May 29, 2008, 12:07 AM
Re: [newbieconductor] Looking for chamber choir repertoire recommendations
Six Chansons by Hindemith, words by Rilke in French.
Alleluia by Randall Thompson - thats the only word, except Amen at the end!!! It's an American classic, beautiful harmonies, needs great care with tuning and subtlety but worth every effort.
How about some Madrigals, plenty of books available - all those fa la lahs and coded references to things sexual could cause many a student guffaw, and thats always good in a rehearsal.
If you are not worried about sacred music have a look at the Oxford Book of Tudor Anthems - Byrd, Gibbons, Tallis etc - the foundation for any choir repertoire.
In a different vein, English Romantic Partsongs, also published by Oxford. Some really splendid music here by composers you've never heard of, early 19th to early 20th centuries.
Different again is a volume called 'In the Mood'. As the title suggests the items are arrangements (sometimes far too clever and complicated!) of 'evergreens' like Tea for Two, Over the Rainbow and that type of thing. Many need a proficient pianist but some can be done unaccompanied.
I've used all these, and a great deal more, with my choir, Parnham Voices based in Beaminster, Dorset and many an entertaining programme has been hatched!
Search the Westminster Central Music Library in Buckingham Palace Road (near Victoria Coach Station). There is so much if you look for it.
Good Luck, and if you don't get the job pass all that info on to the one who does, 'cos it's a great privilege to inspire and communicate via all this wonderful music.