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...or a musician

A mercurial musing on music’s mysterious source
Philip Dacey

SATB, orchestra

MA http://elizabethalexander.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/works_variant_audio_files/or_a_musician_0.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

A Perfect Circle

Handbell choir

As We Sing of Hope and Joy

A poetic chorale with engaging inner voices and a message of social justice.
Elizabeth Alexander

SATB a cappella

ME

Be Grateful, My Soul

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

SSSAA choir or quintet

ME http://elizabethalexander.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

Before the Bread

A canonic setting of a traditional English blessing
English folk prayer

SATB a cappella
SSSS a cappella

ME

Blessed Be the Flower That Triumphs

A meditation on the true meaning of resurrection
Michael deVernon Boblett

SATB a cappella
SATB, orchestra

M http://elizabethalexander.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/works_variant_audio_files/blessed_be_the_flower_that_triumphs_satb_a_cappella.mp3

Calm the Tempests of My Heart

An invocation asking for peace within one's own heart
Søren Kierkegaard

2, 3, or 4-part chorus

E

Cherish Your Doubt

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

SATB, piano
SSAA, piano

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

Children, Go Where I Send Thee

A vibrant "call and response" arrangement of this enduring favorite
African-American Spiritual

SA children's choir, soloist, piano

E

Create a Song Once More

St. Cecilia's words to King David after his fall from grace
Elizabeth Alexander

SATB a cappella

MA http://elizabethalexander.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/works_variant_audio_files/create_a_song_once_more.mp3

Do Not Leave Your Cares At the Door

A feast of old-time gospel offering welcome and acceptance
Norman V. Naylor

SATB a cappella

ME http://elizabethalexander.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/works_variant_audio_files/do_not_leave_your_cares_at_the_door.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://elizabethalexander.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/works_variant_audio_files/faith_is_the_bird_that_feels_the_light_ssa.mp3

Fighting Over What We Believe

A bold meditation on conflict, communication and compassion
Elizabeth Alexander

SATB, SAB youth choir, piano
SATB, soloists, piano
SSA, SAB youth choir, piano

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

Finally On My Way To Yes

A gutsy celebration of life's rough lessons
Pesha Gertler

SSATB, piano

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

For So the Children Come

A moving celebration of new life.
Sophia Lyon Fahs

SATB, piano

MA http://elizabethalexander.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/works_variant_audio_files/for_so_the_children_come.mp3

Go Out! (Individual Song)

A rousing song of commission, with an "anti-hellfire-and-brimstone" message
John Murray (as rendered by Alfred S. Cole)

SATB, piano

M

Immortal Love

A contemplative modal chorale reminiscent of early American hymns
John Greenleaf Whittier

SATB a cappella

E http://elizabethalexander.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/works_variant_audio_files/immortal_love.mp3

In the Lonely Midnight

A new setting of a classic and relevant Christmas lyric
Theodore Chickering Williams

SATB, piano

ME http://elizabethalexander.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/works_variant_audio_files/recording-in-the_lonely_midnight_satb_%26_piano.mp3

Infant Holy, Infant Lowly

An intimate arrangement of a Christmas favorite
Polish carol / Elizabeth Alexander

SSA a cappella

ME

Into the Silent Darkness

An atmospheric work praising the mystery of Creation
Richard S. Gilbert

SATB, violin, piano

MA http://elizabethalexander.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/samples/into_the_silent_darkness.mp3

Jó!

A historic decree of tolerance is celebrated with Eastern European vigor
Edict of Torda / King John Sigismund III

SSA (woman's choir or trio)

M

Kindling: Small Reflections on a Limitless Faith

An ecstatic and introspective work inspired by six sources of religious wisdom and mystery
Elizabeth Alexander

SATB and piano
OR
SATB and chamber ensemble

MA

Look To This Day!

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

SATB, organ, orchestral chimes

M

Love is the Spirit of this Church

A spirited affirmation of religion's core value
Tony Larsen & Elizabeth Alexander

SATB

M

May This Be a Working Alleluia

A "roll up your sleeves" embrace of gratitude, work, healing and joy
Elizabeth Alexander

S children's choir, SATB,
& piano
(Optional: flute, 2 trumpets)

M http://elizabethalexander.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/works_variant_audio_files/may_this_be_a_working_alleluia.mp3

On the Edge of the Water

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

Low voice, piano

M

One More Redeemer

A warm-hearted affirmation of the divine spark in each child
Rob Eller-Isaacs & Bill Neely

SATB a cappella

ME http://elizabethalexander.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/samples/one_more_redeemer.mp3

Only a Couple Fishes

An animated retelling of the Loaves and Fishes story, with "generosity" at its core
Elizabeth Alexander

2-4 part children's choir, piano

M

Praise Wet Snow Falling Early

A meditation on darkness, transcendence and hope.
Denise Levertov

SATB, piano

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

Pure Light beyond Light

Ancient and modern invocations of the Holy, filled with reverence, mystery and illumination
Mozarabic prayer, Hildegard von Bingen, Rob Eller-Isaacs

SATB

M

Song of Kabir

A luminous song of wholehearted devotion
Kabir

SATB a cappella

M http://elizabethalexander.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/works_variant_audio_files/Song%20of%20Kabir%20-%20Unity%20Singers%20-%20Ruth%20Palmer.mp3

Song of the Five Thousand

The canonic "table grace" refrain from Only a Couple Fishes
Elizabeth Alexander

1-4-part chorus/congregation

 

E

The Earth Called To My Friend

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

SSA, piano

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

The Eternal One

A tender portrait of the divine
Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

M http://elizabethalexander.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/works_variant_audio_files/eternal_one_medium_voice.mp3

The Gate is Open

Sister Peronne Marie Thibert

SATB a cappella

M

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

The Journey

A reminder of the power of faith to shine through difficult times
Evelyn K. Dudley

SATB a cappella
TTBB a cappella

MA http://elizabethalexander.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/samples/journey_satb.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://elizabethalexander.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/works_variant_audio_files/trust_the_seeds_satb_0.mp3

We Lift Up Our Hearts

A prayer of thanks, simple and true
Richard Fewkes

S (children's choir), SATB, piano

E http://elizabethalexander.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/samples/we_lift_up_our_hearts.mp3

We Remember Them

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

SATB, piano

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

When the Song of the Angels Is Stilled

A rhythmic and relevant best-seller about the true “work of Christmas”
Howard Thurman

SATB a cappella
SSAA a cappella
TTBB a cappella
SATB, flute

M http://elizabethalexander.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/samples/when_the_song_of_the_angels_satb.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://elizabethalexander.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/samples/where_there_is_light_in_the_soul_sab.mp3

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