Saturday, November 12, 2022

I Had No Time

For unaccompanied SATBBB Choir


A 6-part a cappella setting of the poem "I Had No Time To Hate" by Emily Dickinson (1830 -1886) SATBBB or Men's voices (2CnT, T, 2 Bar, Bass.) Dur. 4 - 6  minutes.  2020 (ASCAP)


 

I Had No Time to Hate

Emily Dickinson (1830 -1886)

 
I had no time to Hate –
Because
The Grave would hinder me –
And life was not so
Ample I
Could finish – Enmity

Nor had I time to Love –
But since
Some Industry must be –
The little Toil of Love –
I thought
Be large enough for me.

 

This recording was made possible by a 2022 Artist Development Grant from the Vermont Arts Council.







Tuesday, June 25, 2019

The Blue Bird (L’Oiseau Bleu) for SATTBB Choir


Composer Kim Diehnelt
(ASCAP) 2018

The Blue Bird (L’Oiseau Bleu)

Text by Mary Elizabeth Coleridge (1861 - 1907)


 The lake lay blue below the hill.
O'er it, as I looked, there flew
Across the waters, cold and still,
A bird whose wings were palest blue.


The sky above was blue at last,
The sky beneath me blue in blue.
A moment, ere the bird had passed,
It caught his image as he flew.



Performance materials available at SheetMusicPlus.





Monday, November 19, 2018

Devouring Time for SATB choir



In a contemporary setting of Shakespeare’s sonnet infused with early music traditions of polyphony, modal tendencies, and tone-painting, the ageless poet celebrates the artist’s triumph over time. Composer Kim Diehnelt, 2015

Sonnet 19: Devouring Time, blunt thou the lion's paws

Devouring Time, blunt thou the lion's paws,
And make the earth devour her own sweet brood;
Pluck the keen teeth from the fierce tiger's jaws,
And burn the long-liv'd phoenix in her blood;
Make glad and sorry seasons as thou fleets,
And do whate'er thou wilt, swift-footed Time,
To the wide world and all her fading sweets;
But I forbid thee one most heinous crime:
O, carve not with thy hours my love's fair brow,
Nor draw no lines there with thine antique pen;
Him in thy course untainted do allow
For beauty's pattern to succeeding men.
Yet do thy worst, old Time: despite thy wrong
My love shall in my verse ever live young.

- William Shakespeare

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Celebrating Elgar’s Big Music with Small Ensembles

Two new arrangements to mark the anniversary of Elgar's birth!




Sea Pictures, op. 37 for mezzo and string quartet

"Composer Kim Diehnelt uses subtle tricks of her craft to evoke full orchestral nuance."

 
…”this will make the “Sea Pictures” available for singers unable to perform with an orchestra and bring the work to a wider audience. - Hyde Park Herald - M.L. RANTALA

The details: Each instrument part includes a small clued staff above showing the vocal line and lyrics. This makes rehearsal and performances much easier to coordinate without a conductor.

Arranged for string quartet and voice. The string parts include mention of when the player is playing the line of a distinct instrument to help the player create an appropriate character and blend. For example, when the viola player is playing a solo clarinet line the part is marked with “(clar)”; the marking “loco” designates a return to string playing.

The arrangement strives to create the colors and textures of the original orchestral version. It uses sometimes ingenious combinations to achieve these colors and textures. 

“Replacing a sprawling orchestra with just four string players is a big task ….. But the arrangement is true to the original and engaging in its own right.” Hyde Park Herald - M.L. RANTALA

For advanced players as the work makes full use of each instrument, double stops, and extended ranges. Each movement sold separately and contains both score and parts.

Movements 1, 2, 4 were first performed March 2016 at the Elgar Society (North America Branch) Conference in Chicago, by the Grant Street Quartet.



This sheet music is available world-wide via Sheet Music Plus 




Symphony No. 1 in A flat Major - “Adagio” arranged for string quartet



“Even with only four voices, she was able to maintain a splendid multi-layered texture that captures the tension and the grace of the music. “Hyde Park Herald - M.L. RANTALA

The Details:  
Includes performances instructions pertaining vibrato, bow placement etc. to help achieve the sound and characters of non-string instruments.

Score and parts sold separately. For advanced players as the work makes full use of each instrument, double stops, and extended ranges.

The “Adagio” was first performed March 2016 at the Elgar Society (North America Branch) conference in Chicago, by the Grant Street Quartet.




This sheet music is available world-wide via Sheet Music Plus



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It is my hope to introduce more players and listeners to the music of Elgar, and to make these beautiful works more easily programmed by singers and ensembles. 

Happy Birthday, Elgar!