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Looking for SAB or SSAB work...

I have a hole in my upcoming repertoire. I need a slow song that is not in English and is not American or Bristish Isles based.
A good example is Durme, Durme - a sweet Sephardic lullaby. Sadly, we sang it at Christmas. We also sang Hine Ma Tov.
When I go looking for works that are decidedly multicultural, I find a lot of fun, up beat songs, which is exactly what I don't want. They already have two fun, upbeat peices, so I need soemthing else.
I looked at JW Pepper and, while I found a few, none really spoke to me. I would be fine if it was a blend of English and another language, and I think I would prefer South American in flavor (another choir is singing Cumbia del Sol and I like to have all the choirs, if possible, sing something from the same source.) I refuse to believe there are no lovely Spanish folk tunes, but I am not seeing them. I will need a pronunciation guide, as I cleverly studied German in high school, so most of the languages down south are opaque to me. 
Any suggestions on something that a good middle school choir can sing? They can sing accompanied (piano) or a cappella. 2-3 minutes long, no particular theme requested - I will accept religious, nonsense, love, friendship, etc, so long as it is school appropriate.
on March 17, 2016 2:54am
If you enoyed Hinei Ma Tov, you might like Yarabba Ssalami, a companion piece (in Arabic) about peace.  The version we publish is SSATB but it would be the work of a moment to create an SSAB version.  Let me know if you are interested and I can get a new version to you.
Best wishes
Sheena Phillips
on March 17, 2016 3:15am
Perhaps you would like to have a look to "Agua de Março", a brazilian song by Tom Jobim. There are at least 2 well known arrangements (one by Fernando Martorell, which I think it's SATB with guitar) and another by Gregory & Macedo, which is solo (middle voice) + SABB a capella. This one is easily found.
While Agua de Março has tons of text, maybe you could select one strophe and repeat it, or translate some parts to English...
Hope this helps....
on March 17, 2016 5:22am
Hi there, there's a good SAB arrangement of a Frozen suite. Not the Let it Go muck, but Heimr Arnadalr, Vuelie, and The Great Thaw. Actual choral music, in ancient Norse. Roger Emerson I think arranged it. Give it a Google, should be right up your alley.
on March 17, 2016 5:45am
Vive la Rose, Stephen Hatfield? Its a bit folkier than it is ballady, but maybe? And, yes, those are words now.
on March 17, 2016 8:04am
Chilcott, little jazz mass, SSA . Men can doubble second soprano.
on March 17, 2016 8:17am
I've got a very simple and effective SAB arrangement of a Yiddish melody -- half wordless niggun, half with a simple text for the Sabbath -- that was collected by the late Max Janowski. It's about 2 minutes long, slow and gorgeous, in ABA form. I'm happy to send an eval PDF (to you or anyone on the list) -- just email me at singwow(at)  If it's a good fit, I offer a master authorized PDF and a reprint license. I look forward to hearing from you.
Jonathan Miller
on March 17, 2016 8:39am
Hello Marianne,
I have three folksong arrangements that could be appropriate.  These are available in SATB, SAB, SSAB, and SSA, and one is a Spanish song! I chose these for the beauty of their slow, pining melodies. The cello is optional in all cases.
El Prisionero   (The Prisoner) Spain. All versions: A Tempo
The text for this Spanish romancero – a popular literary genre concerned generally with (mis)adventure, social problems and people with heroic qualities – comes from Castile. Its ‘sad’ minor key and its slow but highly lyrical melody in triple meter along with its angst-filled text all give this song an unmistakably Spanish flavour.
Un Canadien errant  (A Wandering Canadian) Canada (Acadian).  SATB, SS (SA):Earthsongs,
SSA, SAB, SSAB: A Tempo.  
A banished Acadian far from home (most likely in Louisiana) longs for his friends and family.
Taivas On Sininen (The Sky is Blue and Full of Stars) Finland.  
SSA, SATB: Earthsongs;   SAB, SSAB: A Tempo  (Heard here in SSA)
“…So also is my young heart full of thoughts. And I won’t tell others the sorrow of my heart; the gloomy forest, the clear sky– they know my cares."
A Tempo contact: donaldpatriquin(at)
I hope you enjoy these,
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on March 17, 2016 5:53pm
Here are a couple good ones:
Heavy Hitting Serious Classical Rep:
    Robinson McClelland's Among the Signs:
Topical Work for Peace or to Remember those lost in Newtown CT.:
    David Avshalomov's Let The Children Play (and Learn in Peace) - for Newtown
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on March 18, 2016 1:50pm
They are in Japanese, but you might be able to find a movement you like ;)
The composer have two wonderful free charity pieces named Mae-e and Tsunagari, but they are bit too long for your liking.
on March 19, 2016 11:36am
May I suggest my O Magnum Mysterium? There is a SAB setting of the work.
I have done it with a number of middle school honor choruses, as well as my own groups. 
Please let me me know what you think.
on March 20, 2016 2:45pm
How about A La Nanita Nana (Spanish lullaby)? You could do it in 2 parts. Lovely!
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