3-part sacred anthems

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zwielight
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3-part sacred anthems

Postby zwielight » 26 Jun 2011 15:24

Hello! My Anglican church choir consists of 6 very amateurish but dedicated singers (2 sop, 2 alto, 1 ten, 1 bass). I'm running out of ideas on music to program; nothing in the New Church Anthem Book, Easy Anthem Book, or Oxford Anthem Book is very realistic for us. Language preference is English. I've tried using the voicing search function here, but there are either not many 3-part anthems uploaded, or there are simply not a lot of 3-part anthems in existence.

I found Gounod's Da Pacem, and that is exactly the type of piece we are looking for! More, more!

Can anyone give further suggestions? I'm not opposed to purchasing pieces, but I can't even find many 3-part anthem books from the RSCM. No remotely modern-sounding stuff. We're all frustrated -- they are losing confidence, and I am out of ideas!

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Re: 3-part sacred anthems

Postby DaveF » 27 Jun 2011 09:08

I'm sure there's a good reason for your wanting 3-part pieces, but you seem to have all 4 parts covered - could your singers not manage some of the easier 4-part anthems? That would extend your choice enormously.

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zwielight
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Re: 3-part sacred anthems

Postby zwielight » 27 Jun 2011 12:02

The two gents have a hard time holding their own lines. When they sing one part together, intonation problems vanish!! Also (even though this directly contradicts what I just said) if either of the two are absent, we cannot perform our anthem, and that has been highly problematic in the past.

I know this must sound a bit fussy to someone who isn't familiar with this particular group of people and church community...

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Re: 3-part sacred anthems

Postby Cdalitz » 27 Jun 2011 13:00

If two part music is also ok, you can try some of my bicinia (for the English metrical psalm texts, see , e.g. the Canadian "Book of Praise" http://www.bookofpraise.ca/):

http://music.dalitio.de/choir/dalitz/psalter-bicinia/

There are many three part settings on my website (see "Vocal", "Index by voice number"), but few of them are based on English texts.

Another good source might be the Ulenberg Psalter by Rolandus and Orlandus Lassus. All settings are for three parts and cantus firmus and text are psalms in the metrical versions by Ulenberg. These are in German, but it should be easy to find matching english psalm poetry, though that requires some research...

If Latin is also ok for you, you should check out Kevin Allen's "Motectae trium vocum":

http://kevinallen.info/compositions/choral-collections/motecta-trium-vocum/

Hope this helps,

Chris

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Re: 3-part sacred anthems

Postby CHGiffen » 27 Jun 2011 15:00

You might check Category:3 part choral music at the CPDL ChoralWiki - in particular scroll down to the SAT and SAB sections. Or, you could use the Multi-Category Search, selecting "Sacred" under Genre, "3 voices" under Number of voices, and either "SAB" or "SAT" under Voicing. As of this writing, this produces 231 SAB Sacred works and 70 SAT Sacred works. I hope this helps! :)
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Re: 3-part sacred anthems

Postby Cdalitz » 06 Feb 2012 19:35

Even though it is a good deal of time until advent and chistmas, here is a piece under the CC-BY-SA that hopefully exactly matches your needs:

http://music.dalitio.de/choir/dalitz/tollite-portas/

There is both a "catholic" and an "anglican" edition.

Hope this helps,

Chris

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Re: 3-part sacred anthems

Postby ebykm » 07 Mar 2012 11:21

Stainer's How Beautiful upon the Mountains available in cpdl, is a simple arrangement that can be sung with men singing bass, even though the arrangement is for ATB.

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