Vocal Music by Dean Crocker

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3 Hansenlieder (1987)
Solo voice and piano—English. 5½′
Settings of three slightly surreal poems by David C. Hansen. Fairly easy.
3 Wisconsin Sonnets (2015)
Mixed Chorus (SATB), a cappella—English. 6½′
Texts from Wisconsin Sonnets by Charles H. Winke (1917)
As the Living Father Sent Me (1980)
Mixed Chorus (SATB) and organ—English. 2¼′
Communion meditation or anthem for church use. Fairly easy.
At Midnight (2013)
Voice and piano—English. 8½′
Short settings of five poems by Sara Teasdale.
De Rerum Natura (2019)
Orchestra, Baritone voice and Mixed Chorus—Latin. 31′
Setting of selected texts from the poem by Lucretius.
Dichtung und Wahrheit (1970)
Tenor voice and flute—German. 6¼′
Setting of four short poems by Goethe. Difficult.
from Hamlet (2005)
Mixed chorus (SATB) with flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon and piano—English. 4′
Originally written in 1976; greatly revised in 2005 to provide an interesting counterpart to The Walrus and the Carpenter. Rhythmically challenging. Performable by a high school choir (if they are very, very good).
Goodbye My Friend (1985)
Solo voice (or unison chorus) and piano—English. 3¾′
Christmas ballad, originally written for a musical for children.
Hallelujah from Beethoven’s Christ on the Mount of Olives (1988)
Orchestration for 10-piece ensemble [Fl, Cl, Ob, Bsn, Hn, Tpt, String quartet]. 6′
Useful for festive church performances on a budget, this arrangement is to be used with the normal chorus editions: no choral scores are provided.
Hallelujah from Handel’s Messiah (2006)
Mixed choir (SSATTB) a cappella—English. 3½′
The Hallelujah Chorus arranged for 6-part a cappella chorus (or sextet?). Inspired by an anonymous arrangement published in The Singing School Companion (1856).
Harvest Home (1989)
Men’s Chorus (TTBB) and strings—English. 2½′
Based on Henry Purcell’s Your Hay It Is Mow’d, this piece is well suited for Thanksgiving or harvest-time. Very traditional, rousing male glee club number.
I Believe In An America (2016)
3 equal voices (or choir), a cappella—English. 1′
A short Round (or canon) based on one of Mitt Romney's more circuitous statements. (2012)
Magnum nomen Domini (1978)
2-part mixed chorus and organ—Latin. 1½′
Arrangement of a 14th century Christmas carol. Very easy.
Poscimur (2009)
Mixed chorus (SATB) with piano—Latin. 3½′
Choral setting of Horace’s Ode I:32.
Sonnet XII (1990)
Mixed Chorus (SATB) and piano—English. 3½′
Piano vs. choir in tight harmony. Shakespeare. Difficult. What more could you ask for?
Sonnet XCVII (1990)
Mixed Chorus (SATB) a cappella—English. 1½ ′
Almost tonal chromaticism. Not easy, but far from impossible.
Walrus and the Carpenter, The (2005)
Mixed chorus (SATB) with woodwind quintet and piano—English. 9½′
A jolly (yet dramatic!) setting of Lewis Carroll’s famous poem.
Whispering Hope (2008)
Solo voice (or unison chorus) with string quartet, oboe and piano—English. 3¼′
A fresh look at the popular 1868 hit by Alice Hawthorne, who was actually a man named Septimus Winner.