Repertory for Rome trip
  • kevinfkevinf
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    My choir and I are planning a trip to Rome in the spring of 2015. We will sing at St. Peter's for a Mass during Easter (will know the exact date in a few weeks.) We will prepare some of the propers for the Sunday but also will sing two concerts during the tour. Might you suggest repertoire with these limitations:

    Acapella SSAATTBB.

    I know I want to carry some of our esteemed composer Frank LaRocca, especially his Ave Verum, but everything else is open to suggestion.

    Your thoughts?
  • SkirpRSkirpR
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    During Easter, I love settings of the "Alleluia" a la Randall Thompson. There are a number of choral works just on that word, and while it's not taking American music to Europe (if that's your idea), there is a setting which I find absolutely beautiful by Romuald Twardowski. I think it is published by a French publisher.
  • ronkrisman
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    At least two spirituals in each concert. Audiences in Rome seem to expect them from American choirs.
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  • SkirpRSkirpR
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    At least two spirituals in each concert. Audiences in Rome seem to expect them from American choirs.


    Yes. Audiences anywhere in Europe, really.
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  • mrcoppermrcopper
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    SkirpR, and of course Kevin, please check out my Alleluia, a la RT. Piano or orchestra, tho, no organ accompaniment yet.

    recording

    PDF of vocal score attached; it's the finale of a 35 minute Magnificat.
  • JulieCollJulieColl
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    Sounds like great fun, Kevin.

    How about Haec dies a 6 by Byrd? Or Victoria's Regina Caeli a 8?
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