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SATB: with Brass

Several weeks ago I inquired about anthems with brass suitable for Christ
the King Sunday, doubling as Thanskgiving Sunday, tripling as a Sunday with
much special music. Edited replies are listed below. I'm especially
grateful to several composers who stepped up with their own music. This
wonderful resource is especially helpful in leading us all to music not yet
in publishers' catalogs.

Many thanks to all who responded.

Jeffrey Carter
Musical Director, The Jacomo Chorale
Graduate conducting assistant, The University of Kansas
Director of Music, First Presbyterian Church, Lawrence, Kansas
and other musical activities as assigned
Canto, ergo sum.
1317 Valley Lane
Lawrence KS 66044

Henry Leck has done an excellent choral arrangement (all
voicincs) with the Canadian Brass of "When In Our Music God Is Glorified."
He has also performed and recorded other works with the Canadian Brass, all
of which were written specifically to be playable by public school,
community, and church instrumentalists. For more information about printed
music or recordinsg, please contact Ginger Markham at
The instrumental supplement to the United Methodist Hymnal has a nice one!
If you are doing the Rutter you should consider his setting of "Praise Ye
Lord" which is also a jam and his setting of "Rejoice the Lord is King"
two"Festival Hymns". The setting of Darwall ends with a Fanfare is is
1) I have an arrangement of *Engleberg* that is for orchestra, but which I
easily adapt to brass & organ if you're interested.

2) I have a number of festive hymn arrangements for brass & organ published
Psalm 150/Intrada ( for details); I also have a
more that are unpublished but more or less ready to go. Which hymns are you
interested in?

3) Other recommendations would include John Ness Beck's *Upon This Rock*
Schirmer) which concludes w/ congregational singing of *Aurelia*; also
Dirksen's *Rejoice Ye Pure in Heart* (Shawnee)--they don't get much better
than these, and they both can involve the congregation.

Others may come to mind, but if you're interested in custom arrangements
please let me know ASAP.

Hope this helps,
Robert Ross, Artistic Director
Voces Novae et Antiquae
Philadelphia, PA
I have a setting of the Old Testament text: "For you shall go out with
and be led forth with peace. The mountains shall bow before you and the
of the wood shall clap their hands." It's for SATB choir, organ and 3
trumpets - not yet published. The title is "For you shall go out with
I would be happy to send you a perusal copy if this text and
fits your needs.
Karen P. Thomas
Artistic Director and Conductor
The Seattle Pro Musica
Check out "Sing to he Lord a New Song" D. Busarow
Responsorial format w/congregational refrain, much "fun"
Augsburg Press # 11-0698 out of print though ...youmight be able to
find a copy
Voices Unite in Joyful Praise/O God, Eternal Father, Lord
by Melchoir Vulpius, setting by Philip M. Young
SATB, Brass Quartet (2 Trumpets, 2 Trombones), & Organ
MorningStar Music Publishers MSM-50-8704

This piece gives you two texts for the price of one. The first is a
general praise & victory over death theme, and the second gives praise
to the Trinity (great for Trinity Sunday obviously). he parts are
available for purchase, including trumpet parts in B-flat on order no.
When In our Music God Is Glorified, arr John Ferguson, Hope Pub Co, DFW
217. SAT, brass, organ.
When In our Music God Is Glorified, arr Judy Hunnicutt, GIA Pubs,
G-2182. SATB and organ.
When In our Music God Is Glorified, arr John Foley, SJ, GIA Pubs,
G-3945. SATB, congregation, guitar, keyboard, 2 Fl, Bb Trp, perc.

Mixed Chorus and Brass Compilation

Listing is separated by Composer/publisher recommendations and
recommendations from Directors who have performed the works.

There is a 1998 list on Choralnet and a search of Musica will give
you over 300 listings but what I find helpful are personal

Personal Recommendations:

Michael Fink - Jubilate Deo

Cecil Effinger - Set of Three

Ayres, Paul. All creatures of our God and King.

SSATBB with Brass, Drumset and Piano Accompaniment.

Optional Solos and Children's Voices.

Difficulty Level: 5

Duration: about 12 minutes


Junttonen, Mary Black. O Lord, our God, our dwelling place.

SATB with Organ accompaniment

Optional Brass, Bells, Violin(s) and Timpani.

Difficulty level: 1

Duration: 4'00" for 5 verses (hymn-style)

Free conductor score with instrumental parts


Bruckner works for chorus and brass, rarely done, such as Ecce Sacerdos,

Libera Me and others.

I would certainly include Trond Kverno's Missa in sono tubae (1989),
published by NorskMusikforlag, in your list. This unusually rich work
is scored for mixed chorus, soprano solo and brass quintet (2
trumpets, 2 trombones, and 1 horn). While recognizing that little
music is "absolute," since most works have an ideological or
aesthetic contex, Kverno has written, "I would liken my work to a
painter of icons, where each icon is a window to a reality other than
that which surrounds us."

We recently performed and recorded this work. I would also note that
it is available from our rental library.

Scott Gillam

New Amsterdam Singers

NAS Choral Music Rental Library

take a look at "psalm 46" by john ness beck. i have done it with
several choirs and they loved singing it and the audience enjoyed
thought it was wonderful. it isn't a long selection but enjoyable
and i think quite cleverly written.

Danial Pinkham's excellent piece, Fanfares

Rutter's Gloria

The "Gloria" of Arnold Freed is a spectacular setting of this text--
written for SATB (with occasional divisi in SAB parts), tr 1-3/hn 1-4/
tbn 1-3/tuba. It does use timpani as well

Works we've done in the last year include:

Now Thank We All Our God Helvey

Psalm 150

God of the Ages Larson

Praise to the Lord the Almighty Wilberg

Festive Alleluia Young

Arise O God and Shine Wilberg

A Mighty Fortress Is Our God Rutter

Low He Comes on Clouds Ascending Rutter

Christ Is Risen, Alleluia Sheppherd

Alleluia Praise the Risen King Larson

Hallelujah Chorus Handel

He Is Risen Now Purifoy

Hindemith “Apparebit repentina dies” and Bruckner E minor Mass.

I’ve sung the Hindemith - not terribly hard (just need a big group to
balance the brass), and cool.

On the more traditional side, there are spectacular 'double choir'
pieces by Gabrieli which were in practice done by one vocal choir and
one 'mostly brass' choir (with at least one solo singer on one of the

Two good examples (both from Sacre Symphoniae 1597) are:

Plaudite Psallite

Regina Coeli a 12

A nice edition which gives guidance about instrumentation etc is from
the Beauchamp Press in England (see

Schutz Psalm 100, Jauchzet dem Herren (Herrn?) - double chorus and

chorus versions, and the brass can take one of the choruses.

Similarly, Pachelbel's Exurgat Deus - brass takes second chorus

Composer/Publisher listings
I have a new piece for two antiphonal choirs, and each choir has a
trumpet player with them. The title is God is my Salvation (text from
Isaiah 12). The choir parts are of average difficulty anf there is a
mixture of counterpoint and homophony.This is a piece in a very
satisfying ABA form, and it ends loud- thus it is a natural crowd-
pleaser. The trumpet parts are also satisfying to the players and
show off their tone and top range to good effect.The duration is 3
1/2 minutes.

It was premiered by the Kansas City Chorale Easter of 2005, conducted
by Charles Bruffy. The Holland Chorale sang it this March when
Charles was their guest conductor. The audiences and choirs at both
these performances liked the piece. It will also be sung in Pasadena
in July at the National Association of Church Musician's National

I would be happy to e-mail you a pdf of the score. Currently it is in
submission to a top-tier publisher, but for now it is still under my
copyright control.


Paul Carey

I have written extensive Christmas music for brass quintet, timpani,
chorus, and baritone solo. The texts are mostly medieval; the music
is original. The set is called Now is the Time. Four of the numbers
have been published. Not all

numbers require a soloist. There have been eight or nine
performances over the last five years; the duration is over fifty
minutes; but most group have chosen to perform the sections that suit
their needs. I can send a score and recording if that would help.
If you have your heart set on antiphonal, this is not what you
want. fyou are familiar with the Christmas Revels, then you have
heard a number of my brass and chorus arrangments for that group.
Now is the Time is very much in the Revels style.

Schaffner Publishing has several works for brass and chorus without

Allen Bonde: Psalms 23, 130, and 150 (available separately for SATB
and Brass quartet. Also in SSAA versions.)

Allen Bonde: A Fanfare: Gloria in excelsis Deo for SATB chorus and
Brass Quintet OR organ).

Keyboard reductions are included on the octavo for rehearsal or
performance if a brass ensemble is not available. Perusal copies are
available on request

Works for Chorus and Brass Sextet by Jack Gottlieb

1. TWO AFFIRMATIONS: "Tsur Yisrael" and "Khatsi
Kaddish" (Hebrew)

"Khatsi Kaddish" has been recorded five times

2. BLESSED BE THE NAME (Hebrew and English)


Solo Voice or Unison Choir and Brass Sextet (English or Hebrew)




Solo Voice and Brass Sextet (English or Hebrew)


Theophilous Music, Inc., Publisher / Transcontinental Music
Publications, Distributor

SOMETHING SPOKEN IN THE NIGHT by John Biggs (SATB, 3trp, 3trb) 6.5
min. Text: Thomas Wolfe, pub: Consort Press

Canite Tuba, (Christmas Triptych) 3 movements, about 17 minutes. Sample

pages and audio examples can be found at:

I have done an arrangement of "Plea from Africa" by the S African
composer, J B Bokwe for

Hn 1.2. (tutti & soli)

Tpt.1.2. (tutti & soli)


Bass Trb


SATB and solo mezzo (or other suitable voice)

I have it on Sibelius 3 if you want it.

My wife did it recently with her university choir and it worked well.
Also have it for mixed wind/brass ensemble or string quartet or
string orchestra.

Kind regards

Dr Peter Louis van Dijk


I have an arrangement of "Sing We Now of Christmas" (can't remember
the original arranger but it is published by Bock) for SATB divisi
and Brass Quintet. The original is a cappella and is very rousing. I
thought brass would add to the energy!

Craig C. Hawkins


The Celebration Choir at

Our Savior Lutheran Church

Endwell, NY USA


From Database:

Clinton F. Nieweg

Philadelphia Orchestra Principal Librarian (Ret.)

(Research for Conductors and Librarians)


Pinkham, Daniel ( 1923 - )


Schuman, William Howard ( 1910 - 1992 )



Bruckner, Anton

Weltliche Chöre, 1843-1893

Edited By Angela Pachovsky And Anton Reinthaler.

Choral works organized into the following categories: men's chorus a
cappella; men's chorus with piano accompaniment; men's chorus with
brass; men's chorus with organ; mixed chorus a cappella; men's
quartet; mixed quartet. With preface in German and English.

(Bruckner, Anton, Gesamtausgabe, Band XXIII/2)

Wien: Musikwissenschaftl.verlag ©2001

Full Score; 30 cm.; xii, 186 p.

Edition #/ISBN: B 23/2-DIR


Kalke, Ernst-thilo, (1924-)

Glory Hallelujah! : 5 Gospels Für Gemischten Chor (Oder Männerchor) &

This volume contains arrangements of five American gospel songs, for
mixed choir and brass quintet. With an introduction in German and

Magdeburg: Edition Walhall ©2006

Score & 7 Parts; 30 cm.; 21, 3x5, 4x4 p.

Edition #/ISBN: EW 562


Do You Hear What I Hear for Chorus & Brass (Barker)


HAL00024052 sa chor, pf 1.25


Joy to the World arranged for Chorus & Brass (Mason-Rutter)


HMC00785 soprano, alto, tenor, bass 1.40

JR042 sc & pts (1 of each pt) 35.00


O Come All Ye Faithful arranged for Chorus & Brass (R.L.Elliot)


JAC000239 satb chor, pf 1.15

JAC000364 score & set of brass parts 12.95


Twelve Days of Christmas for Chorus & Brass Quintet (Cable).


score & parts on rental


HANDEL, George Frideric

And the Glory of the Lord (from "Messiah") for Brass Quartet & Chorus


AME08071155 score & parts 15.00


HANDEL, George Frideric

Messiah Overture for Brass Quartet & Chorus (Thomas).


AME08071154 score & parts 15.00



Hark! The Herald Angels Sing for Chorus & Brass (Hunter).


HMC01105 satb chor, pf 1.75

HMC01105A brass parts 15.00


Ding Dong Merrily On High (Cable)

(Canadian Brass/Indianapolis Children's Choir)


HAL08705528 soprano 1, soprano 2, alto 1.50

HAL08705526 satb chor, pf 1.60

HAL08705527 sab chor, pf 1.50

HAL08705529 2 voices (SA/TB, ST/AB, etc.) 1.50

HAL08705530 score & parts (brass) 20.00

O Christmas Tree

(Canadian Brass/Indianapolis Children's Choir)


HAL08705520 soprano, alto, tenor, bass 1.25

HAL08705521 soprano, alto, bass 1.25

HAL08705522 soprano 1, soprano 2, alto 1.25

HAL08705523 2 voices (SA/TB, ST/AB, etc.) 1.25

HAL08705524 score & parts (brass) 15.00


By Heinrich Schutz.

Psalm 100

SATB and Brass

Edited by Bob Dingley. Gvt chorals (SATB). 16 pages. Published by
Warner Brothers. (VEI2002)

For two SATB choirs or one SATB choir and brass. Both English and
German Lyric provided. Brass instrumentation: Two Bb Trumpets, Horn
in F, Trombone, Tuba (or Bass Trombone or Baritone). Brass parts
available on photocopy status, V1318.



Christ Is Arisen, Let Us Sing/Let All the Nations Praise the
Lord --

50-4035--$1.25 -- O FILII ET FILIAE. SATB, Brass Quartet or
Keyboard. M-MD


Christians, Rejoice!

50-4409--$1.25 -- SATB and Brass Quartet or Keyboard. ME-M

Sing and Rejoice

50-4043--$1.75 -- Reproducible parts for Brass included in score.

SATB and Brass Quartet or Keyboard.

Pub. MorningStar Music Publications



Mister Lear, for SATB and Brass Quartet (words by Edward Lear) l980

It is tonal and influenced by jazz harmonies. The brass players have
to be deft and spirited, especially in the fugue that ends the piece
and a very good amateur choir is required also.



Bryan Beaumont Hays

Let all the World in Every Corner Sing - SATB and Brass Qt.

George Herbert (1593-1632)

Brass quartet = 2 Trumpets in C and 2 Tenor Trombones in Bb

Bryan Beaumont Hays, was born in 1920 on a farm near Clarksville,
Tennessee. His Southern roots remain strong even after 42 years as a
monk in Saint John's Abbey, Collegeville, Minnesota.

"The woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those
that sing the best." Attributed to Henry David Thoreau

Dr. Robert Eaton, Artistic Director
Assabet Valley Mastersingers
Assabet Valley Chambersingers

Minister of Music
First Baptist Church of Lexington

Treasurer/Past-President Mass. American Choral Directors Association

on December 7, 2004 10:00pm
Please allow me to suggest my piece for Brass Quintet, Satb choir, Organ, Timpani and congregation "Canticle of Faithfulness" based on Psalm 89 and uses the hymn "Great Is Thy Faithfulness. The Mormon Tab Choir has done it 7 times. Thank you. Sorry, I forgot to give the publisher. It's Hope Publishing Co,
on April 14, 2007 10:00pm
My name is Ramon and I have a Brass Quintet.
Our Brass Quintet will make a concert with choral in a few weeks.
If it's not difficult for you and do not originate any trouble for you, please, could you send me some scores for Brass Quintet and Choral.
We have some of these scores in finale 2006, or pdf. It's not a problem for us.

In spect of your answer,
we send you our regards.
Thank you for your time.

on July 1, 2007 10:00pm
I would like to find Joy to the World - Canadian Brass arrangement. It was published through Hal Leonard about ten years ago but is out of print.If anyone knows where I might find it please email me at:
It is SATB with brass quintet in a gospel style.
on December 4, 2008 10:00pm
Please note that the website for Canadian composer Ron Hannah (whose "Mr. Lear", for SATB and Brass Quartet, is mentioned above) has changed to
on December 25, 2008 10:00pm
"Jubilate" by Bob Chilcott, is an absolutely wonderful 17 minute work based on Psalm 100 with piano, timpani, 3 trumpets 2 horns 3 trb and tuba.

The second movement "Song" is a particularly gorgeous piece for soprano solo, horn and piano. It is accessible, fresh, melodious and exciting. Chilcott has some very fine new publications out.
on September 30, 2015 5:59am
from John Rommereim:
I'd like to add to this list a piece I just finished titled "To the World's Edge," for SATB choir and brass quintet (2tp., hn., tenor tbn., tuba, c. 4 min.).  It's a setting of Psalm 19.  The title refers to the way in which Psalm 19 seems saturated with the awareness of the majesty of the world beyond our immediate surroundings, and of being made to feel very small in the presence of that enormity.  The piece will be premiered by the Grinnell United Church of Christ choir with the Des Moines Syphony Brass Quintet in a couple of weeks.   I don't have a recording yet, but you can view the score here:
John Rommereim