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Track 3. Sirena

In Greek mythology, the Sirens were dangerous creatures, who lured sailors with the seductive quality of their singing to shipwreck on the rocky coast of their island. The title “Sirena” is a word borrowed from the Latin word “Siren”  but it’s also a word used in Philippine culture to denote a vicious mermaid. This Read more…

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Carried/The Album

“Carried” I’ve been teaching music composition for over 20 years and one of the things I like the most is hearing from others how their own musical creation came to be, and how the many decisions, mistakes, and gifts from the cosmos came together to shape their work. So, I Read more…

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Track 1. What a Change

The first song on the album is called “What a Change”. Lyrics The lyrics are about two young couples and how we have been changed by their stories. Unlike many of the lyrics on the album, these lyrics came together in an afternoon. 1st verse – Adam and Eve – Read more…

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New Choral Music for 2018

I have an abundance of new choral music available this year.  Fire-flowers (SSAA) – The song-cycle of 7 pieces was commissioned by the  University of Western Ontario Women’s Choir  – Les Choristes Fire-flowers – single piece for SSAA (from the song-cycle) Fire-flowers – arr. for SATB – the last song Read more…

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Winter Sun

“The Augustana Choir”, the chamber choir from the University of Alberta Augustana Campus performed your “Winter Sun” in concert Dec 9 and 10…and the CHRONOS Vocal Ensemble and Edmonton Youth Choir will be performing it together in concert on January 13, 7:30 pm at West End Christian Reformed Church.

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Women’s Choir Song Cycle Premiere

Les Choristes, the University of Western Ontario’s fabulous womens choir under the direction of Jennifer Moir just premiered a new song cycle I was commissioned to compose titled “Fireflowers”. This 6 song cycle features the fabulous poetry of one of Canada’s great poets, Emily Pauline Johnson. My Home and Native Read more…

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♫ Breath – New Choral Album

Click to listen at CDBaby Source: ♫ Breath – Don Macdonald. Listen @cdbaby Choral music composed by Don Macdonald. This recording is different than most choral CD’s – two voices sing every part on the album resulting in a blend and synergy that is unique in choral recordings. Composer Don Read more…

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New Compositions and Arrangements for Choirs

In Sept 2016 I will have a number of new works available Last Night of Stars – Hal Leonard Christmas Reverie – Hal Leonard When the Earth Stands Still – ECS And the Band Played Waltzing Mathilda (arr.)  – musicsales.com Selene’s Boat – Self Published  

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Newsletter Jan 2016 b

                      Click here to modify subscribe or unsubscribe. DON MACDONALD Newsletter Jan 2016 This is my second choral newsletter showcasing recent works. Christmas Reverie/SATB I was commissioned to write this vocal jazz piece by Electra Women’s Choir in Vancouver BC Read more…

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