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BriLee Music Publishing Company
Specializing in Junior High / Middle School and Elementary Choral Music.

A selection of recent titles from BriLee Music.

An A Cappella Triptych
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MP3 audioClick here to listen
Three Latin works -- Kyrie Eleison, Cantate Domino, and Musica Dei -- are tied together by their a cappella nature. Sung individually or all together, they form a satisfying whole. Perfect for contest, festival or performance. A rehearsal scratch track is provided on the accompaniment CD.

BriLee (Carl Fischer)
BL526 - Two Part a cappella
BLCD0T18 - Accompaniment CD (for rehearsal only)

Alleluia Cantate
Suitable as a concert opener, contest or festival piece, this joyous celebration of music is partly set as a round, making it easy to learn with minimal preparation while sounding deceptively difficult.

For free MP3 part-by-part rehearsal aids and accompaniments, go to www.BriLeeMusic.com

BriLee (Carl Fischer)
BL695 - Two-part

America
Ruthie has arranged the "prequel" to her very popular "America the Beautiful" (BL276), skillfully setting "America" (My Country 'Tis of Thee; Thesaurus Musicus, words by Samuel F. Smith) for three-part mixed chorus and optional baritone. Beginning with an optional intro, the song starts a cappella and builds verse by verse to a powerful conclusion. While it is magnificent on its own, an alternate ending that enables a segue into her arrangement of "America the Beautiful" creates a stirring patriotic medley. Suitable for school or church use, wonderful for end-of-year ceremonies or concerts with a patriotic theme. Commissioned by the Midland High School Chorus, Midland, Michigan (Robert Sabourin, director).

For free MP3 part-by-part Rehearsal and Accompaniment MP3, follow the link below to the Carl Fischer web site.

BriLee (Carl Fischer)
BL675 - Three-part Mixed / Opt. Baritone

Angels, Spread Your Loving Wings
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MP3 audioListen to an excerpt
The exquisite text by Brian Busch has been set by Ruth Elaine Schram in a new voicing for mixed ensembles.  This song affords many opportunities for musical expression and is a good teaching tool as well as a beautiful performance piece for your winter concert or Christmas services.  Appropriate for school or church use. Free MP3 part-by-part rehearsal aids and accompaniments are available from the BriLeeMusic.com web site.

BriLee (Carl Fischer)
BL205 - SATB
BL206 - SSA
BL746 - Three-part Mixed

Away In a Manger
This rocking, soothing SSA setting of Away in a Manger by Ruth Elaine Schram is easy to learn and multi-functional. Ruthie has provided the option of using the holiday text or that of Robert Burns' well known poem "Flow Gently, Sweet Afton" making it an excellent addition to your holiday or festival program. Suitable for school or church use. Free MP3 rehearsal aids and accompaniments are available from the BriLeeMusic.com web site.

BriLee (Carl Fischer)
BL736 - SSA

Blow, Blow, Thou Winter Wind
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MP3 audioClick here to listen
William Shakespeare's poetry holds the key to this powerful work, seeking the joy of life, even in the bitter bite of winter's winds. This setting has an expressive, yet somber feel throughout, although it tries to burst the bonds of "man's ingratitude" and "a friend remembered not." An excellent choice of text, message, and interpretive feel. Accompaniment CD is available.

BriLee (Carl Fischer)
BL513 - SSA
BLCD0T17 - Accompaniment CD

Christmas Is Just Love
Shopping for holiday gifts, preparing Christmas dinner ... everything we do for one another during the holiday season translates into a simple yet profound message: Christmas is just love. Everyone will feel the warmth and sincerity of this Ruth Elaine Schram original when it is performed in your Holiday Concert.

BriLee (Carl Fischer)
BL772 - SSA

Cranberry Creek
Your singers are sure to love this toe tapping original by John Parker and Ruth Elaine Schram, which takes the choir on a visit to the great Smokey Mountains of Tennessee, letting them experience life at a slower and lazier pace. Perfect for Spring Concerts or General Use.

BriLee (Carl Fischer)
BL783 - Three-part Mixed / Opt. Baritone

Good King Wenceslas
During the telling of this classic carol about a king who is generous to the poor during a harsh winter, Ruthie Schram mixes the use of soloists and word painting to help the audience experience the cold winds and the conversations between the good king and his loyal page. A wonderful holiday selection for the TB chorus.

For free MP3 part-by-part Rehearsal and Accompaniment MP3, follow the link below to the Carl Fischer web site.

BriLee (Carl Fischer)
BL672 - TB

The Holly and the Ivy
Combined with an additional original melody, Ruthie Schram offers this simply joyful and supremely easy art-song setting of the familiar carol for treble voices. Optional Flute part included in score is the perfect complement to this Partner song.

For free MP3 part-by-part Rehearsal and Accompaniment MP3, follow the link below to the Carl Fischer web site.

BriLee (Carl Fischer)
BL661 - Unison / Two Part

How Can I Keep from Singing
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MP3 audioClick here to listen
Superb voice leading characterizes this SSA setting of the Traditional Quaker Hymn. A perfect choice for use any time during the church year. Your ladies will sound warm and sensitive on this flowing setting.

BriLee (Carl Fischer)
BL462 - SSA
BLCD0T14 - Accompaniment CD

How I Love the Holidays
Ruth Elaine Schram and John Parker have collaborated to create an endearing song about the essence of the holiday season and its special treats. Bouncy and happy, this selection for your Winter Concert is sure to awaken special holiday memories in all who hear and sing it.

BriLee (Carl Fischer)
BL762 - Two-Part

In the Arms of Winter
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Here is a simple, picturesque winterscape voiced in SATB (limited ranges) for young Mixed Choirs. "Winter days for warmth are yearning, winter nights to frost are turning; frozen pond and snowy landing, glass beneath where you are standing..." An outstanding non-holiday winter selection by John Parker and Ruth Elaine Schram.

BriLee (Carl Fischer)
BL486 - SATB (limited range)
BLCD0T13 - Accompaniment Track

Kum Ba Yah (published by BriLee)
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MP3 audioClick here to listen (Unison / Two Part)
The beloved campfire song has been artfully arranged for Unison / Optional Two Part voices.  The familiar melody has been given beautiful fresh harmonies that a new generation will cherish.

BriLee (Carl Fischer)
BL452 - Unison / Opt. Two Part
BLCD0T12 - Accompaniment CD

Kyrie (for ladies' voices)
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The vocal harmonies in this lovely setting of the Greek "Kyrie" create a shimmering effect in this tasteful original for ladies' voices. The modulation heightens the tension, only to be released as the work closes. This sonorous, expressive work will be a welcome addition to your library.

BriLee (Carl Fischer)
BL465 - SSA
BLCDD0T14 - Accompaniment Track

Kyrie (for men's voices)
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MP3 audioClick here to listen
The melody to this TB setting of the Latin text is chant-like but the harmonies are warm.  Ebb and flow, dynamic changes, a rising climax, and a return to gentleness all result in a beautifully crafted work that helps build a sense of expressiveness into your young male ensemble.  A great teaching and performance piece for Two Part Men's voices.

BriLee (Carl Fischer)
BL419 - TB
BLCD0T11 - Accompaniment CD

Kyrie Eleison (published by BriLee)
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Chant-like in its melodic movement, yet wonderfully contemporary in its harmonic warmth, this Three Part Mixed setting of the Latin text strikes a balance between the old and new world.  Melodic planing and a gentle rubato bring a wonderful expressiveness to this work, creating an opportunity for an exquisite aesthetic experience for your developing ensemble.

BriLee (Carl Fischer)
BL425 - Three Part Mixed
BLCD0T10 - Accompaniment CD

Let Nature Sing
Here is the fifth volume in a series of solo songs for young singers from BriLee Music. It contains a wide variety of songs, from spirituals and folksongs to originally composed works. Selected with the treble voice in mind, songs with narrow ranges of six and seven notes progress to songs that expand the range as the voice develops. The nature of the selections is to challenge the voice, not to tax it; to develop its expressive capabilities, not to overextend them.

Songs by Ruth Elaine Schram include: "The Song that Nature Sings" and "Oh Shenandoah." The book/CD combination includes beautifully recorded demos as well as the accompaniment tracks.

BriLee (Carl Fischer)
BLB008 - Book/CD Combination

Life Is Precious
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"Life is precious, life is beautiful, every day a gift, every person a treasure..." With a singable, lyrical melody and touching lyrics, this is an exceptional concert closer. It has a message that everyone will hold dear to their hearts. Written for and dedicated to Brian Busch, beloved friend and editor of BriLee Music, who lost his battle with cancer in June 2007.

BriLee (Carl Fischer)
BL560 - Unison, Opt. Two Part
BLCD0T21 - Accompaniment CD

A Little Night Caroling
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MP3 audioClick here to listen
This beautifully blended medley of "O Holy Night," "Silent Night," and "All Through the Night" will stir hearts and minds, back to the night when the angels sang and peace was promised to our world. Suitable for church (especially meaningful for Christmas Eve) or school use.

BriLee (Carl Fischer)
BL504 - SSA
BLCD0T17 - Accompaniment CD

A Long Way from Home
Gorgeous pairing of two beloved Spirituals; "Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child" and "Going Home" (theme from Dvorak's "New World" Symphony). The two combine effortlessly in this lovely, flowing setting. Dreamy, poignant and tasteful, it will touch the hearts of all who hear it. Voiced for Three Part Mixed voices with an optional Baritone part, making it extremely flexible for the developing (or small) choir. Free MP3 rehearsal and accompaniments are available by download from the publisher at BriLeeMusic.com.

BriLee (Carl Fischer)
BL638 - Three-part Mixed, opt. Baritone

No More the Winter's Hand
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Haunting harmonies and mysterious vocal lines by Ruth Elaine Schram and John Parker lead us through the harshness of winter, "for Spring has cried 'No more the Winter's hand!'"  Breathtaking in its colors and expressive qualities, this one is worth the effort it will take to perfect.  An exquisite and unique offering for your winter concert.

BriLee (Carl Fischer)
BL448 - SSA
BLCD0T11 - Accompaniment CD

Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen
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MP3 audioClick here to listen (Unison / Two Part)
This well-known spiritual comes to new life in this exquisite arrangement by Ruth Elaine Schram.  The harmonies are sonorous and warm, beautifully supporting the melody.  The syncopation gently propels the work through each phrase, ending softly on "Nobody knows my sorrow."  An aesthetic experience awaits your ensemble in this incredible arrangement.

BriLee (Carl Fischer)
BL415 - SATB (limited range)
BL416 - Three Part Mixed
BL417 - Unison / Opt. Two Part
BLCD0T10 or BLCD0T12 - Accompaniment CD

Oh, Shenandoah (for ladies' voices)
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MP3 audioClick here to listen
This gorgeous arrangement for ladies voices by Ruth Elaine Schram is characterized by beautiful harmonies and warm musical lines.  It is sensitive, expressive, and stirring -- all the things that make up an aesthetic experience for your group.

BriLee (Carl Fischer)
BL424 - SSA
BLCD0T11 - Accompaniment CD

Rock Island Line
Fun, singable arrangement of the folk song for young TB choirs is short and sweet! "Want to ride it? Go like you're a-flyin'? Buy your ticket at the station on the Rock Island Line!" Free MP3 rehearsal and accompaniments available by download from the publisher at BriLeeMusic.com.

BriLee (Carl Fischer)
BL626 - TB

Rockwood River
Commissioned by the All-Cleveland County (North Carolina) Middle School Choral Festival. Pure fun abounds in this unison/optional two-part original folk song by Mark Cabaniss, arranged by Ruth Elaine Schram. Your choir will enjoy singing about the folks from Rockwood River, where life is easy and the pace is slow. The optional fiddle and string bass parts, enhanced with intermittent clapping, add a realistic musical depiction of a Huck Finn / Tom Sawyer adventure. Available in two voicings. Free Part-by-Part rehearsal aids and accompaniment are available from the BriLeeMusic.com web site.

BriLee (Carl Fischer)
BL745 - Three-part Mixed
BL754 - Unison / Opt. Two-Part

Scandinavian Yuletide
Festive Partner-song arrangement of the Swedish carol "Yuletide is Here Again" and the Danish carol "A Child is Born in Bethlehem" is a nice, joyful change of pace for your holiday concert. Set in bright triple meter, the two songs are introduced individually then combine effortlessly to celebrate the season. Free MP3 rehearsal and accompaniments are available by download from the publisher at BriLeeMusic.com.

BriLee (Carl Fischer)
BL617 - Two Part

Shalom Aleichem (May Peace Be With You)
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MP3 audioClick here to listen
This is an easy partner song by Linda Marcus and Ruth Elaine Schram, based on a Hebrew phrase with a very positive message for your singers. The words and melody are easy to remember and work as a canon, providing opportunities to teach about rounds and repeats.

BriLee (Carl Fischer)
BL461 - Two Part
BLCD0T15 - Accompaniment CD

Shepherds! Sing Noel!
A delightful pairing of "Shepherds! Shake Off Your Drowsy Sleep" and "Sing We Now of Christmas" comprise this holiday feature for young male voices. Use the optional tambourine part included in the score to add a festive flavor to this joyful mini-medley!

For free MP3 part-by-part rehearsal aids and accompaniments, go to www.BriLeeMusic.com

BriLee (Carl Fischer)
BL711 - TB

Sing Joy to the World
The beloved carol by G. F. Handel, set for three part treble voices, is creatively and attractively paired with "Spring" from "The Four Seasons" by Vivaldi in the accompaniment, resulting in a delightful turn of two classics that everyone is guaranteed to enjoy. Equally appropriate for school or church.

For free MP3 part-by-part rehearsal aids and accompaniments, go to www.BriLeeMusic.com

BriLee (Carl Fischer)
BL705 - SSA

Somebody Got Lost
Terrific, upbeat arrangement of the lesser-known Spiritual for male choir. The music is so much fun, you may not even realize the import of the message: "We can all get lost in the storms of life!" Free MP3 rehearsal and accompaniment available by download from the publisher at BriLeeMusic.com. Works for Two Part or Three Part male voices.

BriLee (Carl Fischer)
BL628 - T(T)B

Song of the Open Road
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MP3 audioClick here to listen
Based on poetry from Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass, this optimistic work proclaims the freedom we have to choose our own path in life. An excellent way to teach expressive, interpretive singing as you expose your students to an important work of American literature with a positive outlook on the adventure of life; perfect for Spring or Graduation ceremonies.

BriLee (Carl Fischer)
BL565 - Unison / Optional Two Part
BLCD0T21 - Accompaniment CD

Stars In the Night
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MP3 audioClick here to listen
"... and there's a song in the air that's barely there, for a sweet young mother is singing her first lullaby..." As serene and soft as the first lullaby sung to the baby in the manger, this is a very sweet selection for ladies' voices or select children's choirs. The pastoral color of the flute will greatly enhance the effect as your audience listens carefully for this tender message of love at Christmas.

BriLee (Carl Fischer)
BL562 - SSA with Optional Flute
BLCD0T20 - Accompaniment CD

Velvet Shoes
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Based on the exquisite poem by Elinor Wylie, this work exudes quietness, softness, and a sense of tranquil peace and soundless space. The beautiful melody allows for lots of emotional interpretation, assuring your young choir and its audience of an aesthetic experience.

BriLee (Carl Fischer)
BL524 - Unison / Opt. Two Part
BLCD0T18 - Accompaniment CD

The Water Is Wide (Waly, Waly)
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MP3 audioClick here to listen
The beloved folk song is given fresh treatment in this new arrangement by Ruth Elaine Schram. An optional text by Robert Louis Stevenson adds even more flexibility to the beautiful melody. Refreshing and alive, this wonderful gem will provide your singers with an aesthetic experience that is easy to learn and express.

BriLee (Carl Fischer)
BL506 - Unison / Opt. Two Part
BLCD0T18 - Accompaniment CD

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