The Star in the Pail

The Star in the Pail

TTBB (also available in SSAA and SATB with piano accompaniment)

A setting of six poems of David McCord. Commissioned by the MeistUrsingers chorus of the Tavern Club, Boston, in honor of Elliot Forbes.

Movements:
Earth Song
The Cow Has A Cud
The Starfish
The Star In The Pail
A Thing That I Love
Epitaph For A Waiter

Composed: 2004
Text: David McCord
Duration: 9:00
Publisher: Pear Tree Press Music Publishers distributed by Subito Music Corp.
Catalog Number(s): PTM 471 (TTBB)
PTM 472 (SSAA)
PTM 473 (SATB)


Reviews:

“Two of those regulars were performed on this program, titled “Premiere! American Poetry Settings.” One was Ronald Perera, who was on hand for the New York premiere of “The Star in the Pai,” six songs set to whimsical poems by David McCord. Though the texts are pretty light, Mr. Perera’s pleasure in the fanciful words comes through in his appealing, quirky music, which the choristers sang with rich sound and liveliness.”
The New York Times Review Saturday, May 25, 2013

“Adding a touch of whimsical humor to the first half were Ronald Perera’s “The Star in the Pail,” cleverly imagined settings of six children’s poems by David McCord. Particularly, the perky, percussive “The Cow Has a Cud” and “The Starfish,” with its comical barroom piano vamp, drew chuckles from the audience. A part-time Cape resident, Perera was on hand to provide a brief, insightful commentary.”
Cape Cod Times 2/7/2006

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Performed by the Chamber singers of the Chatham Chorale. Conducted by Margaret Bossi, director.

Earth Song:
The Cow Has A Cud:
The Starfish:
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The Garden Hymn


The Garden Hymn

SATB or TBB A Cappella

A Southern Folk-Hymn. Commissioned by the Harvard University Choir.

Composed: 1961
Text by: John Donne
Duration: 3:00
Publisher: E. C. Schirmer Music Company
Catalog Number(s): SATB Version, 2715
TBB Version, 6217
The Garden Hymn



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Everything that Hath Breath


Everything that Hath Breath

Two-part chorus (men’s, women’s or mixed) and Tape

The text is drawn from Psalms 148 and 150.

Composed: 1976
Duration: 6:00
Publisher: E. C. Schirmer Music Company
Catalog Number(s): 3048
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Hold Out Your Hands Over the Earth


Hold Out Your Hands Over the Earth

SATB, SSAA, or TTBB and Piano

The final movement of The Outermost House.

The Outermost House CD cover The Outermost House: The late Robert Lurtsema narrates these colorful, melodic works. Includes Robert Perera’s The Outermost House performed by Chatham Chorale, Margaret Bossi, conductor, Nancy Armstrong, soprano, Robert J. Lurtsema, narrator and The Canticle of the Sun performed by Chatham Chorale, Margaret Bossi, conductor, Robert J. Lurtsema, narratorand .

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Composed: 1991
Duration: 4:00
Publisher: Music Associates of New York
Catalog Number(s): SATB Version, MANY002MX
SSAA Version, MANY 002SA
TTBB Version MANY 002TB
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