Christmas: Favorite concert works
Date: Tue, 13 Jan 1998 16:50:45 -0500 (EST)
From: David Griggs-Janower
Subject: Xmas rep (compilation - long)
My original three-part post asked for favorite SATB works for December
holiday concerts that we'd all like to share with colleagues. Due to
some problems with our server here, I'm not sure I received
evereything that was sent, so apologize in advance for anything
The three sections: a cappella; with harp; with one or more
instruments (but not too many!) not including keyboard.
Here are the results, and thanks to all who submitted repertory
Albany Pro Musica, NY
I have written two SATB a cappella arrangements of Yiddish Chanuka songs:
O, Ir Kleyne Likhtelekh (O, You Little Lights) by Morris Rosenfeld
Ikh Bin a Kleyner Dreydl (I Am A Little Dreydl) by Mikhl Gelbart
These arrangements are of moderate (or slightly more than moderate)
difficulty. They have been sung by Di Goldene Keyt/The Yiddish
Chorale, The Workmen's Circle Chorus, and the Jewish Folk Chorus of
San Francisco, among others.
Ikh Bin a Kleyner Dreydl will be available from Carl Fischer in the spring
(with both Yiddish and English lyrics). O, Ir Kleyne Likhtelekh, which
is entirely in Yiddish, is available from me.
There Is No Rose, Stephen Caracciolo SATB Morningstar, 4 min, Medium
Salvation is Created, Chesnekof (Tchesnokoff, etc)
SSAATTBB or various arrangement of voicings, but the fuller the better
various publishers, I think
DET AR EN ROS UTSPRUNGEN (Swedish)/M. Praetorius - J.
Sandström/SSSAAATTTBBB/Sveriges Korforbunds, Sweden.
4 MOTETS (Latin)/Francis Poulenc/SATB/Salabert, France.
3 MOTETS for Christmas (Latin)/Julio Dominguez/SATB/unpublished,
available from the composer (juliod(a)lander.es).
KUTUN KANTAK (Basque Country)/Javier Busto/SATB/unpublished,
available from the composer (busto(a)lander.es).
CANTO NO BERCE (Galician)/Julio Dominguez/SATB/unpublished, available
from the composer (juliod(a)lander.es).
Betelehemu - arr. Brooks - SATB - with percussion - moderate--this is a
blast with choreog.! Lawson-Gould 52744
In Silent Night - Southall - SATB - moderate - gorgeous! - Jusko
Baby, What You Goin' To Be? - Sleeth - SATB - moderate--shows piano but
can be done most effectively without it as well.
Brightest and Best, Appalachian carol arr. Wayland Rogers, SATB, easy.
Angels We Have Heard, SATB/SSAA, arr. Linda Gingrich, Santa Barbara
Music, 3 minutes.
Sweet was the Song - Robert Young - SATB with divisi, Gentry
There is No Rose - Robert Young - with divisi, Gentry
Of the Father's Love Begotten - Robert Young - Plymouth?
Emmanuel - God with Us - Robert Young - 11 min - Plymouth - three
parts: O come Emmanuel arrangement, a Magnificat setting, and
Love Came Down at Christmastide - Fissinger
Morton Lauridsen - O Magnum Mysterium - divisi - gorgeous
David Conte - Ave Maria - EC Schirmer
Busto - Ave Maria - Plymouth?
Five Spanish Carols - arr. Gregory Rose - Oxford
The Three Kings - Healey Willan - divisi, not easy!
the Blessed Son of God - Vaughan Williams
Nova, NOva - Richard DeLong - ECS?
African Noel - Andre thomas (percussion)
Nativity Madrigals - Daniel Pinkham - ECS (great texts! - with or
Sing We Noel - Kirby Shaw
Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire - Mel Torme, arr. Ed Lojeski
La Virgen Lava Panales - Nin-Culmell - Broude Bros
The Lost CHild - Nin-Culmell - Broude Bros
Alfred Burt - three sets of carols - Shawnee
Away in a Manger - Brad Ellingboe - uses TWO of the familiar tunes -
To Him We Sing - Robert Young - Gentry - divisi
Three Christmas Miniatures - Robert Young - Gentry - easy
SATB WITH HARP:
Britten - Ceremony of Carols
Luboff - Still, Still, Still - 3 min - written for piano but harp
Rutter - Dancing Day - SSA - 25 min
Czonka - COncierto de Navidad - SSA - 20 min
Duermete, Nino Lindo - arr. Wayland Rogers, S solo, 3 min, easy,
self-published. See his url above.
Michael Fink - What Sweeter Music - ECS - medium
Come Love We god - Pinkham - Medium - ECS
Sussex Carol - Martin Dicke - w/ optional handbells, Walton, easy
Little Tree, Steven Herzog - Warland CD December Stillness
Stephen Paulus - Jesu Carols - EAM, not easy!
Kesselman - Jesus Born in Bethlea - Boosey
John LaMontaine - Wonder Tidings - now self-pub
Paulus - Sing Hallelu - EAM
Kesselman - The Friendly Beasts - Plymouth
Jeffrey Van - El Rorro
Jeffrey Van - O Be Joyful
Jeffrey Van - Child of Peace
(oops - Van pieces for guitar!!!)
Craig Carnahan - A Cradle Song
Pinkham - Nativity Madrigals - great texts - work with or without harp
Paulus - Snow had fallen; Christ was born (text: In the Bleak
SATB with OBBLIGATO INSTS. (not keyboard)
Susa - Carols and Lullabies - harp, guitar, marimba - 10 movements or
Jeffrey Van - with guitar - see above (oops, not harp)
Rutter - Candlelight Carol, arr. flute, harp, organ/strings
Pinkham - Evergreen - unison, free selction of inst, such as guitars,
handbells, harp, etc. ECS - 5 min, medium easy
Patapan - ar. robert Batastini - flute, drums
Fissinger - Wind Through the Olive Trees - oboe?
Paulus - We Three Kings - harp and oboe - nice arrangement! - easy
Nelybuhl - Estampie Natalis
Andre Thomas - African Noel - percussion
This list seems woefully inadequate for the five favorites of
everyone, but here it is, for what it's worth!