Historical: 19th-century Partsongs
ROMANTIC PARTSONGS FOR UNACCOMPANIED CHORUS
Oxford - "English Romantic Partsongs" and "The Glee Book."
Stainer and Bell - "Invitation to Partsongs" in the same
format as their widely used "Invitation to Madrigals"
Broude Brothers - series of madrigals of the Romantic era
by composers such as John Stafford Smith (there's at least
one of his tunes you know...) and Pearsall.
Faber Music - "300 Years of English Partsongs," edited by
I'm not sure whether you were looking for English romantic
part-songs, but my all-time favorites (today) are the seven
songs by Finzi to texts by Robert Bridges. These are not
very hard and quite lovely, beautifully placed for the
voice, and incurably romantic.
For those interested in Romantic partsongs, I would
recommend the setting of 3 poems by Emanuel Geibel
composed by Clara Schumann. Available from Breitkopf &
Hartel under the title: Drei gemischte Chore nach Gedichten
von Emanuel Geibel; No. 3521. These are wonderful a
cappella settings which I programmed last year with a small
group to precede a performance of the Brahms Requiem. They
are recorded on Bayer label, although I think they are not
the greatest performances (in particular the tempos are too
slow and too inflexible).
Secondly, I would recommend the partsongs of Fanny
Mendelssohn Hensel. In addition to the set of 6 which are
legitimately called Gartenlieder, there are a number of
others in a similar vein. These too are recorded on the
same Bayer CD as well as on CPO 999 012-2 with Elke Mascha
Blankenburg conducting 17 a cappella partsongs by Hensel.
At least the Gartenlieder are available from Furore ,
Naumburger Strasse 40, 3500 Kassel. They have an excellent
and growing catalog of works by women composers. Three of
the Gartenlieder are also available in a single octavo from
earthsongs, 220 NW 29th St., Corvallis OR 97330. (The
editor's notes about Hensel's small output are completely
RE: Romantic part songs, I recently picked up Reger's op.
138 in a Hanssler or Carus edition from Mark Foster. I
haven't performed any yet, but plan to. They are a cappella
for a variety of SATB voicings.
Look through the collected works of Grieg. There are
nearly 60 works (many in sets) for TTBB, and many for SATB
also. Four Psalms, for example. Norwegian is easier to
pronounce than German.