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Christmas Choral Work for SATB and Brass, Percussion and Organ

I have a very good SATB adult church choir of 58 members and the good fortune of having Symphony personnel: 4 trumpets, 2 horns, 2 tenor trombones, bass trombone, tuba, timpani, percussion and organ. Looking for a Christmas work (Latin or English) that would employee these instruments. Usually, I pull a movement from here or an anthem/carol from there and develop my own thematic service of 50 min. of music that use some or all of these instruments.  We have performed Rutter's Gloria a few times, Carol arrangements by Shaw, Rutter and Wilcocks or Jenkins. Any recommendations of other works with this instrumentation. Thank you.
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on July 1, 2014 3:22am
Hi David,
I have recently completed an SATB setting of the Gloria (in Latin) for very similar forces to those you have described.  It incorporates a soprano soloist as well.  I'm currently in the process of getting it published via the Sheet Music Plus digital printing service, but if you'd care to let me have your email address, I'd be glad to send you a pdf of the score to have a look at.  It runs to a little over 8 minutes.
I'm also about to re-score the orchestration of one of my SATB Christmas settings, 'Noel!' (published by OUP - for brass ensemble for a big choir in London.  Let me know if this might be of any interest to you.
on July 1, 2014 9:38am
Thank you Gordon for your prompt response to my search. I would be delighted to examine a pdf score of your Gloria. I wish you great success with this work. I pledge it will be used for examination only.
on July 1, 2014 3:51am
For this question, you may use Musica database to see what is there and can fit your needs.
As it is a quite fancy question, here is how to do, for pedagogic purpose:
- Go on, and there click on the button "More criteria" of the simplified search form
- Then, input  "Christmas" in the field Words of title or Keywords,
and "brass organ percussion" in the field Instrumentation
- then click on the button Search on the top right cormer.
There are of course many other combinations of criteria and fields to be used, in order to fit your needs
Have fun
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on July 1, 2014 9:40am
Thank you Jean for this very helpful information. I was not aware of this resource. Take care.
on July 1, 2014 5:45am
David: The Dream Isaiah Saw, The, Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc, Composer: Rudolph/Troeger, Catalog#: X867888, Voicing/Format: SATB This is blow your socks off.
Jerome Malek
on July 1, 2014 9:51am
Thank you Jerome for responding so quickly to my search for new music (or new to me). I will order a copy today and not wear my compression socks when it arrives. Your name is familiar to me. I did time in Texas at SWBTS from 1979-1981. If our paths did cross there, just to let you know I did somehow survived the excellent music education and later after serving a church in SC I journeyed on to FSU for Ph.D in Choral Conducting/Choral Music Ed. in 1993. 1994 to the present, I am Director of Music at the First Presbyterian Church in Raleigh, NC.
Thank you again and I hope things are going well for you.
on July 1, 2014 7:29am
I highly recommend K. Lee Scott's Christmas Cantata: The Incarnation.
on July 1, 2014 9:52am
Thank you Stephen. I will be on the lookout.
on July 1, 2014 11:48am
Please take a look at my English/Latin carol written last year. Has keyboard accompaniment currently, but I could add brass parts if you did want to do it. The SAA version is here:  I have an SATB version also I can send you if that suits you better.  
on July 1, 2014 8:38pm
Daniel Pinkhams Christmas Cantata is wonderful; three movements and for SATB choir and double  brass choir or  SATB choir, 1 brass choir and organ.  Also the K. Lee Scott Gloria uses five brass (including tuba) (very similar to the Rutter in feel...).  You could also do some of the Double or triple choir pieces by Gabrieli specifically intended for Christams (Hodie Christus Natus Est or O Magnum Mysterium or?) or some of his music for general worship- Jubilate Deo, etc... You could arrange brass instruments to the accompaniments in a variety of ways and still be true to the style: two SATB choirs, or SATB and Brass or SATB/brass and SATB/Brass.  There is also a Magnificat by Andrea Gabrieli for 3 vocal choirs.  You could double the vocal parts with the brass..  Schutz also wrote in the polychoral style of the Venetians so there might be some things there too that would work...
That all that comes to mind right now.
on July 2, 2014 11:00am
Thanks John. I have performed the Pinkham and some Gabrieli. I will re-visit some Gabrieli.
on July 2, 2014 6:26am
The Pinkham...for sure~!
on July 2, 2014 11:01am
I second the suggestion for K. Lee Scott's The Incarnation/Christmas Cantata. The first movement (Glory Be to God on High) is available separately. Kuykendall's arrangement of Joy to the World is also a great Christmas anthem using brass. Mary McDonald's Joyful All Ye Nations Rise (a concertato on Hark! the Herald Angels Sing) uses organ, piano, brass, and handbells.
on July 3, 2014 6:09am
My anthem "Welcome all wonders" for SATB (some divisi) and brass quintet has been published by Paraclete Press. (Paraclete has also published a second version for choir and organ, but the piece was originally conceived for brass quintet accompaniment.) If you look it up on the Paraclete website, there is a recording of the organ version you can hear (ignore the note error in the introduction, please). It will contrast with other pieces for the same forces because it is predominantly lyrical. Hope you like it!
on July 3, 2014 7:32am
Canite Tuba (Sound the Trumpet) is an energetic Christmas work in Latin for SATB (divisi), 3 trumpets, three trombones, timpani and percussion, which was commissioned of me by the CBC – Canadian Broadcasting Corp. – to celebrate the 25th anniversary of its live Christmas Sing-in. Canite Tuba was premiered by New York based composer/conductor Julian Wachner. It requires organ as well, which could be handled with a touch of dexterity on a piano or keyboard. It is just over six minutes in length. A clip of it may be heard at,_Chantons_Noel,_a_soalin,_canite_tuba,_Patriquin.html
(Give it a it time to load1!)  The excerpt does not start with the fanfare beginning but just prior to the entry of the elephants. The text is biblical.  Full performance and sample score available from the composer.
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