Arrangements & Compositions

NEW 2019: Digital download

CAN’T STOP SMILING: (SATB with divisi, a cappella – Medium advanced choir). Although life is not all smiles, there are times when they bubble over. This positive song exudes happy thoughts and times and it was a delight to set music to such positive lyrics. A wonderful addition to a choir’s repertoire. Lovely poem by contemporary poet, Jennifer Lott.

CHRISTMAS SONG  (SATB with divisi, a cappella – advanced choir) begins with a sombre mood and moves into a more uplifting sense of hope and renewal because “a little child is born.” A poem written by Canadian poet, Carmen Bliss uses beautiful imagery such as “singing bells”, “sunbeams on snow” and “the awakening heart” to celebrate the wonderful Christmas story. SEE SMP for a sound clip or to purchase.

LULLAY, MY LIKING (SATB with divisi – advanced choir), traditional 15th Century text, is woven into a hauntingly beautiful piece with expressive textures as it unfolds. A great selection for seasonal winter concerts.

LIFE HAS LOVELINESS TO SELL: (SATB with piano – Medium difficulty). Commissioned by the Prince George Cantata Singers to celebrate their 50th anniversary and is an accessible piece for any community choir. The piece, set to the poem “Barter” by Sara Teasdale is a song of thankfulness and has spiritual dimension without being associated with specific religious traditions. Digital download.

O LITTLE ROSE, O DARK ROSE (TTBB a cappella – Advanced choir): The poem expresses a mutual love that cannot be. One is the free spirited, non-committed and “Carmenesque.” The other is one that is from the “other side of the world” and yearns to have this “little rose, dark rose.” Stefan Hintersteininger (Canadian Music Centre) wrote that the piece is an “achingly beautiful setting of O Little Rose, O Dark Rose”. Text byCanadian poet Charles G.D. Roberts (1860-1943). A stunning addition to TTBB male choir or ensemble. The piece was recorded by the Vancouver Chor Leoni Choir. It is a regular repertoire selection for the UK group, The Gesualdo Six and has been performed across Canada, in the UK and throughout Europe. It has also been performed by the Cambridge Chorale (Owain Park). Gesualdo Six Performance

NOW I WALK IN BEAUTY (SATB a cappella – Medium difficulty): A haunting original setting of a prayer by the Navajo people. It is a celebration of the innate beauty in everyone. The simple melody is woven through all voices. A fantastic addition to any choral program. The Scottish group Vox Inauditae recorded the piece in May, 2019: Click: Now I Walk in Beauty

RISE UP, O FLAME: (SAB with piano – Easy/Medium – developing choir). Based on a traditional 16th Century text. The beautiful flowing phrases in the minor mode build with a simple but effective baritone part at the end. The song was premiered by the Vancouver Cansing Youth Choirs to celebrate the 2018 Winter Olympics and is a stunning choice for any concert including Remembrance, Winter Festival and more.  

SATB CHOIR: Digital download

DANCE OF THE SUNBEAMS: (SATB with divisi, a cappella – Advanced choir)

ELIZA JANE: (SATB a cappella – Advanced choir)

HODIE NATUS EST: (SSAATTBB, a cappella – advanced choir)

IF I MAY HOLD THY HAND: (SATB – a cappella – medium difficult)

I’M NOBODY: (SATB with divisi, a cappella – advanced choir).

IN TE DOMINE, SPERAVI: (SATB a cappella – Medium difficulty). “Lord in you have I taken shelter.” Psalm 31: 1

KYRIE: (SATB a cappella – advanced choir).

LAND OF THE SILVERBIRCH: (SATB with Children’s Choir. Piano and C Instrument – Medium difficulty).

SING LEVY-DEW: (SATB a cappella – Advanced choir) Christmas.

SPRIG OF THYME: (SATB a cappella – Advanced choir).

THERE WAS A STAR DANCED: (SATB a cappella – Medium advanced). Shakespeare.

WHEN THE FISHING BOATS GO OUT: (SATB with piano – Medium difficulty).

SATB CHOIR ARRANGEMENTS: Digital download

EARLY MORNIN’ RAIN, (SATB with piano – Easy) , arranged by Gerda Blok-Wilson was written and performed by Gordon Lightfoot. It was also a big hit for Ian and Syliva Tyson and Peter, Paul and Mary. The SATB arrangement will be a strong addition to any choir’s repertoire.

ECHOES IN RAIN (SATB with piano – Easy): This accessible arrangement of Irish musician, Enya’s beautiful “Echoes in Rain” will be a versatile addition to any choir’s sacred or secular repertoire. The lyrics describe the feelings of a long journey home and the “alleluia” celebrates the joy each day brings.

ST PATRICK’S REGIONAL HIGHSCHOOL CHOIR PERFORMANCE

HIGH VOICE Compositions: Digital download

BIRD’S COURTING SONG: (SA/TB with piano – Arrangement. Easy/intermediate)

CHILD OF THE SNOWS: (SA OR TB with piano – intermediate difficulty) Commissioned by the BC Boys Choir 2014.

CHRISTMAS ELVES ARE MARCHING: (UNISON, with piano – developing choir)

CHRISTMAS IS HERE AGAIN!: (UNISON with piano, developing choir)

CHRISTMAS PROCESSIONAL: (SSA/TTB a cappella – developing Choir)

FIDDLE DEE DEE: (SA with piano – developing choir)

LAUGH HA HA: (2-pt with piano, developing choir, any voicing).

LITTLE SKUNK: (PARTNER SONG, with piano – developing choir).

LUKEY’S BOAT: (SA/TB, with piano – developing choir, arrangement)

OLEANA: (Unison with descant, with piano – developing choir). Sung by choirs across Canada for performance and festival.

OPEN THE STARS TO ME: (SA with optional descant, with piano – original work). Commissioned by the Prince George Bel Canto Choir, 2004.

SPIDER AND THE FLY: (SA, with piano – developing choir, arrangement)

SNOWBIRD (SA with piano – Easy) New. The piece was written by Canadian songwriter, Gene MacLellan. It is best known for its performances by Canadian singer Anne Murray but was also sung by Bing Crosby, Lynn Anderson and Elvis Presley. The snowbird is a metaphor for the lost love that has flown away. A wonderful addition to any choral concert.

UN CANADIEN ERRANT: (SA with piano – developing choir, arrangement).

WHITE BUTTERFLIES: (SSAA – a cappella – advanced choir)

WHO COMES LAUGHING: (3-pt a cappella – developing choir – easy)

LOWER VOICE Compositions: Digital download

WHEN THE FISHING BOATS GO OUT: (TTBB with piano – Medium difficulty).

WHITE BUTTERFLIES: (TTBB with piano – Advanced Choir).

LUKEY’S BOAT: 2-pt (SA or TB – developing choir) with piano

CHILD OF THE SNOWS: (SA OR TB – developing choir) Commissioned by the BC Boys Choir 2014.

 

DEVELOPING CHOIR MUSIC: (still updating)

The developing choral selections by Gerda Blok-Wilson have been performed and recorded by choirs across Canada in concert and at festivals. The following are a selection of popular pieces.

Musicals published by THEMES AND VARIATIONS, Canada

WINTER SOLSTICE NEWS

SIMON FRASER AND THE RAGING RIVER

SOUND ADVICE

JOLLY CRAWLY BUGS

 

SSAB Arrangement

SAB Arrangement

  • Ah, Si Mon Moine Voulait Danser is a lively traditional Québécois song arrangement with piano for a developing SAB choir by Gerda Blok-Wilson. This arrangement features changing boys voices. The rhythmic selection describes a young woman who wants a monk (the word also can mean a spinning top) to dance. She offers him a cap, a gown, etc., then a psalter; he rejects each because he has taken a vow of poverty. The piece will be a favourite for both singer and audience. Great festival selection! 2000 Canadian Music Award for the George S. Mathieson Category (BCAPAF)
  • I Shall Gaze (Chi mi na Morpheanna) School District #57 Mass Choir piece.
  • Forty Below
  • Cod Liver Oil
  • Come Let Us All A-Maying Go

SA Arrangement

 

Unison/Descant Arrangement

3pt Easy Arrangement

Gerda also wrote the music for the full length youth musicals, CATALINE’S PACKTRAIN and TRICK ME ONCE. She wrote the 40 minute youth review, THE MOZART PHENOMENON (Light opera), arranging and adapting the prominent themes from Mozart’s symphonies, choral works and operas.

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