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Alleluia, Hallelujah Halleluyah and so on

Could someone suggest interesting, possibly upbeat  Alleluias to do with small vocal ensembles - SSA/SAA/SAT/SAB?
Thank you...
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on May 2, 2014 8:01am

Not sure if this is the sort of thing you're after – I've recently composed a setting of Hildegard's "Alleluia! O virga mediatrix" which contrasts unison/octaves with six-part writing. (No further divisi.) Should work quite nicely with one or two voices per part. Hot off the presses. Here's a demo track with Matthew Curtis singing all the parts.


Cheers – DB

on May 5, 2014 6:27am
Hi, David, thank you... I did try to hear the demo but something seems to be wrong, possibly with my version of i cloud?
In any case, i think i was unclear: i did not mean six part choir, what i meant to say was three voice small vocal ensemble, therefore either SSA or SAT/B, or even all equal voices in middle range.
Sorry about that.
Still, I am very interested to hear your piece for another group i will be working with in the near future...
on May 5, 2014 9:15am

Hi Lisa – no worries. I guess I was thinking of my Alleluia as being almost "SAT divisi". There's a lot of unison and octave writing, and the ranges aren't particularly demanding. However, there are several quite tricky patches. Here's a follow-the-score video that I put together earlier today ... see what you think.


Cheers – DB

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on May 3, 2014 2:39am
Boyce. Availble in many arrangements and a thoroughly fun sing. See CPDL.
on May 5, 2014 6:29am
Derek, yes, what a great piece! I can only find the SATB version, which is wonderful... I would love to find a good three part arrangement, or, I suppose, do one myself :)
on May 7, 2014 2:45am
There is a three-part arrangement on CPDL but it is MUCH shorter (just the canon) but that might give you a start. There is also a version in 100 Anthems for choirs (Oxfrd, ed. Rutter) I believe.
on May 3, 2014 6:05am
Here's one:
It's SATB a cappella, but very manageable for a small group.  
And here's a video so you can get a sense of what it sounds like:
It was intentionally written in small sections, separated by solos, so that the smaller parts could stand alone as short prayer responses.  Solos can also be sung by all the sopranos, tenors, etc.  
You should be able to print copies of the score directly from the link above.
M. Furtak
on May 5, 2014 6:35am
Maggie Furtak, thank you very much, it is very nice. Thanks again...
on May 3, 2014 6:45am
Emma Lou Diemer - Alleluia SSA Difficulty Med
on May 5, 2014 6:40am
I had never heard of Emma Lou Diemer, thank you for this!
on May 3, 2014 7:12am
Alleluia, Alleuia by Amy F. Bernon, Publisher - Heritage Music Press is a wonderful upbeat, fun song.  A cappella with percussion instruments.  Performance/Accompaniment CD is available or have the singers or others play the rhythm instruments.  I bought it from J W Pepper at where you can hear the entire piece and see an extensive sample of the music.  It is available in SATB/SSAB/SSAA.  2nd altos can sing the tenor part of SATB if you don't have enough baritones to split.  The choir will have a great time singing Alleluia, Alleluia and audiences love it.
on May 3, 2014 7:41am
You might look at Byrd’s “Alleluia; Vespere autem Sabbathi” (SAT).  It’s small sounding but a lot of fun. David Fraser made a wonderful edition for 
Hope that helps!
on May 5, 2014 7:07am
Michael, I have just had a look at this piece... you are right, it's a wonderful edition.
Thank you and thank all of you...
on May 4, 2014 7:08pm
The Native American round "Heleluyan" is very easy to put together. It appears in some hymnals like - - and has also been arranged by several composers. The "Alleluia" from Mozart's Exsultate Jubilate has also been arranged for choral ensembles (usually treble voices). Good luck - Karen
on May 5, 2014 7:00am
Thank you, Karen, really good suggestions...
on May 5, 2014 8:50am
Hi Lisa, 
I have a setting for SATB through See-A-Dot Music ( that might work, although it is SATB.
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