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Baroque and Beyond

Dear Choral Listers-

Thank you to all those who shared your ideas on "Baroque and Beyond."
The original request was for 19th-21st century pieces influenced by the
Baroque style, to be programmed along with Zelenka's Magnificat in D,
Nystedt's "Immortal Bach" and Charpentier's Te Deum. Sven-David
Sandström/Purcell's "Hear my prayer" remains a possibility(!).

Below is a compilation featuring composers such as Lauridsen, Cornelius,

Reger, Distler, and Saint-Saëns, followed by recent compositions from
Paul Ayres, John Biggs, Richard Toensing, Otmar Stangl, William Copper,

and Wallace De Pue.

Gratefully yours,
Mitos Andaya
University of Georgia

I did a similar program idea (with the same name) a few years ago. I
used Lauridsen's Madrigali (or Fire Madrigals), but also a piece by
Joakim Unander, O Vos Omnes, somewhat based on Gesualdo. Contact Gary
Graden for contact information--he's conductor of the St. Jacob Chamber

Choir in Stockholm--you should be able to find their website with a
search. I think it may be on their CD, "Sonority," on the BIS label.
Also, Lars Johan Werle's Canzone 126 di Francesco Petrarca is
interesting, but not too easy.
Published by Walton.

Richard Sparks, Artistic Director & Principal Conductor
Choral Arts Northwest (Seattle) & Pro Coro Canada (Edmonton)

You might consider Peter Cornelius's Three Psalms after JS Bach's
Klavier Works," published by Carus. Cornelius's dates, by the way, are
1824-1874, so he's not exactly modern. I don't have a time estimate, but

the whole work runs 20 pages, which gives you an idea. Two of the
movements are based on sarabandes, the third on a minuet.

This is one of over 470 works available in our choral music rental
library, whose complete catalogue is available on our website:

Scott Gillam (scott_gillam(a)
NAS Choral Music Rental Library

"Freddie Liked to Fugue" --

(one day he met Nola, who played the viola,
they started going steady.....)

don't have a composer's name right handy....maybe you could located it
through Malecki Music or JW Pepper.....

Sharon Hettinger

Reger wrote several chorale-based motets consciously modeled on Bach,
but these are also difficult.

Distler would be another possibility.

Allen H Simon
Soli Deo Gloria
Saint-Saen's ORATORIO DE NOEL considers itself "in the style of Bach."
It's nice music and worth a look. Lots of counterpoint, etc.

Paul Meers

You might look at "Bach Again", I'm not sure of the composer and "A Dog
Known as Ego" and again I'm sorry, I don't know the composer right off

Bruce C. Lengacher
Acalanes High School

You might check out some of the Brahms motets: some bear a strong
resemblance to Bach's. Also, Mendelssohn's writing reminds me of
Handel's at times.

Rowland Blackley, D.M.A.
Director of Choral Activities
Ashland University

The one piece that leaps quickly to mind, though, would be Hugo
Distler's "Wachet auf, ruft und die Stimme," that runs about 11 minutes
a cappella.

John M. Crowell
Sacramento Master Singers

I have a piece called "Purcell's Funeral Sentence" for choir SSAATTBB
- four parts (SATB) sing the original Funeral Sentences as set from the
Book of Common Prayer by Henry Purcell, and four parts are newly-added,

sometimes commenting, sometimes imitating, sometimes accompanying
- "very neatly amplifies the intensity and passion of the original" -
John Scott, Director of Music, St Paul's Cathedral, London

It's been performed a couple of times over here, and it receives its US
premiere in October in Austin TX.

Paul Ayres


We publish a mass mvt. called "Gloria" by John Biggs which was inspired
by Monteverdi. (3.5min) You may see it listed at

Paul Mark

You may want to consider my RESPONSORIA, 27 motets for Holy Week for
SSATBarB, Piano, Percussion (1 player) Double Bass. They are more in
the spirit of Renaissance music than of Baroque, but your mention of
Pärt suggested them to me. The scores are available for sale from
Troparion Music LLC, 8902 Comanche Rd. longmont CO 80503, and you can
listen to the various motets on my website:
Please e-mail me if I can be of further help to you.

Richard Toensing

I´m a german composer and I wrote a piece called "Gesang der Geister
über den Wassern" (lyrics by Goethe), for SATB. If you are interested to
studie the demo score of that piece you can do it under Please look under "Chöre/Kompositionen-Arragements"
and then the Editions list where the piece is listed.

The demo scores can be downloaded as a PDF file (Acrobat 4.0 or 5.05 is
needed to open and print the scores).

Otmar Stangl
Chief Director

The "Stabat Mater" by William Copper might suit your theme. It was
begun on September 12, 2001 and completed October 11, 2001, and takes a
very traditional text in order to address a complicated relationship:
the Mary Mother of God as grieving and all too human mother "standing"
beside a tortured and dying but transcendant Jesus. Not really a sacred
setting, but certainly a serious one: somehow, in my complicated ethos,
this is a metaphor for a Unitarian if not Utilitarian and surely baffled
God standing beside the creation of today's humanity: both the too-
fatuous United States and the too-vicious terrorists who could think it
could suit any god to destroy a symbol of the world and thousands of

This, I think, is baroque! And the musical style reflects back to
baroque and early classical structure-in-blocks by means of thematic
differences and tonal change.

Length is about 8 minutes, chorus SATB with some divisi, baroque chamber
orchestra plus clarinet (1111 0000 strings).

Excerpts and basic information at

William Copper

If arrangements qualify for your needs, may I suggest you look at my
web site: and look at my descriptions
of choral works. Some examples follow:

or two wind instruments such as flute and clarinet) is of English
origin and is found in Musick's Handmaiden, Part 1, 1678. The violin
part may be played by practically anyone who is able to play the
instrument inasmuch as it is composed mostly of open strings and major
scales. Two wind instruments that possess the appropriate ranges could
also play the instrumental line. "A Country-Dance" is designed to
please an audience and to interest those who sing it.

KELSEY'S CANON (3-voice canon) may be used as a complete anthem
or as an introit or response in church. The music is as simple as the
rhythm that fills it. There must be rubato to supply sufficient
movement of the melodic line. The effect of this canon is so lovely
because of the worshipful atmosphere that the music creates. The vocal
range is D1-e2 (3:30)

IN MEADOWS FAIR (SSAATTBB) is a setting of a
lovely romantic poem by an unknown poet. Within this two-minute work
is a short section for men's voices and a climactic point involving
eight parts. Most of the piece is SATB. A soprano soloist does the
melodic line. It is a wonderful vehicle for contrast during a choral
program. The harmonic language is romantic. The vocal ranges are:
solo, Eb1 - ab2; sop., C1- e flat 2; alto, C1 - c2; ten.1, (written)
small Bb - f2; ten.2, F1 - d2; bass 1, F - small Bb, bass 2, F - a flat

ENCHANTING WALTZ, AN (SATB) is an arrangement of a piece by
Henry Purcell (1659-1695) that was published in Musick's Hand-Maid,
Part ii, 1689. The melody is graceful and lovely. The text is a
conversation between a lady and a gentleman concerning their plans to
join in a dance. All of the parts are melodious and fun to sing. High
school or college choirs sound wonderful singing this piece.

(SATB) is a piece designed for loveliness of sound in a service of
worship or in a concert. It may be sung either a cappella or
accompanied by the piano reduction. The melodic lines are very
expressive and the text, meaningful:

Lord, we need Thy presence in this hour. Grant us hope and wisdom,
through Thy power.
Father, by Thy light, lead us aright. Keep us in Thy sight and save us
from the night.
O Savior, take us in Thy care. Love us, though unnumbered sins we
Life is at Thy call. Let us not fall from Thy grace and perfect love,
divine. Amen.

A chorale style harmony is employed. The worshipful atmosphere that "A
Chapel Prayer" creates is appropriate to practically any denominational
service. (2:00)

Then there is "Bachanai" (organ) which would make Bach
proud; however, you may not need a piece of !:45 for your occasion. It
does "run up the wall" though.

Wallace De Pue

End of "Baroque and Beyond" compilation

Mitos Andaya
Associate Director of Choral Activities
University of Georgia
School of Music
250 River Road
Athens, GA 30602



on January 26, 2005 10:00pm
i need "MISA ROMANA" G. B. Pergolesi
on February 15, 2005 10:00pm
quisiera que por favor me enviaran partituras para un coro de principiantes y para soprano solista

Muchas gracias
on March 31, 2005 10:00pm
Please check out the following:

CAPPUCCINO CONCERTINO (a spoof of Bach's "Coffee Cantata")
for three voices and baroque chamber ensemble can be viewed and excerpts heard at:

MACHAUT for five voices (SSATB) a cappella can be viewed at:
on March 18, 2007 10:00pm
I am looking for : Philippus del Monte :Missa sine Nomine. Dou you still edit it? Where can I get it (in France or Europe)
Yours truly
Valery Fraimann
on February 6, 2011 3:37pm
I wrote an arrangement - a kind of paraphrase -  of a Buxtehude piece.  It's been reworded for contemporary, interdenominational audiences: as stated in my website  "SAB with some divisi in women's voices. Trumpet obbligato; cello continuo; organ, piano, or harpsichord. Medium difficulty. Arrangement of piece by Dietrich Buxtehude in English. Christian festive piece for Easter, Christmas, or other major holy day. 6/4 in 2 - Baroque dance. 2:29, C."
This is piece is FREE to download. 
Another piece is called "Food for Fun" - a parody of early classical/late Baroque:  "SATB with piano or harpsichord and flute obbligato. Classical style. Very brief. Moderate difficulty. Humorous blessing before a meal. :41, Bb."  The is FREE to dowload as well.
All copies of my pieces at are available for free downloads, so long as you contact me to let me know you have done so and plan to rehearse or perform it.  Contact me at (delete underscores).