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SAB: Best SAB music


Date: Wed, 28 Sep 1994 17:05:39 -0600
From: Treblemakr(a)aol.com
Subject: SAB literature

I conduct a rather capable high school chamber chorus, but the number of guys
in the choir precludes the use of much SATB music. Many of the SAB
arrangements I've seen are rather simplistic, and I'd like to find more
challenging SAB literature.

Do any of you know of some excellent arrangements, or better yet, pieces
originally written for SAB, suitable for high school chamber choir?

Your help is much appreciated!
Alexa Johnson
treblemakr(a)aol.com



Date: Thu, 29 Sep 1994 20:45:36 -0600
From: David Wayne Anderson
Subject: Re: SAB literature

In reply to message repeated below:

At one time, at a different school, I had a university general chorus that
was limited in males.
Here are a few pieces we looked at. I hope not too many are repeats from
other's replies.

SACRED
Gumperltzhaimer, A. "O Praise the Lord" GIA G-2294
Young, P. ed. "When I Survey the Wondrous Cross" Performer's Editions CC20
Schein, Johann H. "Sing to the Lord" Aureole editions AE14
Shaw, Geoffrey "Praise God in His Holiness" G. Schirmer 8574
Thiman, Eric "O Love of God" Novello 29 0351 02
Distler, H. "As the Deer Crieth" Augsburg 11-4612
Distler, H. "Maria Walks amid the Thorn" Concordia 98-2306
Distler, H. "For God so loved the world" Concordia 98-2239
Tompkins, T. "Have mercy on me" GIA G-1899
Hassler, H.L. "God now dwells among us" Mark Foster MF129
Telemann, G." Wachset in der Gnade" Mark Foster (Hanssler) HV 39.003
Haydn, J. "Sechs Psalmen" Barenreiter BA6232
Telemann, G. "Amen, Lob und Ehre" Mark Foster MF180
Buxtehude, D. "Cantate Domino" Concordia 97-6246
Larsson, L-E. "Missa Brevis" Walton W2719
Wesley, S. "The Lord is my shepherd" Performer's Editions CC25
Schein, J. H. "Christ lag in Todesbanden" Tetra TC225
Bach, J. S. "Six songs from the Schemelli Gesangbuch" Concordia 98-2678
Buxtehude, D. "In dulci jubilo" Kalmus K06131
Telemann, G. "Ich bin arm und elend" Mark Foster (Hanssler) HV 39.021
Nageli, J. G. "A Faithful Shepherd is my Lord" Concordia 98-2796
Wienhorst, R. "Sing Ye" Concordia 98-2074
Steffani, A. "Rejoice in the Lord" Concordia 98-2217
How, M. "Hymn to the Holy Spirit" Boosey 6078
Dering, R. "Isti sunt sancti" T. Presser 312-41499
Dering, R. "Panis angelicus" T. Presser 312-41500

SECULAR
Tveit, S. "Pauls Fugue" Walton WH-183
Wilbye, J. "As Fair as morn" Mark Foster MF 338
Strozzi, B. "Consiglio amoroso" Broude Bros. MW2
Weelkes, T. "Five Madrigals for three voices" Broude Bros. CR20
Monteverdi, C. "Damigella tutta bella" Roger Dean HCC-101
Lekberg, S. "She walks in beauty" G. Schirmer 11914
Graham, R. "In the bamboo wood" T. Presser 312-40697
Mozart, WA "Three Nocturnes" Plymouth PXW400

Of course, there are so many more. A suggestion: the Performer's
Edition's (available through Broude Bros.) publishes a series "The
Country Choir" which features many nice anthems from the 19th cent for
SAB. None are very difficult, but many are very nice and different
settings of some familiar hymn texts. I hope that not too many are the
same as other's will certainly supply!

I wish you luck!

David Anderson, Seattle Pacific University

On Wed, 28 Sep 1994 Treblemakr(a)aol.com wrote:

> I conduct a rather capable high school chamber chorus, but the number of guys
> in the choir precludes the use of much SATB music. Many of the SAB
> arrangements I've seen are rather simplistic, and I'd like to find more
> challenging SAB literature.
>
> Do any of you know of some excellent arrangements, or better yet, pieces
> originally written for SAB, suitable for high school chamber choir?
>
> Your help is much appreciated!
> Alexa Johnson
> treblemakr(a)aol.com
>
>
>


Date: Sun, 16 Oct 1994 17:00:34 -0600
From: Treblemakr(a)aol.com
Subject: SAB literature summary

Sorry it took so long, but here it is, the summary posting of the response to
my SAB literature question:

1. "Introduction to Madrigals Volume 1", published by Stainer & Bell

2. Broude publishes a couple of motets in Hebrew by Salamone Rossi (an
Italian Renaissance composer, Jewish, who lived in Florence I believe) that
are scored for SAB.

3. Many of the church cantatas of Dietrich Buxtehude
are written for SAB and soli.

4. The Silver Swan by David Burger (Heritage Music Press) and Adulter Nor
Steal Not (from the Ten Commandments) by Steven Porter (SSAB music)

5. Thurston Dart edited a collection of "SAB" madrigals

6. "English Madrigal School" edition by Edmund Fellowes

7. a piece for STB titled 'Crown Him' by Swee Hong - contact him for more
info

8. "Musica Britannica," volume IV - for medieval carols

9. There's a book edited by Paul Hillier, published by Oxford, with
"English" in the title, I think (not "Romantic"), that's got some authentic
SAB, including "To Anacreon in Heaven," the English Glee whose tune became
The Star-Spangled Banner.

10. How about the Haydn canons, especially those on the ten commandments?

11. the "Gute nacht" movement from J. S. Bach's third motet, Jesu meine
Freude

12. Ernst Toch's Geographical Fugue is technically SATB, but can be done by
any 4 voices. Published by Belwin.

13. Polyphonic Music of the 14th Century, volumes 14, 16, &17. Somewhere in
there is "Sumer is icumen in," plus you'll find some other useable pieces.

14. Samuel Adler's "The Steps to Wisdom" (Hinshaw Music HMC 125) has four
parts for "any" voices. You could have all the women on "voice 3," all the
men on "voice 4," and divide 1 and 2 among soloists.

15. Murray Schafer's "Gamelan" (Order from Arcana Editions, Indian River,
Ontario K0L 2B0, Canada; it's $5 for a 12-page piece) is also more or less
for "any" four parts.

16. Monteverdi's scherzi musicali or Salamone Rossi's three part canzonets

17. "Der Jahrkreis" by Hugo Distler

18. some selection by Natalie Sleeth compiled in her album
called Cantate, published by Hinshaw

19. a series from a few years agowhich was published by Belwin-Mills called
'Songs of the Late Renaissance'. They included part songs of very simple
natures usually written for equal voices but no doubt, you could easily adapt
them to the SAB environment.

20. James Feiszli posted a rather extensive listing to the CRS. Contact him
for more information: jfeiszli(a)silver.sdsmt.edu

21. Thomas House Publications has published several pieces edited by Leonard
R. Rumery which were originally written for SAB. Titles include Three Spanish
Romanzas [Anonymous], and two English madrigals (Cease, Sorrows Now
[Weelkes], and Of All The Birds That I Have Heard [Mundy].)

22. SACRED
Gumperltzhaimer, A. "O Praise the Lord" GIA G-2294
Young, P. ed. "When I Survey the Wondrous Cross" Performer's Editions CC20
Schein, Johann H. "Sing to the Lord" Aureole editions AE14
Shaw, Geoffrey "Praise God in His Holiness" G. Schirmer 8574
Thiman, Eric "O Love of God" Novello 29 0351 02
Distler, H. "As the Deer Crieth" Augsburg 11-4612
Distler, H. "Maria Walks amid the Thorn" Concordia 98-2306
Distler, H. "For God so loved the world" Concordia 98-2239
Tompkins, T. "Have mercy on me" GIA G-1899
Hassler, H.L. "God now dwells among us" Mark Foster MF129
Telemann, G." Wachset in der Gnade" Mark Foster (Hanssler) HV 39.003
Haydn, J. "Sechs Psalmen" Barenreiter BA6232
Telemann, G. "Amen, Lob und Ehre" Mark Foster MF180
Buxtehude, D. "Cantate Domino" Concordia 97-6246
Larsson, L-E. "Missa Brevis" Walton W2719
Wesley, S. "The Lord is my shepherd" Performer's Editions CC25
Schein, J. H. "Christ lag in Todesbanden" Tetra TC225
Bach, J. S. "Six songs from the Schemelli Gesangbuch" Concordia 98-2678
Buxtehude, D. "In dulci jubilo" Kalmus K06131
Telemann, G. "Ich bin arm und elend" Mark Foster (Hanssler) HV 39.021
Nageli, J. G. "A Faithful Shepherd is my Lord" Concordia 98-2796
Wienhorst, R. "Sing Ye" Concordia 98-2074
Steffani, A. "Rejoice in the Lord" Concordia 98-2217
How, M. "Hymn to the Holy Spirit" Boosey 6078
Dering, R. "Isti sunt sancti" T. Presser 312-41499
Dering, R. "Panis angelicus" T. Presser 312-41500

SECULAR
Tveit, S. "Pauls Fugue" Walton WH-183
Wilbye, J. "As Fair as morn" Mark Foster MF 338
Strozzi, B. "Consiglio amoroso" Broude Bros. MW2
Weelkes, T. "Five Madrigals for three voices" Broude Bros. CR20
Monteverdi, C. "Damigella tutta bella" Roger Dean HCC-101
Lekberg, S. "She walks in beauty" G. Schirmer 11914
Graham, R. "In the bamboo wood" T. Presser 312-40697
Mozart, WA "Three Nocturnes" Plymouth PXW400

23. the Performer's Edition's (available through Broude Bros.) publishes a
series "The Country Choir" which features many nice anthems from the 19th
cent for SAB

24. Handel's fourth Chandos Anthem, "O sing to the Lord" (Psalm 96). It was
originally for sTb, but the tenor part is rather high in modern pitch, and
might best be done by altos,
yielding a truly fine SAB work

25. A reference you might find useful is the November 1992 Choral Journal.
The choral reviews section on pp.59-71 lists several possible SAB
selections. These include selections by Vaughan Williams, arrangements of
Haydn and Beethoven, and descriptions of works by contemporary composers
Emerson and
Porterfield.

As you can see, I received quite a response. Thanks again to all of you who
made suggestions!

Alexa Johnson
treblemakr(a)aol.com



Date: Sun, 16 Oct 1994 17:17:25 -0600
From: Anna-Lise Pasch
Subject: SAB literature

Another addition to the summary is a pair of pieces by contemporary
composer Andrew Imbrie: "a wind has blown the rain away" (text by
e.e. cummings) and "The Serpent" (text by Theodore Roethke). Alas,
both are currently out of print, although as the composer has an
office next to mine, it is not to hard to obtain them. They are
challenging but well worth the effort.

Anna-Lise Pasch
Music Director
In terra vox

Date: Sun, 31 Aug 1997 16:41:55 +0000
From: Charles Claiborne
Subject: SAB Music For High Scchool

Dear Listmembers,

Thanks to those who responded to my request for suggestions for SAB
literature for senior high school. Here is a compilations of the pieces
suggested:

"Bless The Lord" - Ivanof, ed. Ehret, Jack Spratt Pub. (SCC 527)
"Praise the Lord" - Handel, arr. Hopson. Harold Flammer (D-5225)
"Agnus Dei" - Pergolesi, ed. James McCray, Mark Foster Pub. (MF 220)
"Can't Help Singing" - Haff/Jacobson, Hal Leonard (08551121)
"Cantate Domino" - Buxtebude - Barenreiter
"In te Domine Speravi" - Buxtehude - Harmonia-Utigave
"Cantica Sacra" Three Latin Anthems - Dering - Royal School of Church
Music
"Christ, Who Alone art Light of Day" - Distler - Concordia
"O Send Out Thy Light And The Truth" - Latrobe - Boosey & Hawkes
"Song of the Stars" - Raminsh - Boosey & Hawkes
"6 Nocturnes" - Mozart - C>F> Peters
"Surrexit Christus" - Pergolesi. ed. Proulx - GIA Pub.
"Songs of a Prospector" - Chatman - Boosey & Hawkes
Pals - OCTB6628
Memories - OCTB6579
The Scout - OCTB6580
Roses I Send To You - OCTB6629
The Calliope -- OCTB6630
"I'm Gonna Sing - Neaveill - Hinshaw
"In The Mornin" - Neaveill - Hinshaw
"Sing Praise To God" - Handel. arr. Hopson - Harold Flammer
"Gloria In Excelsis Deo" - Haydn - Coronet
"Come Sirrah Jack Ho - Weelkes - National Music Publishers
"Since Robin Hood" - Weelkes - National Music Publishers
"Canon of Praise" - Pachelbel, arr. Hopson


Charles E. Claiborne
North Cobb High School
Kennesaw, GA

Date: Mon, 08 Dec 1997 11:50:41 -0500 (EST)
From: TMOUNT(a)ccmail.sunysb.edu
Subject: Fun SAB literature compilation


State University of New York at Stony Brook
Stony Brook, NY 11794-5475

Timothy A Mount
Music
516 632-7329
08-Dec-1997 11:47am EST
FROM: TMOUNT
TO: Remote Addressee ( _choralist(a)lists.colorado.edu )

Subj: Fun SAB literature compilation

Thanks, all.

Tim Mount
tmount(a)sunysb.edu

Andrew Imbrie. "The Serpent"--challenging
Thurston Dart, ed. "Invitation to Madrigals," vol. 1
Mozart. "6 Notturnos"--with clarinets
Kirby Shaw. "Plenty Good Room"--medium difficulty
Kirby Shaw. "Go Down Moses"--easy
?. "I'm Gonna Sing"--Hinshaw Music (HMC1562)--spiritual; fun
for singers and accompanist...upbeat, jazzy style
Seiber (Sieber?). "3 Hungarian Folk Songs"
Greg Lapp. "Spiritual Medley" and "5 Songs from Mother Goose"
Martin Dicke. "Easter Carol"--Augsburg
Mark Hayes, arr. "Swingin' with the Saints"--Shawnee
Kirby Shaw, arr. "The Boy from New York City"--Belwin
Ed Lojeski, arr. "We Go Together" and "Mister Sandman" and
"Medley from 'Les Miserables'"--Hal Leonard
Mark Brymer, arr. "Andrew Lloyd Webber: A Concert Celebration"
--Hal Leonard
Mac Huff, arr.. "Medley from 'Guys and Dolls'"--Hal Leonard
Jacki O'Neill, arr. "Choral Selections from 'Show Boat'"-Hal
Leonard
Mac Huff, arr. "It Don't Mean a Thing if It Ain't Got that
Swing"--Belwin
Roger Emerson, arr. "Didn't My Lord Deliver Daniel"--Jenson
Brad Printz. "Wade in the Water"--Heritage
Harry Simeone. "'Twas the Night Before Christmas"--Shawnee


Dear friends:

As somebody asked me to collect and publish the
responses about my inquiry about repertoire for choir
with girls and boys with voice just broken, I give you
this information.

Most of them recommend the most typical solution (and
one of the best): to adapt SSA pieces to SABar voicing
by means of transposing down, and small changes of the
Baritone line. This is specially good with many
renaissance pieces.

++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
One interesting suggestion:


A great resource for quality SAB literature (although
half of it is out
of
print) is
http://www.choralnet.org/resources/repertoire/types/sab.txt

Last year most of my choirs at the high school level
were SAB voiced.
Most of my young men are baritones. SAB titles I
especially enjoyed
were:
1. Lonesome Valley , arranged by Roger Emerson, pub.
Hal Leonard
#08740609
- this is a jazzy arrangement of a spiritual.
2. As Fair As Morn, edited by John Haberlen,
published Mark Foster,
#MF338
3. Come, Sing a Joyful Song, arr. P. Liebergen, pub.
Shawnee Press,
#D0437
4. There Is a Lady, by David Eddleman, pub. Carl
Fischer, CM7999
5. How Merrily We Live, arr. Donald Moore, pub. Hal
Leonard 45812017
6. Consiglio amoroso, SAB, Ed. Carolyn Randy, pub.
Broude
7. Luci Care, edited by Robert Carl, pub. National,
CMS-115
8. A Red, Red Rose, by Daniel Burton, pub. Kjos, Ed.
5755
9. The Gypsy Fiddler, by Ronald Melrose, pub. Carl
Fischer, CM8172
10. Adoramus Te, by Emily Crocker, pub. Hal Leonard
08740062
11. Homeward Bound, by Jay Althouse, published Alfred
#16209

Jazz & Pop:
1. Steppin' Out - arr. Mark Brymer, published Hal
Leonard 08201012 -
a medley of 40's swing tunes

You might want to contact the J.W. Pepper Choral
catalog on the
internet via
a search engine. Ask them to MAIL you their extensive
choral catalog.

+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
Another contribution:

I too work with this age group, and find that one
trick is to have the
bass
line sung up an octave as a descant. Also, good piano
accompaniments
can
compensate for a lack of textured harmony.

I look for voicings marked "three part mixed" - they
have a narrower
range
than even the SAB voicings.

++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
I don't agree with changing the octave of the bass
voice, for harmonic reasons, but of course it's my own
opinion!

++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

And really, this is everything, since the rest of
people coincided with the first suggestion.

Thank you everybody

Nacho Rodríguez
Choir conductor in León Conservatory (Spain)
nacho_rdez(a)yahoo.com

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on March 7, 2005 10:00pm
There is also a great song, Sanctus by a swedish composer (Sundstr
on February 6, 2011 10:03am
To add to the list, an SAB high school director might enjoy these songs for his/her kids from this site:  http://www.songsforall.com/searched.php?txtsearch=SAB
All copies of songs are FREE to download, including pdf files of scores and texts as well as digitized versions as mp3s.  Contact  kayne_@_songsforall.com (eliminate underscores) if you plan to downloard and/or rehearse and perform any of the material.