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Comment: Re: Two Part Singing
From Vol. I of The English Madrigalists:  Two and Three Part Canzonets by Thomas Morley.  To my knowledge, all are available from ChoralWiki or in other places listed under "free choral music" on this website.  They are brief but beautifully written.   Fire and lightning from heaven Flora, wil...
Comment: Re: Speaking of Voice: "Anatomy and Vocal Aging" by Robert T. Sataloff
Great article! Let me add that our hearing affects our singing.  Singing without my hearing aids is a problem for me: excess vibrato and wobble, as well as pitch and onset problems.  It all smooths out because I hear much better with my up-to-date-but-expensive hearing aids.  There are federal p...
Comment: Re: Vocal repertoire adapted from symphony orchestra.
For Overture to the Marriage of Figaro, including Bach, Mozart, and many others, see Ward Swingle's arrangements at 
Comment: Re: We need songs with names of states in the title
On, Wisconsin
Comment: Re: English Choir Music
Hosannah to the Son of David - Weelkes Quid petis, o filii? - Pygott
Comment: Re: Alleluia, Hallelujah Halleluyah and so on
Emma Lou Diemer - Alleluia SSA Difficulty Med
Comment: Re: Tips on how to look for repertoire?
All the ideas on research are great.  Because of this website, I have chosen new songs by going to youtube for hearing sessions.  BUT, most importantly, pick music for the forces you have!  In other words, the choir must be able to perform it in the rehearsal time you are allowed.  Of course, yo...
Comment: Re: Last minute issues
Tension in the singers' body (and oversinging) is the chief cause of sharping (and poor listening).  Place the emphasis on experiment and feeling the kinetics of their bodies (note: these are to be performed for the first time as a unit:             Have the students lie on their backs ...
Comment: Re: A piece to introduce a church choir to Classical Music
Dear Helsey:     Latin and Catholicism became a product of my Portuguese heritage.  Later in life, I became a Unitarian Universalist, so I have a perspective of several religions.  It never occurred to me that languages could become a problem, so I taught that way, and sure enough, even if som...
Comment: Re: A piece to introduce a church choir to Classical Music
Hello, Kelsey:   I, too, started a church choir of about the same size and make-up.  We had some early favorites:   (Most of these are very common; you may hear them by putting the title, the composer, and Youtube in your search engine).   Ave Maria (Vavilov, att. Caccini) Hallelujah, Ame...
Comment: Re: Last minute Easter anthem - SATB - quickly obtainable
Gordon Young - Alleluia                      - A Joyful Alleluia   Good luck!!
Comment: Re: Uptempo piece about love
Three Contemporary Madrigals - Eugene Butler (a cappella, but some Renaissance performances either doubled the singers, or substituted parts for them (not piano!!, obviously), so you have some latitude here.  I don't think Mr. Butler would mind!
Comment: Re: SA or SSA literature
Dear Amalie,   Here are a few from Pablo Casals which fit your criteria, unless you meant contemporary Christian music:        Nigra sum      Eucaristica      Cançó de la Verge     ...
Comment: Re: Major Works Appropriate for HS Singers
Henry Purcell - Come, ye sons of art Wachet auf! - J.S. Bach Peaceable Kingdom - Randall Thompson - a cappella Magnificat - Vivaldi   All the above I have done with H.S. choirs with orchestra.  They have ideal length and tessitura.
Comment: Re: GUEST BLOG: “Four Main Reasons Why Barbershop Singing Sounds Unique,” by Jon Nicholas
The element of tuning is most important - one tunes each chord to to each note of the melody, not to the accuracy of a given key.  Thus each element of the chord not in the melody must be adjusted as if the melody pitch is the root of the chord.  In just intonation, the ratio of c to d in a c majo...
Comment: Re: Beautiful but simple Renaissance Piece
Some simple, very popular-but-beautiful rennaissance music:   anon. (att. Lassus) - Mon coeur se recommande a vous (many fine English translations available) Bennett - Weep, o mine eyes Cornysh - Quid petis o filius - sections include solos, duets, etc. Pilkington - Rest, sweet nymphs (OK, the...
Comment: Re: SATB Jazz Repertoire
I concur with the Rutherford  Mood, but check on It don't mean a thing, as well.   Ward Swingle arrangements can be found on Uninversity of Northern Colorado's Jazz Press website.  Among my favorites:  All the Things you Are,  Take 5, and Just one of those things.  They can be difficult, but...
Comment: Re: Unison piece for 5 middle school girls
A Girl's Garden from Frostiana by Randall Thompson  ( a few bars only of part singing).  ECSchirmer
Comment: Re: Xmas Carols with Strings and/or oboe
Something quick, (you haven't much time) easily adapted - Ave Maria att. Caccini (composed by Valvilov)
Comment: Re: From France, please need help with repertoire - adult choir
Carlos:   Essayez ceux-ci:   Vivaldi - Magnificat Purcell - Come, ye sons of Art Haydn - Te Deum Charpentier - Messe de Minuit Saint Saens - Christmas Oratorio Holst - Christmas Day; Turn back, o man Gjeilo: Sunrise Mass   Bonne Chance
Comment: Re: From France, please need help with repertoire - adult choir
Cher Directeur Pareil : Un si grand groupe aura plusieurs musiciens excellents et chanteurs. Découvrez qui ils sont et utilisent leurs talents d'étendre votre programme avec le solo ou les ensembles.
Comment: Re: Latin American program closer?
Two Songs from Swingle Singers:     De punta y taco   Piazolla: Libertango
Comment: Re: Quintessential a cappella pieces?
Conor: Not contemporary(?), but compatible with modern chorale (Whitacre, Lauridsen) works: Wilbye Draw on sweet night:
Comment: Re: Your favorite funny/amusing choral pieces for HS and adult voices?
Country Dances by Ward Swingle is a virtuoso 8-part choir piece that has audiences on the edge of their seats.  To perform this well requires a spirited choir with skills in diction and rhythmic accuracy.  Use it as a finale or encore and in any country, whether or not they understand the words. ...
Comment: Re: El Grillo - translation for "Dalle" & "Beve"
The imperative Da (give), coupled with a contraction of Il (him, in the dative, or the accusative it), with the elision-created L= Give (to)him, or Give (it, the drink, a kind of emphasis found in romance languages)(the) drink.  Everyone got the drink pat right!
Comment: Re: help with a concert title
21st Century Masterworks
Comment: Re: Bach Cantata for church
Please check  An erudite  resource, with entries that include the Lutheran Church Calendar, the readings for each day and their            applicable cantata numbers, both choral and solo, texts, translations, printable piano-vocal scores, references, librettis...
Comment: Re: Men's piece to rival Drunken Sailor
Whup! Jamboree TTBB , Shaw/Parker      
Comment: Re: SATB with saxophone?
Would you like a look at this: Ave Regina caelorum , SATB for soprano or alto saxophone?
Comment: Re: "Why can't we sing a song we all know?" said the 8th grade girl.
My first job was in junior high school (7-9), but only for three years.  It was a successful experience, since I had about half  the school in choir by the time I left, thanks to an amazing grade school program, as well as my own efforts.   One day, someone asked me the same question.  I e...
Comment: Re: English version of Faure Cantique de Jean Racine?
The Broude Brothers edition has a useable English translation.
Comment: Re: Seeking up tempo piece about Love
Hello, Bruce:   If you like challenging your choir, try some of Ward Swingle's arrangements.  They are in SSAATTBB (usually), and are wonderful training pieces in rhythm, balance, and other factors in the choral performance that will benefit all your repertoire.  May I suggest When I'm 64, ...
Comment: Re: What is the most perfect piece of choral music ever composed? Opinions, please.
Beibl Ave Maria
Comment: Re: need repertoire for SATB and guitar (only) accompaniment
An easy piece to learn, but musically effective for choirs of all levels: A la nanita nana by Roger Folstrom, Shawnee Press.
Comment: Re: Palestrina style counterpoint
Randall Thompson Now I lay me down to sleep (SSAA) was written on a blackboard as part of a classroom demonstration in his counterpoint class.  I believe e.c.schirmer was its publisher.
Comment: Re: Looking to Find a KILLER CLOSER for a Conference Performance.
How about Country Dances by Ward Swingle, in 8-parts.  This will leave them brethless!
Comment: Re: Easy Renaissance Music to Teach By Ear
Thomas Weelkes, Strike it up, tabor.  The middle voice may be sung by men or women.  The two upper voices ar nearly canonic. Weelkes: Some men desire spouses. Again the middle voice is flexible, with some octave changes.
Comment: Re: Critical men shortage: SAAB, SAB, SAT?
Please peruse The English Madrigalists by Fellowes (Dart), publ. Stainer & Bell.   These 42 Volumes, each devoted to a composer (several have several composers), with volumes that also include Continental composers influential to the English style.  Many have works with voicing other than SA...
Comment: Re: Christmas Cantata for small choir with string quartet/quintet
Vivaldi Magnificat is not very difficul either.
Comment: Re: Christmas Cantata for small choir with string quartet/quintet
Charpentier Messe de Minuit
Comment: Re: A Bavarian Christmas-- Suggestions? SSA, SSAA, SA, and SATB
Drue, I remembered another slow one, unfortunately, that can be sung by SATB choir with soprano or unison trebles in the solo part.  It's suitable for Christmas as well as generally.  It is  The Morning Star, by Francis F. Kagen;  it is part of the Moravian Music Series published by Boosey &...
Comment: Re: A Bavarian Christmas-- Suggestions? SSA, SSAA, SA, and SATB
Drue:   Please check with the Moravian Music Foundation in Bethlehem, where they keep archives of American Moravian music.  Their story is fascinating.  The Moravians organized whole villages in their immigration to such citiesas Winston-Salem and Bethlehem, which they founded in 1741. The ...
Comment: Re: Already thinking about Christmas: Cantata for small choir with a theme on the birth of Christ
Vivaldi Magnificat.  If you don't have soloists, have the choir (or section) sing the solos in unison.
Comment: Re: Correct Vocal Placement
Simply have the choir whistle, hold the shape of their lips and jaw, and sing an "ee".  The Vowel is similay to the French u, [y] in IPA, as in sur, the German ü, as in über.  Then repeat, this time feeling what the soft palette does.  Then do a couple of 5-note scales in moderate range.  Mi...
Comment: Re: Renaissance music arranged for women
Please look at the Fellowes edition of Book I: Thomas Morley Canzonets for 2 and 3 voices, and the volume in the same series called Thomas Weelkes, Phantastique Aires and Sprits.  Both contain a good deal of music for treble voices.
Comment: Re: piece about ice?
There are several that start with "When icicles hang" - text Shakespeare, probably the most popular by John Rutter.   Good lick.   Tony
Comment: Re: SSA challenging repertoire
Three Hungarian Folk Songs - Matyas Seiber Francis Poulenc - Petites Voix Alleluia - Diemer   for a start.  Also any of the many Bartok and Kodaly folksongs.   Tony
Comment: Re: Men's Chamber Chorus Repertoire
Brahm's Alto Rhapsody, (obviously, a contralto required);  Schubert Die Nacht; Die Nachtigall; Die Gondelfahren; Mondenschein; Vecchi Fa una canzone (Bourne Music); Biebl Ave Maria;  Casals O vos omnes; Dawson Ain'a that Good News: Ezekial saw de wheel (and many others);  Weber Hunter's C...
Comment: Re: Masterwork for 80 voice HS choir
May I add J.S.Bach to the mix?  He has written more than a few cantatas that would be appropriate to a good HS choir - Wachet auf! BWV 140, and the Magnificat, BWV 243 come to mind immediately, with others too numerous to list.   Tony
Comment: Re: April in Paris
Don't forget Ravel's Trois Chansons, especially if you have good lyric soprano and baritone soloists .  For more spirited works, check out Clement Jannequin for some colorful 16th c. chansons.  A favorite of mine is Ward Swingle's arrangement of "L'Amour de moi",