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New Music for TTBB

Hi All,
First post here and its seeking your advice.
I am choirmaster of a men's choir in England.  We are close to 50 voices, balanced reasonably in four parts but with particularly able bass and baritone sections - the two tenor parts are well toned but less numerous.
We are trying very hard to move away from the norm in British male choirs and I am very influenced by lots of choirs, the style is wide ranging Early Music, Romantic, 20th Century and Contemporary (in the more serious music vein).  For the "lollipops" I tend to look at a wide range of music but try to choose things that I think aren't too old fashioned.  My favourite Men's Choirs are choirs like Chor Leoni.  Our "look" not that its terribly important, is more contemporary too.
Here's my question.
I am looking for new repertoire for the choir.
So....... Forty -something voices, TTBB, medium ability level
I have lots of lucious, beautiful repertoire but less faster upbeat music.  Accompanied or Unaccompanied is fine (have a splendid accompanist).  Would like to sing more contemporary or late twentieth century music.
I have put a list of some of our common repertoire below.
Any thoughts?
Looking forward to hearing from you and tapping your expertise.
Many thanks
Non Nobis, Domine
Words from a Latin version of Psalm 115:1 – Music by Rosephayne Powelll
Seigneur, je vous en prie
Words by St Francis of Assisi – Music by Francis Poulenc
Paper Cranes
Words by Julia Klatt Singer - Music by Timothy Takach
Beati Mortui
Words from a Latin version of Revelation 14:13 - Music by Felix Mendelssohn
Ride the Chariot
Words and Music Traditional - Arranged by William Henry Smith
Voice of the Child
Words by Sarah McNeill - Music by Goff Richards
The Seal Lullaby
Words by Rudyard Kipling - Music by Eric Whitacre
The Cloths of Heaven
Words by William Butler Yeats - Music by Randall Stroope
Sing for your Life
Words and Music by Alan Simmons
Kiss from a Rose
Words and Music by Seal
When You Say Nothing At All
Words and Music by Paul Overstreet and Don Schlitz
Blue Moon
Words by Lorenz Hart, Music by Richard Rodgers - Arranged by Jocelyn Lavin
The Rhythm of Life
Words by Dorothy Field – Music by Cy Coleman - Arranged by Alan Simmons
Five Foot Two, Eyes of Blue
Words by Sam Lewis and Joe Young, Music by Ray Henderson - Arranged by Ruth Artman
O Love That Wilt Not Let Me Go
Words by George Matheson – Music by Albert Peace – Arranged by David Phelps
Ave Maria (Trio/Ttbb) By Franz Biebl
Shenandoah Arranged by Marshall Bartholomew
Two folk-songs for male voices from The Sprig of Thyme By John Rutter
Lux Aurumque By Eric Whitacre 
Carrickfergus Arranged by Mark Sirett.
Demon in My View 
Replies (38): Threaded | Chronological
on January 5, 2013 6:35am
Faster pieces... How about these?
Joshua Fit de Battle of Jericho
My Soul's been anchored in the Lord
This is the 2nd movement of "Arbor Mundi".
The entire work is quite beatiful.
Or movements from "Fabulae Persei"? The work is for men's voice, keyboard, and percussions, and narration.
1. Perseus Iuvenis (The Young Perseus)
6. Arma Decorum (Arms from the Gods)
9. Proelium cum Typhone (Battle with Typhone)
10. Perseus Heros (The Hero Perseus)
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on January 5, 2013 11:18am
Mr. Burstow, May I invite you to peruse the catalog of the Independent Music Publishers Cooperative (a.k.a. "IMP") -- a collection of self-published works by eight award-winning, frequently commissioned US composers.  This site is especially useful for perusing quality music 'off the beaten path.' 
You've already programmed music by one of our composers, Tim Takach!  You might also check out Edie Hill's music for Cantus, perhaps start with this particularly gorgeous one (I think): A True Heart is Waiting (TTBB) by Edie Hill
Or search "TTBB" or "TBB" there to discover even more wonderful men's chorus pieces. 
Abbie Betinis
(President, Independent Music Publishers Cooperative)
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on January 6, 2013 4:26am
Amen to IMP and Tim Takach.  Our Glee Club has performed his "She Moved Through The Fair" with great pleasure.
Check out the Cantus series from Neil A Kjos as well.  We've done Burleigh's "Deep River", and I've lusted over the Jennings settings of "And Death Shall Have No Dominion" and "Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night" (a bit beyond our reach).  You might mine the Cantus recordings for ideas.  Nine singers will have a different sound than 50, but they do some gorgeous stuff.  Visit
For some lighter fare, I can offer a few of my own, including "To The Ladies" - settings of three poems by British authors.  "Jenny Kiss'd Me" and "Let the Toast Pass" (from School for Scandal) are easy, fun sings.  "No Platonic Love" requires more independence of the parts, but isn't inherently difficult.  In any case, you're invited to browse
John Ward
on January 7, 2013 9:16am
Dear Sir,
I believe the composer Edie Hill (Hummingbird Press?) may be of interest for you for thisi. She is a contemporary self-publishing composer who has contributed widely to the choral genre.  Her music is refined, witty, and challening, in my opinoin.  I wanted to program some of her works a few years ago but they were too difficult for our meager means and limited time.  I remember thinking, ah, this is real music- interesting music, scored with a great choir in mind.  I hope you may find a match there.
Heather Seaton
on February 10, 2013 3:03am
Hi All,
This has been so useful, thank you all very much.  I'm going through the music at the moment and I'll feed back i a couplw of weeks.
Again, many many thanks
on February 12, 2013 1:33pm
Hi Mark, I have composed pieces for your choir!!!
mail me:
I can send you the scores.
Best regards from Buenos Aires, Argentina!
on February 23, 2013 8:29pm
Here are a bunch of quicker tempo pieces that might work for you:
Little Innocent Lamb (TTBB spiritual) arr. Bartholomew
Dravidian Dithyramb (TTBB) Paranjoti
Johnny Schmoker (TTBB) arr. Rodde
Brothers, Sing on! (TTBB) Grieg
Fergus an' Molly (TTBB) Singh
Let All Men Sing (TTBB) Keith Christopher
Vive L'Amour (TTBB) arr. Shaw-Parker
Jing ga lye ya (TTBB) Sled
Star of the County Down (TTBB) Patriquin
Poor Man Lazrus (TTBB spiritual) arr. Hairston
In dat Great Gittin up Mornin' (TTBB spiritual) arr. Hairston
Daemon Irrepit Callidus (TTBB) Orban 
on March 5, 2013 3:19am
Dear Mark, you could try my page ; Moon River, What a wonderful world, Over the Rainbow could be fit for your group (you can listen just to Moon River, but it will give you an idea on the difficulty and on the kind of arrangements). All the best.
on March 21, 2015 12:57pm
Hi Mark,
I'm glad to see that you have my arrangement of Carrickfergus on your list.  I have several others that you might be interested in:

Cloths of Heaven TTBB and piano, Kelman Hall 06/2060 (Music Plus in Canada) ​
Dans les chantiers TBB and piano, Boosey & Hawkes M051-47808-8 A wonderfully boisterous Québecois lumberjack song
The Holy Ground Irish folk song, TTBB a cappella, Boosey & Hawkes HL48023063 written for Diane Loomer and Cor Leoni 
We’ll Rant and We’ll Roar TBarB and piano, Boosey & Hawkes M-051-47771-5 A rousing and humorous rendition of one of Canada’s best-loved sea shanties from Newfoundland.
The Wild Rover Irish folk song,TBB and piano, Boosey & Hawkes HL 48022979 A boisterous arrangement of this favorite Celtic pub song
You can hear most of these at: 
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on March 22, 2015 11:39am
Dear Mark,
     For 32 years I was conductor of the Harvard Glee Club and we explored a very wide variety of repertoire. On my website: under the HGC I list all of our repertoire categorized by: Renaissance; Classic & Romantic; Eastern European (19th and 20th century); Contemporary (the largest section); and Folksongs.
      I'm happy to recommend any particular pieces in any category.
Sincerely, Jim Marvin
on March 23, 2015 1:11am
if you are interested in Scandinavian works, I'd recommend Mikko Heiniö's Tomumieli (Mind of Dust) for TTBB choir and djembe drum - an impressive piece about the terracotta warrios in Xian, China. An audio clip is available here: Fennica Gehrman ISMN 9790550098091. A pronunciation guide is available from the publisher.
Henna Salmela
on March 23, 2015 5:59am
Hello Mark,
Glad this thread opened up again!  I've been singing with Cantus for seven years now, some of those years with Timothy C. Takach whose music you've already performed!  As a result, the majority of my catalogue is currently for men's voices.
From Santa Barbara Music Publishing:
 - Everyone Sang, for TTBB and piano.
From the men's section of my website:
 - Yonder Come Day, an upbeat spiritual arranged for TTBB and tambourine.
 - America the Beautiful, arranged for TTBB a cappella with a text by Walt Whitman.
From Graphite Publishing:
 - For the Beauty of the Earth, arranged for TTBB a cappella.
Hope you find these useful.  Thanks Mark!
 - Paul
on March 23, 2015 7:27am
Mark, you might find interest in "Do Not Stand at My Grave and Weep" for TTBB chorus and piano. It was commissioned for a high school men's chorus with a strong bass/baritone section. Sample pages, recordings and video are on the website page.
Janet Lanier
on March 24, 2015 10:35am
Hi Mark,
A few years back you praised A COUNTRY BOY IN WINTER (You said: "A smashing song -- a light, fun, playful piece which I really like and can recommend to you all").  Do you think your group might be up for it now? 
There is a fun recording by Matt Curtis, that is available even on YouTube: 
The sheet music is now available from J.W.Pepper.  You can view the preview PDF and listen to Matt's recording there, too:
    Greg Bartholomew — 
on March 25, 2015 8:32am is an excellent source of repertoire--in particular, contemporary folk-style repertoire. Many of the arrangements written for Chor Leoni are published here. The site includes recordings and full PDF perusal scores of many of the songs, plus texts for most of the songs. The songs for TTBB are mostly of medium difficulty, and there are many, many audience pleasers. A few of the favourites of my men's chorus are:
Watching the Apples Grow    Stan Rogers, arr. Ron Smail (you can ask for optional instrumentation for fiddle, guitar and bass)
All the Diamonds       Bruce Cockburn, arr. Larry Nickel  (the recording has violin and guitar solos that are easy to improvise)
Fogarty's Cove      Stan Rogers, arr. Ron Smail (a cap)
Jing-a-lye-a       Bruce Sled   (a very quirky setting of mostly nonsense text with crossing rhythms; a lot of fun)
The Water is Wide     arr. Miles Ramsey   (Ramsey is a jazz composer, and this setting shows that influence.....very, very beautiful)
De Virgin Mary Had a Baby Boy     arr. James Fankhauser    (easy, fun)
Other recommendations that have been quickly embraced by my men's choir and audience:
Heaven Somewhere      Spiritual, arr. Stephen Hatfield     TTBB a cap (B&H; a fabulous rouser)
The Morning Trumpet    Shaker Song, arr. Mack Wilberg; a cappella, TTBB, published by OUP    
Good Night     Matthew Emery (TTB; it is published for SSA, but also recommended by the composer that it will work for TTB; It is very beautiful; the only small disadvantage is reading it in the treble clefs.)
And Christmas:
This Season Will Never Grow Old     Rita MacNeil, arr. Willi Zwozdesky   (Rhythmic Trident Publishing; folky, perfect for a lighter piece in a Christmas concert)
Gentle Mary Laid Her Child      Alan Bevan      TTBB with piano; published by Canadian International Music
Bring a Torch, Jeannette Isabella      arr. Howard Helvey    TTBB with piano duet; Beckenhorst Press
What Shall We Sing for the Child?   arr. Helvey   TTB  with pno duet
Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day    arr. Helvey   TTBB with pno duet
Happy hunting, and thank you for posting this thread. I am always on the lookout to keep my men's chorus reading and singing good music!
Linda Beaupre
on March 25, 2015 8:43am
You might look at the Massachusetts ACDA Men's Chorus Repertoire and Standards site for a review of recently published TTBB music:
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