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One Hit Wonders

I'm looking to program a concert of "one hit wonders," music by composers or popular groups that are primarily known for ONLY ONE piece--think Pachelbel's Canon.....
Any suggestions of arrangements (SATB) of any tunes--especially from the "classical" repertoire-- would be much appreciated.
Thank you so very much....
Dennis Pucci
Replies (16): Threaded | Chronological
on May 19, 2014 2:51pm
Allegri's "Miserere Mei"
on May 19, 2014 2:57pm
Franz Biebl - Ave Maria
on May 20, 2014 4:27am
Jesus Christ The Apple Tree by Elizabeth Poston
on May 20, 2014 4:54am
on June 4, 2014 4:41am
Novello has an arrangement  of Whiter Shade done by Nicholas Hare in their Novello Voice, Choral Pops series.  Nice music but text is obtuse and hard to explain.
Applauded by an audience of 1
on May 20, 2014 4:56am
As it happens i have actually made a choral arrangement of Pachelbel's Canon for SATB unaccompanied choir. It had to be transposed to G.
I would be happy to send you a pdf file of it if you want.
Marilena Zlatanou
Applauded by an audience of 1
on May 20, 2014 2:13pm
Bainton's And I Saw A New Heaven
on May 20, 2014 10:33pm
Hi Dennis,
If you're willing to go to the great depths of one-hit-wonder pop, "Afternoon Delight" will bring down the house for those in the audience who remember the '70s. Let me know if you want to see the chart that Chicago a cappella did a few years back.  Just ping me at jmiller(at)chicagoacappella(dot)org.
Jonathan Miller
Applauded by an audience of 3
on May 31, 2014 10:34pm
Esto les digo - Kinley Lange
on June 2, 2014 5:32am
Sol Berkowitz - "Add a Riff."
on June 2, 2014 7:11am
I like the concept.
I totally agree with "Esto les Digo" and "Add a Riff".
I would add:
Dede Duson's "What is a Heart?" (may be out-of-print - message me - I have a few copies.)  Incredible text,  beautiful harmonic nuance, and gentle fugue patterns.
Edwin Gershefski's "Lord's Prayer"  - haunting, subtly dramatic, but alway's prayerful.  (Kind of a nice contrast to the well-known [ well-worn !? :) ] Lamotte ...)
You may wish to examine Grant Pfifer's music.  It is lovely, well-written, mildly challenging, and varied, but not quite taken off internatonally.  I can put you in touch with him.
Would love to see your final list..
Best Wishes,
on June 3, 2014 8:00am
I too would love to see your final program list. This idea is very interesting, and I'm sure my choir would love the idea. Please keep in touch.
Rich Nutting
Abendmusik of Colorado Springs
on June 5, 2014 7:57am
Lodovico da Viadana "Exultate Justi," Giuseppe Pitoni "Cantate Domino," Carl F. Mueller, "Create in me a Clean Heart," Pietro Yon "Gesu Bambino," Stephen Adams "The Holy City," Emma Lou Diemer "Three Madrigals," James McCray "Rise Up, my Love," Clement Jannequin "Le Chant des Ouiseaux," Raymond Hannisian "Movin' On," Ann Herring "Easter Song," Tom Fettke "The Majesty and Glory," Giovanni Pergolesi "Stabat Mater," Louis Lewandowski "Haleluyoh," Alfred Hay Malotte, "The Lord's Prayer"
The Troggs "Wild Thing," Strawberry Alarm Clock "Incense and Peppermints," Scott Mackenzie "San Francisco," Count Five "Psychotic Reaction," Royal Guardsmen "Snoopy vs. the Red Baron," Jeannie C. Riley, "Harper Valley PTA," Tiny Tim "Tiptoe Through the Tulips," Archie Bell and the Drells "Tighten Up,"
Maria Muldaur "Midnight at the Oasis," Left Banke "Walk Away Renee"
on June 5, 2014 7:54pm
Gotta stick up for Emma Lou Diemer, who is not a one-hit wonder by any means.
Same for Lewandowski and Janequin!
--Jonathan Miller
on June 6, 2014 1:39pm
Yes, I agree; I just included them because those works are all I see on programs. It would be nice if we all investigated composers more thoroughly. Good point!
on June 6, 2014 8:23am
Re. arrangements (SATB) of any tunes--especially from the "classical" repertoire-- Samuel Barber's Adagio for Strings arr. for SATB. As gorgeously haunting as the original.
Here's a link to a version sung by the choir of Trinity College, Cambridge UK
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