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Guitar with mixed voices/choir

Post by Jim Davidson » Sat Oct 27, 2018 2:57 am

Hey all,

I've been toying with the idea of performing with a choir or group of chamber singers for a little while. I'm familiar with Tedesco's Romancero Gitano and Schubert's Biedermeier style vocal trios and quartets with guitar accompaniment, but otherwise I don't know the repertoire that well. Does anyone have good suggestions? I'd ideally love to find music with SATB.
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Re: Guitar with mixed voices/choir

Post by CathyCate » Sat Oct 27, 2018 11:02 am

Jim
Jeffrey Van is your man! He has composed some excellent works that fit your description and needs. Most in publication, ready for download (modest fees of course) and with CD and YouTube versions aplenty for helping groups through the rehearsal phase.
Enjoy and please report back!
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Re: Guitar with mixed voices/choir

Post by ronjazz » Mon Oct 29, 2018 12:23 pm

I performed Romancero Gitano and Jeffery Van's Civil War poem setting with a chorus a couple of years ago, a great sound and experience! Definitely needs more exposure.
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Re: Guitar with mixed voices/choir

Post by CathyCate » Mon Oct 29, 2018 1:28 pm

ronjazz wrote:
Mon Oct 29, 2018 12:23 pm
I performed Romancero Gitano and Jeffery Van's Civil War poem setting with a chorus a couple of years ago, a great sound and experience! Definitely needs more exposure.
Thanks for the shout out and the feedback, Ron. I forgot to mention that for a significant stretch, Jeff Van was a featured guitarist with the Dale Warland Singers. It was a fruitful collaboration with some delightful pieces and recordings to explore.
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Re: Guitar with mixed voices/choir

Post by musicbyandy » Thu Dec 20, 2018 5:29 pm

Stephen Paulus has a website with arrangements for choir & guitar. They are high quality.
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Re: Guitar with mixed voices/choir

Post by musicbyandy » Thu Dec 20, 2018 10:58 pm

I created this Spotify playlist of works for choir & guitar: https://open.spotify.com/user/121278668 ... s0DOwcDNtA
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Re: Guitar with mixed voices/choir

Post by musicbyandy » Thu Dec 20, 2018 11:01 pm

Also this amazing article, Choral Music and the Acoustic Guitar by Michael Rosewall from Choral Journal Vol. 56 No. 5: https://www.jstor.org/stable/i24579515
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Re: Guitar with mixed voices/choir

Post by Dirck Nagy » Fri Dec 21, 2018 2:54 am

I frequently accompany our local Chorale. They are pretty good and it is a lot of fun! The director sang with Dale Warland, consequently, I have performed quite a bit of Jeffrey Van's choral + guitar compositions. He also arranged some; I'm playing his arr. of Dowland's Come Again Sweet Love in February.

Another popular piece is Walter Kittridge's Tenting on the Old Camp Ground arr. by Dale Warland.

There is a fair amount written for choir and guitar + other instruments; also there are plenty of Baroque-era pieces with basso-continuo, with or without other instruments. (Bach Cantatas! I've played the St. John Passion) If you feel up to the work, you could try your own arrangements. A few years ago, we performed Los coflades de la estleya by Juan de Araujo.

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