Looking forward to when choirs are able to sing together in public again, Alexander McCall Smith has written seven light-hearted texts entitled Incredible Beasties which I have set to music for SATB choir. We have made the scores available to download free of charge. If your choir would like to perform it, please email me at email@example.com telling me about your choir. In the meantime you can download the full texts and the first page of each song here.
Song cycles for unaccompanied mixed choir
Scotland at Night, a set of six songs describing the Scotland that begins at dusk.
The Painter's Eye, a set of five songs inspired by famous paintings.
A Time of Gifts, a set of six songs on the theme of gifts and giving: a mixture of sentiment and humour.
The above three sets all have original texts by Alexander McCall Smith. They are published and sold by Goodmusic/Roberton and you can find further information following the links above.
Scotland at Night and The Painter's Eye have been recorded on Delphian Records DCD34060 by Laudibus. See Recordings for more information.
The Language of Love, a new setting for SATB (no divisi) of four poems by Percy Bysshe Shelley (in English), Louise Labé (in French), Heinrich Heine (in German) and Francesco Petrarca (in Italian). First performance 24 June 2016. Published and sold by Goodmusic/Roberton. You can see the whole score on their website.
Ninian's Gift, a setting for unaccompanied SATB (no divisi) of a text specially written by Alexander McCall Smith about St Ninian and other Scottish saints. First performance 24th September 2020 at the Wigtown Book Festival. You can see a few pages of the score here and the premiere performance here.
Other compositions for mixed voices
Song cycle for SATB and piano: The Circling Year, a new setting of four poems (one for each season) by William Soutar, commissioned by Chansons, Perth’s Chamber Choir, to celebrate their 40th anniversary in 2019. First performance 28 April 2019. Published and sold by Goodmusic. You can see the whole score on their website.
Christmas pieces for SATB and piano or orchestra: Merry Christmas Jazz, Los Pastores a Belén, En Belén tocan a fuego, Esta Noche, all published by Hinshaw Music with piano accompaniment. They can be purchased from Hal Leonard or, for UK and other European customers, from Music Shop Europe. The three Spanish numbers can be performed as a sequence. You can listen to them here: Los Pastores a Belén, En Belén tocan a fuego, Esta Noche. See a performance of an adaptation for a solo ensemble of Merry Christmas Jazz on YouTube. See a performance of Los Pastores a Belén on YouTube. See performances of Esta Noche on YouTube here and here.
Christmas pieces for SATB a cappella: Sir Christèmas for SSATBB published and sold by Goodmusic/Roberton. Sweet was the Song (with divisi) published and sold by Hinshaw Music and also available here - watch a performance on YouTube. A version for upper voices SSSAA is available from Tom Cunningham. Dormi, Jesu! for SATB (see a page) is available from Tom Cunningham.
Christmas pieces for SATB with piano: For unto us a child is born published and sold by Goodmusic/Roberton.
You can see the whole score on their website. There is also an accompaniment for full symphony orchestra (as premiered by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra in 2018) available from Goodmusic. You can hear a computer-generated version with piano here or with orchestra here.
Other sacred pieces for SATB with organ: I will lift up mine eyes (Psalm 121) published and sold by Goodmusic/Roberton.
Folk songs and spirituals: Ye Banks and Braes (SSATBB unaccompanied) watch a performance here, Rock o' my soul (SATB div. with piano), published by Hinshaw Music. They can be purchased from Hal Leonard or from Music Shop Europe; Auld Lang Syne (SATB unaccompanied or with piano, also available for TTBB), Loch Lomond (SATB unaccompanied) published and sold by Goodmusic/Roberton listen to a performance here; Wild Mountain Thyme (SATB unaccompanied) unpublished, download here.
Other: The Good-Bye Jazz (SATB with optional piano) published and sold by Goodmusic/Roberton: see performances on YouTube here and here.. When I'm Sixty-four (Lennon-McCartney, arranged for SATB with divisi, see a page) is available from Tom Cunningham: listen to a verse sung by Kalliope from Ghent.