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Good Friday Extended Repertoire

I invite suggestions of good repertoire suitable for performance in a cathedral on Good Friday evening. The preferred elements are:
 
1. Latin or English
2. Approx one hour long (or more)
3. Unaccompanied, or accompanied by organ or by small ensemble (string quartet and the like) but not full orchestra
4. Very suitable for the liturgal/season context
5. For performance by SATB mixed voice ensemble
 
Many thanks,
 
Graeme Morton
 
 
on February 4, 2014 3:14am
I have written a version of Stabat Mater, for SATB, soloists, and string quintet (quartet with contrabass) or organ reduction. I can send it to you if you provide your email address.
Regards,
M. Susan Brown
on February 4, 2014 3:43am
John Stainer's "Crucifixion" meets all your criteria, I think. It's deathly boring to sing though, as he uses unison at all the climactic moments and a lot of the rest of the time too.
on February 4, 2014 9:53am
A typical Good Friday services is Tenebrae,  Latin for Shadows.  A candle is extinguished for each reading until the sanctuary is in darkness.   The choir sings unaccompanied motets or chant in between each reading.   
 
There are several variants you could consider depending on your denomination and preferences.   
 
 
Best wishes,  Jura
on February 4, 2014 6:43pm
I would suggest Crux Fideles by Roger Ducasse and Crucifixus from Bach's Mass in B Minor as possibilities to include with other shorter works.
 
Our community choir has done The Seven Last Words of Christ by Dubois with organ and harp.  It is absolutely beautiful!
on February 5, 2014 4:12am
Consider "Stabat Mater" by Giuseppe Tartini.  Although written for SSA, we've done it quite effectively for TTB; I believe, quite frankly, it can be done in any number of combinations - odd-numbered verses by full choir (SAB, or SACountertenorB), or a trio SSA or TTB doing those, or alternating between SSA and TTB, and the even-numbered verses are full choir.  A cappella; very unusually apt for Good Friday.  Available on CPDL.
 
Ron
on February 5, 2014 9:24am
For what it's worth, here's what our church choir (Anglican) in singing for our Good Friday service. 20 voice SATB choir; organ or keyboard accompaniment. The lyrics to "Sevenfold passion mysteries" are by a fellow New Zealander, it's a simple hymn, but lovely words - give me an email address if interested in following up.
 
J.H. Maunder: The march to Calvary (from ‘Olivet to Calvary’)
All ye that pass by (words: C. Wesley music: W. Knapp
The sevenfold passion mysteries (words: Timothy C Hurd music: Brian Millar)
Is it nothing to you? (words: Lam. 1:12 music F.A.G. Ouseley)
Bach: Crucifixus ( from B minor mass) 
 
Brian Millar D.O.M. Anglican church of St Mark, Remuera, Auckland.
on February 5, 2014 6:24pm
Dear Graeme,
If you are looking for something sacred, contemporary, beautiful, and somewhat challenging to program for Good Friday, I recommend you consider Responsoria (Book Two), by distinguished composer Richard Toensing. This beautiful and poignant work is scored for six-part chorus, six soloists, double bass, piano, and metal percussion (tubular bells, glockenspiel and tam-tam) and has a performance time of about 50 minutes. The text, in Latin, is drawn from the Psalms and the Gospels, and follows the traditional format of the Good Friday Tenebrae service in the Roman rite. A CD of Richard Toensing's complete Responsoria is available at any of the large commercial outlets.

Please feel free to contact me with questions or to review a score.
 
Janet Braccio
Bella Voce Communications
janetbraccio(a)comcast.net
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