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SSA or SSAA: Sanctus and Agnus Dei settings

Response to SSA Sanctus and Agnus Dei question

Original Question:

We are looking for unaccompanied settings of the following texts to sing in
Notre Dame: Sanctus, Agnus Dei

What are your best ideas?


André Caplet (1878-1925): Sanctus (SSA), Edition Durand
André Caplet (1878-1925): Agnus Dei (SSA), Edition Durand

Director musices HANS LUNDGREN Musicum, Linköpings universitet
S-581 83 LINKÖPING, Sweden

How about the Caplet Mass for three voices?

Imant Raminsh has a wonderful mass setting for women's voices. Not
a cappella Stephen Hatfield has a missa brevis setting that would work well.

I have a Sanctus and Agnus Dei for women's choir. If you are interested in
looking at the scores I will be happy to send you a copy.

H. Jerome Hatley, D.M.A. Director-Composition/Technology Program
Oral Roberts University Tulsa, OK

Do you know the Villa Lobos Mass for Saint Sebastian?
Also, I forget which movements are included in Britten's Missa brevis.
Someone like Gretchaninoff has a treble Missa brevis too.

Sorry for these vague citations -- maybe they can be usefully combined with
someone else's information! Hope this helps -- I'd be interested to see a
compilation of answers you get.

Nina Gilbert

What about the Faure "Messe Basse"? I can't recall whether it is
accompanied, but it is scored for women's voices, and it is fairly easy to
Maryann Lisk maryann.lisk(a)

Lotti himself wrote a "Studentenmesse" for 3 parts (woman's choir). Of
course you can also take these two movements from Faure's Messe Basse, or,
maybe more difficult, Caplet's Messe (1922) for SSA.

Thanks to all who answered!

Dr. Philip L. Copeland
Choral Music
University of Mississippi
601.232.1276 (phone)
601.232.1230 (fax)
on April 15, 2008 10:00pm
Look at (and listen to the mp3 sample of) Kentaro Sato's Missa Brevis for SSA.

It can be found at his website

It's written for SSA with divisi in all parts.

Challenging but gorgeous!