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Music for singers and viol consort

We have a very nice viol consort and I'm looking for collaborative repertoire suggestions.  The vocal/choral part can be pretty open-ended; the viols need to be limited to no more than 5 lines, 4 lines preferred.
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on December 13, 2013 7:43am
Any of the Verse Anthems of Gibbons or Tomkins would be a fine place to start!
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on December 13, 2013 9:16am
Are you looking for sacred or secular? My dissertation was on the topic of verse anthems for voices and viols. Since that was years ago, and my copy is back in St. Louis, I can't give you many specifics. I can recommend John Bull's The Star Anthem for Epiphany. I had some other favorites too. If you're interested in secular music, check out City and/or Country Cries. There are a few good editions out of those, and they are quite fun. For Lent, Schuetz's Seven Last Words of Christ is a fine option. We performed it and Gibbons' See, See the Word is Incarnate on my doctoral concert. For Advent (almost over for this year), you can't beat Gibbons' This is the Record of John. I don't recall anything for only 4 viols. You'll probably need 5, and some pieces require 6 (a whole chest of viols).
Kathy Bowers
Estes Park, CO
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on January 6, 2014 9:31am
This is the Record of John works well with 4 viols. You probably don't want to double the soloist in any event.
Jeff DeMarco
on December 13, 2013 9:25am
Look at all the English vocal literature from the Gibbons, Tomkins, era.  There are lots of Byrd.  Lucky you!!  
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