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When the Stars Fall

CME Conductor's Choice

By Stephen Hatfield

Choral (SATB a cappella)
CME Conductor's Choice. Composed by Stephen Hatfield. Conductor's Choice. Contemporary, Classical. 8 pages. Boosey & Hawkes #M051472161. Published by Boosey & Hawkes (HL.48004894).

Item Number: HL.48004894

6.75x10.5 inches.

The mood and texture of this piece is simple, limpid, and serene: the peace that passes understanding. Every line in every voice, no matter how understated, is of melodic interest and emotional importance. Also includes oboe part.

Also available in SSA (48004980).

  • Ratings + Reviews

  • 5

    Toronto, ON, Canada
    Difficulty Level:
  • 2013-01-20 00:00:00.0 Stunning

    Hatfield is one of my favourite composers as there is such range and depth to his writing. This is one of my all-time favourite pieces to do with high school students. While the notes are deceptively easy, tuning is difficult and it forces the students to really listen. Once...

    that is mastered, setting the mood is the next task. A beginning choir can do surface work with this piece while an advanced choir can really work on the beauty of the piece. An excellent composition!

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  • 5

    Guelph, ON
    Difficulty Level:
    Early intermediate
  • 2009-03-25 00:00:00.0 ideal acappella piece

    This song has deceptively simple music and beautiful voicing--which means that individual voice control is more important than ever. _When the Stars Fall_ is one of the most beautiful pieces Althouse ever composed!

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  • 4

    Robert King
    Nashville, TN
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  • 2008-04-03 00:00:00.0 childlike sophistication

    I love the simple melody, and the subtle harmonic treatment. It is deceptively difficult in avoiding muddying the textures, but certainly accessible by high school. Hatfield reminds me of Egil Hovland in his ability to create a mood that fits the text. I heartily recommend this one!

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