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Men's Chorus Repertoire

Hello all,
I am currently programming for a large (80 member), fairly capable Men's Chorus. I am curious- what are some of your favorite Men's Chorus works? 
Daniel Parsley
M.M. Choral Conducting/Ethnomusicology
Bowling Green State University
on September 16, 2013 9:36pm
Wow!  I'm green with envy (I hope it's envy!)....
Beethoven:  O Welche Lust – Fidelio TTbBpn
Britten:  Ballad of Little Musgrave TbBpn
Charpentier:  Magnificat TbB basso con’t and 2 vlns
Parker-Shaw:  L’Amour de Moy TTB
Schubert:  Der Gondelfahrer TTbBpn or anything else by him!
Shaw:  If I Got My Ticket, Can I Ride?  t:TbB
Victoria:  O Regem Coeli TTbB
What's the song that has
"We offer no appology/For Ethnomusicology"?
M. Gray
on September 17, 2013 3:49am
I have only one word for you: MENDELSSOHN.
Everything he wrote for men's choir is sublime. 
Go to IMSLP page and search for it.
Good luck!
on September 17, 2013 4:41am
Surely the Biebl Ave Maria should be on your short list with a group of that size!
I have a number of short works which I'd be delighted to show you, as well as a cantata To Orpheus for TTBB, T solo & large brass ensemble (2/4-3-3-1, timp., perc) on four of Rilke's Sonnets to Orpheus in German which awaits world premiere.
Hope this helps,
Robert A. M. Ross
info(a) <Robert Ross 11>
on September 17, 2013 5:09am
Hi Daniel,
I would like to recommend my "Fear Not, Dear Friend" that was premiered by Cantus (Minneapolis). You can listen to a recording of the SATB version and view a score of the TTBB version below.


Thank you!


Jake Runestad, composer

on September 17, 2013 7:40am
I wrote a number of commissions in the past for the BGSU Men's Chorus, so I know a couple of my pieces are in your library already, but I have some newer things that might be a good fit for your guys. For the most part, audio and perusal pdfs are found at the links below.

We Made a Grave for Him, TTBB a cappella
I wrote this as a companion piece to "And Her Smoke Rose Up Forever," which BGSU commissioned. I don't have it online yet, but I can email you a pdf and recording if you're interested. WWI text by Francis Ledwidge.

Empty, TTB, piano, opt. djembe
Goodbye, Then, TTB, piano, clarinet
I wrote this for the MN All State Men's Choir, and their performance can be heard here. The SC All State will be singing it this year.
Salve Regina, TTBB double choir a cappella
I wrote this for the Notre Dame Glee Club last year, as a companion piece to Biebl's Ave Maria. I have a partial sound sample and full pdf here:
Things I Didn't Know I Loved, TTBB a cappella
You should also look at Eric Barnum's "I Come Singing," Christine Donkin's setting of "In Flanders Fields," and Paul Rudoi's arr. of "For the Beauty of the Earth."
Have fun, and I hope you come up with some great rep for those guys!
on September 17, 2013 9:00am
Hi, Daniel.  It's Ken Malucelli from Prince/SF.  If you want a blockbuster Christmas piece for 8-part men (actually tenor soloist and 7-part back), you might want to consider my setting of "Rise Up, Shepherd."  You can hear it on my Web site,  Go into Holiday & Seasonal, scroll down to title and click on play tab.  
Also in Secular Choral are links to the seven pieces I did for Chanticleer, two of which are on recordings of theirs: "King Chanticleer" (their official theme song) and "Let's Do It."
on September 17, 2013 9:06am
Dear Daniel,
If they are that large and that capable, they would probably enjoy the challenge of this work of mine:
"Principles" is a powerful half-hour secular oratorio for large TTBB/divisi chorus with solo movements for baritone, on themes of liberty, social justice, and religious freedom from texts of Thomas Jefferson. These include the revelatory Statute of Virginia for Religious Freedom and the Declaration of Independence, plus his mottos, epitaph, and quotes from two late letters.
Tonal modern/populist in style, tuneful, rhythmic, singable, stirring, "thinking person's patriotic," the work has strong listener impact, and a big inspiring ending—a final peroration on "All Eyes are Opening to the Rights of Man." This is a rousing, major statement, with texts for our times.
 It can be performed with either piano, piano with percussion, or symphonic wind ensemble. Excerpts are also possible (Declaration movement; Finale)
You can listen to a rehearsal/reading demo (of the SATB version) with piano of the first half on my website here:
and hear a MIDI demo of the original TTBB band scoring here:
There are also perusal pdfs there of the p/v score and full score.
I publish it in inexpensive .pdf, or print. And I offer educational discount.
Please contact me off-list if you are interested in performing it, in whole or part.
Best regards,
David Avshalomov
Composer, Singer, Conductor
Santa Monica, CA
Special Citation Winner, American Prize 2012, Orchestral Composition
Dual Finalist, American Prize 2013, Choral and Orchestral Composition
Winner, Sul Ross State University Wind Ensemble Composition Contest 2013
ACDA Silver Platter Award 2012 for Choral Repertoire of Outstanding Quality
“Polifonija” Sacred Choral Music Competition 2013, Siauliai State Chamber Choir, Lithuania, Second Prize
on September 17, 2013 1:49pm
Hello Daniel,
Earthsongs has JUST published the TTBB version of J'entends le moulin, a work of mine that has made the rounds in other (SATB, SA & SSA) voicings. You can hear many versions of the SATB versions on YouTube, one of the best - and most definitive - of which is at   I have a few other TTBB arrangements, which may be viewed at
Regards, Donald
on September 18, 2013 7:53am
Hi, Daniel --
I invite you to take a look at three of my works for men's chorus: Dona nobis pacemSudden Light, and When Music Sounds.  You can peruse them here:
You'll find full scores and recordings of Dona nobis pacem and Sudden Light.  You'll only see a score for When Music Sounds, which was just commissioned by the Penn State Glee Club (Christopher Kiver, dir.) and will be premiered in early November.
Happy hunting!
All best, and thanks for considering my music,
Joseph Gregorio
on September 18, 2013 9:07am
Some of my favorites from my time in the LMU Men's Chorus led by Paul Salamunovich:
Holst: Drinking Song
Roger Wagner: Cowboy Medley, Shenandoah 
Mendelssohn: Beati Mortui
Robert Shaw: Sea Chanteys
Randall Thompson: Testament of Freedom (we called it "Test****es of Freedom")
Dvorak: Sorrow, from op. 43
Paul Gibson: Mass for 3-Pt. Men's Chorus (published by ECS)
Jacob Handl: Canite Tuba
on September 19, 2013 3:15am
Stanley M. Hoffman - TTBB Choral Works Published by ECS Publishing - Distributed by Canticle Distributing
Haneirot halalu - (a piece for Chanukah - original setting of a traditional Hebrew text) tenor solo, TTBB - 1999, arr. 2010 for the University of Minnesota Men's Chorus, Matthew Mehaffey, Conductor - ECS #7688.
Land of Crystal Dreams (a secular carol for the winter holiday season in F Major) - (English - text by Erica L. Hoffman) - TTBB chorus & optional percussion (glockenspiel and vibraphone) - 2002, arr. 2012 - ECS #7939.

Psalm 117 - (English, Translation by S.M.H.) - TTBB - 2000 - ECS # 5754.
Psalm Beyond the Silences, A (a piece for Jewish Holocaust remembrance - English - text by Joseph H. Albeck) - TTBB & piano - 1994, arr. 1999 - ECS #5325.
She Gave Him All Her Heart (English - text by Zallman Shneour) - TTBB & piano - 2000, arr. 2004 - ECS #6624.
Vocalise - music by Sergei Rachmaninoff arranged for men’s chorus (divisi), or optional tenor or soprano solo, men’s chorus (divisi) - arr. 2010 - ECS #8049.
Please visit these websites for more information.
on September 19, 2013 5:34am
Mr. Parsley: See the many useful replies to my own Forum inquiry for male chorus repertoire a week or so ago. James Johnson
on September 19, 2013 9:07am
Chorus America has a great resource at this link but you must be a member of Chorus America to access it.
Jim Taylor, President Inc.
on September 20, 2013 8:15am
For the very best in male choral literature consider the works of Torms, Ruatavaara, and Kodaly
dont let the language intimidate.  Estonian and Finnish are easily sung.  Hungarian more of learning curve but well worth the effort.
on September 21, 2013 10:31am
"Arbor Mundi (youtube link) " by Kentaro Sato. One of the best multi-movement chorus works for men's chorus and piano.
Applauded by an audience of 2
on September 21, 2013 7:43pm
Between our inaugural concert in 2010 and our upcoming 2013 the weekend of November 23-24, my chorus will have presented 41 different songs to our audiences. I am pasting the list below with my own personal rating system:
Angels We Have Heard On High - traditional (Christmas) (Filler)
Auld Lang Syne - written by Robert Burns, arr. Don Gray (Christmas) (Filler)
Away in a Manger—music by William J. Kirkpatrick, arr. Adam Reimnitz (Christmas) (Exceptional) (performed with femaile soloist)
Bad Day—written by Daniel Powter, arr. Steve Armstrong Standard (Good)
Believe—written by Glen Ballard and Alan Silvestri, arr. Jim Clancy (Christmas) (Exceptional)
Beyond the Sea— written by Charles Trenet and Jack Lawrence, arr. Adam Reimnitz Standard (Good)
Birthday of a King—written by William H. Neidlinger, arr. Matt Swann (Christmas) (Exceptional)
Blew By You (Blue Bayou) —written by Roy Orbison and Joe Melson, arr. Tom Gentry Standard (Good)
Bring Him Home—written by Claude-Michel Schonberg and Herbert Kretzmer, arr. Pete Rupay Standard (Exceptional)
Carol of the Bells -  written by Mykola Dmytrovych Leontovych, arr. Dr. Greg Lyne (Christmas) (Filler)
Caroling, Caroling - music by Alfred Burt, lyrics by Alfred Burt, adapted by Dave Briner (Christmas) (Filler)
Christmas Stays the Same—written by Linda Eder, arr. Joe Johnson (Christmas) (Good)
Coventry Carol—traditional, arr. Barbershop Harmony Society (Christmas) (Filler)
Danny Boy - composer of music “Londonderry Air” unknown, lyrics by Frederick Edward Weatherly, arr. Gene Cokeroft Standard (Exceptional)
Dear Hearts and Gentle People - music by Sammy Fain, lyrics by Bob Hilliard, arr. Bill Mitchell Standard (Filler)
Do You Hear What I Hear—music by Gloria Shayne Baker, lyrics by Noël Regney, arr. Joe Liles (Christmas) (Good)
Happy Together - written by Gary Bonner and Alan Gordon, arr. Krista Carlson, David Wright Standard (Good)
Hark the Herald Angels Sing—written by Felix Mendelssohn and Charles Wesley, arr. Cedric Dent (Christmas) (Good)
Home on the Range - music by Daniele E. Kelley, lyrics by Dr. Brewster M. Higley, arr. Jim Clancy Standard (Exceptional)
How High the Moon—written by Morgan Lewis and Nancy Hamilton, arr. Mark Hale Standard (Exceptional)
I Wonder What You're Doing for Christmas—written and arranged by Chris Kershaw (Christmas) (Exceptional)
It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year—written by Eddie Pola and George Wyle, arr. Matt Swann (Christmas) (Good)
Let It Snow—written by Jule Styne and Sammy Cahn, arr. Mando Fonseca (Christmas) (Good)
Lo, How A Rose E’re Blooming - music by Michael Praetorius, translation by Theodore Baker, arranger unknown (Christmas) (Filler)
Lost in the Stars - music by Kurt Weill, lyrics by Maxwell Anderson, arr. Buzz Haeger Standard (Exceptional)
Man in the Mirror—written by Glen Ballard and Siedah Garrett, arr. Naomi Crellin Standard (Good)
My Lord and I - composer unknown, arr. Gaither Vocal Band Standard (Good)
Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da—written by Paul McCartney, arr. Mark Hale Standard (Good)
Over the Rainbow—music by Harold Arlen, lyrics by E.Y Harburg, arr. Jay Giallombardo Standard (Exceptional)
Santa Baby - written by Joan Javits, Philip Springer, and Fred Ebb (Christmas) (Filler) (performed with femaile soloist)
Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town— written by John Frederick Coots and Haven Gillespie,  arr. Hal Maples (Christmas) (Filler)
Satin Doll—music by Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn, lyrics by Johnny Mercer, arr. Peter Beers Standard (Good)
Seventy-Six Trombones—written by Meredith Willson, arr. Jay Giallombardo Standard (Exceptional)
Shenandoah - composer and arranger unknown Standard (Exceptional)
Silent Night—written by Franz Gruber and Joseph Mohr, arr. Frank Bloebaum (Christmas) (Exceptional)
The Impossible Dream (“The Quest”)/ music by Mitch Leigh, lyrics by Joe Darion, arr. Jay Giallombardo Standard (Exceptional)
The Lion Sleeps Tonight - written by Solomon Linda, arr. Scott Turnbull Standard (Good)
The Secret of Christmas—written by Sammy Cahn, Jimmy Van Heusen, arr. Jim Clancy (Christmas) (Exceptional)
Tonight—music by Leonard Bernstein, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, arr. Jay Giallombardo Standard (Exceptional)
We Wish You a Merry Christmas—composer unknown, arr. David Harrington (Christmas) (Exceptional)
When She Loved Me—written by Randy Newman, arr. Richard Lewellen   Standard (Exceptional)
I hope this is helpful.

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on September 26, 2013 8:06pm
We Rise again  composed by Leon Dubinsky
on September 27, 2013 10:48am
Our customers report to us that many things from our Russian sacred repertoire are extremely well-received. Chesnokov, Gretchaninoff, Rachmaninnoff -- arr. for men's voices -- you can't miss with those! 
Russian Sacred Music for Men's Voices published by Musica Russica.
All Russian editions come with phonetic transliteration and an audio diction coaching guide.
But here's a piece by a composer you may not be familiar with, arranged in English. 
Gladsome Light by Sergius Trubachov (1919-1995)
Very powerful!
Good luck with those men!
Vlad Morosan
on September 28, 2013 6:45am
The Brahms Alto Rhapsody for alto and men's chorus is really beautiful.  Also, for a longer work you can't beat Randall Thompson's  Testament of Freedom -- "The God who gave us life gave us liberty at the same time...."   (I believe words of Thomas Jefferson.)
on September 28, 2013 6:49am
If you have occassion to do something with orchestra-- the Shastakovich 13 Symphony "Babi Yar" is an incredible work for men's chorus and soloists.  But you'll really need basses! 
on September 28, 2013 7:10am
One piece that comes to mind if you are looking for a more patriotic theme is the arrangement of "Tell My Father" By Andrea Ramsey. Is this from the musical Civil War.  It is accompanied by piano and solo violin.
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