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Beautiful & Stunning Sacred Literature

I am the  interim director of a 300+ member church.   They like contemporary praise & worship repertoire for choir with a definite black gospel leaning.  I have more repertoire of that genre than I know what to do with.  I am trying to do one stunning, beauitful, more traditional choral work a month:  Sing Me To Heaven (Gawthrop); Ave Maria (Biebl), etc.  Can you suggest some other very beautiful sacred works?  Thanks
Replies (24): Threaded | Chronological
on December 14, 2010 2:09pm
Rachmaninoff Bogoroditsye Devo
Bruckner Ave Maria
on December 14, 2010 11:51pm
Ubi Caritas by M. Durufle
Agnus Dei by K. Sato
Ave Maria by J. Busto
on December 21, 2010 8:33pm
Having only been immersed in the choral world for about 10 years now, here are the ones that take my breath away and/or give me chills.  (Most have been recorded by Atlanta Sacred Chorale, and are available on CD and as MP3s.)  In no particular order:
Mary Speaks - Daniel Gawthorp (women only)
Beati Quorum Via - Charles V. Stanford
Brother James’ Air - arr. Gordon Jacob
Alleluia - Randall Thompson
Blazhen Muzh (Blessed Is the Man), no. 3 from All-Night Vigil - Sergei Rachmaninoff
Lux Aurumque - Eric Whitacre
Open Thou Mine Eyes - John Rutter
Salvation Is Created - Pavel Chesnokov, arr. N. Lindsay Norden
O Magnum Mysterium - Morten Lauridsen
E'en So, Lord Jesus, Quickly come - Paul Manz
Sicut Cervus - Giovanni da Palestrina
My Shepherd Will Supply My Need - arr. Mack Wilberg (w/ flute & oboe)
Ubi Caritas, from Four Motets on Gregorian Themes - Maurice Duruflé
How Do I Love Thee? - Eric Nelson (not technically sacred, but it can be made to work)
Upon Your Heart - Eleanor Daley
Simple Boat - David L. Brunner (includes sacred, non-Christian texts)
Holy Radiant Light - Alexandre Gretchaninov
Esto Les Digo - Kinley Lange (easy Spanish text)
Benedictus, no. 12 from The Armed Man, a Mass for Peace - Karl Jenkins (needs orchestra w/ excellent cellist)
Agnus Dei - Samuel Barber
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