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About the Work:
I've always dre-amed of writing a subsrantial collection of choral woeks that might enter the standard choral repertoire, something with the depth and passion of Monteverdi's FouTth Book of MadTigal5 and the charm and timelessness of Brahms' Litbeslieder Waltzes.

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