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Women's Choir - Repertoire with percussion (especially multi-movement works)

Hi, folks.
I direct Espressivo Singers, an auditioned women's choir of about 25 voices in Oshawa, Ontario.
I'm building a general concert program for this coming spring and would like to feature a couple excellent percussionists who've worked with us in the past.
I'd like to find a multi-movement choral work with percussion to use as a centrepiece for the program.
I'd greatly appreciate any recommendations of such a work (and also of any great single pieces that fit these program parameters).
J.-C. Coolen
Greater Toronto Area
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on November 18, 2013 12:31pm
My SHONA MASS is written for treble voices and percussion.  Four of the movements are published in one volume (Boosey& Hawkes) with the fifth movement (Munoera) published separately. The entire set is an original piece written in the style of music from Zimbabwe.
Mbiri kuna Mwari
Hwayana yaMwari
Lee Kesselman
on November 19, 2013 3:20am
Hi there!
I wrote a piece a couple of years back for upper voices and tam-tam, which you can listen to here:
Let me know if you want to look at a score.
Best wishes,
********************************* John Duggan
Creative Arts Fellow
Wolfson College
Oxford OX2 6UD 07533 722996 *********************************
on November 19, 2013 5:29am
J.-C., I'm currently rehearsing a couple movements out of Mathias's "Salvator Mundi" with my collegiate women's chorale. SSA (sometimes breaks into four parts for short segments), 4-hand piano, and percussion. I believe it was originally scored to include strings, but the score makes allowance for this configuration as well.
on November 19, 2013 7:15am
Check out Virgil Thompsoon's Seven Choruses from the Medea of Euripides or his Mass for Two-Part Chorus and percussion.
on November 20, 2013 5:10am
Persichetti Winter Cantata
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on November 20, 2013 11:30am
Dear J.-C.,
I highly recommend Richard Toensing’s Lux ex Nocte for women’s choir and marimba, which sets three sacred Latin hymns and uses both the music and the text to express the emotional contrast and conflict between light and darkness.

The first section of the work, O lux beata Trinitas (O light of the blessed Trinity), begins with a bright and energetic statement evoking the divine light. The second section, O nata lux de lumine (O light born of light), begins in a more placid way, with quiet, prayerful ascending lines reaching a peak of intensity on the word "Jesu," after which the music becomes more intense and tortured, as the divine light penetrates ever more deeply into a world of darkness. The conflict is joined in earnest in the final section, Te lucis ante terminum (To thee, the light, before the close of day), where the chorus and marimba combine in driving, agitated music belying the serenity of the text. The work ends with a long-arched soprano solo, gradually returning to a calmer mood, though with an ambiguous sense of emotional resolution.

Listen to samples of this glorious work, in three movements, performed by In Mulieribus:
Be sure to contact me if you have questions and also if you’d like to review a score.
Janet Braccio
Bella Voce Communications
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on November 20, 2013 1:45pm
Here is a link to a piece of mine called "She Was Dancing" for SSAA plus percussion.
on November 21, 2013 11:16am
Our choir has done a number of the African Songs for Upper Voices 1 & 2 transcribed by Fred Onovwerosuoke and lots of these songs have all sorts of percussion.  We loved singing them.  
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on November 24, 2013 6:57pm
This is a stunning work and is worth a listen.  Here's a youtube excerpt:
Good Luck.
on November 25, 2013 2:07pm
From Behind the Caravan by Abbie Betinis is excellent. There are recordings, videos, and notes on the composer's website:
Definitely worth a look.
Scot Hanna-Weir
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on November 26, 2013 7:52am
Persichetti's Winter Cantata is a great multi-movement work of Japanese Haiku set for Marimba and Flute.  A GREAT piece.  Don't know if that's what you're looking for, but a good Women's Chorus would LOVE it!
on December 23, 2013 8:24am
Thank you all, *so* much, for these fabulous folks are awesome!
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