companion piece(s) for Vaughan Williams' "Fantasia on Christmas Carols"
Date: August 28, 2012
I will be doing R. Vaughan Willaims' Fantasia on Christmas Carols this December with my church choir. I will be assembling a chamber orchestra to accompany, and I am looking for one or more other short works for SATB chorus and orchestra (or subset thereof) to add to the program. I won't have a full orchestra, but I will have strings, organ/keyboard, and a handful of winds and brass (exact forces TBD - I will be "arranging" the RVW to fit what I am able to pull together). Since I will have all of those musicians handy, I would like to make more use of them.
The music will be performed within the context of a church service (one of our two annual Music Sunday celebrations) so I have room for anywhere from 25 - 45 minutes worth of music. The Vaughan Williams is about 11 - 12 minutes long. There are about 24 singers in my choir, and they are mostly strong singers - although rehearsal time is always limited, so music that is quick to learn for experienced singers is preferred. The orchestra will be a mix of professionals and amateurs.
Ideally, companion pieces would be:
- 3 - 6 minutes long
- by an English or American composer of the same vintage (not necessary)
- Christmas or Advent-themed
- scored for chamber orchestra and SATB chorus (without any unusual intruments required - i.e. celesta, etc.)
None of the above is a deal-breaker if not met. It would be nice if the work was in the public domain as well since my budget is rather small.
Composers: I would be interested in doing a new or recent work as well, but keep in mind that my budget is close to zilch, so purchasing a full set of orchestral parts and vocal scores is out of the question. Also, it will be performed within the context of a worship service, so the performance will be exempt from performance rights as well. But it you've got a piece that you'd like performed regardless, let me know!
Any ideas for repertoire will be much appreciated - thanks!
- Ted Hine
Director of Music
Universalist Church of West Hartford
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