- April 22, 2019 at 8:43 pm #590485
It’s been a year or so since I checked into the forums. Now, I need some ideas. I need a seasonal piece, SATB and instruments (including strings ok) for either Winter or Christmas. It can’t be Baroque. The instrumental parts can’t be too difficult. About medium level difficulty ok for the choral parts since we have longer to rehearse. We’ve done the Magnificat, the Messiah several times and selections from Bach’s Christmas oratorio. In my 20 years here I have done many of the usual major works. New pieces? Ideas?April 24, 2019 at 10:50 am #590569
Michael A. GrayParticipant
You might look at…
•“Missa brevis Sancti Joannis de Deo” H. XXII/7 by F.J. Haydn
•Mass No. 2 in G major D. 167 by F. Schubert
•Saint Nicholas Cantata O. 42 by B. Britten
None of these are actually for Winter/Christmas although the Britten is usually performed for that season. You’ll need a fantastic tenor and a few professional first chairs for the cantata but I think it quite doable and very rewarding for a community.
Hope that helps!
Michael A. Gray
http://www.graymichael.comApril 26, 2019 at 8:59 pm #590669
I have written a couple of works suitable for Christmas with instruments:
Come Christmas is a cycle of a dozen carols to poems of Eleanor Farjeon
Chorus, soprano, baritone, chamber orchestra 2222/2200/perc/hp/strings 30 min.
You can listen here:https://www.dropbox.com/sh/q83ghw8izn022ui/AAAnEnI94oul7L7lL780JdWka?dl=0
Now is the Time is a cycle of 16 carols to various texts, mostly medieval.
Chorus, baritone, brass quintet, timpani. 55 minutes, but you may select whatever numbers suit your needs. Scores and recordings (some of a version with orchestra) are here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/ujwcxbu3r2pt13a/AAA0VwOxqoW7HhwGYzSkHuCRa?dl=0
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