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SSA or SSAA: with Baritone solo



Original question: What, besides Elinor Remick Warren's _The Harp Weaver_,
can I program for women's chorus and baritone soloist?

A number of replies asked for information about the Warren piece. First
published in 1932 by H.W. Gray in a version for SSA, baritone soloist, piano,
and two harps (we did it with piano and one harp), it was subsequently scored
for orchestra and so performed in 1936. Long out of print, its rights are
now held by Carl Fischer, Inc., who rapidly and generously granted me the
right to make licensed photocopies of my one study copy, for a very
reasonable fee.

The text is by Edna St. Vincent Millay, Running time of the single movement
is about 20 minutes. It is richly chromatic, not easy. The chorus performs
a lot of functions: narrator, sound effects (wind, whistling threads in the
harp-loom), the singing voice of the mother as she works, and so on. The
choral part is somewhat fragmentary, with no set-pieces, so it is hard for
the chorus to get the big picture until they do a full run with the soloist.
You can hear a nine-minute excerpt, in which the chorus seems to be far, far
away, at www.elinorremickwarren.com
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Now for your replies, and some more things I found:

"The Three Kings." It's the Cornelius counterpoint ("Three
kings from Persian lands afar") to "How brightly shines the morning
star," with the chorale arranged for SSAA.
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Can your Alto II section sing a low D?
If so, you might be able to arrange an aria from Bach's St. John Passion
for Baritone and SSAA. The chorus sings the chorale "Jesu, deine Passion,"
I think, while the baritone sings Mein teurer Heiland, with numerous trills,
etc..
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>From the 1950s to the early 1970s the "Belles of Indiana" at Indiana
University were directed by a very fine baritone, who did sing with them as
soloist as well as directing them. His name might have been Eugene Bayless.

I've no way of knowing whether any of the special arrangements that were
written for Gene and the Belles have survived, but some inquiries of the
I.U. Choral Department, the Music Library, and the choral performance
library might turn something up
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O My Love's'Like a Red Red rose - by Coulter (Santa Barbara Publishers)
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A short piece from "Naked Man" has been arr. for women's voices and baritone.
It's entitled "I come from good people" and is publ. by Yelton Rhodes Music.
It's a pop sort of piece.
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Michael Head wrote a delightful set of seven pieces titled "Snowbirds"
published in 1956 by Boosey and Hawkes. The texts are by Sri Ananda Acharya,
a late 19th, early 20th c. Brahmin poet who apparently wrote his poetry in
English. He lived in Europe after 1911.

The baritone sings in four of the sections and the work is really a
beautiful example of Head's work as well as a piece very representative of
the period.
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Check with American Music Center in N.Y., and ecspublications.com in
Massachusetts
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Here's an odd idea. How about Shcubert's Standchen, giving the mezzo
solo to the baritone? I'll bet in would work.

Once you'e opened that door, you can do Brahms Alto Rhapsody with
complete gender reversal: give the men's parts to the women's chorus
and the alto solo tot he baritone. But then you'd have to give the
orchestra part to a band, I guess!
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Janie Nance-Hall's "There Is A Season" is recorded for SSAA choir, baritone
solo, and orchestra. It's a beautifully expressive piece written in memory
of her daughter that was tragically killed in an auto accident.

3294212 There is A Season Shawnee Press $1.50
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There is a light little Weelkes piece for three part women and baritone that
could work well as a choir/solo kind of thing. it's about three muses and i
think appollo chasing them, could be fun, but not a focus piece
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It just so happens that I'm preparing my doctoral dissertation on
works for chorus and baritone soloist. While I don't have publisher
information in my office, I can at least pass along some composers
and titles right now; I can find you publisher info for the ones that
interest you. Note that this is merely a list, and at this point, I
don't know the pieces well enough to offer any sort of
recommendation.

P. Paul Bliss "O night, o lovely night" SSAA, bari, piano
Mary Helen Brown "The Armenian maid" women, bari, piano, oboe
Carl Busch "Pan's Flute" ssa, bari, piano, flute
Dorothy L. Crawford "Cantata on texts of St. Francis" women, bari,
oboe, strings
Genevieve David "Eventide" SSA, bari/contralto, piano
Johannes Driessler "O wundersame Liebe, op. 18" SSA, bari, flute,
oboe, viola, cello
Edwin Gerschefski "Half moon mountain, op. 33" ssa, bari, 3322-
4331-timp-perc-str
Michael Head "Snowbirds" SSA, bari/mezzo
Arthur Honegger "Amphion" women, bari, orch
Jan Malek "Dawns" women, bari, 3 recorders, viola, perc
Jan Malek "Inside: 4 songs" women, bari
Jan Malek "Uvnitr" women, bari
Haru Nakajima "Nagasaki no inori" SMzA, bari, piano
Maurice Ohana "Llanto por Ignacio Sanchez Meijas" 8-12pt
women, bari, 1121-2100-timp-perc
Herbert Owen Reed "Ripley ferry" ssaa, bari, wind septet
Siegfried Strohbach "Drei geistliche Konzerte" ssaa, bari,
metallophone
William J. Sydeman "Prometheus" women, bari, orch
Terumichi Tanaka "Heike Monogatari--Kancho-no-maki, part III"
women, bari, orch
Deems Taylor "The Highwayman, op. 8" women, bari, orch
Evan Zamechnik "There beneath the hills, the high hill" women,
bari, reciter, orch
Kurt Thomas "Wenn ich mit Menschen- und mit Engelzungen
redete" 2pt, bari, organ
Georg P. Telemann "Der Schulmeister" 2pt, bari, 2vln, continuo
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I just am putting the finishing touches on a piece I
composed for our women to sing on Father's Day. The
solo part in our performance will be done by a
soprano, but I am a baritone, and wrote the solo in my
own range, and to perform myself at some point. The
songs used are two southern goapel hymns, Just Over in
the Glory Land, and I'll Fly Away. It features verses
and choruses of each hymn, with the two choruses sung
simultaneously at the end. This is definitely a
character piece in the southern church style. Piano
parts are moderately difficult, but manageable
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The Toronto Children's Chorus did a concert with an eminent Canadian
baritone. If you contact them thru their website, they may be able to help
you
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A Google search led me to:
Arthur Nevin, The Land of Heart's Desire (1901)
Ralph Vaughan Williams, Willow-Wood (1903)
Elizabeth Gyring, Hymn of Gratitude (1948)
Phillip James, Skyscraper Romance
and an OCLC search to:
Vivian Fine, Psalm 13 (1957)
Herbert Fromm, Song of Miriam (1946)
William Denny, Most Glorious Lord of Life (1943)
Mario Castelnuove-Tadesco, The Fiery Furnace
Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, The Highwayman.

These will not be in the bin at your music retailer, but you may be able to
get them through interlibrary loan.

Many thanks to those who sent replies:
Nina Gilbert, Pat Maimone, John Howell, Brian Dehn, Iris Levine, Jim Myers,
Paul Mark, David Griggs-Janower, David Giardiniere, David Harris, David
Mahraun, Patrick Lollis, Melva Graham

Best wishes,

Mary Lycan
Women's Voices Chorus
mlycanclef(a)aol.com

on June 21, 2007 10:00pm
Previous response with updated e-mail.

thx
on June 21, 2007 10:00pm
I'm writing this over five years after the original posting, but your info is just what I've been looking for. Our community women's group, the Boise (Idaho) Choristers is performing our spring 2008 concert to the theme of women in music - both composers and thematic. We desperately need a piece that we can perform with our baritone scholarship student. "There Is A Season" by Janie Nance-Hall sounds perfect, but I can find no information (other than your resource) on this composition. Even searching through the publisher has yielded nothing. Any ideas?

We need to make some final decisions on next season's music within the next few weeks, so your help would really be appreciated.

thx

~gail