- February 28, 2018 at 9:21 pm #556675
My eight-voice men’s vocal ensemble is going to sing this, one of my absolute favorite choral pieces. I would never have thought that it could be done effectively with eight voices, except that Cantus has done it, and there are eight of them. In fact, they sang it in our city not too long ago. So apparently it can be done.
There are some challenges, though. On the last two pages, there are nine parts written, with the highest tenor part holding a note for many measures. With only eight singers, one part must be left out. I experimented with various parts removed, and settled on removing the lower baritone part on page 6 and the upper baritone part on page 7. Those choices seemed to best preserve the sound of the chords as they were written. But there is also the question of whether it is practical to have only one person on the top part. He won’t be able to do it in one breath for sure. Maybe we need two singers up there, and to remove two of the other parts.
Any advice? Does anybody know how Cantus or other eight-voice ensembles have solved these problems?
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