Secular Works

Mixed Chorus Treble Chorus Male Chorus Children's Chorus

(difficulty rating 1 = easier, 5 = more difficult)
 

MIXED CHORUS
 
1944 (extended work)
    SATB/string orchestra
    Secular text in English by Hilda Doolittle
    Difficulty rating (1-5): 4
    Available directly

Blind Man
    SATB a cappella
    African-American Spiritual in English
    Difficulty rating (1-5): 3
    Kjos (not yet in print)

Briefly It Enters, and Briefly Speaks
    SATB
    Secular text in English by Jane Kenyon
    Difficulty rating (1-5): 3
    Available directly
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Christmas Bells
    SATB/Brass (2 trpts, 2 horns, 2 t-bones,
      bass trombone, tuba)/Bell Choir/Tymp/Percussion

    Text in English by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
    Difficulty rating (1-5): 3+
    Duration 5:00
   
Contact Paul Carey for availability
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    SATB/piano
    Secular or Sacred Text in English by Stephen Crane
    Difficulty rating (1-5): 3
    Available directly
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El Limonar Florido (The Lemon Grove in Blossom)
(extended work)
-- commissioned by the Worcester Polytechnic Institute --
    SATB/solo violin & cello
    Texts in Spanish by Antonio Machado, 4 movements; Duration approx 15 min.
    Difficulty rating (1-5): 3+
    Available directly
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    SATB a cappella with divisi
    Sacred/Secular text in English by Rabindranath Tagore
    Difficulty rating (1-5): 3.5
    Available directly
    SATBB a cappella
    Secular text in Spanish by Sor Juana Inez de la Cruz
    Difficulty rating (1-5): 4
    Available directly

Fishing in the Keep of Silence
   
SATB divisi/a cappella
    also available in TTBB divisi /a cappella
    Secular/Sacred  text in English by Linda Gregg
    
Difficulty rating (1-5): 3

    Duration 5:00

    Available directly

[
HUSH]
    SATB/cello/piano
    Secular text in English by Laura Chester
    Difficulty rating (1-5): 3.5
    Available directly


Life has Loveliness to Sell
    unison/piano or SSA/piano
    Secular text in English
    Difficulty rating (1-5): 2

    Roger Dean (divison of Lorenz) cat. #15/2314R
   


 
    SATB/violin/piano (also available SA/piano)
    Folktext in Armenian (the Armenian is not difficult to learn)
    Difficulty rating (1-5): 2
   
Santa Barbara catalog # SMBP698
 
    SATB a cappella (ask about the SSAA/piano version)
    Text in English by natalie Goldberg
    Difficulty rating (1-5): 3
    Walton catalog # WJMS1088

The Night is Young  
by Colum Sands/arr. Paul Carey

    SATB a cappella
    Text in English
    Difficulty rating (1-5): 2+
   
Oxford Univ Press catalog # 0-19-386953-5


Peace on Earth...and lots of little crickets
    Two-part, fun percussion/marimba or synthesizer
    Secular text in English
    Difficulty rating (1-5): 2+
    Walton cat. # WLG129
    Hal Leonard cat. # HL08501658
     Click to listen to recording on Audio Page
    SATB a cappella (ask about the SA/piano version)
    Secular texts in English: May Swenson, Sidney Hoddes, & Grey Held
    Difficulty rating (1-5): 4
    Walton cat. # WW1407
    Hal Leonard cat. # HL08501682
     Click to listen to recording on Audio Page

The Shy Man
    SATB/piano
    Secular text in English by Theodore Roethke
    Difficulty rating (1-5): 2
    Available directly
 
    SATB/piano
    Secular text in English by Rabindranath Tagore
    Difficulty rating (1-5): 2.5
    Roger Dean (a division of Lorenz) cat # 15/2430R

Voices of Earth
-- Commissioned by the Briar Cliff Singers & Chamber Choir --
    SATB /piano
    Secular text in English
    Difficulty rating (1-5): 2.5
    SABar/piano (also available SA/piano)
    Secular text in English
    Difficulty rating (1-5): 2
   
Oxford Univ Press catalog # 0-19-386852-7
 
You Gonna Eat That?
-- commissioned by the Fort Wayne, Indiana Children's Choir --
    4-part spoken
    Secular text in English
    Difficulty rating (1-5): 2+
    Available directly
 

Mixed Chorus Male Chorus Children's Chorus

TREBLE CHORUS

Alley Cat Love Song
-- commissioned by the Naperville North High School Treble Choir --
    SA/piano
    Secular text in English
    Difficulty rating (1-5): 2+
    Santa Barbara Music Pub #SMBP737
 
         I. No Puedo apartarme
       II. Moreno mio
       III. Veo que todas
       IV. Agora que se d’amor
       V. Pues todas
    SSA/four celli (at times SSAA)
    also available as SSA/piano (at times SSAA)
    Secular medieval folk texts (in Spanish)
    Difficulty rating (1-5): 3
   
Roger Dean catalog #'s: 15/2323R (mvmt I), 15/2324R (mvmt II),
     15/2325R (mvmt III), 15/2326R (mvmt III & IV), 15/2327R (mvmt V)

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Chants d'Auvergne (Songs of the Auvergne)
Joseph Canteloube/arr. Paul Carey

    Seven songs in a new arrangement for soprano soloist/SSA/piano
    Secular folk texts in Languedoc
    Difficulty rating (1-5): 4
    Available directly
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    SA/simple percussion/piano
    Secular text in English
    Difficulty rating (1-5): 2
    Kjos catalog #6335

Clap Your Hands
-- commissioned by the International Christian School, Hong Kong --
    SA/piano, optional percussion
    Traditional folk text in English ("Old Joe Clark")
    Difficulty rating (1-5): 2
    Duration 3:30
    Available directly
 

    SSAA/flute/cello/piano/drum
    Secular Chinese text in English translation
    by Japanese artist/poet Kodojin
    Difficulty rating (1-5): 4
    Available directly
 
Tommy Makem/arr. Paul Carey
    Arranged for SSAA/offstage flute
    Text in English
    Difficulty rating (1-5): 3
   
Oxford Univ Press catalog #0-19-386689-7
 
El Grillo (The Cricket)
Josquin desPrez/arr. Paul Carey
    SSAA a cappella
    Secular text in Italian
    Difficulty rating (1-5): 2
    Available directly
 
    SSA/piano
    Sacred text in English by Diane Lockward
    Difficulty rating (1-5): 3
    Duration: 3:45
    Roger Dean cat # 15/2838R
    SSAA/jazz string bass
    Secular text in English
    Difficulty rating (1-5): 3-4
    Available directly

Hope
    SA/piano
    Secular text in English
    Difficulty rating (1-5): 2
    
Duration 3:10
    Available directly
 
Lake Song
-- Commissioned by the Milwaukee Choral Artists --
    SSA/piano
    Text in English by Colette Inez
    Difficulty rating (1-5): 2.5
    Santa Barbara Music Publishing cat#SMP831
    SA/piano (with some divisi)
    Irish Ballad in English
    Difficulty rating (1-5): 2
   
Roger Dean Publishing Company
 
Johannes Brahms / arr. Paul Carey
    Ten sections of the original arranged for SSAA/piano four hands
        (piano parts unaltered)
    Difficulty rating (1-5): 3
    Available directly
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Life has Loveliness to Sell
    SSA/piano
    Secular text in English
    Difficulty rating (1-5): 2
   
Roger Dean catalog #15/2314R
 
    SSAA/piano
    Secular (yet quite spiritual) text by Denise Levertov
    Difficulty rating (1-5): 2.5
    Duration 3:30
    Available directly
 
    SA/piano (also available SATB/violin/piano)
    Folktext in Armenian
    Difficulty rating (1-5): 2
   
Santa Barbara catalog #SMBP679
       I.   Dicen que no Hablan las Plantas
       II.  Haycannas
       III. Los Astros (The Stars)
    SSA/piano
    Secular text in Spanish by Rosalia de Castro
    Difficulty rating (1-5): 4
    Available directly

Mashed Potato Love Poem (from "Play with Your Food")
    SSA/piano
   
Secular text in English by Sidney Hoddes
    Difficulty rating (1-5): 3
    Duration: 2:30
    Walton Music catalog #HL
08501759

May I Be Happy
-- commissioned by the International Christian School, Hong Kong --
    SA/piano
    Traditional Buddhist texts in English
    Difficulty rating (1-5): 2
    Duration 3:30
    Available directly


Morning Person
    SATB / piano, 4 hands
    Spiritual or secular text in English
    Difficulty rating (1-5): 4
    Roger Dean Publishing Company
 
    SSAA/piano also available SATB a cappella
    Text in English
    Difficulty rating (1-5): 3
    Walton Music catalog #WJMS1088 (SATB version)
 
Night Song
-- commissioned piece --
    SA/piano
    Secular text in English by Jean Burden
    Difficulty rating (1-5): 2
    Duration 2:30
    Roger Dean Publishing Company catalog #15/2591R
    SA/piano
    Secular text in English by Jim Schey
    Difficulty rating (1-5): 2
    Roger Dean Publishing Company catalog #15/2589R

Paint the Stars
-- Commissioned by the Cincinnati Children's Choir --
     SSA/piano
     Secular text in English by Julianna Kluger
     Difficulty rating (1-5): 2
     Duration 3:30
      Available directly

    SA/percussion/marimba
    Secular text in English
    Difficulty rating (1-5): 2+
    Walton Music catalog #HL 08501658

Play with Your Food!
    SA/piano, also SATB a cappella
    Secular texts in English: May Swenson, Sidney Hoddes, Robert Brimm,
        Grey Held, & Olivia Branche
    Difficulty rating (1-5): 3
    SATB version Walton catalog #WW1407
    SATB version Hal Leonard catalog #08501682
     Click to listen to recording on Audio Page

Rain
-- Commissioned by the Cincinnati Children's Choir --
     SSA/piano
     Secular text in English by Sydney Braine
     Difficulty rating (1-5): 2
     Duration 4:00

     Available directly
 


Rise Up, Emma Lazarus (mvmt 2)
-- winner of the New York Treble Singers composition competition --
       I. The New Ezekial
       II. The New Colossus
    SSSAAA a cappella
    Sacred and secular texts in English by Emma Lazarus
    Difficulty rating (1-5): 4
    Available directly

Sail Away
-- Commissioned by Lisa Fredenburgh --
     SSA/piano
     Secular text in English by Rabindranath Tagore
     Difficulty rating (1-5): 3
     Duration 3:30

     Available directly 

    SA/piano
    Secular text in English
    Difficulty rating (1-5): 2
    Roger Dean catalog #15/2328R
by Daniel E. Gawthrop/arr. Paul Carey
    SSAA a cappella arrangement of
    Gawthrop’s original SATB piece
    Text in English by Jane Griner
    Difficulty rating (1-5): 3
   
Dunstan House catalog #DH 0319

The Star (Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star)
    SA/piano
    WA Mozart, arr Paul Carey
    Parody of Jane Taylor's original text
    Difficulty rating (1-5): 2
    Available directly
   
Roger Dean catalog #15/2719R
-- Commissioned by the Michigan State University Children's Choir --
    2 part Treble Choir/piano
    Secular text in English by Ivy Eastwick
    Difficulty rating (1-5): 1-2
   
Santa Barbara catalog #SMBP631
 
    SSA/organ
    Traditional text in English
    Difficulty rating (1-5): 2
    Available directly
 
    treble unison / piano
    Secular text in English by Vachel Lindsay
    Difficulty rating (1-5): 2
    Roger Dean Publishing catalog #15/2589
 
    2 part Treble Choir/piano
    Secular text in English
    Difficulty rating (1-5): 2
   
Oxford Univ Press catalog #0-19-386738-8
John Alden Carpenter/arr. Paul Carey
    SSAA/piano
    Secular text in English by Rabindrath Tagore
    Difficulty rating (1-5): 3
   
Oxford Univ Press catalog #0-19-386691-9
 
    SA/piano
    Secular text in English by Robert Louis Stevenson
    Difficulty rating (1-5): 2+
   
Roger Dean catalog #15/2170R
    SSA/piano & violin
    Secular text in English
    Difficulty rating (1-5): 2+
    Walton catalog #WLG125 (to order, use HL08501630)

Winter Solstice
-- Commissioned by the Santa Fe Women's Ensemble --
   
 SSA / harp or piano
    Secular texts in English by Elizabeth Searle Lamb and Lonnie Howard
    Difficulty rating (1-5): 3
    Duration 7:00 (2 mvmts)
    Roger Dean cat. #15/2715R
 
You Begin
   
SSA / solo cello
    Secular text in English by Margaret Atwood
    Difficulty rating (1-5): 3
    Duration 4:10
    Roger Dean (a division of Lorenz) cat. #15/2442R

You Gonna Eat That?
-- commissioned by the Fort Wayne, Indiana Children's Choir --
    4-part spoken
    Secular text in English
    Difficulty rating (1-5): 2+
    Available directly
 

Mixed Chorus Treble Chorus Children's Chorus

MALE CHORUS

Fishing in the Keep of Silence
   
TTBB divisi/a cappella
    also available in SATB divisi /a cappella
    Secular/Sacred  text in English by Linda Gregg
    
Difficulty rating (1-5): 3

    Duration 5:00

    Available directly

Jenny Kiss’d Me

    TTBB a cappella, with final verse descant
    Original poem by Leigh Hunt
    With extra parody verses in English
    Difficulty rating (1-5): 3
    Santa Barbara Music Pub # SBMP718
     Click to listen to recording on Audio Page
 
    TTBB a cappella
    Bawdy secular text in English by Seathrun Ceitinn
    Difficulty rating (1-5): 3
    Available directly

 

 

Mixed Chorus Treble Chorus Male Chorus

SUITABLE FOR CHILDREN'S CHORUS

Alley Cat Love Song
-- commissioned by the Naperville North High School Treble Choir --
    SA/piano
    Secular text in English
    Difficulty rating (1-5): 2+
    Available directly
    SA/simple percussion/piano
    Secular text in English
    Difficulty rating (1-5): 2
    Kjos catalog #6335

Clap Your Hands
-- commissioned by the International Christian School, Hong Kong --
    SA/piano, optional percussion
    Traditional folk text in English ("Old Joe Clark")
    Difficulty rating (1-5): 2
    Duration 3:30
    Available directly
 

    SA/piano
    Secular text in English
    Difficulty rating (1-5): 2
    Duration 3:10
    Available directly

The Lady and the Bear
    Unison voices / clarinet / piano
    Secular text in English
    Difficulty rating (1-5): 2
    Available directly

 
    SA/piano (with some divisi)
    Irish Ballad in English
    Difficulty rating (1-5): 2
   
Roger Dean Publishing Company

Life has Loveliness to Sell
    SSA/piano
    Secular text in English
    Difficulty rating (1-5): 2
   
Roger Dean catalog #15/2314R
 
    SA/piano (also available SATB/violin/piano)
    Folktext in Armenian
    Difficulty rating (1-5): 2
   
Santa Barbara catalog #SMBP679

May I Be Happy
-- commissioned by the International Christian School, Hong Kong --
    SA/piano
    Traditional Buddhist texts in English
    Difficulty rating (1-5): 2
    Duration 3:30
    Available directly

    SA/piano
    Secular text in English by Jim Schey
    Difficulty rating (1-5): 2
    Roger Dean Publishing Company

Paint the Stars
-- Commissioned by the Cincinnati Children's Choir --
     SSA/piano
     Secular text in English by Julianna Kluger
     Difficulty rating (1-5): 2
     Duration 3:30
     Available directly

    SA/percussion/marimba
    Secular text in English
    Difficulty rating (1-5): 2+
    Walton catalog #WLG129
    Hal Leonard catalog #HL08501658
     Click to listen to recording on Audio Page
 
    SA/piano, also SATB a cappella
    Secular texts in English: May Swenson, Sidney Hoddes, Robert Brimm,
       Grey Held, & Olivia Branche
    Difficulty rating (1-5): 3
    Available directly

Rain
-- Commissioned by the Cincinnati Children's Choir --
     SSA/piano
     Secular text in English by Sydney Braine
     Difficulty rating (1-5): 2
     Duration 4:00

     Available directly

    SA/piano
    Secular text in English
    Difficulty rating (1-5): 2
    Available directly
    SA/piano
    Secular text in English
    Difficulty rating (1-5): 2
    Roger Dean catalog #15/2328R
 
    SA/piano
    Secular text in English by Jane Taylor
    Difficulty rating (1-5): 1+
    Available directly
    2 part Treble Choir/piano
    Secular text in English by Ivy Eastwick
    Difficulty rating (1-5): 1-2
   
Santa Barbara catalog #SMBP631
    treble unison / piano
    Secular text in English by Vachel Lindsay
    Difficulty rating (1-5): 2
   
Roger Dean Publishing Company

The Water is Wide

    SSA/piano
    Secular text in English
    Difficulty rating (1-5): 2
   
Oxford Univ Press catalog #0-19-386738-8
 
    SA/piano
    Secular text in English by Robert Louis Stevenson
    Difficulty rating (1-5): 2+
   
Roger Dean catalog #15/2170R
    SSA/piano & violin
    Secular text in English
    Difficulty rating (1-5): 2+
    Walton catalog # WLG125 (to order, use HL08501630)
 
You Gonna Eat That?
-- commissioned by the Fort Wayne, Indiana Children's Choir --
    4-part spoken
    Secular text in English
    Difficulty rating (1-5): 2+
    Available directly


 

  

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