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- July 10, 2013 at 6:08 am #420876David DouglasMemberMy auditioned high school women’s ensemble and my mixed ensemble will be performing in Italy next April, where we will be participating in church services. I am looking for recommendations of a capella mass settings for women’s voices. I am open to settings by Renaissance composers through settings completed this morning. Thanks for your help.July 10, 2013 at 9:02 am #420891Lee KesselmanParticipantMany American choirs have used movements of my SHONA MASS (Boosey & Hawkes) for performances in European churches. All are voiced for treble (or variable) voices and require handheld percussion. Four of the five movements (Tenzi, Mbiri kuna Mwari, Akakomborerwa, Hwayana yaMwari) are now published in one volume, with the last (Munoera/Sanctus) published separately. You can find many performances on YouTube. These pieces, in the style of the Shona People from Zimbabwe, add a nice contrast to the Western Mass settings which are often sung in European churches by American choirs.Lee KesselmanJuly 11, 2013 at 5:10 am #420962Tim KnightParticipantThe Messe di Basse by Faure is always a favourite with my choirs and is on cpdl for download, serene and beautifulJuly 11, 2013 at 8:32 am #420975Nancy MenkParticipantHere are two:Antonio Lotti: Mass in A minorSSA, A Cappella(Latin Text)Carus-VerlagGiacomo Puccini: Messa a3SSA, Strings (or Kybd.)(Latin Text)Hinshaw MusicThere are others by these Italian composers: Giovanni Matteo Asola, Giovanni Battista Casali, Claudio CascioliniJuly 11, 2013 at 11:48 am #420992Paul CareyMemberHi David,I agree with Tim on the Faure- wonderful piece. Lee Kesselman’s Shona Mass is also excellent! Speaking of settings completed recently- I just finished a Kyrie for a.c. SSA (a little further divisi, about 3-4 minutes) for an eventual Missa Brevis for women’s voices. The Kyrie will probably be premiered in November by a college choir. I would be happy to show you this Kyrie via pdf file. I think it is quite beautiful harmonically and also has some real counterpoint in it! Let me know if you would like to see it, and anyone else interested please let me know.Paul CareyJuly 12, 2013 at 2:57 am #421036Kel TozaParticipantJuly 12, 2013 at 5:37 am #421044Amy HendersonParticipantPersonally, I love Nancy Telfer’s Missa Brevis. I also performed Mark Sirret’s ‘Missa Brevis for a Young Girl’ this spring, and my choir loved it. I discovered a 3-part mass by André Caplet which I’m considering for next year.July 12, 2013 at 7:12 am #421051Nancy MenkParticipantOops….sorry…I mis-read that you were looking for Italian masses. Here are more a cappella masses in general. I highly recommend the Telfer, but many of these are excellent:Javier Busto: Missa AugustaSSAA, A Cappella4 Mvts., (Latin Text)BustovegaAndré Caplet: Messe à trois voixSSA, A Cappella5 Mvts. (Latin Text)Editions DurandDownloadable at http://www.load.cd/sheetmusic/sm-43681_mass_for_three_voices.htmlAnna Cederberg: Missa BrevisSSA Div., A Cappella4 Mvts. (Latin Text)Gehrmans MusikforlagEleanor Daley: Missa BrevisSSAA, A Cappella5 Mvts., (English Text)Alliance Music Pub.Johann Nepomuk David: MesseSSAA, A Cappella6 Mvts. (Latin Text)Breitkopf & HärtelEmma Lou Diemer: Fragments from the MassSSAA, A Cappella (mostly 3-pt. writing)5 Mvts. (English Text)Marks MusicNoël Goemanne: Missa HosannaSSAA, A Cappella4 Mvts. (Latin Text)Mark FosterLászló Halmos: Missa Verna tempore paschaliSSA, A Cappella(Latin Text)Carus-VerlagRobert A. Harris: Passages from the MassSSAA, A Cappella4 Mvts. (English Text)Walton MusicStephen Hatfield: Missa BrevisSSA, A Cappella4 Mvts. (Latin Text)Boosey & HawkesRon Jeffers: Missa Brevis in tempore violentiaeSSSAAA, A Cappella2 Mvts. (Latin Text)earthsongsJukka Kankainen: Missa piccoloSSAA Div., A Cappella4 Mvts., (Latin Text)SulasolCrystal LaPoint: Missa HumilisSSAA, A Cappella4 Mvts. (Latin Text)Roger DeanAntonio Lotti: Mass in A minorSSA, A Cappella(Latin Text)Carus-VerlagRamona Luengen: Missa BrevisSSAA, A Cappella3 Mvts., (Latin Text)Cypress PublishingSandra Milliken: Missa piccolaSSAA, A Cappella4 Mvts. (Latin Text)Edition PetersKentaro Sato: Missa TrinitasSSA Div., A Cappella5 Mvts. (Latin Text)Jeff Smallman: Missa BrevisSSA, A Cappella4 Mvts. (Latin Text)Lighthouse Music Pub.Leif Solberg: Missa BrevisSSAA, A Cappella5 Mvts., (Latin Text)Norsk MusikforlagAlexander Tcherepnin: Mass, Op. 102SSA, A Cappella5 Mvts. (English Text)Edition PetersNancy Telfer: Missa BrevisSSA, A Cappella4 Mvts. (Latin Text)Lenel Music Pub.Heitor Villa-Lobos: Mass in Honor of Saint SebastianSSA, A Cappella6 Mvts. (Latin Text)Associated Music Pub.Lana Walter: Petite MassSSA, A Cappella3 Mvts. (Latin Text)Treble Clef Music Press
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