- August 15, 2019 at 10:19 am #596279
Hi, I’m leading a small college choir. We are able to sing some pretty challenging pieces but don’t really have enough voices to sing music with more than four parts. I’m looking for SATB music that doesn’t split, either a capella or with piano, although I especially need to find more songs with piano so our accompanist doesn’t get too bored. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!August 15, 2019 at 1:53 pm #596319
Michael A. GrayParticipant
Felix is looking for challenging SATB that does not split and gives the pianist something to do:
Most Renaissance madrigals, masses, & motets do not split; the exception being Tudor church music. That leaves you a lot of music by Dufay, Josquin, Palestrina, Lassus, Victoria, etc.
Most Baroque does not split; the exception being Handel while in England. That leaves most Purcell, Buxtehude, Bach, etc.
Few composers of the Classical era split their parts; that leaves SOME of Billings and most of Haydn, Mozart, etc.
MANY Romantic composers would split the choir (for a fuller sound) EXCEPT when they were writing one voice per part; many of Brahms’ Quartets (op. 31, 64, 92, & 112) as well as the Liebeslieders (op. 52, 65 – with 2 pianos!) adapt very well to full choir.
While you are at it, my own ongoing project, “Book of Sonnets”, avoids splitting the choir as a standard for the works in general (I can think of only two exceptions) and making full use of the pianist. I’ve posted the results on line and are making them available for free. Please take a look at them at http://www.graymichael.com
Hope that helps!
Michael A. GrayAugust 16, 2019 at 6:35 am #596355
Irving Fine’s excellent “Alice in Wonderland” series is available in SATB settings. They are a good challenge for a college level group and the piano parts are quite athletic as well. Some of them have further part splits, but “The White Knight’s Song” and “The Lobster Quadrille” are strictly SATB, and “Beautiful Soup” only has a few notes in the soprano part to worry about at the very end.
A few of my own pieces would also fit the description and are available for download at cpdl.org, if you are interested:
“Soup,” SATB with piano, an easy lentil soup recipe in ear-worm form.
“Sicut Cervus,” SATB a cappella, the basses have one note to divide.
You can always do a search for quartets on youtube and see what strikes your fancy.
Maggie FurtakAugust 19, 2019 at 4:02 pm #596584
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