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Schubert's greatest choral work?

Just doing a quick poll.  What is Schubert's greatest choral piece?
 
Thanks!
 
David Ikard
on November 23, 2011 9:34am
Mass in G
on November 23, 2011 10:07am
Dear Mr. Ikard:
 
The E flat and A flat masses are
excellent pieces--musically, the
A flat is more complex--which is
surprising, as it was composed
before the E flat mass--but the
E flat is more of a crowd pleaser--
and entirely worth doing, just for
the "Et incarnatus est"--which is
scored for STT soli--gorgeous music.
 
And where smaller works are
concerned, his Psalm 23--originally
for SSAA, but later revised by
others for SATB, the best version
being by John Stainer--is at the
top of my list.
 
 
Cordially,
 
Thomas Sheets, D.M.A.
on November 23, 2011 10:19am
Sorry, can't choose between the Eb and Ab masses.  FOndness for the Ab!
 
David
on November 23, 2011 11:48am
Hi, David.  Would you care to define what you mean by "greatest"?  Most popular?  Most often performed?  Most satisfying to sing?  Highest quality?  (Oh yeah, there are no absolute measures of quality.  A pity, but still quite true.)
 
All the best,
John
on November 23, 2011 4:50pm
For study and quiet enjoyment, the Ab Mass.  For performance, the Eb.
on November 24, 2011 5:41am
Hello:
Two of Schubert's greatest chorals come to mind.  I have performed them both...as a singer and as a conductor:
The Mass in G and the Stabat Mater.
But,by far my favorite is Die Allmacht.
Happy Thanksgiving!
                        t
on November 24, 2011 6:57am
Miriam's Siegesgesang for soprano solo, SATB chorus, and piano (the biblical story presented in a poem by Franz Grillparzer). This is a mulit-movement, cyclic piece that has some of Schubert's most inspired tone-painting, romantic harmonies, and his best fugue. It was written in the last months of Schubert's life and he probably intended to orchestrate it. It was later orchestrated by - I think - Franz Liszt, but it works great with piano. This is a very aproachable major work that a good high school, college, or community choir could perform well
 
Second place: Die Nacht for tenor solo, TTBB chorus, and piano.
 
Happy Turkey! -sce
on November 24, 2011 10:01am
Friends,
 
I find this fascinating!  There ar epieces  mentioend here I woudl never ever put on a great Schubert works like and pieces I would.  Isn't that just exactly what makes our choral world go 'round and makes our programs so varied and interesting!
 
Cheers!
DJ
on November 25, 2011 6:09am
Not in the same class but an effective synagogue/service work: Psalm 92 .[ Bar,SATB] The old edition has an inaccurate Hebrew transliteration.
Thanks for the question & answers.
SIR
on November 25, 2011 7:02am
Since no one has mentioned any of the exquisite male chorus settings here (e.g., Nachthelle, Ständchen, Gondelfahrer, etc.), let me throw one not very well known work in the ring.
 
There are two settings of "Gesang der Geister über den Wassern" for male chorus; the more extended setting for TTTTBBBB and 2 violas, 2 cellos and double bass (D. 714) is an amazing work, about 10' duration.  There is a wonderful recording of it on YouTube by the Norwegian Soloists and Camerata male voices under Grete Pedersen. 
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