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Looking for choral works based on letters

Love letters? Arguments or education carried out via correspondence?  Any kind of letters. 
SATB chamber chorus, very skilled, specializing in contemporary music.  Looking for piece(s) to complement Janacek's "Intimate Letters," which will be played by a string quartet on a shared concert we're planning. 
Thanks!
on March 16, 2016 2:49pm
Great concert theme!  
 
"The Knave's Letter" from the second series of Irving Fine's Choruses from Alice in Wonderland is very fun!  
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on March 16, 2016 6:42pm
The texts of Libby Larsen's "Love Songs" (SATB/pf) are not explicitly letters, but several of them are overtly directed to a recipient, so they might serve the purpose -- and they're also intimate! (And it's terrific music; a lot of work but well worth it. We're performing three of them next Tuesday, as it happens...)
Best regards,
Jerome Hoberman
Music Director/Conductor, The Hong Kong Bach Choir & Orchestra
on March 17, 2016 5:26am
"Dear Sarah" by James Syler, published by Santa Barbara. Very moving.
on March 17, 2016 7:13am
An upcoming voice recital program in the Philadelphia area will feature settings of letters, many newly commissioned.  Maybe some of the composers would be interested in making choral versions.  https://lyricfest.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/Sincerely-Yours-Press-Release.pdf
 
 
Best wishes!
on March 17, 2016 8:21am
Probably not what you're looking for, but most of the "books" of the New Testament are epistles, i.e. letters; no shortage of settings of those.
on March 17, 2016 1:30pm
Lee Kesselman's Bee! I'm Expecting You! SATB contemporary writing.  Fun.
on March 17, 2016 2:14pm
Picking up the Biblical theme, there is Seven Letters by Antony Pitts. It is pretty difficult but I doubt that will cause you any problems. A recording exists:
   Nigel.
on March 17, 2016 5:11pm
Wendy Hiscocks' "Christmas Letter", available from the Australian Music Centre - not easy to sing, but hilarious.
 
I don't really know the work beyond it's existence and title, but Barry Conyngham's "Imaginary Letters" might fit here
on March 18, 2016 5:45am
There's a set of songs entitled something like "letters from Ireland". I'm at home though so that's all the info I have at the moment!
on March 18, 2016 7:23am
Dear John, Dear John (Puncuated by Love?)  by Stephen M. Hopkins is a delightful pair of settings of the exact same text that has simply been punctuated differently (and appropriately underlined musically) to very opposite results.
 
David Hendricksen
Music Director, The Civic Chorale
Johnson City, TN
on March 19, 2016 12:32pm
Thank you!  Lots of great ideas here.
on March 20, 2016 10:10am
Korngold's Liebesbriefchen (love letter) could easily be arranged or adapted; it's gorgeous. 
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