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Double (or multiple) choir

Thank you for the splendid response to my original question:

"Could you make some suggestions of your favorite literature for two or more
choirs? I'll post a compilation."

I received numerous responses, some quite detailed. For this compilation, I
built on the work of Alexa Doebele, who sent me a list of works she compiled
in a doctoral project on polychoral works. I added works/composers to her
list and compiled it here.

Allen Simon pointed me to a pre-existing compilation of double choir works.
(choralnet.org > Repertoire > by Voicing > Double choir). I assimilated
that list into this compilation.

Music for Double Choir
Compilation, November 14, 2006

Allaway, Ben
"From This House"

Bach, Johann Sebastian (1685-1750)
Messe in h-moll, BWV 232 (Osanna)
Passio secundum Matthaeum, BWV 244 (Part II)
Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied, BWV 225
Cantata 50 (try it a cappella for a real challenge....)
Singet Dem Herrn; Komm Jesu, Komm; Der Geisthilft
St. Matthew Passion

Bartók, Béla (1881-1945)
Cantata profana

Biebl:
Ave Maria

Brahms, Johannes (1833-1897)
Fest- und Gedenksprüche, op. 109 Fantastic Brahmsian part-writing and a
very
rich, dense choral texture with sections that could be done by a pair of
solo
quartets to add variety.

Op74 (Warum ist das licht, O Heiland); Op 109
(Unsere Vater, Wenn ein Starker, and Wo ist ein so Herrlich Volk)
"Ich aber bin elend" Op. 110, No. 1 by Johannes Brahms (C. F., Peters
#6644, 1964)

Benjamin Britten
"Hymn to the Virgin" by (Bosey & Co., Ltd. 1935)

Charpentier, Marc-Antoine (1643-1704)
Pestis Mediolanensis

Cherubini, Luigi (1760-1842)
Crucifixus (spurious)

Timothy G. Cooper
I wrote an Ave Maria setting a few years ago on commission for the New
Brunswick Choral Federation

Demantius, Christoph (1567-1643)
Jungfraw, ich het ein Bit an euch

Distler, Hugo (1908-1942)
Die Weihnachtsgeschichte, op. 10 (fifth chorale variation)

Durante
Misericordias Domini

Gabrieli, Andrea (c. 1520-1586)
Tirsi morir volea
Magnificat (3 choirs)

Gabrieli, Giovanni (c. 1554-1612)
Buccinate in neomenia tuba
Gloria in excelsis
Jubilate Deo
Lieto godea sedendo
Magnificat a 12
"In Ecclesiis" by Giovanni Gabrieli (G. Schirmer, Inc., #10121, 1969)
Hodie Cristus Natus Est

Jacobus Gallus
Alleluia! In your Resurrection
This is the Day
O admirabile commercium
Pater Noster

Guerrero, Francisco (1528-1599)
Duo seraphim

Handel, George Frideric (1685-1759)
Israel in Egypt, HWV 54 (Part II)
And there came all manner of flies (from Israel in Egypt)

Harris, William Henry (1883-1973)
"Bring Us, O Lord God" and
"Faire is the Heaven"

Hassler, Hans Leo (1564-1612)
Mein Lieb will mit mir kriegen

Howells, Herbert (1892-1983)
Requiem (Salvator mundi, Requiem aeternam 1)

Allen Koepke
Allen Koepke's "Every Time I Feel the Spirit" partnered with "Walk
Together Children," published by Santa Barbara Music Publishing (
www.spbp.com). It's a great double choir piece that's a cappella for
SATB/SSA. It's fantastic--a great closer.

Kverno, Trond (b. 1945)
Ave maris stella

di Lasso, Orlando (c. 1532-1594)
O lr, o che bon eccho!
Echo Song –
"Levavi Oculos Meos" by Orlando di Lasso (G. Schirmer #11269, 1965)

Dan Locklair
Alleluia Dialogues

Lotti
"Vere languores nostros" by Lotti, a very beautiful double chorus
setting for SAT/SAB voicing. It's available from The Cecilian Singers
Press.

Lully, Jean-Baptiste (1632-1687)
Miserere mei Deus

Chris Marshall
May I draw your attention to my anthem 'I Lift Up My Eyes' for double
SATB choir. http://www.canz.com/vaiaata

Corrado Margutti
Agnus Dei

Martin, Frank (1890-1974)
Mass for double chorus (Crucifixus, Agnus Dei)

Mendelssohn, Felix (1809-1847)
Heilig
Kyrie eleison
Mendelssohn's various motets for double choir
Hora Est (for 4 choirs SATB with organ and opt. cello)

Monte, Philippe de (1521-1603)
Super flumina Babylonis

Vespero della Beata Vergine (Nisi Dominus, Ave maris stella)

Morgan, Thomas Edward (b. 1962)
Images from Thoreau

Mouton:
Nesciens Mater (canonic double chorus)

Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus (1756-1791)
Mass in C minor, KV 427 (Qui tollis)
Venite Populi

Naninno
Cantate Domino, Canticum Novum -

Orff, Carl (1895-1982)
Carmina burana (Veni, veni, venias)

Pachelbel, Johann (1653-1706)
Nun danket alle Gott
Jauchzet dem Herrn,
Singet dem Herrn

Palestrina
Illuminare Jerusalem

Parker, Horatio (1863-1919)
Hora novissima, op. 30 (Stant Syon atria)

Elizabeth Hayden Pizer
my "Kyrie Eleison", scored for SSAATTBB a cappella voices.
Performance duration = ca. 10-minutes.

Pizzetti, Ildebrando (1880-1968)
Messa di requiem (Sanctus)

Costanzo Porta
Laudate Dominum

Poulenc:
Figure Humaine (not for the weak of heart)

Praetorius/Sandstrom:
Lo how a rose e'er blooming

Ariel Quintana
My Hodie Christus Natus Est for double chorus, was premiered by the Los
Angeles Master Chorale. It is published by Alliance. Try it, is fun and not
hard to sing, but you need a big ensemble.

Rachmaninoff, Sergei(1873-1943)
Liturgiya Sv. Ioanna Zlatousta (Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom), op. 31
(Vo
tsárstvii Tvoyém, Otche nash, Búdi ímia Ghospódne)

Rheinberger
Mass in E-flat

Jena Root
"Pipings: From the Memoirs of Ethel Smyth (a setting of Ethel Smyths
"March of the Women" with additional text from her memoirs). The piece
contains several sections for double choir and choir - octet.

Sametz, Steven (b. 1954)
in time of

Alesandro Scarlatti
"O Magnum Mysterium" by (Schmitt Hall, & McCreary Co. #1439, 1972)


Scheidt, Samuel (1587-1654)
Angelus ad pastores ait, SSWV 13
Duo seraphim clamabant, SSWV 10

Schumann, Robert (1810-1856)
Vier doppelchörige Gesänge, op. 141

Schütz, Heinrich (1585-1672)
Musikalische Exequien, SWV 280
Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied, SWV 35
Vasto mar, SWV 19
Ich bin die auferstehung und das Leben
Deutsches Magnificat
Psalm 100
Psalm 150

Martin Shaw
Sing we Merrily Unto God Our Strength

Jeff Smallman
"Rainfall" - SATB / SSA, approximately 3:15 long
"Long Journey" - SATB / 2-part treble, approximately 11:00 long
"On Suuri Sun Rantas Autius" - SATB / SATB, approximately 4:30 long
(this last one was premiered by the Finnish group Rajaton at the 2005
Kaleid choral festival) All of these pieces are published through
Lighthouse Music Publications, and are tonal.

Stanford
Mag & Nunc in A, which has a truly incredible double-choir
Gloria Patri (in English, with organ)
Coelos Ascendit Hodie

Strauss:
Der Abend (technically for 16 parts, but I think that could
qualify it...)

Striggio, Alessandro (c. 1536-1592)
Ecce beatam lucem

Swayne, Giles (b. 1946)
Magnificat, op. 33

Tallis, Thomas (c. 1505-1585)
Spem in alium nunquam habui

Tavener, John (b. 1944)
Two Hymns to the Mother of God

Telemann
Two Magnificats, one in C and the other in G. I'm pretty sure
both are for double chorus, and quite beautiful.

Thompson:
Ye Shall Have a Song (Final movement of Peaceable Kingdom)
Have Ye Not Known
Ye Were Sometimes Darkness (Walk as children of light)

Mack Wilberg
Cindy

Vaughan Williams, Ralph (1872-1958)
Mass in g minor
Te Deum in G
Lord, Thou Hast Been Our Refuge

Verdi, Giuseppe (1813-1901)
Messa da Requiem (Sanctus)

Tomas L. de Victoria
Gloria in Excelsis
"Lauda Sion" by Tomas Luis de Victoria (J. and W. Chester, Ltd. #8870,
1969)
"Magnificat primi toni"

Vivaldi, Antonio (1678-1741)
Dixit Dominus, RV 594

Julian Wachner:
Rilke Songs (only Die Flamingos splits properly into 2
choirs, but the rest of the time the choir is often split tonally)

Allelujah for two women choirs. The second part
of it sounds like a dance.

Walton, William (1902-1983)
Belshazzaras Feast
Jubilat Deo

Werle, Lars Johan (1926-2001)
trees

Charles Wood
Hail Gladdening Light

Eric Whitacre's
"Her Sacred Spirit Soars"



--
Dr. Philip L. Copeland
Director of Choral Activities
The University of Alabama at Birmingham
plc(a)uab.edu
http://uabchoirs.blogspot.com/





on April 30, 2003 10:00pm
Mendelssohn's Hora est is for 4 choirs SATB with organ and opt. cello(just to clarify)
on September 11, 2003 10:00pm
You might enjoy "Momentous" written for double choir, wind ensemble, harp, and percussion. It was written for milestone moments - such as the turn of the century! To preview, go to www.songsforall.com and click on the 'repertoire' list.
on August 18, 2004 10:00pm
Oops. It's sbmp.com.
on August 18, 2004 10:00pm
Try Allen Koepke's "Every Time I Feel the Spirit" partnered with "Walk Together Children," published by Santa Barbara Music Publishing (www.spbp.com). It's a great double choir piece that's a cappella for SATB/SSA. It's fantastic--a great closer.
on October 23, 2004 10:00pm
I absolutely love Durante's Misericordias Domini. It is one of the best double choir pieces I've come across.
on November 24, 2004 10:00pm
Another really excellent Double Choir work is Brahms' Fest-- und Gedenkspruke.
on June 6, 2005 10:00pm
My Hodie Christus Natus Est for double chorus, was premiered by the Los Angeles Master Chorale. It is published by Alliance. Try it, is fun and not hard to sing, but you need a big ensemble.
on December 20, 2005 10:00pm
Good Morning,

I'm not sure if you'd be interested in any more double choir works, but I've written 3, all of them commissions:

"Rainfall" - SATB / SSA, approximately 3:15 long

"Long Journey" - SATB / 2-part treble, approximately 11:00 long

"On Suuri Sun Rantas Autius" - SATB / SATB, approximately 4:30 long (this last one was premiered by the Finnish group Rajaton at the 2005 Kaleid choral festival)

All of these pieces are published through Lighthouse Music Publications, and are tonal.

Thanks,

Jeff Smallman
composer
on September 14, 2006 10:00pm
I love so much Victoria's "Magnificat primi toni" !
(score available at cpdl.org)
Regards !
on November 14, 2006 10:00pm
A really unexpectedly wonderful double-choir work is by John Rutter - Hymn to the Creator of Light. It's nothing like any of Rutter's "cutesy" church anthems - a really beautiful work. Also, Rene Clausen's O Vos Omnes is an interesting and dramatic work for double choir.
on April 10, 2009 1:26am
Double Choruses from Handel's Israel in Egypt:

double choruses, as numbered in the Novello edition (edited by Mendelssohn - must be time someone did a new one):

2 And the children of Israel
6 He spake the word
7 He gave them hailstones
8 He sent a thick darkness
12 He rebuked the Red Sea (one page)
13 He led them through the deep
15 And Israel saw (one page)
17 Moses, and the children of Israel (2 pages)
18 I will sing unto the Lord
20 He is my God (one page)
23 The depths have covered them
24 Thy right hand, O Lord
25 And in the greatness (one page)
26 Thou sentest forth Thy wrath
30 Who is like unto Thee? (one page)
31 The earth swallowed them
33 The people shall hear
35 The Lord shall reign
39 Sing ye to the Lord – leads into repeats of 35 and 18

From: Peter Marshall