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What are your must have pieces for sacred male ensemble?

So, the title of the post pretty much says it all.  If you could only pick 2 or 3 anthems/octavos for your church male ensemble, what would those pieces be?  It can be for any combo of voices - TB, TBB, TTBB.
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on May 16, 2011 8:09pm
Two come to mind immediately. Alice Parker's arr of Be thou my vision, and Franz Biebl's Ave Maria.
on May 17, 2011 5:32pm
Can you give me more info about the Parker arrangment of Be Thou My Vision?  I'm not finding one for men, just SATB.
on May 17, 2011 7:19pm
I think he might be thinking of Robert Hunter's arrangement, published by Hinshaw. I don't know of an arrangement of the piece by AP.
on August 11, 2013 3:19am
A very pretty arrangement I think (the Hunter one) - very simple too which is nice.
on May 16, 2011 10:07pm
"Bethlehem Down" and "El Padre Nuestro" - both published by Consort Press
Paul Mark
on May 17, 2011 4:13am
Precious Lord, Take My Hand, arr. by Roy Ringwald for TBB with optional tenor solo..  JW Pepper..
Pat Maimone
Mt. Olive Lutheran Church
Santa Monica, CA 90405
on May 18, 2011 9:00am
"Fight The Good Fight" (#5 from "Five Hymns in Popular Style"), by John Gardner. Oxford University Press #94.112.
on May 18, 2011 9:40am
William Henry Smith's arrangement of Ride the Chariot; Marshall Bartholomew's Little Innocent Lamb and Let Us Break Bread Together.
on May 18, 2011 10:58pm
Messe de Nostre Dame by Guillaume Machaut
Viderunt Omnes and Sederunt Principes by Perotinus
on August 9, 2013 12:39am
Sjolund's arr. of "Holy, Holy, Holy" (TTBB) in his Light of the World collection. "The Creation" (TTBB) by Richter and Liszt's transcription of Schubert's "The Omnipotence" for TTBB+ tenor or soprano solo, both available through National Library of Men's Choral Music. 
on August 9, 2013 7:36am
Consider "We Shall Walk Through the Valley" arranged by William Appling published by World.  Wonderfully sensitive and touching.
"Rise Up, O Men of God" arranged by Ken Jennings published by Augsburg is a sure winner.
"Non Nobis Domine" by Quilter, publised by Boosey & Hawkes, is also worthy of a look.
on August 10, 2013 5:06am
The Biebl Ave Maria. . without a doubt.
on August 10, 2013 5:08am
Also, Randall Thompsons  "My Eternal King"  . . .I know its sort of diametrically opposed to the Biebl - my all time favorite - but it is still an inspiring piece
on August 10, 2013 6:13am
Rautavaara, Psalm 23 and 130. Sulasol publisher,
Hidekki Chihara's Dixit Dominus, Panamusic
on August 10, 2013 10:34am
I have another pair of gems that given the forces, I would use everyday!  God of Grace and Glory arranged by J. Harold Moyer and available through Mark Foster.  It's scored for brass ensemble, but since we have none on hand, the keyboard part supplied(which doubles the brass) is quite acceptable.   
The other piece is William W. How's hymn Sine Nomine with music by Ralph Vaughn Williams and arranged by Earl Rosenberg.  It is available through Carl Fisher, CM #7282.  It is just a gloriously astounding arrangement!!  I also second the already-mentioned Be Thou My Vison which I concur with Mr. Albinder in that it is published by Hinshaw.  And, the Jennings Rise Up, O Men of God is another dandy!!!  Mr. Boyd is spot on!
on August 10, 2013 1:53pm
"Sing to the Lord" - Paul Basler, TTBB w/piano and horn (there is also an SATB version, but I believe the TTBB is the original).
"Who is He in Yonder Stall?" TTBB w/piano
Both are published by Colla Voce.
on August 11, 2013 3:15am
Thanks for this post, really tricky to keep the list down to two or three  :-)
We enjoy these three very much, we find them not too difficult and enjoyable to sing and listen to
Beati Mortui
Words from a Latin version of Revelation 14:13
Music by Felix Mendelssohn
Non Nobis, Domine
Words from a Latin version of Psalm 115:1
Music by Rosephayne Powell
Seigneur, je vous en prie
Words by St Francis of Assisi – Music by Francis Poulenc
All the suggestions by our colleagues are superb (and I got a few ideas - thanks guys!) can I sneak in one more - very simple and old fashioned, but if done perfectly can be lovely.

Come, let us to the Lord our God
Scottish Psalm Tune “Kedron”
Arranged by Hugh S Roberton
Best wishes
Mark Burstow
Musical Director
Bournemouth Male Voice Choir
on August 11, 2013 6:06am
I would also suggest Victoria' "Jesu dulcis memoria."
on August 11, 2013 8:32am
Dear David,
Stand out, all-time best sacred works for me are:  Tallis, Lamenttions of Jeremiah (Part I), and Thomas Tomkins, When David Heard
Jim Marvin
on August 12, 2013 4:28am
Is there a When David for Tenors and Basses or just for ATTBB?  I'd love to see it if there was.
on August 12, 2013 1:28pm
Morte Christe - best ever setting of 'When I survey the wondrous cross.' 
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