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Repertoire


One of the goals of the Men of Note repertoire is to explore a variety of musical styles. Nevertheless, the songs can be roughly classified into some general categories shown below.

A number of the selections are available on one of our CDs, and may be previewed with Real Audio. Please click on the CD Info piano key to listen to the CD tracks.
 

Spirituals

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Spirituals Folk and Poetry Show Tunes Hymns Seasonal Other

 

Title Composer/Arranger Description
Blow Ye the Trumpet Kirke Mechem Words from a traditional hymn, adapted by K.M.

Ching-A-Ring Chaw

Adapter by Aaron Copeland
Arr: Irving Fine
Minstrel Song
Every Time I Feel the Spirit Unknown Spirited Gospel
Ezekiel Saw the Wheel Arr: Betty Jackson King Dedicated to the Chicago Umbrian Glee Club
Go Tell It On The Mountain Traditional Traditional Spiritual
Hush! Somebody's Callin' My Name Arr: Brazeal W. Dennard Traditional Spiritual
I Hear Thy Welcome Voice
(GWAHODDIAD)
Words: L. Hartsough
Arr: John Tudor Davies
Welsh Hymn
River in Judea Words: Linda Marcus
Music: Jack Feldman

Arr: John Leavitt
Gospel type of Spiritual. Very popular with our audiences.
Sing Me to Heaven Music: Daniel E. Gawthrop
Are: James Holloway
 
Siyahamba Unknown African Song
Steal Away Arr: Brazeal W. Dennard Traditional Spiritual
Take My Mother Home    
The Water is Wide Unknown Inspirational

Folk Songs and other Poetry

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Spirituals Folk and Poetry Show Tunes Hymns Seasonal Other

 

Title Composer/Arranger Description
A Parting Blessing Traditional Irish Blessing.
Bonjour Mon Coeur Orlando di Lasso 16th century madrigal
Danny Boy Traditional
Arranged by Erick Lichte
Irish Aire
Down By The Salley Gardens Words: W.B. Yeats
Arr:Carl Sitton
Traditional Irish Folk Melody.
Fogarty's Cove Words & Music: Stan Rogers
Arr: Ron Smail
Modern Canadian Folk song
Four Strong Winds Words: Ian Tyson 
Arr: Larry Nickel
Canadian Folk Song.
Jerusalem Words: William Blake
Music: Charles H. H. Parry

Arr: Carl Strommen
Adaptation of a poem by William Blake.
Shenandoah Arr: Jeff Funk Another American Folk song
Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening Words: Robert Frost
Music: Randall Thompson
A haunting arrangement of Robert Frost's famous poem.
What Shall We Do With the Drunken Sailor Arr: Alice Parker & Robert Shaw English Sea Shanty, with lots of suggestions.
 

Show Tunes

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Spirituals Folk and Poetry Show Tunes Hymns Seasonal Other

 

Title Composer/Arranger Description
There is Nothin' Like A Dame Words: Oscar Hammerstein
Music: Richard Rogers
From the musical "South Pacific".
Sit Down Your Rockin' the Boat Words and Music: Frank Loesser From the musical "Guys and Dolls"

Hymns

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Spirituals Folk and Poetry Show Tunes Hymns Seasonal Other

 

Title Composer/Arranger Description
Ave, Maris Stella Arr: Diane Loomer Latin canticle adopted by the Acadian settlers in Nova Scotia circa 1750.
Morte Christie
(When I survey the Wondrous Cross)
Music: Emrys Jones
English words: Issac Watts
A Choral meditation.
A must have in the Welsh repertoire.
Spaseniye sodelal (Salvation is Created) Pavel Chesnokov From a cycle of ten Communion Hymns

Seasonal

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Spirituals Folk and Poetry Show Tunes Hymns Seasonal Other

 

Title Composer/Arranger Description
African Noel Unknown African Christmas Carol.
Carol, Brothers, Carol Words: Augustus Muhlenberg
Music: Roy Ringwald
Carol based on "an Old Tune"
Carol of the Bells Arr: Kirby Shaw Christmas Carol.
Do You Hear What I Hear Unknown
Arr: Harry Simeone
Traditional Christmas Carol.
Good News! by Jay Althouse A Christmas Spiritual
Huron Carol Words: Jean de Brebeuf
Arr: Andy Hillhouse
Canadian Carol. Written in 1640 as a gift to the Huron people. The tune is based on a 16th century carol, "Une Jeune Pucelle" (A Young Maid).
Lo, How A Rose E'er Blooming Unknown
Arr: Roger Emerson
Traditional Christmas Carol.

O Come, O Come Emmanuel

Words: 12th Century Latin Hymn
Music: 13th Century Plainsong
 
Open Wide The Stable Door Arch Wiggins
Wilfred Kitching
Arr: Erik Leidzen
Christmas Hymn
Star of Wonder Unknown Christmas song.
Still, Still, Still Words: Marilyn Keith and Alan Bergman Music: Norman Luboff Christmas melody.
White Christmas Words: Mel Torme That perennial favourite.

Other

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Spirituals Folk and Poetry Show Tunes Hymns Seasonal Other

 

 
Title
Composer/Arranger
Description
Battle Hymn of the Republic Words: Julia Ward Howe
Arr: Peter J. Wilhousky
This will move you. Requires audience participation.
Chi Mi Na Mor Bheanna Harmonized by Stephen Smith Gaelic Chant.
Georgia on my Mind
Stuart Gorrel/Hoagy Carmichael
A bit of jazz, a bit of barbershop
Goin' Home Words: William Arms Fisher
Arr: Diane Loomer
From Dvorak's New World Symphony
Let All Men Sing
Words & Music: Keith Christopher
Theme song for Men of Note
The Maple Leaf Forever Music: Alexander Muir
New Lyrics: Vladimir Radian
Arr: Ron Smail
Canada's 'unofficial' national anthem before O Canada.
Lullaby (Goodnight, My Angel)
Words & Music: Billy Joel
Arr: Kirby Shaw
Billy Joel wrote this lullabies for his daughter, Holly.
O Canada
Calixa Lavalle 
Arr: L. Ware
Our "other" theme song.
Old Mother Hubbard Arr: J. Michael Diack Nursery Rhyme, set in the manner of Handel
Rhythm of Life Words: Dorothy Fields
Music: Cy Coleman
Arr: Richard Barns
Bouncy, feel good song.
Song of Brotherhood Words: Harry R. Wilson
Music: Edvard Grieg
Fanfare
This is My Home
Words: Brian Gibson
Music: Bob Buckley
Arr: Bob Buckley & Helen Litz
Theme Song from the Canada Pavilion, EXPO '86
What Then, My Love
Words & Music: Nancy Telfer
Some thoughtful questions
 
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