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New Music for TTBB

Hi All,
 
First post here and its seeking your advice.
 
I am choirmaster of a men's choir in England.  We are close to 50 voices, balanced reasonably in four parts but with particularly able bass and baritone sections - the two tenor parts are well toned but less numerous.
 
We are trying very hard to move away from the norm in British male choirs and I am very influenced by lots of choirs, the style is wide ranging Early Music, Romantic, 20th Century and Contemporary (in the more serious music vein).  For the "lollipops" I tend to look at a wide range of music but try to choose things that I think aren't too old fashioned.  My favourite Men's Choirs are choirs like Chor Leoni.  Our "look" not that its terribly important, is more contemporary too.
 
Here's my question.
 
I am looking for new repertoire for the choir.
 
So....... Forty -something voices, TTBB, medium ability level
 
I have lots of lucious, beautiful repertoire but less faster upbeat music.  Accompanied or Unaccompanied is fine (have a splendid accompanist).  Would like to sing more contemporary or late twentieth century music.
 
I have put a list of some of our common repertoire below.
 
Any thoughts?
 
Looking forward to hearing from you and tapping your expertise.
 
Many thanks
 
Mark
 
 
 
Non Nobis, Domine
Words from a Latin version of Psalm 115:1 – Music by Rosephayne Powelll
 
Seigneur, je vous en prie
Words by St Francis of Assisi – Music by Francis Poulenc
 
Paper Cranes
Words by Julia Klatt Singer - Music by Timothy Takach
 
Beati Mortui
Words from a Latin version of Revelation 14:13 - Music by Felix Mendelssohn
 
Ride the Chariot
Words and Music Traditional - Arranged by William Henry Smith
 
Voice of the Child
Words by Sarah McNeill - Music by Goff Richards
 
The Seal Lullaby
Words by Rudyard Kipling - Music by Eric Whitacre
 
The Cloths of Heaven
Words by William Butler Yeats - Music by Randall Stroope
 
Sing for your Life
Words and Music by Alan Simmons
 
Kiss from a Rose
Words and Music by Seal
 
When You Say Nothing At All
Words and Music by Paul Overstreet and Don Schlitz
 
Blue Moon
Words by Lorenz Hart, Music by Richard Rodgers - Arranged by Jocelyn Lavin
 
The Rhythm of Life
Words by Dorothy Field – Music by Cy Coleman - Arranged by Alan Simmons
 
Five Foot Two, Eyes of Blue
Words by Sam Lewis and Joe Young, Music by Ray Henderson - Arranged by Ruth Artman
 
O Love That Wilt Not Let Me Go
Words by George Matheson – Music by Albert Peace – Arranged by David Phelps
 
Ave Maria (Trio/Ttbb) By Franz Biebl
 
Shenandoah Arranged by Marshall Bartholomew
 
Two folk-songs for male voices from The Sprig of Thyme By John Rutter
 
Lux Aurumque By Eric Whitacre 
 
Carrickfergus Arranged by Mark Sirett.
 
Demon in My View 
 
Replies (30): Threaded | Chronological
on January 5, 2013 6:35am
Faster pieces... How about these?
 
Joshua Fit de Battle of Jericho
 
My Soul's been anchored in the Lord
 
This is the 2nd movement of "Arbor Mundi".
The entire work is quite beatiful.
 
Or movements from "Fabulae Persei"? The work is for men's voice, keyboard, and percussions, and narration.
1. Perseus Iuvenis (The Young Perseus)
6. Arma Decorum (Arms from the Gods)
9. Proelium cum Typhone (Battle with Typhone)
10. Perseus Heros (The Hero Perseus)
 
Applauded by an audience of 1
on January 5, 2013 11:18am
Mr. Burstow, May I invite you to peruse the catalog of the Independent Music Publishers Cooperative (a.k.a. "IMP") -- a collection of self-published works by eight award-winning, frequently commissioned US composers.  This site is especially useful for perusing quality music 'off the beaten path.' 
 
You've already programmed music by one of our composers, Tim Takach!  You might also check out Edie Hill's music for Cantus, perhaps start with this particularly gorgeous one (I think): A True Heart is Waiting (TTBB) by Edie Hill
 
Or search "TTBB" or "TBB" there to discover even more wonderful men's chorus pieces. 
 
Cheers,
Abbie Betinis
(President, Independent Music Publishers Cooperative)
Applauded by an audience of 1
on January 6, 2013 4:26am
Amen to IMP and Tim Takach.  Our Glee Club has performed his "She Moved Through The Fair" with great pleasure.
 
Check out the Cantus series from Neil A Kjos as well.  We've done Burleigh's "Deep River", and I've lusted over the Jennings settings of "And Death Shall Have No Dominion" and "Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night" (a bit beyond our reach).  You might mine the Cantus recordings for ideas.  Nine singers will have a different sound than 50, but they do some gorgeous stuff.  Visit http://www.cantussings.org.
 
For some lighter fare, I can offer a few of my own, including "To The Ladies" - settings of three poems by British authors.  "Jenny Kiss'd Me" and "Let the Toast Pass" (from School for Scandal) are easy, fun sings.  "No Platonic Love" requires more independence of the parts, but isn't inherently difficult.  In any case, you're invited to browse http://www.wardsattic.com/music.
 
Regards,
John Ward
on January 7, 2013 9:16am
Dear Sir,
 
I believe the composer Edie Hill (Hummingbird Press?) may be of interest for you for thisi. She is a contemporary self-publishing composer who has contributed widely to the choral genre.  Her music is refined, witty, and challening, in my opinoin.  I wanted to program some of her works a few years ago but they were too difficult for our meager means and limited time.  I remember thinking, ah, this is real music- interesting music, scored with a great choir in mind.  I hope you may find a match there.
 
Heather Seaton
on February 10, 2013 3:03am
Hi All,
 
This has been so useful, thank you all very much.  I'm going through the music at the moment and I'll feed back i a couplw of weeks.
 
Again, many many thanks
 
Mark
on February 12, 2013 1:33pm
Hi Mark, I have composed pieces for your choir!!!
 
mail me:
leosanjuan(a)yahoo.com
 
I can send you the scores.
 
Best regards from Buenos Aires, Argentina!
 
Leonardo.
on February 23, 2013 8:29pm
Here are a bunch of quicker tempo pieces that might work for you:
 
Little Innocent Lamb (TTBB spiritual) arr. Bartholomew
Dravidian Dithyramb (TTBB) Paranjoti
Johnny Schmoker (TTBB) arr. Rodde
Brothers, Sing on! (TTBB) Grieg
Fergus an' Molly (TTBB) Singh
Let All Men Sing (TTBB) Keith Christopher
Vive L'Amour (TTBB) arr. Shaw-Parker
Jing ga lye ya (TTBB) Sled
Star of the County Down (TTBB) Patriquin
Poor Man Lazrus (TTBB spiritual) arr. Hairston
In dat Great Gittin up Mornin' (TTBB spiritual) arr. Hairston
Daemon Irrepit Callidus (TTBB) Orban 
on March 5, 2013 3:19am
Dear Mark, you could try my page fabioalessi.webs.com ; Moon River, What a wonderful world, Over the Rainbow could be fit for your group (you can listen just to Moon River, but it will give you an idea on the difficulty and on the kind of arrangements). All the best.
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