Date: June 8, 2014
Engaged in sorting out repertoire for a new small-scale group (8-12) of pretty well experienced singers and looking especially for some lively modern and strictly a capella songs - 'modern', that is, taking in the latter part of the 20th and then the 21st centuries. Plenty of beautiful pieces available, of course, secular and sacred: Steffen's La Mia Preghiera comes immediately to mind; so does Rupert Lang's Agneau de Dieu; some of Tormis...and so on.
It's not so easy to fetch up songs that move with vigour if not a blast. Miskinis has an attractive Cantate domino; but I confess an ignorance of similarly inclined secular pieces. Nothing too difficult, mind...We aren't the BBC chorus! But Kodaly's Turot eszik a cigane indicates a manageable level.
I'd welcome suggestions and the world, as a gentleman once said, is my lobster. No language barriers, then.