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Lenten Cantata

Any suggestions on a Lenten Cantata that you have used?  Medium difficulty SATB.  Have good soloists- men and women- small instrumental group with organ preferred.
Thanks,
Denise
on November 21, 2012 6:27am
I have orchestrated Stainer's "The Crucifixion" for small orchestra and you can use the organ from the vocal score. I have sample PDFs if you're interested.
 
Craig
on November 21, 2012 9:17pm
Joseph Martin's Covenant of Grace works great during Lent/Holy Week. There are two options for the ending, either reflective or triumphant, depending on the mood of your service.
on November 22, 2012 9:29am
I would recommend Canadian composer Allan Bevan's "Nou Goth Sonne under Wode" - see his website for details: www.allanbevan.ca.  The site includes some recorded excerpts. Published by Classica.
on November 25, 2012 6:32am
Thanks for your help! 
 
on November 26, 2012 8:42am
Daniel Pinkham's Three Lenten Poems.  It's for SATB choir, Handbells, and organ.  You do not need to do all three.
on December 18, 2012 3:27pm
I strongly recommend Michael Burkhardt's "Love Unknown" (A Festival of Passion Readings and Hymns) published by MorningStar.  the readings are by Max Lucado.  The music is hymn-based with wonderful arrangements, sensitive to text.  instrumentation, which is optional, is orff ensemble, two trumpets, two trombones, clarinet, violin, bassoon, or cello.
 
For something smaller scale, Dale Wood's Service of Darkness, for SATB and organ, is beautiful.
 
Julie Ford
on December 19, 2012 3:22am
Have a look at Der Tod Jesu by Graun. Still done a lot in Germany apparently, although Bach's Passions tended to displace it...
The chorus writing is very rewarding, and quite chromatic.
 
You do need a very good soprano....
 
best
 
Alex Murchie
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