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SSA (SA) winter songs

Hi there,
 
We are a small ladies (16 -20 members) choir with a very wide range of ability from the UK. We range in age from 40-80+ years. We are looking for a set list for a winter/christmas concert in mid-December.  The "old hands" know much of our Christmas stuff by heart and that can be tricky for newer folk.  In addition, we want to shake things up a bit by having a less Christmasy feel to the concert so we can start learning songs earlier as our musical director won't do anything festive before Mid-October!
 
I am basically after some winter-themed, secular songs, in two or three parts, a bit of a solo in one or two of them is fine and am stuck for ideas! We have a wide range of abilites so they need to be medium to easy really.   Our musical director tends to do the same stuff over and over but will happily take suggestions from members.  A slightly extended work would also be fine too. We sing all sorts of works, from Madrigals to Fields of Gold so we are flexible in terms of stlye. We are usually accompianed by piano.   I can't tell you how grateful I would be for your ideas. :)
 
Thank you! 
Replies (19): Threaded | Chronological
on June 1, 2013 12:42pm
Dear Jo,
 
Check out www.elektra.ca and click on Repertoire Resources.  Then choose "Collections" and there is a "Christmas" one.  Of all those pieces, most of which are sacred, and for a group of varying abilities, I would suggest the following, These are not all secular but might introduce something new for you:
 
"If You Would Hear the Angels Sing" by Stephen Smith - all about getting ready for Christmas
"The Huron Carol" arr. Ed Henderson - big piano part
"Joys Seven" arranged by James Laster
"Kalanta of the New Year" arr. Malcolm Dalglish
"Night of Silence" by Daniel Kantor
"Prayer for Peace" by Abbie Betinis
"Still, Still, Still" arr. Ken Berg (with flute and piano)
"Vesi Vasyy Lumen Alle" Trad Finnish arr. Harri Wessman (also with flute)
"Yorkshire Wassail" arr. Stephen Smith
 
Good luck!
Morna Edmundson, Artistic Director
Elektra Women's Choir
 
on June 1, 2013 12:44pm
There is also Vincent Percishetti's "Winter Cantata (Cantata No. 2)," Op. 97 for Women's Chorus, Flute, and Marimba. It's in twelve short movements, most under two minutes, totalling about 18 minutes or so. If it's too much to take on the entire work, you might be able to do a selection of the movements. The text is all in English, but is based on Japanese poems, mostly haiku dealing with wintry themes. I'm not sure what the scoring is for the voices and how much divisi is used. Seems to me from listening to the work again that some of the movements would be at the medium  difficulty level you mentioned above. These are very effective and evocative pieces and a major work by a major American composer.
 
Happy searching!
John
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on June 3, 2013 9:56am
Crumbs there is loads of material out there, I wasn't looking in the right place.  I especially love Elgar's The Snow, Winter Song would be appropriate for us I think and a couple of others that I will be in touch with soon.
 
Brilliant, thank you all so much, loads to be getting on with.  
on June 4, 2013 9:41am
Hello there!

Musica Russica has some wonderful secular-women's chorus pieces.
 
I especially recommend taking a look at Ippolitov-Ivanov's SSA works; they're absolutely gorgeous.
 
You can hear sound files of these pieces as well as see a PDF sample.
 
Take care!
 
Nazo Zakkak
Assistant to the President
www.musicarussica.com
 
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