Climbing High Mountains

Amidon Choral Gems

Choral arrangements & compositions by Peter & Mary Alice Amidon

A collection of some of the Amidons’ favorites. All songs arranged by Peter Amidon.

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Mary Alice and I started singing together from the moment we met in 1975, when we were swept up in the rich world of traditional music and dance in Cambridge Massachusetts. Our harmonic sensibilities were influenced by our deep involvement in shape note singing, our tours with Larry Gordon’s choruses (Word of Mouth Chorus/Northern Harmony), the a cappella singing of groups like the Waterson family (Yorkshire England) and the Nowell Sing We Clear guy quartet, and the harmonizing-by-ear we did singing with our friends and family.

Mary Alice has the gift of creating the perfect melody for text and for creating songs that sound like traditional folk classics. Many of our arrangements and compositions were written originally for the Guilford (VT) Community Church, UCC Choir.

All the songs on this album were recorded by Al Stockwell, and sung either by the Friends of the Amidons singers, or by the Starry Mountain Singers (which includes our son and daughter-in-law, Stefan Amidon and Zara Bode).

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  1. Solstice Song by Alouette Iselin
  2. Blackbird by John Lennon and Paul McCartney
  3. There But For Fortune by Phil Ochs
  4. Climbing High Mountains traditional
  5. Be Thou My Vision traditional
  6. Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen
  7. Gift of Love by Mary Alice Amidon
  8. Over the Rainbow by Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg
  9. Prodigal’s Return by AD Merrill, 1845
  10. Kisses Sweeter Than Wine by Fred Hellerman, Huddie Ledbetter, Lee Hays, Pete Seeger, and Ronnie Gilbert
  11. Make Me a Channel of Your Peace music by Peter Amidon
  12. Magnificat music by Peter Amidon
  13. Corinthians 13 music by Peter Amidon
  14. So Far From Home poem by Tom Mousin, music by Peter Amidon
  15. Still There Is Love poem by Edith Newlin Chase, music by Mary Alice Amidon
  16. What a Wonderful World by George Weiss and Bob Thiele
  17. Turn Around by Malvina Reynolds, Alan Greene, and Harry Belafonte

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Here are more comments about the Amidons' "Twenty-five Anthems for Interfaith & Community Choirs".

…Peter's work is artistry at the highest level: not only a gift to singers in a wide variety of settings, but also a model worthy of study by songwriters and composers in any tradition.

-Mark Simos, Songwriter; Associate Professor, Songwriting, Berklee College of Music Author of Songwriting Strategies: A 360º Approach (Berklee Press, Hal Leonard, 2014).

We love the Amidon's music, which become choir favorites almost as fast as we learn them.
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Lila M Farrar, Music Director, Brookfield (MA) Unitarian Universalist Church

I can't speak highly enough of (Peter Amidon's) arrangements which really work well in small congregations and for small choirs.
-Steve Finner, Director of Music, Unitarian Universalist Church of St. Johnsbury VT

Your "Twenty-five Anthems" collection is as good as I expected - songs with deep meaning, arranged so well and so simply that they practically sing themselves. I'll probably use all twenty-five if I stay at this job long enough!
-Benjie Messer, Music Director, Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Phoenix, Arizona.

Peter Amidon's choral compositions and arrangements reconcile three rare qualities, held in elegant balance. Drawing on deep knowledge and reverence for traditional folk sources such as the shape-note repertoire, his work honors the distinctive modalities as well as the surprising twists and turns of these traditions. These are cast into choral textures with the lush yet restrained beauty of contemporary styles—achieved, though, with deceptively simple, sturdy, and singable part-writing reflecting his long experience as a community choral leader. Peter's work is artistry at the highest level: not only a gift to singers in a wide variety of settings, but also a model worthy of study by songwriters and composers in any tradition.
-Mark Simos, Songwriter; Associate Professor, Songwriting, Berklee College of Music
 Author of Songwriting Strategies: A 360º Approach (Berklee Press, Hal Leonard, 2014).

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Fifty-Five Anthems for the Small Church Choir

Peter's work is artistry at the highest level: not only a gift to singers in a wide variety of settings, but also a model worthy of study by songwriters and composers in any tradition.
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Mark Simos, Songwriter; Associate Professor, Songwriting, Berklee College of Music Author of Songwriting Strategies: A 360º Approach (Berklee Press, Hal Leonard, 2014).

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2nd Edition - Twenty-Five Anthems for Interfaith & Community Choirs

 

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…Peter's work is artistry at the highest level: not only a gift to singers in a wide variety of settings, but also a model worthy of study by songwriters and composers in any tradition.

-Mark Simos, Songwriter; Associate Professor, Songwriting, Berklee College of Music Author of Songwriting Strategies: A 360º Approach (Berklee Press, Hal Leonard, 2014).

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A Song in My Heart: book and CD

Some might say this is a collection of children’s songs, but we think of them as great songs that children happen to enjoy. Here are some of our favorites from thirty-five years of singing together and twenty-five years of recording.

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Hymns and Ballads

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Hymns & Ballads is an album of the Amidons' favorites (shape note hymns, gospel from both black and white singing traditions, American and English ballads, and poems set to music by Mary Alice) in a variety of settings:

Peter and Mary Alice's distinctively strong duo harmonies; the Amidon quartet that now includes Sam's tenor that is a cross between Dock Boggs and Mike Waterson and Stefan's profoundly deep bass; the Amidon/Armstrong Septet where the Amidon four are joined by the extraordinary singing family of Jennifer Armstrong and her two daughters Suzannah and Georgia Rose; and one Sydney Carter gem where Peter and Mary Alice are joined by Margaret Dale and Tony Barrand.

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I'll Never Forget

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“Some of the most musical listening and singing along I've experienced in years. Everyone should add this superb recording to their collection.” —Bill Spence of the Old Songs Festival Simply the Amidons' favorite songs, secular and sacred, sung by Peter, Mary Alice along with Sam and Stefan when they were sopranos.

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The Keys to the Kingdom

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2007, Mary Alice Amidon

With her son Sam Amidon as producer and 11 great back up musicians, Mary Alice Amidon, renowned Vermont folksinger and multi-instrumentalist (here heard on banjo, accordion, and piano as well as vocals), has stepped out on her own to make an album of songs old and new with many original compositions to add to the mix. Quite a bit of variety here, ranging from the up tempo old time feel with back up band, some wtih a bluesy jazz feel and some very tender, beautiful songs.

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The Fairie's Gift: Songs for Children

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2005. Peter, Mary Alice and Sam Amidon, Pete Sutherland, Ron Kelley

We made our first children's album of songs quite by accident in 1984, when our friends Connie Woodberry and Carl Hirth were taking a trip to Thailand and requested a cassette for their two children to listen to on the journey. We made a recording of it in our living room with a hand held tape recorder. When they returned they saidd we needed to do this for other parents. The Faerie's Gift includes two of our original settings of poems, our firest recordd story and songs by Elvis Presley and Louis Armstrong. Here are songs of tenderness, walking in each other's shoes and celebrating our wonderful world. Though it's an album for children, we think all our music friends will find much to delight in here.

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Angels Hovering Round: Songs for Hospice and Healing

Angels Hovering Round (CD)

“What could be more lovely at the end of life than being surrounded by the voices of angels in harmony? We recorded some of our favorite hospice and healing songs in hopes of spreading this ministry to other communities. In the spirit of sharing what we love, we hope it reaches all who wish to know the healing effects singing has on the soul.”

—Kathy Leo, Hallowell founder

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Hallowell: Love Call Me Home

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2010. Performed by the Hallowell singers.

Hallowell, southern Vermont's hospice singing chorus, is pleased to offer this second collection of songs for hospice and healing. These 21 songs, all a cappella SATB, which have been collected, transcribed and/or arranged by Hallowell music directors Mary Cay Brass and Peter Amidon, have been selected from our growing repertoire of diverse traditions and cultures.

CD $15 - view and purchase from Hallowell website

Songs from Truth - The Musical

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“Truth” is the fourth original musical by Stephen Stearns and Peter Amidon. Their first three musicals (one of which was revived a few years later) were all for middle school age New England Youth Theatre (NEYT) actors. “Truth” is the first musical Stearns and Amidon have written for the senior (high school age) NEYT extraordinarily talented actors/singers. It was debuted last April at NEYT’s downtown Brattleboro theatre over two weekends to critical acclaim.

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