September 9, 2019
Dear choral friends,
September has arrived, which means back to school and, best of all, back to choir rehearsals! At The Leading Note, we celebrate “Bach to School” this month and, during this hectic season, we aspire to this quote by the master himself:
- “I was obliged to be industrious. Whoever is equally industrious will succeed equally well.” – J. S. Bach
We know how industrious choir directors are, especially at this time of year. We wish you a very successful first rehearsal and entire season! Remember that The Leading Note is here to support you along the way. Did you forget to order a key title for the upcoming term? Reach out to us and you’ll be amazed at how quickly we can get it out the door to you. We even offer rush ordering services (for an extra fee), if you are really in a jam.
This month we feature our “Bach To School” sale plus contemporary Canadian choral selections available through The Leading Note. Read below to find out!
Top 10 – Michael Zaugg and Pro Coro Canada
The Leading Note is proud to partner with Pro Coro Canada’s Michael Zaugg to make available a selection of contemporary Canadian titles that the Edmonton choir has premiered over the past few years. See the next generation of Canadian choral talent in Michael’s Top 10 list! (actually 13!). This music is quite challenging so we’ve provided sample pages and audio to help you make ordering decisions. This music is sold in PDF format.
Laura Hawley is an award-winning Canadian composer who’s been rocking the choral scene lately and someone we consider part of The Leading Note family.
Laura spent her formative years in Ottawa and worked at The Leading Note while completing her studies. We’re now very proud of everything she has accomplished in her career and would like to point the spotlight at her excellent work.
As a committed musician, she has made a career from composing, conducting, and teaching. She founded Hypatia’s Voice Women’s Choir of Ottawa, taught at the University of Ottawa and Carleton University, and worked with Cantiamo Choirs of Ottawa as founding artistic staff member for fourteen years. She recently relocated to Edmonton, where she was appointed Artistic Director of Da Camera Singers, conducts ChandraTala Choir (part of Kokopelli), and teaches composition at Concordia University of Edmonton. She has also toured with the Canadian Chamber Choir as a singer, accompanist, and featured composer. All of this while continuing to write music and gaining international recognition for her choral compositions.
Popular titles by Laura Hawley include Sonnet 43, The Sun is Mine, and a French setting of In Flanders Fields (Au champ d’honneur). In December 2015, Laura’s arrangement of a traditional Arabic song, Vivre, Aimer, Partager, went viral just as Canada was welcoming refugees from Syria. The YouTube video of this first performance has now garnered well over one million views and the printed music is now the most popular choral title The Leading Note has ever sold! This title has even surpassed Morten Lauridsen’s ever-popular O Magnum Mysterium.
Her work is published by Rhythmic Trident Music Publishing and Cypress Choral Music, but we are pleased to offer a collection of Laura’s excellent work that extends beyond other publishers and retailers, including several of her self-published titles. Check out her complete catalogue and find out why she’s one of the most popular choral composers we carry!
August 27, 2019
One of today’s most popular composers of flute music, Ian Clarke has proven himself to be a virtuoso performer and composer. His unique style has helped to popularize extended techniques with flautists of varying levels.
The Leading Note has several compositions by Ian Clarke in stock, including the following titles:
August 9, 2019
We hope this message finds you well and enjoying all that summer has to offer. This month is all about one of our favourite music publishers in the world – Bärenreiter!
Bärenreiter publications are every musician’s favourite, with Urtext and Critical Commentary editions that are considered definitive and highly sought-after. We love singing with Bärenreiter blue – do you? Also included in today’s newsletter is a handy resource about other international choral music publishers. Read on below for more details.
And remember, whatever music you are seeking for the upcoming season, The Leading Note has it all! Contact us anytime for a quote or to place your orders for September rehearsals.
Top 10: Bärenreiter Choral Top 10
What are our most popular Bärenreiter choral titles? (hint: half of the titles are by the best composer of all times – climbing the charts for over 250 years!). Can you guess who it is? Have a look and find out!
July 5, 2019
Dear choral friends,
This month, we are celebrating Christmas in July!
It may feel strange to be thinking about Christmas in the middle of the hot, sunny summer. Or, as this bit of dialogue from Massenet’s opera Werther puts it: “vous chanter Noel en juillet… c’est s’y prendre à l’avance” (“you sing Christmas in July, you rush the season”). But it is a necessity for choir directors preparing Christmas-themed concerts in the fall. July is the perfect time to plan out your fall programming and get your orders into The Leading Note and avoid the late-summer rush!
Top 10 – Christmas Selections for Children by Jackie Hawley
Ottawa-based choral pedagogue, Jackie Hawley, has curated a list of Christmas selections for children’s choir. See her Top 10 recommendations.
June 28, 2019
Oxford University Press first released Carols for Choirs in 1961. The landmark publication was an immediate success and has since been followed by four sequels plus the larger collection 100 Carols for Choirs. Most of the collections are for SATB choirs, but Carols for Choirs 3 is exclusively for treble choirs. There are also two volumes of World Carols for Choirs.
In addition to the carol books, Oxford also has many other titles in the For Choirs series. These include four volumes of Anthems for Choirs (two of which are specifically for treble choirs) that include material suitable for different times of the year.
In 1961, Oxford University Press released the first edition of Carols for Choirs. Compiled and Edited by Reginald Jacques and David Willcocks, this book transformed the Christmas season for church choirs and concert choirs alike. The publication made available both practical arrangements of popular Christmas carols for amateur choirs and challenging new repertoire for more professional groups. The book also helped to popularize the service of Nine Lessons and Carols made famous by King’s College, Cambridge.
June 8, 2019
Dear choral friends,
Does June bring an end to your choral season? Or, like me, are you embarking on an exciting summer tour? Perhaps you are part of a festival like Unisong Choral Festival, which Ottawa welcomes this year and culminates in a mass choir performance on the National Arts Centre stage on Canada Day. However you are spending your summer months, we hope you can find some time to enjoy more choral music!
Top 10 lists – Donald Patriquin
Our Guide to Choral Music Repertoire includes an ever-growing section of Top 10 Recommendations from our community of choral directors and composers. With Canada Day fast approaching, we want to highlight the list curated by popular Canadian composer Donald Patriquin, which includes both original compositions and arrangements of Canadian folksongs. Did you know that The Leading Note is Patriquin’s exclusive Canadian distributor for his A Tempo works?
View Donald Patriquin’s Top Ten