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Repertoire Lent 3 2014

We performed Crystal River SATB and piano by Heather Sorenson and Julie Myers today  It has an opening and ending solo part that we had our three young singers sing.  Our one tenor was out and I couldn't sing tenor well today as I have a hoarse voice and a torn rib muscle.  Every deep breath causes a great deal of pain so I couldn't support well.  The choir sang well though and the tenor line is not that essential.  This was a 3 of 5 on my average church choir difficulty scale.  It is a piece worth purchasing. 
Jack Senzig
Lutheran Church of the Resurrection
Racine, WI
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on March 23, 2014 11:26am
Our choir didn't sing today as a visiting De Colores group provided special music. So I'll repost info about a wonderful anthem we sang last fall:
Da Pacem Domine (Give Us Peace, O Lord) by John Purifoy - SATB/Shawnee Press: It features simple lines beautifully handled, with very nice balance between men's and women's voices as well as a particularly lyrical and prominent baritone line. Of the many anthems that quote Pachelbel's Canon in D, this one does it with particular grace, and the music is especially well suited to the text. All this and it's very accessible, too - on Jack's scale, I would give it a 2 or 3 (depending on the capability of the choir). This instantly became a favorite of both our (16-18 voice, non-auditioned) choir and our congregation.
I'm hoping this repertoire discussion continues - I look forward to hearing about the music others are presenting!
Toni Gould
Northlawn United Methodist Church
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Applauded by an audience of 2
on March 23, 2014 1:43pm
We presented one of the top ten today: Lacrimosa from Requiem, W. A. Mozart (G. Schirmer #ED1882, HL.50324450, pg. 41). Although not as demanding as some, it does pose problems when accompanied by organ. The cordal structure needs to be thinned. However, there are times when secondary melodies in the accompaniment need to take center stage. With this in mind, it can be done most successfully.
Thomas R. Vozzella
St. Andrew's Episcopal Church
Kansas City, Missouri
Applauded by an audience of 1
on March 24, 2014 9:59pm
I love the Lacrimosa.   I performed it on my grad conducting recital with full orchestra and 200 singers.  One of the hilights of my life!   I'm not a particular fan of Mozart, but anything he wrote in a minor key blows me away. 
on March 24, 2014 10:04pm
I like the mix of Latin and English but I'm not really thrilled about the Pachelbel's canon quote but I'll bet my choir would love it.  Thanks for posting.
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