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A Cappella SSAA Literature

Good Morning!  I am the director of a community youth chorus who has been invited to be the guest choir of our local symphony in the Fall of 2016.  The conductor has asked us to sing one song of our choosing.  I am looking for an A Cappella, SSAA work.  My youth choir is made up of about 35-40 advanced level high school females.The premise for this concert is the passage of summer to fall, and needs to be 4-5 minutes in duration.   I welcome your suggestions!  
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on February 11, 2016 5:06pm
I’ve always enjoyed “Our Country Swains” coupled with “Lo  Country Sports” by Thomas Weelkes for summer celebration and fun.
 
Hope that helps!
Michael A. Gray
on February 12, 2016 7:47am
Thanks, Michael.  I will give those a look.  I appreciate the help!
 
Cynthia Dinsmore
on February 12, 2016 3:03pm
Hi Cynthia,
 
I Never Saw a Moor could maybe be approriate - but it is difficult.
Have a listen and if you like it I will gladly send you perusals.
 
Best
 
Mårten
on February 13, 2016 5:56am
I have two suggestons. The first is a setting of Robert Burns Red, Red, Rose which is universal enough - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0oZjMR1a894. The second is a piece that does not fit the fall theme but would be an interesting work to consider. It combines three faux languages, in three different meters, in two different tonalitiies.Each is presented separately and then layered. It is called Rosetta.
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on February 13, 2016 5:58am
I have always loved "set me as a seal" by Rene Clausen. Its beautiful!!
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on February 13, 2016 12:19pm
If you want something contemporary, look at Melissa Dunphy's "Different Kinds of Shadows," the last of a triptych on poetry by Lola Ridge. Togehter they're about 10 minutes; this movement alone is about 4-1/2.
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on February 14, 2016 1:50pm
Have a look at these from Elektra Women's Choir's past programs.  None of these specifically speak to the seasons, but I think they could be appropriate and beautiful:
Best of luck!
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on February 15, 2016 8:40am
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on February 15, 2016 10:58am
Thank you, Rich.  I really enjoyed listening to both pieces but especially liked Celebrate A New Day.  
I do appreciate your help!
 
Cindy
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on February 15, 2016 12:52pm
Hi Cynthia,
 
Flare for SSAA chorus (driving rhythms, summery theme) could be a terrific fit for this concert. You can preview the entire score with recording at the video below, or find more information about the piece here.
 
Thanks!
Dale
 
 
on February 16, 2016 9:17am
Hi Dale!
This piece is fabulous!  Thanks so much for suggesting it!  I will be taking a long look at this one.
 
Best Wishes,
Cynthia
on February 17, 2016 4:43am
Hi Cynthia, I have a couple of pieces that may be of interest and are both great to sing. The first, 'O Viridissima Virga' (Hail, O Greenest Branch), is a setting of a text by Hildegard of Bingen, is scored for SSAA with Soprano solo, and is a little under 4 mins. The second is 'Breathe' a paean to that most essential act of our humanity, scored for SSA with divisi (and optional tamtam or similar) and is a little over 5 mins. I think your choir would enjoy performing either of them, and if they are of interest I can send you perusal scores. Best wishes, John
on February 17, 2016 7:50am
This arrangement of Over the Rainbow by Russell Robinson is absolutely wonderful!  http://www.jwpepper.com/3195195.item#.VsSWn7QrLIU
on February 19, 2016 9:28am
Thanks, Kate.  My girls are singing that right now!  We love this piece!
 
Cindy
 
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on February 18, 2016 8:15pm
"The Gate of Heaven" by Randall Thompson
on February 19, 2016 9:30am
Thank you Jeffrey.  I really enjoyed listening to "The Echoing Green."  I think it may be the perfect piece to take
on our tour to Ireland next summer.  I would love to see a copy.  Thank you for your help.
 
Best Wishes,
Cindy
on February 20, 2016 4:24am
This might be an audience pleaser in some venues. http://www.wlp.jspaluch.com/14269.htm
on February 21, 2016 4:15am
Cynthia,
 
It might be useful to do a search in Musica database of  choral music, by asking, in the "More criteria" search form, for 
Type of choir : women
Words of title or keywords or...  : a cappella summer
Duration : 4-5
 
Do the same search by replacing summer by fall
 
Good luck
Jean
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on February 24, 2016 10:47am
I have a work awaiting word premiere: The Flower of Mending (text by Vachel Lindsey; for SSAA & S solo) that might fit your needs. Please contact me privately for score sampler & MIDI snapshot.
 
Hope this helps,
Robert A. M. Ross
robertamross(a)verizon.net
on February 24, 2016 2:20pm
That's <world> premiere…
 
Robert A. M. Ross
robertamross(a)verizon.net
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