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Looking for lliterature for Tenor soloist and SATB or TTBB Chorus

We have a guest artist who is a tenor coming to our area this summer and wants to do a benefit concert for us.  We would like for us to do a couple works together but I am having a difficult time finding literature for my adult volunteer choir and a tenor soloist.  The soloist suggested "Als flotter Geist" from "Der Ziguenerbaron" of which I have not found a score (nor do I think I have the money to purchase the score for everyone).  Other suggestions have been "Die Allmacht" by Schubert, "Sanctus" from the St. Cecilia Mass by Gounod, & "Serenade" from "The Student Prince" by Romberg. I just would like to find a few more options to choose from for this event.  
The selections could be a cappella or accompanied. I would prefer German but that really doesn't matter at this point. It can be any style both sacred or secular music. These selections would need to be for SATB chorus of about 65  or my men's chorus of about 25.  We have a pretty good balance of parts as well.  As stated, it is a volunteer group. They are older than most choirs and they are  not a professional ensemble but more like a good church choir type of group. 
Any other suggestions would be greatly appreciated.  Thank you!
on May 5, 2014 8:37pm
All of the pieces you name are great solos and well worth your time and effort.  I would only add my personal favorite: “Blessed be the Lord” & “And Let All the People Say” (from “Sing Unto God”) by Handel -- one of the first uses of a dramatic tenor.
But you might also consider folk arrangements and original pieces in the folk styles.  For some reason, they bring out the best in tenor solos: 
Johnson:  Ain’t Got Time To Die
Vaughan-Williams:  Ca’ The Yowes
Shaw:  If I Got My Ticket (TbB)
Hairston:  In That Great Getting’ Up Mornin’
Dawson:  Mary Had A Baby (TTBB)
Parker & Shaw:  Poor Mourner
And, finally, please be so kind as to look at my own Gospel of Mrs Sadie.  It’s a beautiful little gospel and really makes a high soloist look great.  It’s available for free download at
Hope that helps!
on May 5, 2014 11:00pm
Dear John,
You can find 'The Gypsy Baron' free to download at this address:
I would also recommend 'Lead us heavely Father' by Roger Quilter which is unusual as it's a 'hymn-anthem' for tenor and SATB.
I've put the link to CPDL for it below.
Good luck - sounds like it could be a great evening!
Stuart McIntosh
on May 6, 2014 3:12am
Hello John -
Have you considered the Jonathan Quick arrangement of Loch Lomond (Cypress) or the Bob Chilcott arrangement of M.L.K. (Hal Leonard)? They are a bit lighter than the selections you have listed, but they are both accessible and would be a good fit for your choir and program. Something a bit more dramatic would be Paul Brandvik's "Shall I Mother Shall I" - very effective, but it requires dividing your choir into three parts. Good luck with this project!
Best wishes,
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on May 6, 2014 5:20am
Paul Christiansen arrangement of "Lord, if I got my Ticket, can I Ride."
on May 6, 2014 7:04am
You mentioned Schubert's "Die Almacht", but no one has suggested another piece by Schubert for tenor and male chorus, "Nachthelle", one of Schubert's most beautiful settings. CPDL doesn't have this piece listed, but you will find it in the Petrucci Library:,_D.892_(Schubert,_Franz)
Len Ratzlaff
on May 6, 2014 8:48am
If you have the time and means, Zoltan Kodaly's spectacular "Psalmus Hungaricus" is a tour-de-force for tenor and the choir part is approachable.  It might be done with organ or piano rather than orchestra, if that is an issue.  Just one of the great tenor arias of all time.
on May 6, 2014 11:09am
Vaughan Williams: Five Mystical Songs (can be done by baritone or tenor)
Britten: St. Nicholas Cantata
Finzi: Intimations of Immortality
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on May 7, 2014 5:10am
If you want something light hearted about singing, consider "Too Long Singing Injures The Lungs" or "It Is By No Means Necessary," both for soloist, SATB & piano.  The soloist range suits a tenor or baritone.  The are short, from my multi-movement "A Few Plain Hints:  William Walker's Words for Singers," easy and lots of fun.  All the best, 
Christopher J. Hoh
on May 9, 2014 9:18am
I have three diverse works with tenor solo, all of which are accessible to a good amateur choir, which may be of interest:
Shenandoah (arr. 1973; rev. 2014) T solo, TTBB a capp; premiered April 23 in Philadelphia. I'm awaiting audio of that performance.
Psalm 133 (1982; rev. 2005 & 2007; completed 2010) SATB div., T solo a capp; in Hebrew. Awaiting world premiere.
L’chu n’ran’nah (Come, Let Us Sing Unto the Lord) (2005) SATB, div., T or S solo, opt. keyboard; in Hebrew. Here's a video link to a performance from 2010:
Perusal scores are available form me directly.
Hope this helps,
Robert A.M. Ross
Chair, Music Department
Community College of Philadelphia <Robert Ross 11>
on May 12, 2014 11:58am
Debussy's glorious Invocation is for men's chorus with a big, powerful tenor solo.  It's very early Debussy (1883), rather more like Massenet than the Debussy we know, but it's beautiful and a big hit with men's choirs.  It's largely homophonic, and choral parts are not difficult at all.  Here is a recording with orchestra, and here is one with piano four-hands.  (I wrote a bit more about it in my review of the former on Amazon.)  Debussy made the four-hand reduction himself, and later there was also published a two-hand accompaniment.  Publisher is Choudens via C.F. Peters, and scores are a pain (piano-vocal score is expensive and has tenor line in C-clef; "choral part" is cheaper but has no piano)... yet the singers will love it.
Kevin Lash
Princeton, NJ
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