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Latin opener for Advanced Men's Chorus

Hi there,
 
I am looking for a Latin opening to my Men's Chorus contest set for this semester. I would prefer a fanfare-like, big sound number. But anything that would open well would be great. Does anyone have ideas?
 
Trent Buglewicz
on February 1, 2014 5:34am
Do you mean Latin American, or a piece in Latin?
 
on February 2, 2014 8:21am
Salmo 150 by Ernani Aguiar is published by Earthsongs for SATB and TTBB chorus.
it's very accessible and will establish your sound it's an opening piece
 
Joe Piazza
Golden Gate Men's Chorus
on February 2, 2014 1:20pm
If you are seeking a male chorus work set in the Latin language, I highly recommend Pete Eklund's arrangement of Leisring's O Filii et Filiae for unaccompanied double TBB chorus which is published by Colla Voce Music, Inc.  Don't be scared off by the double TBB chorus voicing, it's very reasonable if you have the singers and is an excellent opener.  Dr. Eklund is the Director of Choral Activities at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and has a long-established track record of Men's Chorus leadership (among many other things).   
on February 3, 2014 3:23am
Hello Trent!  Having conducted Men's Choruses for 20 years all over the planet, My favorite "Latin language" openers are: 
1.  "Gloria" by Randol Alan Bass - beautiful beyond words.
2.  "Musica" by Brant Adams - powerful and tricky and extremely impactive! published by Santa Barbara Music Publishers
3.  "O Fortuna" - by Carl Orff - most people don't realize that the original version can be done by just Men's Voices...add In Trutina (w/female soloist) and In Tabernum for a dynamic trio.
 
-just my "three cents"!  Good Luck!  -Casey
on February 3, 2014 6:18am
In Latin. And thanks for the suggestions so far. I'm really looking for something short, not too difficult, but large and powerful. Thanks again everyone!
 
Trent
on February 4, 2014 5:50am
"Si vox est, canta" by Damian Mocnik, published in Slovenia (I think the company is called Cantata Slovenica.)
 
Fits your description exactly, very short (like maybe 1 minute).
on February 4, 2014 6:01am
I highly recommend Laura Hoggard's "Personent Hodie." I've seen it done as a calm chant as a processiional first, then progressing into the printed version. It's scored for brass & organ, but can easily be done with organ only, piano only, and could be done a capella if you omit the interludes. Really nice piece!
on February 5, 2014 8:58am
Hi, Trent,
 
While it isn't a fanfare, my Dona nobis pacem does achieve a very big sound.  You can see and hear the score here:
 
and it's available for purchase here:
 
Thanks for taking a look/listen!
 
All the best,
Joseph Gregorio
www.josephgregoriomusic.com
www.aretemusicimprints.com
on February 5, 2014 10:16pm
Hi there Trent!
 
I did an arrangement of the 5th of my "Five Christmas Fanfares" (all 8-part, antiphonal, rhythmic, Latin-texted, short bursts) for a male voice choir in New Zealand. The original was for SSAASSAA and then I added it to the SSAATTBB set, but this one is for TTBBTTBB. It is a dramatic opening or ending for a concert and has been used as both. It's also been incredibly popular as a competition piece for a big choral competition (The Big Sing) in New Zealand featuring several times in the finale recitals. The high voices version is also on a CD by Norwich Cathedral Choir in the UK.
 
So here's the score (You can see a page of it f you click on the miniature page of music to the left) http://cherylcamm.co.uk/scores/hodie-christus-natus-est-2/
I don't have a recording of the low voices version but the high voices version is there in full towards the bottom of the above page.
 
Here's a redcording of the SATB version: http://youtu.be/DNPPIhZL7pc
 
The most dramatic of the fanfares is Dies Sanctificatus - it's currently only available in its SSAATTBB version, but if you like it I could do an arrangement for you. Have a listen anyway, and let me know! Again, a full recording towards the bottom of the page.  http://cherylcamm.co.uk/scores/dies-sanctificatus/
 
Best wishes for your recitals and contests
 
Cheryl
on February 6, 2014 9:57am
Hello Trent,
You might check out my composition "Timor et Tremor" for TTBB/TTTBBB acappella voices....tough but worth it!  It was composed for Male Ensmble Northwest (MEN) and is published through National Music Publishers/Fred Bock and distributed through Hal Leonard.....it is obscure but quite dramatic and makes an attention grabbing opener.  MEN recorded it a few years ago.  Best wishes,  Vijay
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