“Five from the Folder: Medium-Difficulty Treble Voice Masterworks” by Andrew Larson
Date: August 29, 2014
FIVE FROM THE FOLDER: MEDIUM-DIFFICULTY TREBLE VOICE MASTERWORKS by Andrew Larson
1. "Suscepit Israel" (Magnificat in BWV 243). J.S. Bach, ed. Jean AshworthBartle. Hinshaw Music
Supremely elegant three-part writing; easily excerpted from BWV 243, leads nicely into any sacred piece in E major/minor.
2. "Messa a 3." Giacomo Puccini. Hinshaw Music
Effective keyboard reduction; some low alto notes, but not taxing; publisher sells excerpts; recommended for treble range all ages.
3. "Christe Eleison." (Chamber Mass) Antonio Vivaldi. Roger Dean Publishing.
Try balanced double S/A choirs, or two soloists with S/A choir in call/response; simple patterns in melismas; recommended for all ages.
4. "He is Good and Handsome". (Il set bel at bon) Passereau. Bourne Co.
Greyson's adaptation keeps harmonic effect; text fits female singers; 'war-horse' in teaching tuning in modal (historic) madrigals/chansons.
5. "Praise Thou the Lord." (Lobgesang, "Hymn of Praise) Felix Mendelssohn. CPDL, Carus, or G. Schirmer
Large work with intensity of "Elijah", but smaller scale; this excerpt for virtuosic soprano soloist and easy SSAA parts.
(“Five from the Folder” provides brief, text-length reviews of vocal works currently in the folders of choral directors throughout the United States. To share five from your folder, contact Scott Dorsey at firstname.lastname@example.org)