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Great Choral Music by "Forgotten" 18th & 19th Century Composers

I'm putting together a concert of beautiful shorter works by "forgotten" composers. I'm thinking of works by composers that the majority of folks of this site may never have heard of. 
Any suggestions?
If they have string accompaniment, that would be even better!
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on March 20, 2014 10:07am
How about music from the Galant?  Galuppi and Leonardo Leo and friends.  Tom Tropp, over to you!
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on March 21, 2014 5:26am
Excellent suggestion (IMHO)!
Jon, check out, and then let's talk.
The maestri of the eighteenth century Neapolitan school, such as Leo and Durante, and later Porpora, Martini, and Galuppi, were among the most influential musicians of their day. No composer's training was complete until they had studied with the Italians (ex. Haydn trained under Porpora; Mozart under Martini). Most of their choral music was never published and has therefore languished in archives for 250 years, overshadowed by the Vienese school that came after them. We are working to bring it back into the repertoire because it's great stuff and off the beaten path (which is, I believe, just what you're looking for).
So take a look at the site and drop us an email message if we can send you any PDF perusals.
Tom Tropp
Galant Masters Project
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on March 20, 2014 10:43am
If you are open to early 20th century, Ildebrando Pizzetti has a number if good works, including an excellent Requiem.
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on March 21, 2014 5:17am
Consider Antoine Blanchard, most of his works appear lost but a few survive.  Clearly overlooked and forgotten.  Jubilate Deo (psaume 65), Misericordias Domini (psaume 88).  There's a recording by Choeur de Paris-Sorbonne.
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on March 21, 2014 6:59am
Denton (TX) Bach Society is doing a whole program of galant music next week: Niccolo Jommelli, Beatus vir (which is wicked for the soprano soloist), Carlo Luigi Pietro Grua, Littanie della Beata Vergine (Litaniae Laurentiae), and Leonardo Leo, Magnificat for 5 voices.  All with strings.  The string ensemble is playing Sammartini and a neat Concerto in A minor, Op. 7, no. 11, for 4 violins, concertino & obbligaro viola, cello & b.c. by Giuseppe Valentini.
Good music.  Next season we are doing a program of Graupner, who wrote over 1400 cantatas! 
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on March 24, 2014 8:39am
The Bach Cantata Choir (Portland, OR) features many works by obscure 18th century composers.  I would definately look into Graupner (mentioned above), plus Jan Zelenka, Nicholas Bruns, and Altnikol (Bach's son-in-law). 
-- Ralph Nelson
Director, Bach Cantata Choir
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on March 24, 2014 9:31am
I like Georg Schumann's (Robert Schumann's cousing) Und Op Ich Von Wanderte (text is part of Psalm 23, yea though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death). The piece is lush romantic a capella writing.
In that same vein, Rheinberger's (not that forgotten in the choral world) Abendlied is nothing short of stunning.
There is nothing obscure or forgotten about Franz Lizst ... except his choral music. The Benedictus from his missa choralis must be one of the most sublime pieces of music I know.
How about choral music by the great American composer Amy Beach. Her mass in e flat has chorus and orchestra, she also has many other choral works. Although she is known for being a "woman" composer, and gets performed in concerts themed this way, her music stands by itself and needs no such theme to warrant a place in one's program.
I hope this is of some help.
God Bless,
Michael Sandvik
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on March 25, 2014 3:43am
I enjoy the "other" Pachabel Magnificat" Charles Theodore Pachabel
For more massive works I have always liked Hora Novissima by Horatio Parker
Yes to Amy Beach and Clara Schumann deserves a nod as well. (as does Fanny Mendelssohn).
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on March 26, 2014 6:32am
Martin Banner, who has created very scholarly editions of not-so-well-known composers of the era you are looking for, is published by Alliance Music Publications.  I expect that you can find him rather easily here on the Choralnet, also.  His editions are very fine!  I think there's a good chance you may find what you're looking for at Alliance.   Good luck.
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on March 26, 2014 8:14am
Thanks, Tom! In addition to Alliance, my editions of 18th and early 19th century works are also published by Hinshaw, Colla Voce and Carl Fischer.
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on March 27, 2014 4:32am
From ECS Publishing and available for sale through Canticle Distributing:
BÜLOW, Hans von
Fünf Gedichte von Richard Pohl: No. 5 Seelentrost (Consolation of the Soul), #6623, (SATB unaccompanied), [Secular], $1.95
Fünf Gedichte von Richard Pohl: No. 4 Ewige Sehnsucht (Eternal Longing), #6622, (SATB unaccompanied), [Secular], $2.80
Fünf Gedichte von Richard Pohl: No. 3 Wanderziel (Travel Destination), #6621, (SATB unaccompanied), [Secular], $2.25
Fünf Gedichte von Richard Pohl: No. 1 Am Strande (At the beach), #6619, (SATB unaccompanied), [Secular], $1.95
Fünf Gedichte von Richard Pohl: No. 2 Regenbogen (Rainbow), #6620, (SATB unaccompanied), [Secular], $1.95
Stanley M. Hoffman, Ph.D.
Chief Editor
ECS Publishing Corporation.
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on March 30, 2014 3:52pm
I have recently enrolled for a choral conducting course with the University of Pretoria in South Africa under the mentorship of Dr. Sarita Hauptfleish. I am glad Ii did because I am learning so much more. She has introduced me to sites such as this one and the forums are excellent for students like me who are interested in finding a mosaic of repetoire. Thanks to you all for sharing your valuable knowlegde and I hope I will do the same in due course.
Musically Yours
Innocent Ngwane
Music Student ( Post Graduate- Honors)
on April 2, 2014 7:15am
Check out Max Bruch.......known mostly for his instrumental music.
Five oratorios - Odysseus, Arminius, Gustavus Adolphus, Achilleus, and MOSES.
I produced a new English translation of MOSES (Biblical oratorio) in 1996.   Have good CD recording available.
Soprano, Bass, Tenor soloists, full orchestra, chorus
libretto by Ludwig Spitta
any interest out there?
Bing Vick
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on February 11, 2015 3:19pm
Hi Bing! 
I read with awe that Bruch has not one, but FIVE oratorios! 
You made my day. 
I want to know a lot more about them, i.e. IO want to listen to them!
Any guidance will be highly appreciated! 
on April 3, 2014 5:55am
Sadly, American composers from the 18th & 19th centuries are so forgotten they barely appear in this thread!  (Except for the Amy Beach and Horatio Parker mentions; spot-on.)  OK, our native tunesmiths in the 1700s were not world class, but some Baroque-style pieces from the rich American Moravian tradition deserve consideration (e.g. Antes, Dencke, Herbst, Peter).  Neglected and deserving from the 1800s are Dudley Buck, Arthur Foote, William Henry Fry, and Charles Martin Loeffler.  Better exemplars, only somewhat less neglected, are the five I'd put on my list of 19th-Century greats -- Beach, Mason, McDowell, Paine and Parker.  
As to specifics, "Jam Sol Recedit" by Parker would be an excellent concert closer, although it doesn't fit your a cappella criterion.  His "Pars Mea, Rex Meus" is accompanied, very nice fugual writing, and has an English translation "Most Mighty, Most Holy."  There's enough repertoire with these five to ten 19th Century Americans to fill a whole season, but if you want more specific suggestions, I and others I'm sure would be glad to offer them.  chris hoh
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on April 3, 2014 11:16am
There is some lovely music by Johann Caspar Ferdinand Fischer (c.1656-1746), including a set of Vesperpsalms, and several (unfortunately unpublished thus far) masses.  The Missa Sancti Dominici (available from Carus) is about 18 minutes, has several accessible solo/quartet moments, and is scored for violins, cello, and continuo.  I'm planning to perform it with my 16-voice chamber choir next spring.
Best regards,
Tim Reno
Siena College
on April 4, 2014 8:07am
I don't know if editions by these composers are available for purchase, but Chanticleer's "Mission Road" project is a fascinating new take on "forgotten" composers from the 18th century:  Spanish/Mexican composers from the 18th century.  Here's some info:
I heard their performance of some these pieces a few years ago at Mission San Jose (San Jose, CA that is), and there is a lot of beautiful stuff here.
Dennis Malfatti
University of Evansville
on April 7, 2014 2:08pm
Concerning great choral music by "forgotten" 18th and 19th century composers, I feel I must mention the composer  Peter Cornelius, who lived from 1824 to 1874.  Although he counted Liszt and Wagner among his friends, he went his own way compositionally.  A number of his shorter choral works are sublime creations, in my opinion, among them such works as "So weich und warm,"  "Ich will dich lieben, meine Krone," and "Liebe, dir ergeb' ich mich."  See also his "Stabat Mater" for solo voices, chorus, and orch., and his "Requiem" (Seele, vergiss sie nicht), a cappella, or with string quintet.
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