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"Best of" PD Music

Hello, world! A couple years ago, a colleague of mine had what I considered to be a great idea -- to see what kinds of "treasures" exist in places like CPDL and IMSLP. I know there's plenty of music at these sites, and I also realize the "touchiness" of phrases like "Public Domain" and "Copyright." Let's discuss what you've found -- especially those that are, for lack of a better word, legal.
 
My question for you is this: what are some of the "gems" you've found on these sites? The criteria for this question includes pieces you judge to have artistic merit, "singability" (or ease of learning), and how appealing they are to you and your students.
 
We've all found pieces that we just love and our students just love to hate (and vice versa). I'm interested in hearing what you've found that sounded nice -- and may even have been fun to learn!
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on December 1, 2013 9:47am
Here are some that come to mind offf the top of my head that my unauditiioned community chorus loved, all available at cpdl, I believe, and all Renaissance-ish.
El Grillo, Josquin
Il Bianco e Dolce Cygno, Arcadelt
The Nightingale, the Organ of Delight, Weelkes
Mignonne, allons voir si la rose, Costeley
Come Away, Come Sweet Love, Dowland
 
Oh, and Sumer is Icumin In, Medieval anon. That one you might have to arrange to your liking.
 
Also, there are a lot by Ravenscroft, including rounds like New Oysters and partsongs like I Have House and Land in Kent and Maides to Bed.
 
 
on December 1, 2013 11:15am
Sumer is Icumin In is also the earliest surviving example of printed music, according to the book I found it in some years ago.
on December 1, 2013 10:47am
-IMSLP.org has posted Vaughn Williams’ “Five English Folksongs” – a collection that both challenges and seduces! 
-David Fraser’s Byrd edition on CPDL.org reflects the composer’s (and the editor’s) passion for excellence:  I have often turned to this complete collection when I needed something that was both mature and wonderful. 
-Anything edited by CPDL’s Abel di Marco will be like having an editor as your best friend when it comes to finding something for your choir. 
-I also have some of my own works on CPDL; an early version of “It Takes A Village” is still posted there and I think you’ll find it worth a look…
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