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Baroque piece for Middle School Girls (Unison/Duet)

HI all,
I have an ensemble of 9 talented 8th-grade girls that I am taking to be adjudicated in the spring and I am looking for a mid-tempo or slower Baroque piece for them.  Our other piece is world music influenced (Jim Papoulis) so I need this piece for contrast.  I had entertained the Faure Ave Maria for mezzo (Op. 67) and might use that as a backup, but would like to access the vast wealth of knowledge available on ChoralNet before I make a decision.
 
Thanks y'all!
Claudia Corriere
on November 28, 2012 4:57am
There's a 2-part arrangement of Handel's "Sing for Joy" which has been lowered for young voices.  I can't remember the publisher or arranger, but that's the first one that I thought of.  It's a moderate pace. Also, Patrick Liebergen has done some nice arrangements of Purcell... "Rise up Singing" is SSA and fantastic (I use it with my cambiata voices on the Alto line sometimes). 
on November 28, 2012 11:27am
Hi, Claudia, and I like your ideas very much.  If a unison piece is acceptable, I would suggest considering any soprano or mezzo solo aria from any Bach cantata or Passion setting.  A couple that come immediately to mind are "Sheep may safely graze" from one of his secular cantatas, and "Ich folge dir Gleichfals" (I may have messed up that name) from the St. John Passion, but there are many others.  And a beautiful unison sound in young voices can be a truly heavenly sound!
All the best,
John
on November 29, 2012 3:44am
Purcell - Sound The Trumpet
Bach - Den Tod nieman zwingen kunnt (from Cantata 4, Christ lag in Todesbanden)
Pergolesi - Stabat Mater (any of the duet movement)
on November 29, 2012 4:36am
You could use the "Laudamus Te" from Vivaldi's Gloria.    Someone has arranged that for  Chorus, but my quick search did not find it.  I see no reason why you can't just buy/borrow 9 Gloria  scores and use them.  I'll message you.
-Lucy
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