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2019-2020 season choral music

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LATEST COMMISSIONS

Veni, Veni, Emmanuel, SSA and piano 

Patrick Thomas Jaskolka, Deputy Choir Director and Child Choirmaster

Aalto Opera House, Musiktheater, Essen, Germany

Finished:  June, 2019

Premiered:  November 2019


Sing We Noel! SATB  divisi and Brass Quintet

Christian Clark, Director of Central Oregon Mastersingers

Bend, Oregon

Finished: July, 2019

Premiered:  December 2019

BEND CAMERATA, SEMI-PROFESSIONAL ENSEMBLE

Two performances scheduled April 4th and 5th,  2020 of James W. Knox choral works

Concert will include Jack and His Fortune, Wer Weiss Wo, Lux Aeterna, Life to Everything, O Heart of Spring and much more!

Concerts:  Saturday, April 4 at 7:00pm

Sunday, April 5th at 3:00pm

Location:  Nativity Lutheran Church, Bend, Oregon


LATEST CHORAL EDITIONS

Cantate Domino, SAB and piano

Life to Everything, SSAA divisi and piano

Veni, Veni, Emmanuel, SSATB and piano

Asgard & Niflheim is a major choral work comprised of six movements.  The inspiration of this epic work comes from the Old Norse cosmological realms and folklore stories.  Asgard refers to the godly world and Niflheim refers to the darkness, which is commonly known as Hell.  

James masterfully displays  this epic work with vivid and gripping tales! The first Movement I.  Land of the Holly Trees and Movement II.  Low Hills of the East is available NOW!

Entire choral work for string orchestra, piano and percussion will be available in late spring 2020.

Available

The Elves and the Shoemaker

This work will be released in the summer of 2020.  The timeless classic fairy-tale written in 1806 is about a poor shoemaker who has two pieces of leather to make one last pair of shoes.  Before bed, he wishes that the shoes will sell to make enough money before the winter.  The next day his shoes are perfectly and masterfully made!  A costumer walks buy and notices the shoes and buys them.  The shoemaker is hopeful and buys two more straps of leather to make more pairs of shoes.  To the shoemaker's amazement he would wake up finding the pairs of shoes made. This miracle went on for months and the shoemaker and his wife were doing very well.   A few nights before Christmas he asks his wife to stay awake to see who had been making the shoes.  In the late hours of the night the wife notices little bare men working and making the pairs of shoes.  The next morning she tells her husband and they decide to make clothes for the little bare men.  That night the elves notice that there was only clothes laid out.  Excited and filled with joy they put on their clothes and danced through the night celebrating what they have received!  After this night the elves never came back to help the shoemaker.

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Aiken Drum

The popular Scottish Folk song and Nursery Rhyme, Aiken Drum written for SATB divisi, piccolo and piano will available in the summer of 2020.   


There was a man lived in the moon, lived in the moon, lived in the moon,
There was a man lived in the moon,
And his name was Aiken Drum.

Chorus
And he played upon a ladle, a ladle, a ladle,
And he played upon a ladle,
and his name was Aiken Drum.

And his hat was made of good cream cheese, of good cream cheese, of good cream cheese,
And his hat was made of good cream cheese,
And his name was Aiken Drum.

And his coat was made of good roast beef, of good roast beef, of good roast beef,
And his coat was made of good roast beef,
And his name was Aiken Drum.

And his buttons made of penny loaves, of penny loaves, of penny loaves,
And his buttons made of penny loaves,
And his name was Aiken Drum.

And his waistcoat was made of crust pies, of crust pies, of crust pies,
And his waistcoat was made of crust pies,
And his name was Aiken Drum.

And his breeches made of haggis bags, of haggis bags, of haggis bags,
And his breeches made of haggis bags,
And his name was Aiken Drum.

Tales of Orion written for chorus, soli and orchestra will be available in the fall of 2020.

Tales of Orion

Tales of Orion is written for chorus, soli and orchestra.  The epic work will be available in the fall of 2020.

Poseidon, father of Orion gave him the ability to walk on water and travelled  to the island of Chios where he met Merope.  After he violated her,  he was blinded by her father, Oenopion.  Orion left the island and went to Lemnos where he did a great deal of hunting with Artemis on Crete and his eyesight was restored.  His enthusiasm and vow to be able to kill every animal angered Gaea, the goddess of Earth.  She sent down a giant scorpion and the sting killed Orion.  Zeus put Orion in the skies as a constellation along with the scorpion forever telling the tale of the great and mighty hunter, Orion. 


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Laudamus te

Laudamus te, written for SATB divisi with piano, will be available in mid January 2020.

This powerful rendition is a reminder to all how Christ overcame death once and for all.  Let your your choir and congregation celebrate this Easter season!