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“Five from the Folder: Medium-Difficulty Treble Voice Masterworks” by Andrew Larson

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 dorsey@acda.org)
on August 29, 2014 3:38am
Your selections are well chosen, but I noticed 4 out of 5 are sacred Christian texts.  How is it that you can offer these gems to our secular audiences?  Are you using this material in a church?  
on August 30, 2014 9:25am
Sacred vocal works are sung in concert halls and public schools because of thier intrinsic qualities of creativity, beauty, craft, technique, and representation of historical periods and thier compositional style.  The same reason that masterworks of sacred art are found in secular museums.