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Die Gedanken Sind Frei

A centuries-old protest song, recast with wit and defiance
16th c. German protest song / Elizabeth Alexander

SATB, piano OR
Alto, baritone, piano

ME http://www.seafarerpress.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/works_variant_audio_files/recording-die_gedanken_sind_frei_duet.mp3

Sleep Song

Musings on the nature of a sleeping child
Ann Silsbee

Low voice, piano
Medium voice, piano
High voice, piano

ME http://www.seafarerpress.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/works_variant_audio_files/sleep_song_high_voice_1.mp3

Spring Grass

The first dance of spring: tweedle-dum and fiddle-dee-dee!
Carl Sandburg

SATB a cappella

MA http://www.seafarerpress.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/samples/spring_grass.mp3

A Garret of Old Playthings

Five Carl Sandburg songs, full of wistfulness, gumption and glee
Carl Sandburg

High voice, piano

MA http://www.seafarerpress.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/samples/garret_of_old_playthings_iv_spring_grass.mp3

Where There Is Light In the Soul

A rich affirmation of Light, Beauty, Harmony, Honor and Peace
Chinese proverb

SAB a cappella
SATB a cappella
SSA a cappella
TTB a cappella

ME http://www.seafarerpress.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/samples/where_there_is_light_in_the_soul_sab.mp3

Same Birds

A sassy frolic about deep listening, the cry of existence, and a congregation of rowdy birds
David Allan Evans

SATB a cappella

MA http://www.seafarerpress.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/works_variant_audio_files/recording-same_birds-satb.mp3

Doors

A sweeping embrace of all heart-opening things: poems, mistakes, rain...
Dawna Markova

SSA, cello, piano

MA http://www.seafarerpress.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/works_variant_audio_files/Doors-Elizabeth%20Alexander.mp3

Praise Wet Snow Falling Early

A meditation on darkness, transcendence and hope.
Denise Levertov

SATB, piano

M http://www.seafarerpress.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/samples/praise_wet_snow_falling_early.mp3

No One Gets A Program

A sassy take on a wise old saying
Dutch proverb / Elizabeth Alexander

2 medium voices, piano

M http://www.seafarerpress.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/samples/recording-no_one_gets_a_program..mp3

when faces called flowers float out of the ground

A whimsical (and amorous!) song of spring
e. e. cummings

SATB a cappella

MA http://www.seafarerpress.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/samples/when_faces_called_flowers_float_out_of_the_ground.mp3

Spring Revels

Three evocative songs of spring
e. e. cummings, Langston Hughes, Carl Sandburg

SATB a cappella

MA http://www.seafarerpress.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/samples/when_faces_called_flowers_float_out_of_the_ground.mp3

Climb

A rapturous call to freedom and risk
Edna St. Vincent Millay

SSATB, piano

MA http://www.seafarerpress.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/works_variant_audio_files/climb.mp3

Shelter This Candle

Evocative vocal effects creating a world of utter darkness and dazzling light
Edna St. Vincent Millay

SATB, oboe, horn, cello, harp

A http://www.seafarerpress.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/samples/shelter_this_candle.mp3

The People Build a Home

Eileen Karpeles, adapted

SATB, spoken word artists, piano

M http://www.seafarerpress.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/samples/recording-the_people_build_a_home.mp3

Sue Loves Butter

An exuberant toast to friendship, fun, and everyone's favorite comfort food
Elizabeth Alexander

SSA, piano

M http://www.seafarerpress.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/samples/recording-sue_loves_butter.mp3

Pages (Movement II. from Kindling)

A clear-eyed look at the world's challenges, with a contemplative call to action
Elizabeth Alexander

SATB, piano OR
SATB, flute, horn, string quartet

M http://www.seafarerpress.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/works_variant_audio_files/recording-kindling-2_pages.mp3

Trust the Seeds

A meditation on the faith of seed-planting
Elizabeth Alexander

SATB a cappella
SATB, flute, oboe, piano
SATB, orchestra

M http://www.seafarerpress.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/works_variant_audio_files/trust_the_seeds_satb_0.mp3

How To Sing Like a Planet

A genre-defying "instruction manual," as whimsical as the singing planet which inspired it
Elizabeth Alexander

SATB, piano
TTB, piano

M-MA http://www.seafarerpress.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/works_variant_audio_files/recording-how_to_sing_like_a_planet_satb.mp3

Things That Go Bump in the Night

A courageous and funny journey from dusk to dawn
Elizabeth Alexander

SA, piano, flute
SATB, piano, flute

ME http://www.seafarerpress.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/samples/things_that_go_bump_in_the_night-movement_1-and_the_moon_is_listening.mp3

Cherish Your Doubt

An affirmation of doubt, that vital component of belief
Elizabeth Alexander

SATB, piano
SSAA, piano

M http://www.seafarerpress.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/works_variant_audio_files/cherish_your_doubt_ssaa.mp3

Why I Sing

A sweet and funny ode to song, for singers and their trusty pitch pipes
Elizabeth Alexander

SATB, 6 pitch pipes

M http://www.seafarerpress.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/samples/Why%20I%20Sing%20-%20Endicott%20Singers%20-%20Rebecca%20Kennealy%20-%20excerpt.mp3

On the Edge of the Water

An allegory of life's beauty, transience and continuity
Elizabeth Alexander

Low voice, piano

M http://www.seafarerpress.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/samples/recording-on_the_edge_of_the_water.mp3

This is What Democracy Looks Like

A rally-ready protest song licensed through Creative Commons
Elizabeth Alexander

Unison voices

E http://www.seafarerpress.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/works_variant_audio_files/recording-this_is_what_democracy_looks_like.mp3

Songs of Youth

An exploration of the thrill (and impatience!) of growing up
Elizabeth Alexander

SAB, piano, vibraphone (opt.)
SSA, piano, vibraphone (opt.)

M http://www.seafarerpress.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/works_variant_audio_files/songs_of_youth_movt_1_sab.mp3

Kindling: Small Reflections on a Limitless Faith

An ecstatic and introspective cantata embracing six sources of religion for our own time
Elizabeth Alexander

SATB, piano OR
SATB, flute, horn, string quartet

MA http://www.seafarerpress.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/works_variant_audio_files/recording-kindling-1-first_touch.mp3

Dragon Dance

Reflections on a Chinese dragon's many feet, with a "Partner Song" finale
Elizabeth Alexander

SA, piano

ME http://www.seafarerpress.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/works_variant_audio_files/dragon_dance.mp3

Beware the Winter Settlin' In

Irish midwinter merrymaking, full of welcome and cheer
Elizabeth Alexander

SATB chorus, Celtic band, and children's choir (opt.)

MA http://www.seafarerpress.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/works_variant_audio_files/recording-beware_the_winter_settlin_in.mp3

Life is not a Garden

A complex view of the world, both upbeat and real
Elizabeth Alexander

SATB, piano
SSAA, piano

M http://www.seafarerpress.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/works_variant_audio_files/life_is_not_a_garden_ssaa.mp3

They Have Freckles Everywhere

Seven wildly diverse portraits of our bodies' amazing parts
Elizabeth Alexander

SSAA, piano

M http://www.seafarerpress.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/works_variant_audio_files/they_have_freckles_everywhere_7_my_cheeks.mp3

Fighting Over What We Believe

A bold meditation on conflict, communication and compassion
Elizabeth Alexander

SATB, SAB, piano
SATB, soloists, piano
SSA, SAB, piano
SSA, soloists, piano

M http://www.seafarerpress.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/works_variant_audio_files/fighting_over_what_we_believe_satb_%26_soloists.mp3

Strong Braid (Movement V. from Kindling)

A rhapsodic salute to Faith's invaluable companions: Science and Reason
Elizabeth Alexander

SATB, piano OR
SATB, flute, horn, string quartet

MA http://www.seafarerpress.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/works_variant_audio_files/recording-kindling-5-strong_braid.mp3

The Gospel Isn't Written In the Bible Alone

An expansive embrace of the sacredness of all creation
Elizabeth Alexander

Low voice, piano
Medium/high voice, piano

M http://www.seafarerpress.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/works_variant_audio_files/recording-gospel_isnt_written_in_the_bible_alone.mp3

Caterpillars Crawl

A humorous look at the daunting act of "going out on a limb"
Elizabeth Alexander

SA children's choir, piano

ME

Being Who You Are

A lighthearted romp affirming individual differences (with a touch of Shakespeare)
Elizabeth Alexander

SA, piano,
& misc. percussion

ME http://www.seafarerpress.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/samples/being_who_you_are.mp3

Reasons for the Perpetuation of Slavery

A compelling look at the timeless institution of human slavery
Elizabeth Alexander

SSAA a cappella

MA http://www.seafarerpress.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/works_variant_audio_files/recording-reasons_for_the_perpetuation_of_slavery_ssaa_0.mp3

Y Comienzo a Bailar ("And I Begin To Dance")

An intimate portrait of Dia de los Muertos
Elizabeth Alexander / Augustin Cadena

SATB, piano

MA http://www.seafarerpress.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/samples/y_comienzo_a_bailar.mp3

To Make a Prairie

A delicate setting of Dickinson's timeless poem about dreams and creation
Emily Dickinson

SSA, piano

M http://www.seafarerpress.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/samples/to_make_a_prairie.mp3

Tomorrow, God Willing

A full-hearted offering of Lake Wobegon wisdom
Garrison Keillor

TTBB a cappella

M http://www.seafarerpress.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/samples/tomorrow_god_willing_ttbb.mp3

I Write This Poem Out Of Darkness

An isolated poet offers words of struggle and connection to her imagined readers
George Ella Lyon

SSA choir, flute, violin, piano
OR
SSA trio, flute, violin, piano

MA http://www.seafarerpress.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/works_variant_audio_files/i_write_this_poem_out_of_darkness.mp3

Tree Song

A reflection on the generosity and interdependence of trees
George Ella Lyon

SSA, cello, piano

M http://www.seafarerpress.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/samples/tree_song.mp3

A Palette To Paint Us As We Are

A moving tribute to our skins' true colors
Gerald Rich

SSA, piano
SATB, piano

M http://www.seafarerpress.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/works_variant_audio_files/palette_to_paint_us_as_we_are_satb.mp3

Give Me a Laundry List (and I'll set it to music)

A lighthearted spin on Rossini's famous boast
Giaocchino Rossini / Elizabeth Alexander

SATB a cappella
SSAA a cappella

M http://www.seafarerpress.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/works_variant_audio_files/give_me_a_laundry_list.mp3

My Aunt Gives Me a Clarinet Lesson

A spirited musical fantasy for all ages
Gregory Djanikian

Soprano, flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano, percussion

A http://www.seafarerpress.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/samples/my_aunt_gives_me_a_clarinet_lesson.mp3

A Love Like That (individual song)

A tender ballad of unconditional love
Hafiz / Daniel Ladinsky

Low voice, piano
Medium voice, piano
High voice, piano

M http://www.seafarerpress.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/Track%208%20-%20A%20Love%20Like%20That%20%28excerpt%29.mp3

Bells in the High Tower

A beloved Hungarian carol with new English lyrics
Hungarian carol / Howard Box

SATB, piano

ME http://www.seafarerpress.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/works_variant_audio_files/bells_in_the_high_tower.mp3

Why I Pity the Woman Who Never Spills

A gutsy, sensual song in praise of messy women
Joan Wolf Prefontaine

SSAA a cappella

MA http://www.seafarerpress.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/samples/recording-why_i_pity_the_woman_who_never_spills.mp3

Look To This Day!

An exuberant setting of a Hindu poet's celebration of the present moment
Kalidasa

SATB, organ, orchestral chimes

M

April Rain Song

A little sleep-song, sung to the cadence of a gentle rain
Langston Hughes

SATB a cappella

MA http://www.seafarerpress.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/samples/april_rain_song.mp3

Folks, I'm Telling You

Hard truth and deep love, delivered with edgy jazz harmonies and blues-inflected lines
Langston Hughes

SSATB, piano

MA http://www.seafarerpress.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/works_variant_audio_files/recording-folks_im_telling_you.mp3

Nature Creature (musical score)

Songs on being alive in this world, with all its beauty and complexity
Lyon ~ Ignatow ~ Moore ~ Ammons ~ Erdrich ~ White ~ Hafiz

Low voice, piano, cello (opt.)

MA http://www.seafarerpress.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/recording-tree_song-mackenzie_ultan_alexander.mp3

* Nature Creature (CD/mp3)

Songs on being alive in this world, with all its beauty and complexity
Lyon ~ Ignatow ~ Moore ~ Ammons ~ Erdrich ~ White ~ Hafiz

Voice, cello, piano

Various http://www.seafarerpress.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/Track%202%20-%20The%20Meadow%20Doesnt%20Know%20About%20the%20Stock%20Market%20%28excerpt%29.mp3

I'll Tell You A Story, then…

A pensive journey of discovery, about what it means to be fully human
Nancy White

Low voice, piano
Medium voice, piano
High voice, piano

M http://www.seafarerpress.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/works_variant_audio_files/ill_tell_you_a_story_then_low_voice.mp3

The Earth Called To My Friend

A song of memorial that heartily embraces the vitality of life
Nancy Wood

SSA, piano

M http://www.seafarerpress.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/works_variant_audio_files/earth_called_to_my_friend.mp3

Trouble in a Minnesota Town

A town's wild descent into madness — and mangos!
Neal Bowers

Low voice, piano
Medium voice, piano

MA http://www.seafarerpress.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/samples/trouble_in_a_minnesota_town.mp3

Be Grateful, My Soul

A passionate testament to life's worth, even in times of darkness
Norbert Čapek

SSSAA choir OR
SSSAA quintet

ME http://www.seafarerpress.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/works_variant_audio_files/Be%20Grateful%20My%20Soul%20-%20Vassar%20College%20Women%27s%20Choir%20-%20Christine%20R%20Howlett%20conductor%20-%20excerpt_0.mp3

Oath Taking

A passionate and soulful plea for integrity in all things
Opal Palmer Adisa

High voice, piano

M http://www.seafarerpress.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/samples/oath_taking.mp3

Finally On My Way To Yes

A gutsy celebration of life's rough lessons
Pesha Gertler

SSATB, piano

MA http://www.seafarerpress.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/works_variant_audio_files/finally_on_my_way_to_yes_0.mp3

We Remember Them

A tender setting of "A Litany of Remembrance"
Rabbis Sylvan Kamens / Jack Riemer

SATB, piano

M http://www.seafarerpress.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/samples/we_remember_them.mp3

Faith Is the Bird That Feels the Light

A soulfully inflected affirmation, with a dazzling final chord
Rabindranath Tagore

SSA a cappella

M http://www.seafarerpress.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/works_variant_audio_files/faith_is_the_bird_that_feels_the_light_ssa.mp3

Jump!

A sonic experience of jumping, falling, and flying!
Ray Bradbury

SSA, narrator, string quartet

M http://www.seafarerpress.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/samples/jump.mp3

An Ark of Stars

A dynamic outpouring of loss...and hope
Rose Ausländer

Soprano, orchestra

MA http://www.seafarerpress.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/samples/so_many_corners-movement_2-ark_of_stars.mp3

So Many Corners

Seven songs of longing, loss and love
Rose Ausländer

Soprano, piano OR
Soprano, orchestra

A http://www.seafarerpress.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/samples/so_many_corners-movement_7-so_many_corners.mp3

Three Rose Ausländer Songs

Three songs of longing, loss and love
Rose Ausländer

Soprano, chamber orchestra

A http://www.seafarerpress.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/samples/so_many_corners-movement_3-love.mp3

Glen Song

A playful ode to what's really important…love, of course!
Scott Bates

SSATB, piano

M http://www.seafarerpress.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/works_variant_audio_files/glen_song.mp3

A Love Like That: Songs of Unconditional Love

Five awestruck songs of unconditional love
Silsbee ~ Emerson ~ Hafiz ~ Alexander ~ White

Low voice
Medium voice
High voice

M-MA http://www.seafarerpress.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/works_variant_audio_files/recording-the-eternal-one-high-voice_1.mp3

Those Who Wish To Sing Always Find a Song

The joy of "tra-la-la" (In nine languages!)
Swedish proverb

SSA, oboe, piano

M http://www.seafarerpress.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/works_variant_audio_files/those_who_wish_to_sing_always_find_a_song_0.mp3

You were meant for this:

A fierce and vibrant farewell to a dying friend
Teresa Schreiber Werth

SSAA a cappella, div.

MA http://www.seafarerpress.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/samples/recording-you_were_meant_for_this.mp3

Even a Fist Was Once an Open Palm

A powerful setting of an Israeli poet’s longing for peace
Yehuda Amichai

SATB a cappella

A http://www.seafarerpress.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/works_variant_audio_files/even_a_fist_was_once_an_open_palm.mp3

If You Can Walk You Can Dance

A contagiously joyful Latin dance song
Zimbabwean proverb

SAB, piano, claves
SATB, piano, claves
SSA, piano, claves
TBB, piano, claves

ME http://www.seafarerpress.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/works_variant_audio_files/if_you_can_walk_you_can_dance_sab.mp3

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