Just As I Am

ISBN: 9781506452494
SATB & piano
Publisher: Augsburg Fortress
Difficulty Level: E
Year of Publication: 2018
Duration: 5 minutes
Availability: In Print

Printed Copy: $1.80
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David Barton crafts a new tune for a familiar hymn text in this anthem, which features an expressive piano part and beautiful harmonic writing for the choir.

Potential Uses

Worship, Anthem, Church, Choir, Dedication


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Catalogue Number: TKM822
ISMN: 9790708140344
SAB & Piano
Publisher: Tim Knight Music
Difficulty Level: E
Year of Publication: 2018
Duration: 3 minutes
Availability: In Stock

Printed Copy: £1.60
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‘A beautiful piece setting a poem by Rossetti and written in memory of the Yorkshire farming legend Hannah Hauxwell, could also be used for memorial and remembrance services in churches.’

Potential Uses

Choir, Festival, Concert, Workshop, Remembrance

Be Thou My Vision

Catalogue Number:
PPMO1703
Instrumentation:
SATB & piano

Publisher:
Paraclete Press
Year of Publication:
2017
Duration:
4 minutes
Availability:
In Print

Printed Copy: $2.90
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‘An attractive anthem based on the old Irish text as well as an original hymn tune by the composer. Barton writes an idiomatic and supportive piano part and the voices sing lovely legato lines, mostly unison. Appropriate for a time of prayer or meditation.’

Potential Uses

Choir, Church, Worship, Choral

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Sonatina No. 1

Catalogue Number: DBM1601
Solo Piano
Publisher: David Barton Music
Difficulty Level: 7-8
Year of Publication: 2016
Duration: 9 minutes
Availability: In Stock

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The Sonatina, which comprises of three movements, centres around variations on a rising and falling motif of F, G flat, A, G and returning to F. The work opens with a resolute Allegro with that melodic motif first heard in the bass. Also introduced is a syncopated rhythmic figure, also heard in the bass at the opening and which reappears at the end of the first and third movements. The opening melody gives way to a lighter central section before the opening is heard once more. A brief slower section offers glimpses of the second and third movements before the opening rhythmic motif is heard once more and the movement cascades to a strident end.

The sonorous Lento opens with a sparkling figure which subsides to a series of chords which play upon the semitone relationship between the G and G flat once again. The melodic motif first heard in the opening movement is stated most fully here, appearing both in the treble and bass parts.

The Sonatina closes with a spirited Presto movement which picks up on a rising chordal motif first heard in the slower section of the opening movement. As it speeds towards its climax, the resolute rhythmic motif heard at the beginning and end of the first movement, is stated once again. A final torrent of notes brings the Sonatina to its conclusion.

The work received its premiere in May 2016 at the Washington Piano Society, with Francesca Hurst at the piano.

Reviews

The music was was lovely and also interesting and easy on the ears.

Loved the composition…fun, melodic and enjoyable.

What a great joy to hear a contemporary work that’s truly pleasant to the ear (rather than some academic exercise in atonal tripe)…and really wonderful – certainly on par with masterwork of a century ago, by great English composers like R.V.W.

Enjoyed very much the different moods, playful, pensive, soulful etc. throughout the piece. It managed to be modern, but melodic all the way through!

I really liked it. I envisioned the first two movements in a mystery film and the last for a romantic story of love lives.

The 3rd movement was lovely. Definitely reminiscent of Debussy. Great counterpoint and melodic development. Enjoyed it!

Enjoyed your music, both rhythmic and lyrical – thought it would be wonderful for collaboration with a choreographer.

I very much enjoyed the wistful questioning of the second movement. In the third movement I heard lovely echoes of Ravel’s Sonatina. It was great to hear new music of this calibre.

Comments from audience members in attendance at the premiere performance.

Potential Uses

Concert, Recital, Teaching, Competition, Festival, Exam

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Ladderedge in Autumn

Catalogue Number: DBM1602
Solo Piano
Publisher: David Barton Music
Difficulty Level: 5-6
Year of Publication: 2016
Duration: 5 minutes
Availability: In Stock

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A musical picture of the beautiful landscapes of the Ladderedge Country Park near Leek, in Staffordshire, in autumn.

Potential Uses

Concert, Recital, Teaching, Competition, Festival, Exam

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Carol of the Light

Catalogue Number: PPMO1654
Unison voices & piano (or organ)
Publisher: Paraclete Press
Difficulty Level: E
Year of Publication: 2016
Duration: 2 minutes
Availability: In Stock

Printed Copy: $1.70 
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‘An original carol for unison voices, this has a memorable melody as its basis with rich harmony provided by the keyboard. Barton has created an attractive work in a refreshing, contemporary style. This could be used as a choral blessing as well as a promise for the new year.’

Potential Uses

Choir, Church, Worship, Choral, Christmas, Carol Service


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A New Commandment

A New CommandmentISBN: 9781506408491
SATB & organ (or piano)
Publisher: Augsburg Fortress
Difficulty Level: E
Year of Publication: 2015
Duration: 3 minutes
Availability: In Print

Printed Copy: $1.50
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The lyrical setting of this text from the Book of John reaffirms the world’s need to love one another, a message as relevant now as it was then. Straightforward vocal parts are supported by an organ accompaniment, which can also be adapted for piano. This anthem, scored for SATB choir with keyboard accompaniment, sets the familiar text from John 13:34-35, offering a reflective, yet affirmative addition to the choral repertoire. The lyrical vocal parts are supported by a flowing accompaniment; although originally written for organ, it can be easily adapted for piano. The text encourages us, as disciples ourselves, to reaffirm our love for one another, and in a world of such change and uncertainly, the message is as relevant now as it was then.

Potential Uses

Worship, Anthem, Church, Choir, Dedication

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Thanks & Praise

Thanks_and_Praise__95815.1425026489.500.750ISBN: 9781848257634
Hymn Tune
Publisher: Hymns Ancient & Modern Ltd.
Difficulty Level: E
Year of Publication: 2015
Availability: In Print

Printed Copy: £27.00
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‘Baldersdale’ is the set tune for ‘O merciful creator’ and ‘Smithford Street’ is the set tune for ‘When pain and terror strike’.

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The Water of Tyne

The Water of TyneCatalogue Number: TKM730
ISMN: 9790708140085
SAB & Piano
Publisher: Tim Knight Music
Difficulty Level: E
Year of Publication: 2015
Duration: 3 minutes
Availability: In Stock

Printed Copy: £1.70
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From the publisher’s website:

‘David Barton is building up quite a following for his SAB arrangements of traditional and folk tunes, here is another to add to the series; well-crafted and flowing beautifully, just as you would expect for SATB Choirs.’

Potential Uses

Choir, Festival, Concert, Workshop

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A Winter Tale

Catalogue Number: DBM1503
Voice & Piano
Publisher: David Barton Music
Difficulty Level: 3-4
Year of Publication: 2010
Duration: 2 minutes
Availability: In Stock

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Despite being firmly established as a joyful and expectant time of year, I’ve always found Christmas to be a period of great uncertainty. The materialistic expectations of society seem to far outweigh those of waiting for the birth of Jesus, as we seek, year on year to find the true meaning of Christmas. This poem reminds us that the ‘real’ Christmas is out there somewhere, albeit now decked with a sparkly sprinkling of nostalgic tradition; these days we just have to look much harder to find it.

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Concert, Recital, Teaching, Competition, Festival, Exam

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