest/1.0/file/get/327287996?profile=original&amp;width=240&amp;height=180" width="240" height="180" alt="Thumbnail" /><br /> </a><br />An original composition (Nicholas Ryan Kelly, 2016) for SATB Choir and piano, recorded electronically using Virharmonic's Soloists of Prague. For score, go t... <a href="http://composersforum.ning.com/video/evening-star-satb-piano"><br /> <img src="http://storage.ning.com/topology/rest/1.0/file/get/327287996?profile=original&amp;width=240&amp;height=180" width="240" height="180" alt="Thumbnail" /><br /> </a><br />An original composition (Nicholas Ryan Kelly, 2016) for SATB Choir and piano, recorded electronically using Virharmonic's Soloists of Prague. For score, go t... A Dawn Never Ending tag:composersforum.ning.com,2015-12-06:773368:Video:433143 2015-12-06T07:23:44.565Z August Champlin http://composersforum.ning.com/profile/AugustChamplin <a href="http://composersforum.ning.com/video/a-dawn-never-ending"><br /> <img src="http://storage.ning.com/topology/rest/1.0/file/get/327286894?profile=original&amp;width=240&amp;height=180" width="240" height="180" alt="Thumbnail" /><br /> </a><br />I started working on A Dawn Never Ending in university. It was the 1990's, and the piece was much simpler then. A friend of mine conducted the premiere of th... <a href="http://composersforum.ning.com/video/a-dawn-never-ending"><br /> <img src="http://storage.ning.com/topology/rest/1.0/file/get/327286894?profile=original&amp;width=240&amp;height=180" width="240" height="180" alt="Thumbnail" /><br /> </a><br />I started working on A Dawn Never Ending in university. It was the 1990's, and the piece was much simpler then. A friend of mine conducted the premiere of th... Silent Night for Men's Chorus (Performed by EastWest Quantum Leap Symphonic Choirs) tag:composersforum.ning.com,2014-02-11:773368:Video:361769 2014-02-11T08:58:41.153Z August Champlin http://composersforum.ning.com/profile/AugustChamplin <a href="http://composersforum.ning.com/video/silent-night-for-men-s-chorus-performed-by-eastwest-quantum-leap"><br /> <img src="http://storage.ning.com/topology/rest/1.0/file/get/327289088?profile=original&amp;width=240&amp;height=180" width="240" height="180" alt="Thumbnail" /><br /> </a><br />I wrote this arrangement of Silent Night for the William Chunestudy Men's Chorus in 2010. It was performed at their Christmas concert in Fallbrook, CA that y... <a href="http://composersforum.ning.com/video/silent-night-for-men-s-chorus-performed-by-eastwest-quantum-leap"><br /> <img src="http://storage.ning.com/topology/rest/1.0/file/get/327289088?profile=original&amp;width=240&amp;height=180" width="240" height="180" alt="Thumbnail" /><br /> </a><br />I wrote this arrangement of Silent Night for the William Chunestudy Men's Chorus in 2010. It was performed at their Christmas concert in Fallbrook, CA that y...