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20 -40 minute sacred work

Seeking a 20 - 40 minute sacred work for SATB (divisi and soloists acceptable) church choir. Other previous works that our congregation loved:  Rutter, Mass of the Children and Dubois, Seven Last Words, Mark Hayes' Gloria.   I have used this forum before with great success.  Thank you in advance!  Reply to zopranosw(a)
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on June 17, 2014 1:03pm
William Copper, "Magnficat"  35 minutes   Soundcloud has complete recording
William Copper, "Moses at the Jordan River", 75 minutes , several excerpts on soundcloud.
Good luck, Susan!
on June 18, 2014 5:30am
If it is Christmas that you are programming, then Rejoice may be a good choice. It is a six movement work for full orchestra, choir, soloists and optional handbells. Excerpts can be seen and heard on my website
on June 18, 2014 7:19am
Consider the Faure Requiem ... a lovely work no more difficult than those you mention.  If you want to stretch ... the Durufle Requiem is also magnificent.  Bach Cantatas for almost any occasion can be found and are nearer to the 20 minute time frame than 40 ... but there are a lot to choose from!  The Vivaldi Gloria would qualify, and the 'other' Gloria of Vivaldi which is also a fine piece.  If it would be at Christmas, Gearald Near's "Cum Novo Cantico" is challenging and beautiful ... a mix of contemporary carols and the plainsong from which they were derived.  You need a good organist for this one.  A real challenge in that it is a capella is the Thompson, "Peaceable Kingdom".  In a completely different vein, Thompson's "Testament of Freedom" with words from Thomas Jefferson is a fine work.  The Vaughan Williams, "Dona Nobis Pacem" fits this time frame also and has wonderful texts by Walt Whitman.  The Kodaly "Pange Lingua" is yet another direction to consider. Those would be places I'd start to look. 
on June 18, 2014 8:56am
I have a new Missa Brevis. Send me your email if interested.
Jerome Malek
on June 18, 2014 9:00am
A Night Vigil by undersigned, SATB with soprano soloist and organ. In Latin. 3rd movement solo with organ. Just over 20 minutes :)
Can be heard here:
Will be published by Cantando Music Publishers but is still available in Iceland Music Information Centre, email itm(a)
Hope you will consider this. 
best wishes
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on June 23, 2014 7:33am
Very nice work, however, not exactly what I was looking for.  I was aiming for something more contemporary and upbeat.  A couple of years ago, I performed one of your arrangements of a Christmas carol and really enjoyed it.  Thank you for that.
on June 19, 2014 4:29am
I have a 40 min SATB piece with an optional 2-part choir with orchestra that is perfect as a concert piece for general use or for the Advent season. My "Incarnatio Mysteria" includes beloved Latin texts such as O Magnum Mysterium and Divinum Mysterium and was premiered at Lincoln Center through DCINY. Another option is my Wedding Mass, for SATB choir, piano, strings and organ. Hear recordings and purchase at and also through J. W. Pepper.
All the best,
Timothy Michael Powell
on June 19, 2014 7:42pm
Dan Forrest's Te Deum. I thought it was a little easier than Hayes or Rutter's major works but was still a great one to sing. Great contrast between the movements.
Check out K. Lee Scott's Requiem, kind of in the same vein as Rutter's.
If you're up for Latin the Schubert Mass in G and Faure Requiem are both accessable to church choirs.
Mark Hayes also has a Magnificat which I like much better than the Gloria and a Te Deum which is my favorite thing I've ever sung but it's only about 15 minutes long.
on June 21, 2014 8:25am
Thank you.  Great suggestions.  I was looking for something more contemporary than Schubert and Faure.  I will look up the others.  Difficulty is not a problem. 
on June 21, 2014 7:18pm
The Rutter Gloria is also great, but shorter than 20 minutes. I'm on love with his Magnficat. Eleanor Daley has a great Te Deum for double choir and organ but it also might be a tad short. Check out Lauridsen's Lux Aeterna and the works of Ola Gjeilo.
on June 20, 2014 3:53am
Check out ECS Publishing's rental catalog for some great ideas.
Stanley M. Hoffman, Ph.D.
Chief Editor
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