A Cappella Arrangements by Div

Introduction

I created most of these arrangements while I was in the a cappella group Shere Khan of Princeton University. Most of them are no longer in active use there, so I've decided to release them to the public; I much prefer the idea of my arrangements being used instead of just sitting in a folder somewhere. I'm charging no royalties, but I ask that you observe the following conditions.

Conditions

  1. If you wish to use these arrangements, please notify me at the email address on the bottom of this page.
  2. You must attribute credit to me on any printed copies of these arrangements, as well as playbills of performances and liner notes of recordings that include them.

News

2004.12.02 - My arrangement of "Shalom Rav" was performed by the Broadway cast of "Mamma Mia" for the new holiday album "Broadway's Greatest Gifts: Carols for a Cure 2004". Check it out ... it's a neat album, and the proceeds are being used to fund AIDS research.

2003.08.30 - A chorus director in Brazil was kind enough to typeset "Shalom Rav" for me, so now you can listen to it in MIDI, etc., like the other songs.

2003.01.05 - Posted "Shalom Rav", as promised.

2002.12.25 - I've reconfigured my web server to send the Encore files with a more appropriate MIME type, which will prevent them from being corrupted during download in certain browsers.

2002.10.29 - After a four year hiatus, I've finally brought this page back online. Apparently, people are still interested!

The Arrangements

"America the Beautiful"
traditional
SATB ensemble
Encore (18kb), MIDI (2kb), PDF (45kb)

"Another Night Alone" (originally "Vergamlte Speisen")
music by Die Prinzen, new English lyrics by Shere Khan
SATB with baritone soloist and tenor scat break
Encore (59kb), MIDI (11kb), PDF (172kb)

"Both Sides Now"
by Joni Mitchell, based on the arrangement by Judy Collins
SATB with two soprano soloists
Encore (59kb), MIDI (16kb), PDF (160kb)

"Bright College Days"
by Tom Lehrer
SATB with many one-liner solos for any voice part
Encore (62kb), MIDI (8kb), PDF (132kb)

"Freefalling"
by Tom Petty
SATB with baritone soloist, which is doubled with soprano on the refrain
Encore (68kb), MIDI (16kb), PDF (143kb)

"Get a Job"
by the Silhouettes
SATB with an easily shareable solo for any voice part
Encore (48kb), MIDI (10kb), PDF (106kb)

"Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer"
by Randy Brooks
SATB with an easily shareable solo for any voice part
Encore (42kb), MIDI (10kb), PDF (105kb)

a medley of "Helplessly Hoping" and "Find the Cost of Freedom"
by Crosby, Stills, and Nash
SATB ensemble
Encore (78kb), MIDI (9kb), PDF (150kb)

"I Love You, Always Forever"
by Donna Lewis
SATB with a female solo
Encore (51kb), MIDI (11kb), PDF (132kb)

"Lemon Tree"
by Will Holt, based on the arrangement by Peter, Paul, and Mary
SATB with two male solos
Encore (53kb), MIDI (11kb), PDF (136kb)

"Mrs. Robinson"
by Simon and Garfunkel
SATB ensemble
Encore (75kb), MIDI (13kb), PDF (218kb)

"Old Nassau" (the Princeton alma mater)
traditional
SATB ensemble
Encore (17kb), MIDI (2kb), PDF (21kb)

"Seven Days"
by Sting
SATB with tenor soloist
Encore (103kb), MIDI (17kb), PDF (347kb)

"Shalom Rav"
music by Kol B'Seder, Hebrew lyrics traditional
SATB ensemble
TIFF (973 kb), Encore (65kb) by Paulo Roberto Domingos, MIDI (7kb), PDF (311kb)

"Some Other Time" (from the musical "On the Town")
by Leonard Bernstein
SATB with one solo for each voice part
Encore (69kb), MIDI (10kb), PDF (190kb)

"Spy Hunter" intro (actually "Theme from Peter Gunn")
by Henry Mancini
SATB ensemble
Encore (20kb), MIDI (2kb), PDF (55kb)

"Suleimann"
by Die Prinzen, with lyrics in German and Turkish slang
SAB with baritone soloist and two percussion lines
Encore (165kb), MIDI (33kb), PDF (304kb)

"These are Days"
by the 10,000 Maniacs, based on their MTV unplugged arrangement
SATB with soprano soloist
Encore (132kb), performance notes in Microsoft Word (22kb), MIDI (25kb), PDF (252kb)

"Winter"
by Tori Amos
SATB with a female solo
Encore (115kb), MIDI (19kb), PDF (437kb)

How to Use the Files

In a perfect world, all the arrangements on the Web would be stored in a standardized notation file format, and there would be free reader software for it which everyone could use. Here in the real world, unfortunately, we have to make do without. Therefore, I am providing these arrangements in several different formats in hope that at least one will work for any interested user.

Encore is the music notation program I use for nearly all of my arranging. It is by no means perfect, but I find it far better than any competitor I've tried. Unfortunately, it stores its files in a proprietary format that cannot be read by most other notation programs. If you happen to have Encore (or a recent version of its competitor, Finale), you can use it to edit these scores, doing things like transposing, reorganizing for different voice parts, etc. Otherwise, the Encore files here will be of no use to you whatsoever.

MIDI files do not contain any information about how the score looks, only how it sounds. They do not even store the lyrics. However, they can be played on nearly any computer, and can be imported (usually at low quality) into most notation programs. For properly configured browsers, the files here can be played directly off the web.

PDF files are a semi-open standard for distributing written documents in a read-only manner. If you have the free Acrobat software from Adobe or the free program Ghostscript, you can view them right in your browser or print them at very high quality.

TIFF files are often used by scanning and fax software to store print-quality, multipage images. Some programs which claim to handle the format will only let you see the first page, but I've had luck with Kodak Imaging, which comes with some versions of Windows, as well as the free program IrfanView.

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