Christmas by voicing: TTBB with brass or soprano solo
Thanks to all who replied to my requests for Christmas literature for male
chorus with brass and general literature for male chorus with soprano solo.
Here are the responses I have received:
Schubert, "The Omnipotence" TTBB plus soprano (or tenor) solo.
It is not a Christmas piece, but John Crawford's Psalm 98 (O Sing Unto the
Lord) for TBB, brass and piano (Oxford 94.102) is effective.
Dan Pinkham has a piece on the same text: Psalm 98, same forces (Thorpe
392-03019) which I have not done.
>From Christopher Marhsall: 'Pastorale', my setting of Psalm 23 for Soprano,
TTBB, Wind sextet, andVibraphone...I don't know if you're interested in
exciting settings of ancient Maori poetry, but if so, my cycle 'Tihei, Mauri
Ora!' might be of interest. It's for TTBB (some solos and divisions) with a
very showy clarinet part. It's about 20 minutes long. (e-mail Chris at
vaiaata(a)ihug.co.nz for more information)
Frank Ferko's new
Stabat Mater (ECS Publishing, 2000) has 1 movement (only about 3 minutes or
so) called "Elegy." It's really beautiful.
Also, Ken Fulton's edition of Monteverdi's "Non havea febo ancora"
(Alliance, 1994) is wonderful.
I would recommend "Helletused" (Childhood Memory) by Estonian composer Veljo
Tormis. It is published by Edition Fazer, Helsinki, Finland.
Susa: The Chanticleer's Carol (TTBB/TTBB, 2 horns, 3 trumpets, 3 trombones)
Frackenpohl: Shepherds Rejoice (TTBB 3 hns, 3 tbns, tuba) Robert King Music
Deering/Biester: Quem vidistis pastores (TTBB, T, B soli, 2 tpts, horn, tbn,
tuba -- tuba part doubles tbn and could be played by 2nd tbn with minor
adjustment) Lawson/Gould 51758
Re: Sop solo/male chorus: the Schubert Standchen op. 135 comes to mind ---
>From Rob Ross (RobertamR(a)aol.com): I have a *Glory to God* (on the familiar
St. Luke text) that, while it is for SATB, brass, & percussion (2 players:
timps, chimes, bells, crash cymbals), could easily be rescored for TTBB. The
brass scoring is for standard quintet (2 trpts, hn, trb, tb), but the tuba
part could be taken by organ pedals.
I also have a Psalm 100 in Hebrew for TTBB & organ alone to which brass
could be added.
Works which I do not know, but for which I've heard good recommendations,
include Argento's Revelation of St. John the Divine and Husa's Cantata, but
these probably require more brass players than you have. Have you
considered Dufay's Gloria ad Modum Tubae? Or, for that matter, any
Renaissance piece which would work well with brass doubling?
Well, there's Monteverdi's Lamento della Ninfa (Walton), Rossini's La Danza
(Lawson-Gould) and Verdi's La Vergine Degli Angeli (Arista); also Janacek's
Potulny Silenec [Wandering Madman] (Supraphon); I believe all are fairly
short. Debussy's second of three Chansons, Quant J'ai Ouy le Tabourin, is
ATB with alto solo, but perhaps it could be done by a soprano? Then there
are longer works like Sallinen's Dies Irae (Novello), which I own but have
never looked at, and Sibelius' Kullervo, both of which have a baritone solo
as well as the soprano.
Thanks again for all of the suggestions.
Washington Men's Camerata