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Latin Motets for men's choir

I'm the leader of a male ensemble that fluctuates between 13-20 singers. All are excellent singers and most are professional-level. I am looking to program some Latin motets for a May concert (would probably have the full complement of 20 singers). They would need to be TTBB (no male altos) or some permutation thereof; however, the Tenor I's and Bass II's can handle pretty much any extremes. They can be from earlier centuries written for male chorus, transcriptions of SATB motets, or contemporary settings. We will probably sing the Lauridsen "O Magnum," and Richard Burchard's "Creator Alme Siderum." Does anyone have any other favorites they can steer me toward? Thanks!
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on January 14, 2014 8:55am
Hi Harv,
You could do some of the standards that have been arranged for TTBB, like Hassler-Cantate Domino or Viadana-Exultate Justi. Jim Marvin did a lovely arrangement of Palestrain's Sicut Cervus for the Harvard Glee Club before he retired. If you want something more challenging, I'd do all or part of the Tallis Lamentations of Jeremiah. 
on January 14, 2014 8:10pm
Thanks, Frank. The "Sicut Cervus" is something I will look into. I had thought of the Viadana before and am thinking about it. The Tallis is on my wish-list for a later time.
on January 15, 2014 5:19am
Hi Harv
I am featuring Jim Marvin's setting of "Sicut cervus" at the upcoming ACDA Eastern Division male choir reading session.  Jim is hoping the piece will be published in the not too distant future, but for now would like folks who are interested in performing the work, to contact him via his website -
on January 17, 2014 10:41pm
Thank you, Christopher. I emailed him today.
on January 20, 2014 2:48pm
FYI, he sent me a perusal file and it looks great! I can't thank you and Frank Albinder enough for the referral.
on January 14, 2014 9:13am
Si Iniquitates by Samuel Wesley is one I would def check out- gorgeous.
Brumel Lamentations and Ave verum by Josquin are also favorites.
Anna Song
Linfield College
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on January 14, 2014 11:15am
I strongly recommend Regnum mundi- Jacob Handl; arr. Allen Crowell 
on January 14, 2014 8:12pm
Thank you, Craig. I went to the link, and I actually like the TTTBB piece ed. by Crowell which is on the same page. I think I will check it out.
on January 17, 2014 6:29am
Glad I could help. 
on January 14, 2014 11:40am
How about the Victoria Ave Maria? 
on January 14, 2014 12:18pm
Jacob Handl  Ascendit Deus (earthsongs)
Jacob Handl  Confirma hoc Deus  (Alliance)  arr. Rodde
on January 14, 2014 12:24pm
Check this out!  Finished it a few weeks ago. :)
on January 14, 2014 8:13pm
I remember the discussion of arranging this coming up a while back. Thanks for completing it! We will definitely try it out.
on January 14, 2014 12:40pm
Hello Harv, I have a male ensemble as well, based in Antwerp/Belgium.  We sing mass every week so we have a huge program.  I've listed some of the pieces here.  Just let me know if you are interested in some of them.
Dirk Maes
Voces Capituli, Antwerp, Belgium
Ahle       Liebster Jesu     
Aichinger      Assumpta est Maria     
Allen       Missa Rex Genitor 
      Te decet laus   
Andrews      O salutatis hostia    
Arcadelt      Ave Maria      
Asola      Christus factus est     
Benoit     Victimae paschalis
Biebl       Angelus Domini                       
Brackenborough     O nata lux     
Busto      Popule meus     
       Virgo dei genitrix                
Casciolini      Missa sine nomine    
Costantini     Alleluia  
Croce      Cantate Domino    
dal Santo      Tantum ergo     
De Boeck      Ave Maria                 
De Escobar      Virgen bendita sin par   
de Kerle      Missa Regina Caeli    
Depuydt     Tantum ergo
De Rore      Sub tuum praesidium    
Descarries      Messe brève     
Feroci      Vexilla regis     
Gallus      Confirma hoc     
Garau      Adoro te
      Pange lingua
      Parce Domine
Veni creator     
Gawthrop      Psalm 23 The lord is my shepherd  
Giacomelli      Domine, dominus noster   
Halmos      Jubilate Deo 
Harris      O sacrum convivium    
Hassler      Cantate Domino    
      O pie pelicane  
Isaac       O esca viatorum    
Jaspers      Regina caeli     
Jongen      O quam amabilis    
Koppin     Jesu dulcis memoria 
Laghner      Quare tristis es anima mea ?
Lassus      Litaniae Lauretanae 
Hodie christus natus est 
Loomer      Ave maris stella                          
Lotti       Missa in a     
Mäntyjärvi      Ave Maria     
Martin      Alleluia     
      Christe, qui lux est   
      Mass for three voices    
Martini      Ave verum corpus    
Mawby      Jubilate Deo   
Mehrtens      Alleluia     
Mignemi      Ave regina caelorum     
Milliken      Cantate domino    
Neukomm      Salve Regina      
Palestrina      Missa Aeterna Christi munera  
      Pueri Hebraeorum    
      Sicut cervus      
Praetorius      Ecce Maria genuit    
      Es ist ein Ros entsprungen   
      Regina caeli jubila     
Rexroat      Lift up your heads    
Sander     The Beatitudes
Schmoll      Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland  
Schronen      O sacrum convivium 
Schweitzer      Sancta Maria     
Stella       Haec dies 
      Laudate Dominum    
Stone       Our father     
Tallis       If ye love my     
Tartini      Stabat mater     
Thatcher      Ubi caritas et amor    
Thomas      Messe für Männerchor  
Tinel       Tantum ergo     
Victoria      Domine, non sum dignus
      Duo seraphim  
      O sacrum convivium     
Vulpius      Lof zij God in de hoogste troon  
Wesley      Si iniquitates     
Zakkak     Let everything
Zuccante      Missa parca in angustiis  
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on January 17, 2014 6:58am
Wow, well, this is already an impressive list! I hesitate to add more! I've got a couple settings that you might like. I sang with Cantus for the last 17 years, so two of these pieces were written for them, although they're for a variety of difficulties.

Veni Creator Spiritus is pretty straight-forward, and it's sort of a neo-Josquin style. Here's a link:

Luceat Eis is a newer piece that I wrote for Cantus a couple years ago (it's 6 part), and here's a link to that:

I also have a new setting of the Salve Regina for double choir. It's not available yet online, but you can take a look here and see what you think. If you want it, we could work something out. This was written to be a partner to Biebl's "Ave Maria."

on January 17, 2014 10:59pm
Wow, Tim! Thank you for sharing these things with me. Your "Salve Regina" is really impressive. I'm curious - as a companion to the Biebl, did you ever envision it as being performable by a solo trio with TTBB chorus or just as a double choir? It is beyond the scope of our rehearsal period for this concert - we won't be able to begin rehearsing for the May concert until April because of other concerts - but I am glad to know that this will be published soon.
on January 18, 2014 10:54am

Glad you like it. I think the size of choir 1 can be flexible. I imagined it with a smaller group on top - the premiere had the Notre Dame Glee Club on Choir 2 (70 guys) and Cantus on choir 1 (9 guys). Depending on the size of the chorus, a trio might work, but some things might get lost.

It should be up and ready on Graphite's website later this winter. Good luck with your concert!
on January 17, 2014 11:20pm
Has anyone ever done the male chorus arrangement of Casals' "O Vos Omnes?" What is the effect of that version compared to the full chorus arrngement?
on January 19, 2014 6:19am
We did it in Cantus a while back. It went well, although we revoiced some of the development in the middle - as written is was pretty muddy. It's on the recording "...against the dying of the light."

on January 20, 2014 2:54pm
I downloaded Cantus' recording, and I love the way you revoiced it; it really works and I think I have the basses to carry it off. Is that written down anywhere or is it something y'all just figured out amongst yourselves orally and never wrote down? If it exists somewhere, could I see it? This is for a performance that may become a live recording that we would sell mostly locally at our concerts to earn operations money, so I understand if you cannot, but thought I would ask. 
on January 21, 2014 5:56pm
Let me work on that. Since I'm not with the group, I've got to work out how to get to the music library. I'm sure we have a score with some markings on it. What's your deadline?

on January 21, 2014 10:34pm
We will not start rehearsing for that project until after our March 9 concert, so there is plenty of time. Thanks so much !
on February 21, 2014 9:49pm
Any word of obtaining the revoiced "O Vos Omnes?"
BTW, enjoying my download of Cantus' "If Ye Love Me" on "On the Shoulders of Giants" (I'm assuming you are on that recording.) We are singing that in our March Lenten concert.
on February 24, 2014 11:54am
I have here what we did in performance.
m. 21, pick up into 22: We put the T2 on the bass line, up the octave. Basses sang the Baritone line, Baritones sang the T2 line. T1 stays the same.
m. 23, beat 3: All parts revert back to regular lines and octaves.
So basically it only changes for 7 beats. A lot simpler than I thought. Is this clear? Give me your email address or phone and I can email a picture of that page or just talk you through it.

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