JOHN RICH MUSIC PRESS JR1119
From the Book of Common Prayer comes a supplication of gratefulness for all that God has provided. Memley's setting is immediately captivating. A strong melody and fulfilling accompaniment make this a worthy offering for Thanksgiving or any service of gratitude.
JOHN RICH MUSIC PRESS JR1113
You can feel the enthusiastic crowd, the festive procession, the joyful energy, right from the very start. Accompanied by piano, hand drum and finger cymbals, the vocal parts rise in triumph and anticipation. Perfect for Palm Sunday and the Advent season, this selection by Kevin Memley is easy to medium.
The text is one of the most powerful poems ever written commemorating the Armenian genocide of 1915, yet it speaks to the human soul about the depth of loss we feel when anyone leaves their earthly life. Memley's musical setting is deeply expressive and personal. In a beautiful and tender way his music makes you identify with the humanity of those who have lived and died. It is a wonderful selection for advanced high school, college and community choirs.
Kevin Memley used the words of Soren Engström for this tender piece commissioned in memory of a college student. The text carries questions that remind us of the fraility of life and encourage us to enjoy our time alive. The music holds all the characteristics that have made Memley one of the most sought-after composers of our day – an inspiring melody, rich harmonies, a captivating piano part, and a touching ending. Medium in difficulty for high school, community and college choirs.
Kevin Memley's exquisite a cappella writing has captured our hearts many times. He does not disappoint with this classic Latin text. The “place of sacred mystery” is honored richly with the harmonic colors he paints each cadence. This is a motet that will be added to the canon of classic settings to be sung by choirs for years to come in both concert and church settings. Advanced high school, college and community choirs. Medium difficulty.
The initial musical theme that begins this piece becomes almost a passacaglia, repeating throughout the piece. But with Kevin's artistic touches it becomes the “eternal light” that the text expresses, emerging again and again regardless of key change or climax. A gorgeous a cappella motet, it is perfect for advanced high school, college and community choirs, as well as fine church choirs. Medium to difficult.
This 20-minute, 3-movement work for choir, brass, percussion and piano or organ is a joy to perform! The melodies are tuneful and fresh, the rhythms exhilarating and compelling. High school, college, community and church choirs will want to add this piece to their Christmas repertoire.
Orchestrations available in:
Pavane P9059 Brass quintet, piano & percussion
Pavane P9057 Brass Orchestra, piano & percussion
Pavane P9070 Full Orchestra & piano
Kevin Memley composed both words and music of this work written for his 11th wedding anniversary. Truly in a romantic style, the appealing melody is caressed with wooing harmonies and the obbligato violin adds more enticement to the piece. For high school, college and community choirs.
Premiered at the ACDA Western Division conference and released as an SSAA selection, the cry for an SATB setting was immediate. The Emma Lazarus text is a powerful poem celebrating our Statue of Liberty and the freedoms and dreams that are uniquely American. The music is equally strong and stately, providing a patriotic anthem with musical and textual integrity. For high school, community and college choirs. Medium in difficulty.
Selected for the Jonathan Talberg choral Series, Kevin Memley has produced a gorgeous new setting of this time-honored text. His “Ave Maria” was released last year and has quickly established Kevin as a new composer to watch. Premiered at the 2010 ACDA Western convention, rich, lush chords and delicate motifs will make this a favorite for singers and listeners for years to come.
Walton WJMS1134 - JW Pepper Editor's Choice
The well-known Robert Burns poem has been brought to new life in this gorgeous, passionate setting. The flowing tune builds to a dramatic, uplifting climax - proclaiming the depth of love - before settling into a quiet, intimate close. A beautifully crafted melody, solid part writing, and a delicate, accessible piano accompaniment make this a top choice for high school, university, and community choirs. Highly recommended!
A great composer knows when less is more. Kevin Memley's setting of this Latin text displays this characteristic well. Reminiscent of a Romantic era piece the piano accompaniment rolls in a steady 12/8 pattern. The primary melody is plaintive and beckoning and the piece builds steadily in intensity and strength. Great for high school, college and community groups for festival and concert. Easy to Medium.