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Items by Christopher Hoh

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Comment: Re: Shakespeare texts?
May I add, "My Mistress' Eyes" for SATB?  Setting the funny Sonnet 130 for a cappella mixed chorus, it was commissioned by Meistersingers (California) and premiered last June.  Timing is 4'55".  It's not yet available via my website, but contact me for a persual score, audio, etc.   chris ...
Comment: Re: HS candlelight processional
Hi, Cathy.  You might consider "Christmas Processional," my SAB piece with flue (oboe) and organ (or piano), which combines music with a quotation from "Von Himmel Hoch."  It begins with lower voices and instrument over a pedal point, designed to be easy to keep everyone together until they have ...
Comment: Re: Seeking an (unpublished?) piece by Jean Berger
I'm looking both in my things and via a friend with Sea Chanters.  Berger was a great encouragement to me decades ago, so I'll try to help.  Back to you soon, chris
Comment: Re: Vocal repertoire adapted from symphony orchestra.
Consider Wagner's "Pilgrims Chorus" from Tannhäuser arr. by Paul J. Christiansen for SATB.  Published by Neil A. Kjos Music Company.
Comment: Re: Exemplar Choirs from Around The World
Vienna's Arnold Schönberg Chor, Erwin Ortner, director.  This video has choreography from an opera house Messiah, and the singing remains extraordinary.     The New York Virtuoso Singers, Harold Rosenbaum, director.  This video is one their website commends.   It doesn't get any better t...
Comment: Re: Music for Ordination Service
Patricia -- Congratulations to your parish on this big step forward!  May I suggest "How Shall They Hear?" for SATB a cappella?  I wrote it for ordinations, using an outstanding poetic text by Michael Perry drawn from the book of Romans.  Its three verses take 3 minutes, in ABA form, and the onl...
Comment: Re: We need songs with names of states in the title
Not state names, but terrific place names:  "American Names," Marshall Bialosky's great SATB setting of Stephen Vincent Benèt's wonderful poem.   audio:  http://repository.asu.edu/items/6488 SMP entry:  http://www.sheetmusicplus.com/title/american-names-sheet-music/19511691 text:  http://p...
Comment: Re: Major work with orchestra & organ, 1750-1850
Lee -- J.K. Paine's great Mass in D Minor almost fits your window (it premiered in 1866 in Berlin but he'd started it earlier).  Coming early in his career, it is somewhat backward looking, i.e. stylistically closer to the pre-1850 early Romantics than the late ones.  It's for SATB soloists, SATB...
Comment: Re: Psalm Settings
Monte -- So much to choose from; what choral composer hasn't set psalms?  Fitting your criteria:   Rene Clausen's excellent "All That Hath Life and Breath Praise Ye the Lord" draws from two psalms.  SATB a cappella with some divisi. Samuel Adler's Psalm 113 from his SATB a cappella trilogy is...
Comment: Re: Walt Whitman Settings?
Vincent Persichetti's great "Celebrations" come to mind.  Very nice cantata for chorus and winds that I've done successfully with piano.  You could perform selections.     You might also consider my "Memories of Lincoln" for SATB & piano. It's a Whitman text, setting for chorus a century-...
Comment: Re: Sacred anthem SATB with clarinet ( B flat)
Richard Proulx set "Amazing Grace" for flute and SATB choir (no other accompaniment).  It's realy nice.  I've sung it several times with clarinet and found it effective.  Not sure if the clarinetist transposed his part up or the choir sang it down a step.  There might have been part where the cl...
Comment: Re: Looking for snow/winter songs/arrangements
Phyllis -- You might like my setting of Longfellow's "Snow-Flakes," for SATB.  It includes all three of his great verses.  Written and recorded with celesta accompaniment, it works fine with piano too.  Details at this page on my website.  All the best,    chris Christopher J. Hoh www.HohM...
Comment: Re: Looking for lliterature for Tenor soloist and SATB or TTBB Chorus
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 f...
Comment: Re: I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say
Denise -- would you mind telling us which tune you are using and what you found?  thanks, chris
Comment: Re: Programming help: In Windsor Forest
Kiersten -- It would be a shame not to use the orchestra when you have it, methinks.  What about something American from roughly the same period?  Howard Hanson's "Lament for Beowulf" would stand up well alongside the Vaughan Williams.  I think you'd need another bassoon and a couple more brass, ...
Comment: Re: Tips on how to look for repertoire?
Sharon,  first, congratulations!  You have already found this forum and it is an excellent place to get ideas and even ask questions.  If you haven't already, check out ChoralNet's Resources page.  Click on "Repertoire" and have fun exploring!  To follow up on Timothy's comment, unlike CPDL, Ch...
Forum message: Hassler "Lord, Let At Last Thine Angels Come"
Years ago a ChoralNet post asked, "I am curious if anyone has done research on the origin of the double choirmotet "Lord, Let at Last Thine Angels Come" (Hans Leo Hassler, ed. WalterE. Buszin) published by Concordia Publishing House, St. Louis, MO 98-1026,© 1945 by CPH."  This question came from D...
Comment: Re: Help me choose rep for our Vienna/Salzburg/Munich tour!
Kayla -- Having lived in Austria a few years (Hi, Francesca!), I agree wholeheartedly that doing more than a couple pieces by local composers is a mistake.  That repertoire is not only performed frequently but usually performed well.  But good settings of American spirituals (white as well as blac...
Comment: Re: GUEST BLOG: "Top Hymns of ACDA Members," by Thomas Vozzella
Only 10; that's hard!  Here are mine in alphabetical order with another 20, thanks to Brandon's inspiration.  These are "general," i.e. not for Christmas, Lent, Easter, or other festivals (using a great alternate text for Sine Nomine and figuring "Spirit of God" is not only for Pentecost).  Pleas...
Comment: Re: Last minute Easter anthem - SATB - quickly obtainable
Catherine, by now you have probably found a suitable piece.  For future readers of this thread, may I suggest my setting of "Good Christian Friends, Rejoice and Sing."  It was written to be effective but not hard.  It sets the tune "Gelobt Sei Gott" in three varied verses, comes in SAB and SATB v...
Comment: Re: Great Choral Music by "Forgotten" 18th & 19th Century Composers
Sadly, American composers from the 18th & 19th centuries are so forgotten they barely appear in this thread!  (Except for the Amy Beach and Horatio Parker mentions; spot-on.)  OK, our native tunesmiths in the 1700s were not world class, but some Baroque-style pieces from the rich American Mora...
Comment: Re: Choral piece featuring alto
Hi, Juliane.  May I suggest "A True Hymn," my setting for mezzo/alto and SATB (div) of a great George Herbert poem?  Although the text and music take some effort, singers and hearers found it very effective, probably because it speaks profoundly to creative artists.  I think of it as a metaphysic...
Comment: Re: Suggestions for a piece for senior recital
Jae -- Your instincts to show your range by doing something from the U.S. and in English and at a faster tempo sound good to me.  Less homophonic could also demonstrate more of your technique.  I'm a big Stephen Paulus fan, but I'd suggest you consider some 20th Century classic, like Jean Berger ...
Comment: Re: GRADUATE CHORAL CONDUCTING RECITAL: Literature
Dean & co -- Great ideas here, thanks.  May I suggest "Song  (Now Let Us Honor)," my setting for SSATBB of a terrific May Sarton text -- now there's a woman to include in this program!  The text is a powerful testament to perseverence and love in the face of adversity.  A composer-singer fri...
Comment: Re: SATB and Organ - Canadian or American
Lars -- May I suggest "This Is The Day," my setting from Psalm 118 for SATB & organ?  Perusal score and details on this info page at my website.  It's about 3 minutes.  I have several other pieces for choir with significant organ parts, but they are mostly liturgical or longer (e.g. 7'30" Eng...
Comment: Re: Ain'-a That Good News -- Dawson
Vernon -- Great that you focused on William Dawson!  I hope you'll let us know when your dissertation is finalized and available for review and/or purchase.  cheers, chris hoh
Comment: Re: Looking for music for small church choir
Hi, Jordan.  I faced a similar problem about 30 years and it's what got me started arranging, then composing.  May I suggest you look at my set "Rejoice & Sing:  Nine SAB Anthems?"  These cover various days in the church year, with a couple pieces for general use. It contains "Good People Al...
Comment: Re: O Nata Lux English translation
Just to add to what Paul and Jaako wrote, Laurence Housman's poetical translation is public domain in the U.S., as noted at this U.S.-based site:  http://www.hymnary.org/text/o_light_of_light_by_love_inclined.  For use in the EU, presumably one should seek permission from the publisher (of The Eng...
Comment: Re: A cappella works with solos... Not including spirituals or pop song
Hi, Ethan -- May I suggest my arrangement of "Reuben & Rachel," for SATB chorus a cappella, which has a soprano solo?  It's from "Old American Beauties:  Five 19th Century Parlor Songs."  Actually you could easily give more opportunties for solos instead of sections in this piece and othe...
Forum message: Horatio Parker's "Hora Novissima"?
Does anyone know of planned performances of Parker's great oratoio "Hora Novissima" this fall, preferably in the mid-Atlantic area?  With the 150th anniversary of his birth coming up in September, it would be a fitting tribute and I'd love to hear it live.  Thanks, chris hoh
Comment: Re: Christmas Anthems with Flute
Clay -- May I suggest two pieces of mine.  Christmas Processional for SAB, organ & flute combines a lilting 6/8 tune with strains of "From Heaven on High."  Details at this link on my website.  Also, Rejoice and Be Merry in Songs sets an English carol for SAB, organ and flute/oboe.  Detail...
Comment: Re: Unusual Christmas arrangements
Phyllis -- There is lots to choose from as you can see.  Here are more arrangements from my pen, each with something unusual or not "same old," I trust!   Behold That Star -- barit. solo, SATB & organ Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus -- SATB & French horn Christmas Processional -- flu...
Comment: Re: Thanksgiving songs (thanksgiving) for church choir
As Cherwyn notes, many anthems are based on Thanksgiving hymns.  But with so many to choose from, it seems the choir could offer something that the congregation is not singing in a given year.  Two settings of "Father, We Thank Thee Who Has Planted" come to mind, using the old Rendez a Dieu tune. ...
Comment: Re: russian power choir works for double chorus (or more)
Bruce -- Although in English, my "Holy, Holy, Holy Is the Lord God of Hosts" for double choir would fit your program and complement the suggestions above.  It sets a compilation of psalm texts and praises the beauty of creation as well as the glory of the Creator.  Here's a version with video at t...
Comment: Re: Best Shakespeare texts set to music
Great suggestions above.  There's a ChoralNet list with suggestions from 1998-2004, fyi:  http://www.choralnet.org/view/221255   Best for our choosing from among these riches and for your concert! 
Comment: Re: Serious Food Songs
Metra -- You might consider my "Agimus Tibi Gratias" for SSATBB a cappella.  Although there's no mention of food, the text is the traditional prayer after luncheon from "Table Blessings."  Details via this link to the info page at my website.    Good luck, chris   Christopher J. Hoh www.Hoh...
Comment: Re: Your favorite funny/amusing choral pieces for HS and adult voices?
Several suggestions for your consideration:   Contrapunto Bestiale Alle Mente (Animal Counterpoint of the World) by Adriano Banchieri (1567-1634) should be included.  Besides the "Fa-La-La's," it has a bevy of imitative animal sounds.  So that works with audiences of almost any age or language...
Comment: Re: Advent music on theme of "Light"
Brian -- Bravo for getting organized well ahead of time!  May I suggest my "In The Beginning Was Imagination" for SATB a cappella with divisi?  It's a quiet, reverent piece and Gerald Bullet's imaginative text draws inspiration from the book of John, extolling "..that Light which lights everyone...
Comment: Re: story telling church anthems
Jim -- Although you may no longer be looking for pieces, and church choirs have just passed the most appropriate Sunday for it, let me mention my "Jesus Among The Disciples."  For SSATB a cappella, it sets the Luke 24 story, appointed for the third Sunday of Easter in Year B in the Revised Common L...
Comment: Re: Composing and Arranging: Insights for conductors, composers, and choristers
I'll just add this.  When in high school I met Jean Berger at a contemporary choral festival.  I told him I loved choral music and I wanted to become a condcutor.  He fixed me with his kind gaze and said, "then study the craft of composition."  Although my life took a different turn (also public...
Comment: Re: "American Music"
Christopher -- Great that you are doing this program and that you have gotten so many terrific suggestions!  For your Dudley Buck "undecided," I'd suggest "Hymn To Music" for SATB a cappella, which Walton publishes in a Library of Congress edition.  There are also accompanied Buck motets like the...
Comment: Re: Commemoration Piece for 9/11
Here's another suggestion for a 9/11 observance, "Awaken Me, O Mighty One" for SATB, trumpet & organ.  I set Nan Merrill's vigorous, contemporary prayer to be free from fear based on Psalm 54 in response to the September 11th attacks and the crazed reaction.  It is dedicated to all people te...
Comment: Re: Another Practice CD Question
Tom -- Interesting.  I'm no lawyer, but see it differently than John.  You are making rehearsal tapes, simlar to a director a generation ago banging out a part on a piano with a cassette recorder running nearby.  But you are using technology to get a better result -- i.e. ability to re-record, ...
Announcement: New Lincoln Piece
I have arranged "Memories of Lincoln," William Neidlinger's art song with words of Walt Whitman, for SATB chorus and piano.  This commission will premiere June 9, 2013 in Stuttgart.  If anyone is interested in programming the North American premiere or another performance after that date, let me...
Comment: Re: Rutter Requiem - organ with six instruments
Derek -- I hope someone at ChoralNet can help you.  But may I also suggest you contact OUP directly with your questions?  They should be able to help and/or lend you (cost free) a score, particularly as you are already planning to rent the instrumental parts.  Good luck, chris
Comment: Re: Looking for SATB. SSA. or TTBB German choral literature by current composers
John -- Three other contemporary composers whose work I ran across and liked in Austria are Johannes Ebenbauer, Herwig Reiter and Wolfram Wagner.  chris
Comment: Re: Late 19th century SATB piece (10 mins)
Mich -- Wouldn't you consider American works of about the same vintage?  E.g.,    Urbs Syon Unica from Hora Novissima by Horatio Parker Part of the Mass in D by John Knowles Paine (Benedictus or Dona Nobis) Hymn to Music by Dudley Buck The Sixty-Seventh Psalm by Charles Ives   If...
Comment: Re: Vespers by English composer?
Phos Hilaron by Alexander Flood for SATB & organ is a motet you could include.  You'll find many settings by English composers and/or in English under both this title and "O Gracious Light" or "O Serene Light" or something similar.  But that's for a separate anthem.  Nigel Williams' suggest...
Comment: Re: Easy SATB Latin Sacred piece...
David Conte's "Tantum Ergo" from "Two Hymns in Honor of the Blessed Sacrament," ECS 6598   http://www.ecspublishing.com/New%20issue/winter08/6598WEB.pdf
Comment: Re: Parker/Shaw "How Unto Bethlehem" --original Italian sources
Margaret -- Ask Alice!  alice@melodiousaccord.org  I once wrote her site and she answered back.  I was thrilled.  She's got to be one of the nicest composers ever, as well as a great one.  good luck,  chris   Christopher J. Hoh www.HohMadeMusic.com