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Christmas by voicing: Chamber Choir


Date: Fri, 30 May 97 16:50:31 -0600
From: Jon Hurty
To: "choralist"
Subject: Compilation of Christmas works for chamber choir

Here is one more compilation for Christmas works specifically for
chamber-size choir.

The Day Before Christmas (SSAATTBB) a cappella or with piano
accompaniment. 5'
Orchestration in the works (full orchestra) Words and music by D.
Sosin and J.
Seaton. Commissioned and performed by the Chicago Symphony Chorus last
year. Deals
with a family's last-minute attempts to get to the mall, pick up Grandma,
buy a tree, and get
to bed before dawn.

Joy Shall Be Yours in the Morning (SATB with sop. and bar. solo) organ
accomp. or full orchestra (parts available for rent) 2'20" A festive
secular piece by William Perry with text by Kenneth Grahame. From the
Broadway show WIND IN >THE WILLOWS.

Elizabeth (SATB with 5 soloists) organ or small inst. ensemble. 26'.
Selections available
separately. Cantata based on the Annunciation. Text by Miriam
Therese Winter, noted
feminist and Catholic missionary. Music by Donald Sosin.

When the Snow Begins to Fall (4 equal part round) 1'. by Donald Sosin

Chanukah (SATB) 1'. anthem by Donald Sosin

All of the above are available from:

41 Horseshoe Lane
Lakeville CT 06039


Donald Sosin

Tapes available of everything but Day Before Xmas :-(

I would highly recommend Carols and Lullabyes: Christmas in the Southwest by
Conrad Susa for SATB (splits occasionally), harp. marimba, and guitar. It's a
collection of Mexican/spanish carols beautifully arranged. Many solo
opportunities (some optional). Total time is about 25 minutes. Medium
difficulty - one tricky section getting from an a cappela section back to

Dan Pinkham, Advent Cantata, 7 movements on the "O" antiphons, for mixed
chorus, wind quintet and harp (Peters?)

David Griggs-Janower
Albany Pro Musica &
The University at Albany, SUNY
228 Placid Drive
Schenectady, NY 12303-5118

Highly recommended: Hugo Distler: The Christmas Story and Lo, How A Rose

--Jonathan Miller

Check out Malcom Williamson's *The World at the Manger* (SB soli, SATB, org
or pno 4-hd); pub. Boosey

Robert A.M. Ross
Artistic Director
Voces Novae Et Antiquae
Philadelphia, PA

My chamber choir of 21 performed a setting of "O Magnum Mysterium" by Alden
Ashforth last Christmas (some divisi, and it requires an excellent soprano
soloist, which we had.) Both choir and audience loved it.

Another favorite of mine, which we also performed last year is the John
Joubert setting of "There Is No Rose of Such Virtue".

I don't have my copies of these at hand, but I think the Ashforth is
published by E.C. Schirmer and the Joubert by Novello.


Richard Householder

Lloyd Pfautsch's DAY FOR DANCING is a great little suite for small choir
and some instruments. I'm sorry I can't be more specific.
It's for Christmas.

Paul Meers
Director of Choral Activities
Indiana-Purdue University Fort Wayne

I continue to recommend the Halsey Stevens Magnificat; SATB, keyboard &
trumpet. Been a long time since I've done it; has asymetrical meters but not
difficult for a good group. About 7 minutes if I recall. Mark Foster.


Vern Sanders
Vern Sanders

There's Randall Thompson's "Place of the Blest" for SSAA and chamber
orchestra. It's beautiful.

Dear Dr. Hurty,
I put in a similar request about a month or two ago for my Cantabile Singers.
Here are some of the the results I received: (I had asked for "secular"
things which I now realize was not the best way to go)

Twas in the Moon of Wintertime (?)
Christmas Soup
Sure on this Shining Night - Barber
A Shepherd's Carol - Britten
Deck the Halls - arr. McKelvy
The Very Best Time of the Year - Rutter
Jingle all the Way - Hayward/Shayne
Three Xmas Pieces by PDQ Bach
Fantasy on Christmas Carols - RVW
Christmas Fantasy - Holst

I will be interested in seeing what you receive.
Robert Farr

Three Spanish Carols (King's Singers' arrangements) Hinshaw, HMC-1156
Christmas Past and Christmas Present, Kirke Mechem, G Schirmer, HL50488839
A Feast for Christmas, Emma Lou Diemer, Santa Barbara, SBMP 15
Nativity Madrigals, Dnaiel Pinkham, E.C. Schirmer, 3108
The Twelve Blessings of Mary, Marshall Bialosky, Sanjo Music Company, no

good luck,

David Clayton
Virginia Wesleyan College

I just did a new arrangement of the three spanish
christmas carols that New York Pro Musica edited way back when- Riu, riu
chiu; E la don, don (which I title "Dansaron"); and Dadme albricias hijos
d'Eua. These are with harp or piano, flute and percussion, just sent to the
printer from Santa Barbara Music Publishing and should be available in less
than a month. The set lasts approx 7-8 mins.
I have a work for small wind ensemble, organ and choir called King of Light
that is a 7 minute piece, same orchestration as the smaller version of
Honneger's King David- 2fl, ob, 2cl, bsn, 2trpt, hrn, trb, tba, cym, timp, fr
cym, celeste, org, choir, bass vln. Big closer. (This is also arranged for
concert band (no organ) and full orchestra.) Written for Luther College
Juletide Festival. I can send a score and tape.

Hope you find this useful.

Best regards,

Ben Allaway

Re your request for Christmas choral music, I am forwarding to you a packet
of free samples of music I have published over the past few years. I am
particularly interested in having you see a piece called "Sing Gloria" which
is unpublished, but which I will include in the bunch. Some of these pieces
have a children's part, but they can be just as effectively performed using
an adult soloist in place of children. There is one piece, "Agnus Dei",
which is not specifically Christmas but whose subject, in addition to the
Agnus Dei lyrics, includes a poem describing an Alaskan snowstorm. The
piece was written as one movement to "A Mass for Winter Solstice", in which
several Alaskan composers and several Alaskan poets combined to include one
poem in each movement along with the Latin. Kind of intriguing, especially
for non-Alaskans to perform! I am a graduate student in music composoition
and conducting at University of Alaska Fairbanks; hence the Alaskan theme.
I would be very interested in your comments about any of the music, and I
hope there will be something in the packet you can use. The published
pieces are all available through Jackman Music Corporation, as indicated on
the music; unpublished pieces are under copyright, but you may xerox
whatever copies you need. I hope to have "Sing Gloria" published this fall
through Presser, so if you want to order it in REAL form, let me know.
Thanks for your consideration. AKA
Ann Kapp Andersen

Here are some of our Christmas selections which figure into your request.
Roger Bourland

A Wreath of Anthems: An American Christmas Cantata, Mark Carlson (b.1952)
Poems and lyrics by Samuel Longfellow, Lee Perry, James Russell Lowell,
Vachel Lindsay, William Channing Gannett, Langdon Elwyn,
John Greenleaf Whittier, & William Cullen Bryant,
SATB and orchestra, or keyboard reduction

Six Short Spirituals, Dean X Johnson (b.1955)
Six rare Christmas spirituals;
arranged by Dean X Johnson and Tony Shenton
TTBB or SATB and piano

If We In Our Time, Larry Moore (b.1946),
Traditional; arranged by Larry Moore
TTBB and orchestra (fl, oboe, 2 hn, harp,
perc, piano, and strings)

Trois No=EBls Fran=E7ais, Larry Moore (b.1946)
Traditional; arranged by Larry Moore
TTBB, soprano solo, flute, oboe, English horn,
two horns, percussion, harp, strings, and piano,

=46our Proven=E7al Carols, Larry Moore (b.1946)
Adapted from Nicholas Saboly (1614 - 1675)
and proven=E7al folk carols arranged by Larry Moore
TTBB, string quartet, harp, and percussion

Appalachian Carols, Larry Moore (b.1946)
Traditional; arranged by Larry Moore
TTBB, fiddle, guitar, and bass; opt. harp

The Christmas Story, David Maddux (b.1954)
Traditional; arranged by David Maddux
TTBB, narrator, oboe, cello, and piano

The Norman Henry Mamey Christmas Collection
Traditional carols; arranged by N. H. Mamey
SATB and keyboard

1(888) 4 YR MUSIC

Just thought of another piece you might consider. Libby Larsen's
Ringeltanze (Christmas Carol Dances) published by E.C. Schirmer.

on January 9, 2007 10:00pm
A CHRISTMAS FABLE (2006) (SATB - A capella)
This recent composition by Huub de Lange (1955) on a poem by the Scottish poet Alice Stuart (1899-1983) can be downloaded (pdf- and midi-files) via

The direct link to Huub de Lange's choral music is: