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Vocal repertoire adapted from symphony orchestra.

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I write in this opportunity, as I am looking works and vocal repertoire is adapted from works in the first instance designed for symphony orchestra or chamber orchestra. For example, looking adaptations of Vivaldi's Four Seasons for mixed choir. 
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Yolmer Hurtado Ramírez
Colombia
on July 31, 2014 7:02am
The only one that comes to my mind is the adaptation of Samuel Barber's Adagio for Strings.  It was first written as a movement in one of his string quartets, and then he adapted it for full string orchestra.  It was then adapted as an Agnus Dei for a cappella choir.  
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on July 31, 2014 7:26am
Samuel Barber's "Adagio" for Strings was later made into a choral "Agnus Dei."
on July 31, 2014 8:41am
If you are looking for something on the "light" side, I would recommend Rossini Barber of Seville Overture arranged cleverly for chorus by Daryl Runswick (Hal Leonard 08743751).  It is all on nonsense syllables.  I heard it at an ACDA HS honor choir performance a few years ago, and performed it with my group later.  It is fun and not too difficult.
 
Bruce Borton
on July 31, 2014 11:53am
There are also several arrangements of "Nimrod" from Elgar's Enigma Variations, all of which go by the title "Agnus Dei." One arrangement was written for the St. Olaf Choir by Kenneth Jennings, published by Augsburg and another is arranged by David Giardiniere, published by Walton.
 
John Muehleisen
on August 1, 2014 3:55am
'I vow to thee my country' is adapted from Gustav Holst's suite 'The Planets'
 
my choral arrangement of this piece can be seen and heard here:
 
 
 
 
on August 1, 2014 9:05am
Thanks for yours answers.
And especifically the adaptations of Vivaldi's Four Seasons for mixed choir anyone of you have the score.
Thank you. 
I appreciate your support write me to e-mail yohura(a)yahoo.com. 
Best regards, 
Yolmer Hurtado Ramírez
Colombia
on August 1, 2014 3:18pm
The German choral conductor Clytus Gottwald has made several 16-part unaccompanied arrangements of movements from Mahler song-cycles and Wagner, in which the voices take all the instrumental parts in addition to the original vocal lines (if any). They are excellently arranged, though quite demanding.
 
Best regards,
Jerome Hoberman
 
Music Director/Conductor, The Hong Kong Bach Choir & Orchestra
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on August 1, 2014 7:56pm
Barber's Agnus Dei is a choral setting of his Adagio for Strings   S
on August 2, 2014 7:42am
I heard a performance of the overture to Marriage of Figaro sung by unaccompanied chorus (sung on various, neutral syllables, a la King Singers or Swingle Singers). Couldn't tell you who arranged it, but it exists. 
on August 2, 2014 10:57am
I have an adaptation of the opening of the 3rd mvt. of Mahler's 1st Symphony on an original sacred text for SATB and timpani or other bass instrument. Very easily put together…
 
Robert A.M. Ross
Community College of Philadelphia
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on August 2, 2014 7:32pm
For Overture to the Marriage of Figaro, including Bach, Mozart, and many others, see Ward Swingle's arrangements at http://uncjazzpress.com
on August 4, 2014 8:22am
Yolmer,
 
Please consider my arrangement of VOCALISE by Serge Rachmaninoff. 
Here is a link to a PDF excerpt of the score.
Here is a link to a sumptuous recording by the National Lutheran Choir, David Cherwien, Conductor.
 
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on August 4, 2014 4:29pm
There is an arrangement of the William Tell Overture out there somewhere...  http://youtu.be/C1erTrYzKsE
Here is the overture to Marriage of Figaro...  http://youtu.be/6-e1mZboEcM
 
And!  Ta da!  The Four Seasons - Spring...  http://youtu.be/Uxs5O6hMBvg
 
Try asking in the comments section of the videos if anyone knows a source for the sheet music.  
on August 4, 2014 5:11pm
You ask about the Seasons: there is a 18th century rearrangement of Spring from that set. It's by Michel Corrette, and adds choral parts (and some additional instrumentation - horns?) using the text Laudate Dominum (Psaume 148). A modern version was published by Costallat, Paris, in 1966, and it was recorded by my Swiss colleague Michel Corboz. This may not what you're looking for, but it's a crowd-pleaser on a choral/orchestral program.
 
If you're interested in an a cappella version of a string quartet piece by George Gershwin called Lullaby (about 8 minutes), I have a transcription I did which works pretty well. I doubt it'll ever be published, but I'd be happy to share the ms. copy with you.
 
Jon Washburn
Vancouver
on August 5, 2014 4:52am
"Four Nutcracker Favorites"  Tschaikovsky, arr. Jeff Funk, SATB a capella  http://www.jwpepper.com/Four-Nutcracker-Favorites/10070482.item#.U-DD30hmaL8
* Nutcracker March * Dance of the Sugar-Plum Fairy * Russian Dance * Waltz of the Flowers.
on August 5, 2014 12:13pm
Check out the album "Transcriptions" by the chamber chorus Accentus.
 
A particular transcriber of note is Clytus Gottwald, who transcribed numerous orchestral works for choir in the 1970's for Altieler Schola Cantorum. There are numerous (very hard to find) recordings of his transcriptions for that group, but many of them are in print from Carus Verlag.
on August 5, 2014 2:12pm
Consider Wagner's "Pilgrims Chorus" from Tannhäuser arr. by Paul J. Christiansen for SATB.  Published by Neil A. Kjos Music Company.
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