Shenandoah | She Walks in Beauty | Shoshone Love Song | Sing Cantate Domino | Sister Gone | Song of Thanksgiving | Stabat Mater | Take My Life and Let It Be | There is No Rose of Such Virtue | Those Who Wait Upon the Lord | Thou Art Worthy | Uniamo in Amore | We Will Sing of a Dream | You're With Me Everywhere
Only a truly great craftsman can offer a new setting of “Shenandoah” that can challenge the excellence already on the shelf. Following the success of the other voicings, Memley gives us a setting for mixed voices that is a worthy contender. The basic tune is preserved with dignity, the piano part supportive like a river beneath a floating craft.
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SATB 4 part - Gentry JG2533 YOUTUBE
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This sensitive setting of Lord Byron's timeless poem will bring out the best in your choir. "She walks in beauty, like the night of cloudless climes and starry skies; and all that's best of dark and bright meet in her aspect and her eyes..." The lyrical music, so fitting for the text, is "so soft, so calm, yet eloquent..."
Memley celebrates the Native American culture with an exquisite triptych of poems and song called Three Native American Settings. The original music is consumed with the sounds of the Native American spirit in all three selections. Although they can be performed separately, the set provides a reverent tribute to a beautiful culture. High school or college or community choirs.
Native American Settings:
Cherokee Traveler’s Greeting
Shoshone Love Song
Come on the Trail of Song
The first that captures your attention is the vibrant keyboard part. Kevin Memley is obviously a pianist and sets the energy flowing from the start. Then comes this melody that feels like long, rolling ocean wave. But don't try to surf the wave because the tune suddenly leaps into a theater song. Now Kevin has some material to work with and he develops it masterfully. The Latin text is the celebration of new songs. Wonderful for high school, college and community choirs. Medium difficulty.
Memley has set this thoughtful 19th century Barnes' poem in a contemporary madrigal style. Pensive moments cadence on stunning chords, gentle dissonances provoke the listener's ears, woven together in the beauty that always accompanies Kevin's creations. Excellent for high school, college or community choirs.
JOHN RICH MUSIC PRESS JR0094
A new melody uses the text of the well-loved hymn “Take My Life and Let it Be,” and it is an excellent tune. When the hymntune HENDON does appear it is in a welcomed salute.
Selected for the Jo-Michael Scheibe Sacred Choral Series, Kevin Memley brings new life to a classic Christmas text. The textures, the harmony, the word coloration, these are the elements that lift this setting to compete with the established settings in the choral canon. College choirs and high school choirs will love it, and many church choirs will as well.
Once you begin hearing this piece you are drawn in...you want to sing it. The “eagle's wings” text is one of the most frequently set to music, and yet this one sounds like it has always been there, but not revealed until now. The essence of “wait” is captured in the opening section, which gives way to a new tempo, building with the “mounting on wings.” The true soaring takes place with a 12/8 meter, the voices building in triumph. A final return to the “waiting” theme provides an assurance that has permeated the entire composition. Excellent for church and school.
EPIPHANY HOUSE EH1032
One of the earliest praise choruses that became a standard in almost every denomination is Thou Art Worthy by Pauline Michael Mills. In the hands of Kevin Memley, a profound dignity embraces the song. The piano accompaniment displays his mastery of the keyboard and the choir setting is superb. The Revelations text is a powerful statement of praise for almost any service. Easy to medium in difficulty.
Using “Ode” by Arthur O'Shaughnessy, Kevin Memley has composed a piece that celebrates music in dramatic fashion. Beginning eloquently as a concert piece it evolves into epic proportions that could be as theatrical as one can imagine. An excellent festival piece that celebrates the art of music.
Full score and percussion (orchestra bells, timpani & aux)
Composed as a graduation song, this Kevin Memley piece is a choral of encouragement and hope that will complement any concert program. It begins with soloists that introduces the pop flavor of the song. The words are uplifting and the tune grabs at your heart. A rhythm chart is available separately as a free download. Easy to medium.