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Lent: Settings of Ubi caritas, Hosanna, and By the Waters of Babylon

Date: Mon, 10 Feb 1997 08:08:13 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Compilation: Lenten Rep Suggestions

Dear Choralist,

A few days ago I asked for recommendations from you regarding the following

Ubi Caritas
Hosanna to the Son of David
By The Waters of Babylon

This was for a quartet of professional voices- SATB, in a small Catholic

In the interest of time (mine, I'm afraid- it is limited), I've published a
compilation without giving the identity of all of the very kind, knowlegeable
and helpful people who responded. I am also still interested in the topic,
so don't let this compilation stop you from making additional suggestions.
Thank you, everyone, for your help.

Ubi Caritas Suggestions
- Durufle's was by far the most frequently mentioned. (This does divide T
and B)
- Bart Bradfield/Santa Barbara Publishing/utilizes the whole text and the
- Richard Proulx/GIA Publications
- Randall Giles/Paraclete Press

Hosanna to the Son of David
- Richard E. Frey's version (no additional information)
- Pueri Hebraeroum by Victoria which includes Hosanna, filio David
- Most likely there are settings by Palestrina/Lassus/Morales according to
one author
- Settings by Weelkes and Gibbons require five voices (SATBarB)

By The Waters of Babylon
- By far the most popular recommendation was Super Flumina Babylonis by
- Charpentier did a version for voices and obbligato instruments
- Alexander Archangelsky/Musica Russica
- Eero Sipliaa, a Finnish composer, set this text

If you have any futher comments, please e-mail me. Time is of the essence!
Isn't it always!

Jo Scheier
Magdalen Chapel Singers
La Roche College
Date: Tue, 11 Feb 1997 07:39:38 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Addt'l Lenten Rep Suggestions Compiled

Dear Choralist:

Here are a few additions to the compilation of Lenten Repertory Suggestions
for the texts Ubi Caritas, Hosanna to the Son of David and By the Waters of
Babylon. Again, thank you to everyone who responded:

The Waters of Babylon
- An SATB setting is available by William Boyce
- An SATB setting with accompaniment is available by Daniel Nelson. This is
published by Santa Barbara Publishing, number SBMP 131. The e-mail address
for Santa Barbara Publishin is sbmp(a) (Note that my previous
compilation included a setting of Ubi Caritas by Bart Bradfield also
published by Santa Barbara)

Ubi Caritas
- The setting by the Taize monks (probably published by GIA or Oregon
Catholic Press) was recommened

-Hosanna to the Son of David
- An SATB setting by David Moe was recommended.

One suggestion to everyone moved by the kindness of their heart to respond to
appeals like mine: when you respond (and I've made this same resolution)
please include whatever publishing information you can (name, catalog number
and phone number would be absolutely wonderful) and perhaps a few words on
the piece- level of difficulty, if it is accompanied or not and if so, by
what instruments, why you like it and so on. Otherwise someone in my
situation will find oneself with plenty of suggestions but no clear reason to
pursue one or the other, particularly if the composers are unknown to one.
And, of course, including the publisher information just helps lazy or
overcapacity souls like myself (take your pick!) get started.

Just a suggestion, and in no way meant to diminish my gratitude for your

Jo Scheier
Director, Magdalen Chapel Singers and Consort
La Roche College, Pittsburgh
- and -
Co-Founder, Urban Sky Consort
-a group of women musicians specializing in the music of historical women
Date: Wed, 12 Feb 1997 07:37:14 -0500 (EST)
Subject: 2nd Update to Lent Rep Compilation

Dear Choralisters:

Next time I'm going to wait a few more days before hastening to write a
compilation of responses! Here are a few more excellent suggestions
regarding settings of the texts I had included in my original query: Ubi
Caritas, Hosanna to the Son of David and By The Waters of Babylon:

Ubi Caritas
- John Leavittt/CPP Belwin/piano accompaniment/lovely setting according to J.

Hosanna to the Son of David
- John Specht also recommended the Daniel Moe setting, and provided
additional information: published by Presser, available in SATB and SAB, the
number for SATB is 352-00212
- Carlton Young also wrote a setting of this full text with a congregational

Jo Scheier
Director and Soprano, Magdalen Chapel Consort
La Roche College, Pittsburgh
Co-Founder, Urban Sky Consort
-a group of women musicians specializing in the music of historical women
on August 8, 2004 10:00pm
Imant Raminsh wrote a terrific setting of Ubi caritas (publ. Jaymar). Couldn't do it with a quartet, though, because there's extensive divisi. He gives Durufle a run for his money!

on April 16, 2007 10:00pm
Would like to request a copy of Durufle's Ubi caritas. Thanks a lot!