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gregorian style song for ssa

dear friends,
 
I would like to program in our next competition for SSA-choirs a piece sounding very 'pure' in the middle of the program: a capella, gregorian style and mode, easy and... To have the feeling to  'stop for a while' and then going on to the final upbeat scores.
Any suggestions, ideas?
 
Thanks a lot and have nice Christmas time !
 
Rudy Van der Cruyssen
Rondinella Knokke-Heist (Belgium)
on December 22, 2013 9:31am
Tota Pulchra Es by Maurice Duruflé.
Applauded by an audience of 2
on December 23, 2013 7:40am
Hi Rudy,
Please have a look at the score & listen to "Winter Stars." 
Thanks
Rich
on December 24, 2013 5:26am

Maybe Gary Bachlund's Sweet Sung Praises (actually described as being for four-part treble voices a cappella).

http://www.bachlund.org/Complete_Choral_Music.htm (scroll down 3/4 of the way)

Direct link to the pdf. Direct link to an mp3.

on December 24, 2013 5:52am
There is a composer living in Chattanooga (my town) named Jonathan McNair who has written a macaronic SSA setting of the "Magnificat" that alternates unison plainchant-style Latin singing with harmonized singing in English. I REALLY love listening to this piece (I have a male chorus, so we have never done it.) It is about 3 minutes long. I could put you in contact if you were interested.
on December 26, 2013 3:10pm
Take a look at "Tota Pulchra Est" by Durufle.
 
on December 27, 2013 7:46am
Good Morning Rudy,
 
I love "Da Pacem" by Canadian composer Jeff Enns. I first heard of this through Morna Edumndson, director of Elektra Women's Choir in Vancouver, Canada. They have a lovely recording. We performed this in fall of 2012. It's not what I would describe as "easy" although very accessible and opens and closes in unison.
 
Happy New Year,
Cricket Handler, Artistic Director
Canzona Women's Ensemble
on January 4, 2014 1:52pm
While it isn't specifically based on Gregorian material and runs from unison to SSAA at the end, my arrangement of Lesley Hopwood Meyer's Chester Processional may fit what you're looking for. You may listen to it here:
 
 
Perusal and complete scores are available form me directly.
 
Hope this helps,
Robert A.M. Ross
robertamross(a)verizon.net
Soundcloud.com: <Robert Ross 11>
on January 7, 2014 1:30pm
This is more Renaissance than Gregorian but Josquin des Prez's Ave Verum Corpus is possibly my favourite setting of that text and it's three parts could easily be arranged for SSA (even as simply as a key change) if they don't already fit your singers' range.  I know it's on CPDL.ORG   
on January 7, 2014 2:53pm
This piece I wrote fits exactly what you're looking for.  Let me know if you want to purchase copies of this.  Email me at:  andrew.j.miller.4(a)bismarckstate.edu
 
 
Andrew
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