SNOW BUNTINGS ~ choral score digital pdf + limited license to print (choose # of copies in Quantity menu below )

SNOW BUNTINGS ~ choral score digital pdf + limited license to print (choose # of copies in Quantity menu below )



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Melody, harmony, winter wings


On a crystal cold day in deep midwinter, when even the north wind’s icy tongue was silent and humble, I stood beside white acres of sleeping farmland and marveled. Across a quilted landscape of glittering snow, nothing moved but my own rhythmic puffs of frosted breath. It was a moment of pure, unbroken calm and beauty. I had stepped into a diamond world, a precious, foreign realm.

Suddenly, a small flurry of motion at the snowfield’s edge caught my attention. I thought at first that a burst of breeze had stirred the featherlight snow. But in an instant, a cloud of white birds with black-tipped wings leapt up and poured into the air like a genie from his bottle. And I was granted a wish that I didn’t know I had desired.

Magical creatures! Buntings of snow!


SNOW BUNTINGS is a crisply evocative choral composition for SSA choir by composer Diane Laura Rains. This piece explores the chilly and mysterious lives of an iconic winter bird, the Snow Bunting (Plectrophenax nivalis). In summer, Buntings breed in high Arctic regions around the world, farther north than any other songbird. All too quickly, winter returns to the Arctic, and with it, deep snow and frigid temperatures as low as -60ºF. Snow Buntings cannot survive such harsh conditions, so in autumn they migrate thousands of miles south to wintering grounds. There they gather in large, acrobatic flocks, creating balletic murmurations above snow-covered farm fields.

The bright yet haunting music and poetic lyrics of SNOW BUNTINGS focus on the plight of Arctic species at risk from global warming and other pressures. This lovely song implores us to take responsibility for the role we play in the drama of climate change, so that Arctic animals can survive and thrive.

Precious Arctic! Precious Buntings of snow!



Voicing & Accompaniment: Boychoir or other SSA choir, Hammered Dulcimer, Celesta, Bowed Psaltry, Sleigh Bells, and Shruti Box

Age: Youth, High School, College, Adult

Available score versions:
• Open (full) score = SSA, with each voice and each instrument on a separate staff
• Condensed (accompanist) score = Melody only, on one small staff; each instrument on a separate staff

Length: 3:45


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This listing is for a digital PDF download of Snow Buntings and for a LICENSE to print a specific number of copies of the score. From the dropdown options menu, choose either an open (full) score with all voices and instrumental accompaniment, or a condensed score (instruments and melody line only) for accompanists. Select the number of printed copies needed for your choir or accompanists. Click Add to Cart. (Note: If you need both open and condensed scores, just go back to the listing and repeat the above steps.) When all the scores you require have been added to your cart, check out.

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License limitations: This purchase grants your choir a limited license to download a PDF and from it print the specific number of copies you purchased today. Digital or paper scores printed from this PDF may not be given away to other choirs or friends of choir members, or resold. You may not legally print additional copies of this score for any reason unless you purchase additional licenses here. So if, for example, you paid for 35 copies of this score here on Etsy, you may make 35 paper copies of the score. You may reuse those 35 paper copies for future concerts or choir members. But you may not print a 36th copy or a 37th, or a 50th, even if those are to replace lost scores or scores scuffed up from use. Likewise, your purchase of 35 copies means 35 singers may load the PDF onto a computer or mobile device in order to practice or perform the score. But those singers cannot legally give the PDF file to someone else. Each singer can print one paper copy for their own use, UNLESS the choir director has distributed paper copies derived from this PDF.

Thank you for respecting the intellectual property rights of hard working composers!

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