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SAB: Moderately difficult

Thanks for all the great suggestions!!! A compilation of suggestions is below.



Daryl Timmer



Daryl L. Timmer

Director of Choirs

Woodbury High School

2665 Woodlane Drive

Woodbury, MN 55125

651-768-5495

dtimmer(a)sowashco.k12.mn.us



SAB Moderately Difficult/Difficult SAB music



I have a beautiful Jewish piece that I have done a couple of times that is called: "Bashana Haba'ah" arr. John Leavitt


There is a terrific cycle by Michael Hennagin THE HOUSE ON THE HILL on poems by Edward Arlington Robinson. I think it was published by Walton Cat. 2806.


There is also a wonderful and challenging Missa Brevis for three-part mixed chorus (S.A.B.) by Swedish composer Lars-Erik Larsson. Published Walton Music, c1955.


Persichetti *Seek the Highest* , Leo Kraft's *Let Me Laugh* and Daniel Moe's *How Beautiful are the Feet* (all from Presser)


Among the Signs by Robin McClellan (Robinson McClellan composer, singer, copyist http://www.robinsonmcclellan.com)


If you can do sacred music, there are six volumes (each a different season of the year) published by EC Schirmer called Somerset Anthem Books. They include arrangements and original compositions written specifically for SAB choir.


C H O R A L W O R K S B Y J I Ø Í L A B U R D A



W o r k s f o r 3 - V o i c e s M i x e d C h o i

r (S, A, B)

1. Fifty Czech, Moravian and Slovak Folk Songs for 3-Voices Mixed Choir

(S,A,B) a cappella (in 3 Volumes) (Czech) (1972,1973,1975) - AC 2. Aven roma, 6 Gipsy Songs for 3-Voices Mixed Choir (S,A,B) a cappella

(Czech) (1989) (7´) - AC

3. Four Motets on the Texts of the oldes Czech Chorals, for 3-Voices Mixed Choir (S,A,B) a cappella (Czech) (1970) (15´) - AC 4. Missa in Re for 3-Voices Mixed Choir (S,A,B) and Organ (Latin, Czech)

(1997) (16´) - HA


Try CPDL.org for some works by William Byrd, Orlando di Lasso and other Renaissance composers who wrote many overlooked "gems" in 3 voices.


Here are two Level Four pieces from the Texas List SAB(M)



Puer natus est nobis by Cristobal de Morales edited by Ellen S. Beebe Performer's Edition, New York for Soprano, Alto, Men



Merrily We Live by Michael Este arr. Don Razey Colla Voce 55-48420 for SAB


Here are two Level Four pieces from the Texas List SAB(M)



Puer natus est nobis by Cristobal de Morales edited by Ellen S. Beebe Performer's Edition, New York for Soprano, Alto, Men



Merrily We Live by Michael Este arr. Don Razey Colla Voce 55-48420 for SAB


Hugo Distler, Lord keep us steadfast in thy word and Lobe den herrn. I remember many fun, tough, serious SAB pieces by him -- mostly sacred. German publisher is Barenreiter I think, and there is more in print in German.



Bardos, Erik a Som (Santa Barbara) (secular)



Dietrich Buxtehude wrote a number of SAB (really SSB) motets that are fun.



SAB Choir Goes for Baroque -- sacred collection, Concordia, mostly has obbligato instrumental parts



Can your baritones sing high? Can your sopranos sing low? do some contemporary gospel -- Richard Smallwood "I will sing praises" "Total Praise" (from Live in Atlanta, Zomba Music) etc.


Alfred'd publishes three part arrangements of classicals, Handel. Also, look at Jubilate Deo by David Brunner.


Look at the catalog of Broude Brothers (e-mail: broude(a)sover.net), esp. pp. 37-38, including "The Old English Tradition." I have this issue even at the college level. There are many pieces there, sacred and secular, which I have done, Renaissance to contemporary, too numerous to list here. You might also run a blanket SAB search on Choral Public Domain Library (cpdl).


Five Songs from Mother Goose - SAC a cappella - Greg A. Lapp bp970826
Spiritual Medley - SAC a cappella - arr. Greg A. Lapp bp970827
Gloria - 2 part w/ body percussion - Greg A. Lapp bp920102
Three Epigrams - 2 part w/ melody instrument - Greg A. Lapp - text by Sir William Watson bp000616
America the Beautiful - SAC a cappella - arr. Greg A. Lapp bp010911

Carlos Abril's arrangement of the old Cuban criolla, El Mambi, which I believe falls within your parameters. (VTS#39 In Spanish, piano, optional flute or person whistling, simple percussion). It is also available in SATB and SA.


There are some good Mozart things published by National. Mark Foster has some tough Telemann things (Hanssler Verlag.) Some renaissance (Wilbye, Morley, even Byrd) are out there.


You'll definitely want to look at the late Haydn Six Psalms--real jewells. not hard to read, but more challenging to make music and very satisfying. All six SAB.


Try "Elibama" by Stephen Hatfield - quite the challenge (and worth the work) and written for SAB - not an arrangement.



Also look at Eugene Butler's "Give Me the Splendid Silent Sun" also written for SAB -



Thomas Weelkes "The Nightingale, the Organ of Delight" is a madrigal written for SAB that is quite nice and challenging.


My favorite SAB song (in my short career) is "How Can I Stop Singing My Song" by Cynthia Gray, Published by Heritage Music Press. It is upbeat, and has some difficult rhythmic changes.


You might go to cpdl.org and do a search by voice type for SAB and/or SAT. There are some interesting Renaissance madrigals and movements from masses that might work. You might also look at Send out thy Light by Balkariv arr. by Anthony Howells Coronet Press dist. by Theodore Presser Co. #392-42059


You might go to cpdl.org and do a search by voice type for SAB and/or SAT. There are some interesting Renaissance madrigals and movements from masses that might work.


Ralph Vaughan Williams "Magnificat & Nunc Dimittis," written for SATB or SAB. This is not an arrangement, and we thoroughly

enjoyed this, too. (G. Schirmer, Inc.; No. 8813; copyright 1925)


I like the song "White" by Ron Nelson (Boosey & Hawkes OCTB 6429). It has challenging meter changes and harmonies but is still quite beautiful (and has a great text).


Look at the catalog of Broude Brothers (e-mail: broude(a)sover.net), esp. pp. 37-38, including "The Old English Tradition." I have this issue even at the college level. There are many pieces there, sacred and secular, which I have done, Renaissance to contemporary, too numerous to list here. You might also run a blanket SAB search on Choral Public Domain Library (cpdl).