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April in Paris

Following up on this thread, my community choir is also doing French this year- French theme SATB mostly. We will be performing the Requiem by Faure and are looking for jaunty Folk song settings, madrigals, chansons and even caberet songs are possible. The concert is "April in Paris".
Suggestions welcome.
Kathleen
 
on December 24, 2011 10:11am
If you like French composers, Durufle has wonderful motes like "Ubi Caritas". Lili Boulanger (sister of Nadia Boulanger) wrote some choral pieces, "Hymne An Soleil" came to my mind.
 
If you just need pieces in French, Morten Lauridsen has wonderful "Les Chansons des Roses." Kentaro Sato has lovely "Prends Cette Rose" that our choir had a wonderful time with an exchange student from Belgium (and her native tongue is French).
 
on December 24, 2011 11:37am
Debussy's Trois Chansons would be a wonderful choice (less than 7 minutes for all three). They are none too easy.
You could go to my website: www.jamesjohnsonmusic.net and click on the CONDUCTOR link where you will hear all of them
from a live performance in Harvard's Busch Hall on Valentine's Day 1979.
on December 25, 2011 2:45am
Kathleen,
 
Do not forget to be helped in your search by the Musica International virtual choral library, at www.musicanet.org .
 
It is filled with thousands of ideas in French and/or by French composers, often with sound files, translations of the text, even correct pronunciation (audio  files) by French speakers.
For instance, search for French language, any keyword to settle a theme, century, even difficulty for the choir, ...
on December 26, 2011 10:05am
Don't forget Ravel's Trois Chansons, especially if you have good lyric soprano and baritone soloists .  For more spirited works, check out Clement Jannequin for some colorful 16th c. chansons.  A favorite of mine is Ward Swingle's arrangement of "L'Amour de moi", www.uncjazzpress.com/product-p/v1410.htm (perhaps more ideal for about 8 to 16 voices).
 
Tony
on January 10, 2012 7:17pm
Fun stuff-
 
My suggestions:
1) Have you thought about actually doing the song "April in Paris" by Vernon Duke. There are great arrangments by Paris Rutherford, Michele Wier and the list goes on.
2) Poulencs "Huit Chansons Francaises" are wonderful and accessible. My favorites are "Margoton va t'a l'iau" (No.1), "La belle se sied au pied de la tour" (No. 2), and "Les Tisserands" (No. 8)
3) There is a very well known French Torch song that was made famous by Edith Piaf called Autumn Leaves and Johnny Mercer wrote the english lyrics. There are many arrangments out there- Deke Sharon has a very nice one you can get on www.a-cappella.com.
 
Good luck- or should I say- Bon Chance!!
 
Ryan Pryslak
Opus One Vocal Jazz
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