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Choral piece featuring alto

Hi All,
I'm looking for rep suggestions for SATB (divisi ok) featuring alto solo. 
Thanks in advance!
Replies (17): Threaded | Chronological
on January 23, 2014 1:56pm
Dear Ms. Givoni:
For what kind of group?--
what ages?--what skill level?--
if you will provide more
information you will get
responses better suited
to your purposes.
Alliance Music publishes
an arrangement of mine
entitled There's not a friend
like the lowly Jesus for
SATB and alto solo--it is
a gospel hymn tune that
is quite beautiful--there
are three verses--the first
and last verses are for
SATB--the middle verse
is for alto and 3-part men--
the piece begins in G--
moves to E flat for the
alto/men--then to A flat
for the final verse--if you
will call Alliance at 800.
350.7750 you can get
a free perusal copy of
Best wishes for your
Thomas Sheets, D.M.A.
on January 23, 2014 2:29pm
One that comes immediately to mind is Beautiful Savior arranged by F. Melius Christiansen and published by Augsburg Fortress. The second verse is for solo alto along with TTBB. The first and third verses feature SATB divisi.
One other thought: the piece is set in D major, though it works well in Db as well.
Applauded by an audience of 1
on January 23, 2014 7:02pm
The first thing I think of is “Domine Deus, Agnus Dei” from the Gloria R. 589 by Vivaldi. 
Please also consider a lovely little piece I wrote called “Take My Hand” – it’s available for free download at
on January 24, 2014 3:53am
Lord, My God, Assist Me Now (Domine, Ad Adjuvandum Me Festina) by G.B Martini. (Arr. by John Castellini).  A longer work and has solos for all 4 voice parts, but the alto one is the most outstanding.  Very nice.
Applauded by an audience of 1
on January 24, 2014 11:09am
Dear Juliane,
I have a piece called "Keep my soul in peace" for SATB a cappella choir. 
If you are interested you can go here and download a perusal copy. 
Or ask me direclty, if you prefer.
Have a nice week-end,
Ivo Antognini
music composer
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on January 24, 2014 6:00pm
Other piece that I believe is also published by Alliance is Paul Halley's Sound Over All Waters.  It has an alto solo throughout and a nice gospel flavor.  Worth a look.
Good luck
on January 25, 2014 9:21am
My Song in the Night, by Paul Christiansen. Lovely piece.
Applauded by an audience of 1
on January 25, 2014 9:29am
Dear JG,
Just off the top of my head, Vivaldi Gloria; Domine Deus, & Handel's Messiah; O Thou That Tellest. 
Best wishes!
on January 25, 2014 8:16am
Hi, Juliane.  May I suggest "A True Hymn," my setting for mezzo/alto and SATB (div) of a great George Herbert poem?  Although the text and music take some effort, singers and hearers found it very effective, probably because it speaks profoundly to creative artists.  I think of it as a metaphysical English exploration of Bach's "Soli Deo Gloria."  Details at this info page on my website.  Best wishes for your program,
Christopher J. Hoh
on January 26, 2014 7:37am
Moses Hogan - Wade in the Water.  Great alto feature.
Craig B.
on January 26, 2014 3:06pm
Let me suggest John Ratledge's "Cool of the Day".  It's a gorgeous work, a cappella work for an alto soloist.  Here's a great performance of it.
Good Luck,
on January 27, 2014 6:14am
The Abbie Betinis "Aeterna Lux Divinitas" is an awesome one. The altos have the melody and there is also an alto solo. Great piece. I highly recommend it. There is a lovely recording of it on the composer's website. 
on January 28, 2014 7:11am
Fern Hill-John Corgliano (poem by Dylan Thomas) . It's a longer work (20 minutes) and has some difficult sections, but is incredibly rewarding and captivating!
on January 28, 2014 8:57am
Hello there Juliane,
I have a song for SSSAATTBB choir with alto solo, and melody instrument (oboe d'amore, clarinet, soprano saxophone, violin - any of these would suit!). It is called Bede, Moon, Ocean, Tide and is about 6 minutes in duration. Here's the link to a score sample. Unfortunately I do not have a recording, but would be happy to send a sample score and a recording of the computer bleeping its way through it!
Best wishes with your concert
on January 29, 2014 3:30pm
Hi Juliane,
Check out Amazing Grace for alto solo and chorus on my website.  Recording by the University of Alabama (Birmingham) Concert Choir, dir. Phil Copeland.
Best wishes
Sheena Phillips
on January 30, 2014 11:34am
For an advanced group, the Rachmaninov Vespers is FULL of movements that give altos a lot of responsibility, even some soloistic parts. Yummy stuff. Also, Brahms is one of my favorite alto-friendly composers.
on January 30, 2014 2:22pm
The arranging team of Robert Shaw & Alice Parker have done some great spirituals for alto solo and chorus:
Sometimes I feel like a Moaning Dove i remember as especially moving.
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