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Uptempo piece about love

I'm looking to fill out my intermediate college SATB program with a piece that can compliment or contrast a Barbara Strozzi madrigal about some of the more negative aspects of love. 
The most important qualities are the subject of the text and having a lively tempo, but I'd also prefer it be contemporary, in English and accompanied (instruments variable).
 Many thanks!

on March 27, 2014 10:30am
Look at 'Dance to your Daddy', an uptempo arrangement of a North East England folksong. It's about the love of children for their fathers out fishing in the cold North Sea and beyond who will come home 'when the boat comes in'.
It's published by Alliance Music and is accompanied by piano.
Stuart McIntosh
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on March 27, 2014 6:18pm
You might want to take a look at “How oft when thou, my Music, music Play’st” from Shakespeare’s Book of Sonnets (SAB piano).  It’s up tempo, it’s a bit jazzy, and was a lot of fun to write!  You’ll find it available for free at
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on March 27, 2014 10:47pm
Apologies for not being clear, it needs to be about romantic love.  Many thanks for the responses so far.
on March 28, 2014 4:56am
I hope you'll take a look at my Love Always!, for SATB and soprano sax -- sets a very passionate text by Victor Hugo (translated into English).
More info, including performance MP3 and sample score PDF, available at:
All best!
Jonathan Santore
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on March 28, 2014 8:01am
Ruth, your group might have lots of fun with my fantasy on Cole Porter's "Let's Do It," which Chanticleer premiered, some years back.  It's SATB a cappella, but when Chanticleer also did it on Prairie Home Companion they added a rhythm section.  You can hear that version on their On The Air  CD.  San Francisco Symphony Chorus has also done it, and Phoenix Chamber Choir (Vancouver BC) put it on their "Live In Copenhagen" CD a while back, too.  You can hear their take on it by going into my site,, clicking on Secular Choral, then scrolling down to title and clicking on the blue play tab.  
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on March 28, 2014 8:09am
Hi, Ruth,
I'd invite you to take a look at some relevant pieces of mine; you'll find full perusal scores and recordings posted here:
Wine Songs, either for SATB & piano or SATB & harp: 
Love, thricewise, for SATB (unaccompanied, though!)
Best of luck,
Joseph Gregorio
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on March 29, 2014 6:07pm
Dear Ruth,
You might like to look at/ listen to my "Woody" -- love-themed, SATB, intermediate difficulty, but a cappella. It's an old Appalacian tune surrounded by birdcalls. You can find a perusal score and an excerpt of a recording here:
best wishes,
Anna Dembska
on March 30, 2014 6:19am
Try the first movement of Pinkham's Wedding Cantata, Rise up my love, with English text from the Song of Solomon, lively tempo triple meter, and piano accompaniment. It is a wonderful piece.
on March 30, 2014 7:15am
Happy Together
Todd Wilson
on March 30, 2014 7:56am
Hi Ruth,
You might consider my uptempo, jazzy piece Love is a Sickness for SATB a cappella chorus, which, though unaccompanied, would definitely pair well with a madrigal about the negative aspects of love! You can preview the score and hear a recording here.
Best wishes,
on March 31, 2014 8:38am
Three Contemporary Madrigals - Eugene Butler (a cappella, but some Renaissance performances either doubled the singers, or substituted parts for them (not piano!!, obviously), so you have some latitude here.  I don't think Mr. Butler would mind!
on March 31, 2014 9:19am
Hi Ruth,
One of my all-time favorites is John Rutter's jazzy setting of "It Was a Lover and His Lass".  The orginal SATB setting is acappella. Since it was so fun to sing (I suppose) he later made a two-part accompanied version. You can see both on U Tube. for the SATB acappella version for the two part accompanied version
I have contrasted this Rutter setting with my own a-cappella setting of William Butler Yeats' "Pale Brows". Text is below. My setting is unpublished, but I'd be happy to send you a copy if you're interested.
Text is:
''Pale brows, still hands and dim hair, 
I had a beautiful friend 
And dreamed that the old despair 
Would end in love in the end. She looked in my heart one day and saw your image was there.
She was gone, weeping away."
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