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Looking for lively/upbeat Marian setting for auditioned community women's choir

My community women's choir is presenting a program of works based upon Marian texts.  To balance out the program, I would welcome suggestions of pieces that are livelier and joyous from any style period.  I would consider a cappella works, or works accompanied by organ or piano.  Thanks in advance for your ideas!
Jeanette MacCallum
Vox Grata Women's Choir, Nashville, TN
on July 10, 2014 1:04pm
Strange as it may seem, Victoria’s “O Regem Coeli” is one very energetic piece!  Drill the rhythm with very short neutral syllables until it’s second nature, add the words, conduct cut-time and you have some very lively music! 
Hope that helps.
  Michael A. Gray
on July 11, 2014 6:44am
Johann Kaspar Aiblinger - Salve Regina - SSAA with organ (I've also heard it done a cappella) - available on CPDL (
Rob Kolb - Mary Wore Three Links of Chain - SSAA a cappella
on July 11, 2014 8:12am
Close to a Marian piece (it doesn't mention her by name, but is about her), the Medieval carol Verbum Patris Umanatur (SSAA a cappella, percussion) is lots of fun. I have an edition and a good recording if you'd like to see/hear more…
Hope this helps,
Robert A.M. Ross
Chair, Music Department
Community College of Philadelphia
robertamross(a) <Robert Ross 11>
on July 11, 2014 9:48am
I have a ively, demanding piece taken from a part of a Hildegard of Bingen Antiphon calle Hodie.  It is published by Treble Clef Press.  I could send you one page so you get the idea orr send you a recording made by her choir. Mary indicated to the effect that the work was groundbreaking. Another is Ideo from Hildegard published by Yelton Rhodes. I have a recording of that one as well.  Bothe have texts that would fit your description.  Naomi Stephan
on July 11, 2014 7:47pm
Hello Jeanette,
May I suggest a setting that I wrote on an extraordinary poem by The Rev. Wendy MacLean. Her evocative Magnificat for Turning takes a glass globe containing the Holy Family as its inspiration. The ten minute work is written for SSA and piano or organ, with optional cello. It was written for a modest church choir and has been performed by choirs large and small. Difficulty: 3 out of 5. It begins:
My soul magnifies the Lord... In moments when the world is shaken and upside down, Suspended like a snow scene in a glass dome, Where the Holy Family stand in adoration at the birth: My soul magnifies the Lord... and continuing, stresses what Mary must have felt as she was laboring and waiting: Each birth brings transcendence; We remember the contractions of womb and hope. The world is still reeling with contractions as we wait for the afterbirth, Magnified by pain of birthing, laboring and waiting... To turn, turn again, turn again… and eventually ends with: And the blessing of everlasting light shining, To turn, turn again, turn again… My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour.
I would be pleased to send along a sample score.
Donald Patriquin
on July 24, 2014 11:30am
Kodaly Ave Maria
Head Ave Maria
Brahms Regina Coeli
good luck
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