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SAB, foreign language, festival piece, a cappella

I'm looking for a festival piece for my small HS chamber group - - 7 women, 2 men.  One young man is capable of singing a part on his own, but the other (still new to this group) is not yet that independent.  So I'm looking for SAB pieces.  I've found two good madrigals -- a Weelkes piece and a Willbye -- but am looking for something that's not in English. A cappella is needed since one of our festivals is too far away to take an accompanist (and I don't play well). 
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on September 19, 2013 3:16am
Does Scots count? I have a few Scots song arrangements available.
on September 19, 2013 4:38am
Here is a recording of "The Margil Mass" and the score here.  It is scored for acappella SAB choir.  Hope it fits your criteria.  Enjoy!
on September 19, 2013 9:09am
Hi Donna:
I have an SAB Hebrew setting of Adon Olam (Sabbath Liturgy) but I am uncertain that it fulfills "festival" criteria.  The piece only runs about 2:30 or so and is not particularly "flashy".  Most of the "melody" line is carried by the B part.
I also have a setting of Im Ein Ani Li ("If I am not for myself, who will be for me...") with Hebrew and English text.  This piece has essentially three overlying chants except for an 8 measure break which goes into SATB--but the T part has a low note of A natural so you can divide the altos to handle that section.  This piece runs around 4 minutes but is not particularly challenging.  It, too, is not a "flashy" piece, (though the pro group Chicago a cappella elected to include it on their most recent CD).
If you are interested I can send you a perusal pdfs and mp3's of Finale playouts.
Bob Applebaum
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on September 20, 2013 6:02am
New piece this month, never performed:   Agnus Dei (SAB, a cappella) by William Copper from Hartenshield Music (
No extensive ranges; some step-wise chromatics.   Written to be sung easily in just intonation, with perhaps somewhat radical intonation symbols in the score, but it sounds good in equal temperament too, ignoring the symbols.
I'm working on a simple organ accompaniment which avoids the tunable notes but supports the harmony ... let me know if that would be of interest.
William Copper
on September 20, 2013 5:30pm
Pitoni Cantate Domino
on September 21, 2013 9:19pm
Who publishes an SAB version? I checked CPDL and they are all SATB.  I like the piece (I believe our choir did it when I was in HS).
on September 23, 2013 12:51pm
Hosanna in Excelsis by Lasso is short, but it's worth looking at. You can view it here and listen here. You might be able to lower the key to make it work for your basses. If you want an edition in a lower key, contact me directly, and I can send you one. It's free.
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