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Choral work with strings and/or oboe, trumpet

Looking for ideas of repertoire for my masters recital.  I will be doing Vivaldi's Gloria and so will have strings, oboe, trumpet, and continuo.  Would like to have either a choral piece with chamber group or strictly instrumental piece.  15-20 minutes would be perfect.  My choir will be university students who read well and are very musical.  Ideas?
Thank you!
Kim Nason
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on August 10, 2014 4:28pm
You might consider Mass to St. Anthony (for male and female voices, trumpet, harp and strings) by Lou Harrison.  Your singers will love the opportunity to do this rare 20th century masterpiece and you’ll learn a lot about conducting long beautiful lines.  It’s about 20 min.  Look into it; you’ll be glad you did! 
Hope that helps!
Michael A. Gray
on August 10, 2014 8:31pm
Thank you for the suggestion, Michael.  This piece is new to me, and it is really lovely. 
on August 11, 2014 5:57am
Vincent Persichetti's Flower Songs for SATB and strings (Elkan-Vogel) is negelected and worth hearing.
As are Cecil Effinger's Four Pastorals for SATB & oboe (G. Schirmer).
Hope this helps,
Robert A.M. Ross
Community College of Philadelphia
robertamross(a)<Robert Ross 11>
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on August 21, 2014 10:34pm
I had already been looking at the Effinger pieces.  So far, they're not speaking to me.  I may just need to spend more time with them.  I was not familiar with the Persichetti songs.  They are pretty cool.  Thanks for the suggestions!
on August 11, 2014 9:03am
Cecil Effinger (1914-1990), who was chair of the composition department in the College of Music at the University of Colorado-Boulder for 33 years, wrote a delightful set of pieces for chorus and oboe entitled "Four Pastorales".  They are published separately and work well as stand-alone pieces, so you could choose to do one or two of them.
The movements are titled "No Mark", "Wood", "Basket", and "Noon". Texts are by Thomas Hornsby Ferril, who was at one time a poet laureate of Colorado .  In my opinion the first three are excellent; the fourth not so much. I can't remember who the publisher is and my scores are not handy.  But they are worth checking out.  You can find performances of them on YouTube. 
Richard Householder
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on August 11, 2014 2:24pm
G. Schirmer published the "Four Pastorales"
on August 12, 2014 6:28am
Greetings Kim,
Last year I wrote a Magnificat for the choir of the University of Seville (Spain) and their orchestra, intended to follow Bach's Magnificat in the concert program, so it has basically the same orchestration, which is a big larger than Vivaldi's Gloria in the tutti movements, but if it is too long for your concert, you can also select separately the movements that fit your musicians.  They are a total of 11-movements with a total timing of 35 minutes, and it has movements with choir and orchestra, choir and soloists, soloists, arias for solo voices, etc. Feel free to take a look in case you may be interested in the way it sounds.
Here are a few links:
General page of MAGNIFICAT
All movements available for listening:
Gabriel Ruiz-Bernal, M.M., Ph.D.
on August 13, 2014 4:35am
Halsey Stevens's 'Magnificat,' for choir with strings and trumpet. It's only about 6 minutes, but it is wonderful music!
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on August 13, 2014 9:10am
These were programmed with Vivaldi's "Gloria".
Edwin Foster
NJ Conservatory
Mountain Lakes, NJ 07046
“Serenade No. 13”
for strings in G major, K525,
Eine kleine Nachtmusik
"A little night music"
W.A. Mozart (1756-1791)
I.      Allegro
III.    Menuetto
IV.   Rondo
“Canon and Gigue in D Major”
for three Violins and Basso Continuo
Johann Pachelbel 1653-1706
from "Exsultate Jubilate"
W.A. Mozart, Jan. 1773 Milan
Köchel No.158a
 For solo soprano
“St Paul's Suite”
Op. 29  no. 2        Gustav Holst       (1874 – 1934)
I.              Jig: Vivace
II.             Ostinato: Presto
III.            Intermezzo: Andante con moto
IV.           Finale (The Dargason): Allegro
on August 21, 2014 10:35pm
I really like the Holst.  I will give this some serious thought.  Good pick!
on August 13, 2014 11:18am
I want to show you my most recent set, The Lamb and The Tyger (poems by William Blake).  They are both in the process of being published through Pavane Publishing, and will be performed by the world-famous Concordia Choir this Fall.  The Tyger won a national composition contest, which Dale Warland sat on the judging panel, and it won unanimously against nearly 100 other submissions.  I strongly urge you to take a look. 
My set is a cappella.  I assumed since you requested either a choral work or something purely instrumental, that you are open to multiple types of pieces here.  Please contact me if still interested. Your access to excellent musicians lends itself to these advanced works of mine. 
on August 13, 2014 12:42pm
I have a couple of pieces for mixed chorus and string quartet: Ceremony of the Bull (1998 - SSAATB + SQ) and Labyrinthus (2007 - SSSSAAAATTBB + SQ). Labyrinthus is antiphonal. They are listed chronologically on my page of choral compositions.
Mary Jane Leach
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