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Men's Chamber Chorus Repertoire

I would appreciate your opinions on what is great repertoire for a Men's Chamber Chorus.   What would make an interesting and entertaining concert while not becoming pedestrian.
 
thanks
Replies (30): Threaded | Chronological
on January 19, 2012 8:26pm
Have a look at the Randall Thompson Tarantella. 
on January 21, 2012 4:43pm
RC Haus,  I appreciate your thoughts/concerns about using newly-written pieces. For my graduate conducting recital, I had a men's chorus. Here was my first proposal for a program:

“Eat, Drink and Be Merry”

PROPOSED PROGRAM #1

If Music Be the Food of Love . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . David Dickau

if you can’t eat you got to . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Leonard Bernstein

Drinking Song (from “Six Choruses”, Op. 53) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Gustav Holst

Drinking Song (Back and Side Go Bare) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ralph Vaughan Williams

Here Is To Good Old Whisky . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . arranged by Bert Thorsén

Karádi nóták (Songs from Karad, Drinking Song) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Zoltán Kodály

Vinum bonum (III from “Carmina juventutis”) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . David Conte

INTERVAL

 

Now Is the Month of Maying . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Thomas Morley (Blohm, Arr.)

Tanzen und springen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Hans Leo Hassler (Weitemeyer, Arr.)

They Shall Be As Happy (from “The Fairy Queen”) . . . . . . . . Henry Purcell (Sund, Arr.)

Three Psalms, Op. 54 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kenneth Leighton

Happy Together. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Originally by The Turtles, arrangement by The Nylons

 

Here is the program I ended up doing instead:

"Music You Don't Hear Every Day"

 

 

if you can’t eat you got to . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990)
 
The Peacocks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Zoltán Kodály (1882-1967)
 
O vos omnes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pablo Casals (1876-1973)
 
Hope is the Thing With Feathers (from Elämän kirja) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Einojuhani Rautavaara (1928- )
 
Vastalaulud (Shrovetide Songs) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Veljo Tormis (1930- )
Vistel-vastel
Lina loitsimine
Liulaskmise-laul
 
The Ballad of Little Musgrave and Lady Barnard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
 
 
INTERVAL
 
 
Chanson à boire . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Francis Poulenc (1899-1963)
 
A Stopwatch and an Ordnance Map . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Samuel Barber (1910-1981)
 
Attention, Ladies! (from Mail Order Madrigals) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . William Schuman (1910-1992)
 
Choral Hymns from the Rig-Veda (set four) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Gustav Holst (1874-1934)
Hymn to Agni
Hymn to Soma
Hymn to Manas
Hymn to Indra
 
Pseudo-Yoik NT. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jaakko Mäntyjärvi (1963- )
 
Hope you find this useful in some way. Orphei Drangar has a searchable database of all of their music, which was helpful in my research. I ended up borrowing several pieces from them, as well as a men's choir from Finland called Ylioppilaskunnan Laulajat. They were exremely kind, sending the music overseas. Anyway, let me know if you want more info. Cheers!
 
- Adam

 

 

 
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