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German Choral Music

Germany has always flourished culturally and the choral music that developed along the way is no exception to the richness prevalent in other art media. Some of the world's most renowned composers hail from Germany, including Johann Sebastian Bach, George Frideric Handel, Ludwig van Beethoven, Richard Wagner and many other names that have become household names in Classical, Baroque, and Romantic music.

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RIAS - Kammerchor : Chorus - Masterworks of Choral Music

Review: Between the late Baroque and the twentieth century, musical literature was enriched by a great variety of choral forms. From the simplest (the Lutheran chorale as practised by Bach, or the chorus a cappella) to the most complex (double choruses, combinations with soloists and orchestra), they are all here in this exhaustive survey drawing on the finest recordings of one of the world's most highly acclaimed choirs, the RIAS-Kammerchor of Berlin.

Songlist: CD One: 18th Century, Christmas Oratorio , Famous Opera Choirs, The Seasons , CD Two: 19th Century, Choral Lieder, Motet, Choral Works, Motette, Vier Gesange, Zigeunerlieder , CD Three: 20th Century, Shakespeare Songs , Motets Pour Le Temps de Noel , Choral Works , Sacred And Profane

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7804c | 3 CDs | $39.98 | A Cappella || German Choral Music


Amadeus Choir : American Choir Music

Review: There are almost a hundred years between the dates of birth of Charles Ives, 1874, and Eric Whitacre, born 1970, the youngest composer in this Kaleidoscope of American choral music. If someone takes a look at the standard works in music literature, there is hardly any American choral music to be found. The American works that can be perceived as approaching the traditions of western music do not appear to interest the specialist world in Europe. The story in concert halls and churches, as well as in recording studios, is quite different, however. Through the founding of many choirs, gospels and spirituals are more popular than ever and, on the programs of classical a cappella choirs, the works of Morten Lauridsen or Samuel Barber have already become classics. The Amadeus Choir is an ensemble of some 50 singers and was founded by Karl-Friedrich Beringer, conductor of the Windsbacher Knabenchor since 1978.

Songlist: Agnus Dei, Four Motets, Lux Aurumque, Cloudburst, Water Night, My Song In The Night, Nocturnes, The Rose, Lord God, Thy Sea Is Mighty, Crossing The Bar, The Battle Of Jericho, I'm Gonna Sing, Elijah Rock, Variations On "America"

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8973c | SACD | $16.95 || German Choral Music


Anton Bruckner : Seven Sacred Hymns

Review: Anton Bruckner (4 September 1824 - 11 October 1896) was an Austrian composer known primarily for his symphonies, masses, and motets. His symphonies are often considered emblematic of the final stage of Austro-German Romanticism because of their rich harmonic language, complex polyphony, and considerable length. Bruckner's compositions helped to define contemporary musical radicalism, owing to their dissonances, unprepared modulations, and roving harmonies. Here are seven hymns for unaccompanied SATB choir. German text.

Songlist: Ave Maria, Ave Maria, Locus Iste, Os Justi, Virga Jesse, Vexilla Regis, Afferentur Regi

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7010b | Songbook | $7.95 | SATB | A Cappella || German Choral Music Arrangements | Anton Bruckner


Anton Bruckner : The Great Unaccompanied Motets

Review: The a cappella classics Christus Factus est and Locus iste are central to this collection featuring the best of Bruckner's outstanding output for unaccompanied choir. These pieces are among the most enduring choral masterworks of the 19th century. Simon Halsey's performing edition includes an informative introduction, keyboard reductions for rehearsal and English translations of the Latin texts for reference.

Songlist: Tantum Ergo, Pange, Lingua, Locus Iste, Os Justi, Christus Factus Est, Virga Jesse

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7321b | Songbook | $6.95 | SATB | A Cappella || German Choral Music Arrangements | Anton Bruckner


Berrand Frank : Chor-Express

Review: This volume aims to present a wide range of styles, from a simple Choral setting to swing and gospel-rock, call-and-response and shouting, a cappella and with piano accompaniment. Each title can be performed on its own but the whole also adds up to a very effective and exciting suite.

Songlist: Oh Freedom, Go Down, Moses, Somebody's Knockin' At Your Door, Go Tell It On The Mountin

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9190b | Songbook | $9.95 | SATB || German Choral Music Arrangements


Felix Mendelssohn : Four Sacred Choruses

Review: A true apotheosis of life, Mendelssohn's music absolutely overflows with energy, ebullience, drama, and invention, as evidenced in his most enduring works: the incidental music to A Midsummer Night's Dream. While the sunny disposition of so many of Mendelssohn's works has led some to view the composer as possessing great talent but little depth, however these religious compositions reflect the complexity and deeply spiritual basis of his personality. German and English text.

Songlist: Lord, Now Lettest Thou Thy Servant Depart, Op. 69 No. 1, O Be Joyful In The Lord, Op. 69 No. 2, My Soul Doth Magnify The Lord, Op. 69 No. 3, Lord, Lord, Have Mercy Upon Us

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7009b | Songbook | $6.95 | SATB | A Cappella || German Choral Music Arrangements | Felix Mendelssohn


Felix Mendelssohn : Six Seasonal Motets

Review: A set of unaccompanied eight-part motets with German and English texts.

Songlist: Christmas, New Year, Ascensiontide, Passiontide, Advent, Good Friday

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9473b | Songbook | $6.95 | SATB | A Cappella || German Choral Music Arrangements | Felix Mendelssohn


George Frideric Handel : Great Handel Choruses

Review: 17 Choruses for mixed voices from Handel's sacred works. Selected with introductory notes by Brian Kay. Rarely brought together, these diverse choruses demonstrate the enduring vitality of Handel's writing.

Songlist: Acis and Galatea, Alexander's Feast, Dixit Dominus, Israel in Egypt, Judas Maccabaeus, Messiah, Samson, Semele, Solomon, Coronation Anthem

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5120b | Songbook | $21.95 | SATB || German Choral Music Arrangements | George Frideric Handel


Hans Werner Henze : 3 Sonnets (Drei Sonette)

Review: The Drei Sonette (Three Sonnets) were among the last works of Germany's leading post-war composer, Hans Werner Henze (1926-2012), settings of words by theologian and poet Christian Lehnert (b. 1926). The set was an adaptation by the composer of choruses heard originally in his music theatre piece Gisela!, first performed in Dresden in 2010.

Songlist: Der Sperling und das Gluck, Die Schmetterlinge, Pfauenspinner

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4045b | Songbook | $7.95 | SATB || German Choral Music Arrangements | Hans Werner Henze


Johannes Brahms : German Folk Songs

Review: Throughout his life Brahms harmonized and arranged German folk songs for mixed choir. In these masterful versions the elegant simplicity of the originals always maintained, yet Brahms weaves well-shaped vocal lines and adds delicate harmonies to make polished songs of great charm. In this edition, John Lewers has fashioned highly effective and poetic English singing translations, which adhere to the rhyming scheme of the original. The result is a collection of instantly accessible yet little known repertoire, exploring a variety of scenes and moods, which will appeal to all mixed-voice choirs looking for imaginative concert repertoire. German and English text.

Songlist: The Ardent Suitor, One Day I Went a-Riding, By a Lone Woodland Spring, Saint Emmeran, A Dove So White, A Lullaby Prayer, Saint Raphael, One Quiet Night, Farewell, The Lover's Vision, O Sweet, Delightful Maytime, Morning Song, The Reaper, The Heavenly Hunter, Separation, Awaken!, Invite Me, Sweet Maiden, The Fiddler, Below In the Valley, At Night, Awaken!, A House Stands by a Flowing Stream, Roses and Pearls, The Knight and the Lady, The Young Carpenter, Battle Prayer

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9640b | Songbook | $23.95 | SATB | A Cappella || German Choral Music Arrangements | Johannes Brahms


John Leavitt : The Choral Singer

Review: Seven popular choruses from the Gewrman Baroque and Classical periods are gathered together in this collection that offers quality and value. Excellent for contest and festival!

Songlist: Anthem, Oratorio Chorus, Movement From a Canticle Setting, Chorale Settings, Movement from Mass, Motet , Oratorio Chorus

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9802b | Songbook | $5.95 | SATB || German Choral Music Arrangements


Max Reger : Sacred Songs for Mixed Voices

Review: 8 Sacred Songs for a cappella mixed choir (4-8 voices)

Songlist: Der Mensch lebt und bestehet nur eine kleine Zeit , Morgengesang "Du hoechstes Licht", Die Nacht ist kommen, d'rin wir ruhen sollen, Unser lieben Frauen Traum, In Gottes Namen fahren wir, Das Agnus Dei "O Lamm Gottes, Mit Gottes Hilfe sei unser Fahrt, Wir glauben an einen Gott

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5687b | Songbook | $13.95 | SATB | A Cappella || German Choral Music Arrangements | Max Reger


Max Reger : Three Songs for Women's Choir

Review: Here are three compositions for female voices by the great German composers. Challenging and rewarding.

Songlist: Im Himmelreich ein Haus steht (In Heaven Doth a House Rise), Abendgang in Lenz (Evening Walk in Spring), Er ist's ('tis Spring).

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7432b | Songbook | $7.95 | SSAA | A Cappella || German Choral Music Arrangements | Max Reger


Paul Hindemith : Kanons

Review: These canons now published for the first time document Hindemith's fondness of composing little parodistic works with a wink on certain occasions. More than 30 artistic postcard-sized works were written by the composer. In strict counterpoint, he used them to convey season's greetings, congratulations on birthdays and anniversaries, and thanks to friends, colleagues and cultural institutions. Some of these witty and entertaining pieces have been released on recordings several times, but they have not been available in printed editions yet. Our first edition now enables every choir and every small singing group to find a canon of the appropriate level of difficulty and perform it on many occasions with great success with the audience.

Songlist: 30 Kanons

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7308b | Songbook | $34.95 | SATB | A Cappella || German Choral Music Arrangements | Paul Hindemith


Paul Hindemith : Nine Short Songs for American School Songbooks

Review: In print here for the first time. Choir a cappella. Hindemith composed these more than 30 artistic postcard-sized works to convey season's greetings, congratulations on birthdays and anniversaries, and thanks to friends, colleagues and cultural institutions. English text.

Songlist: The Spider's Web, Romance, Rain, Prayer For a Pilot, April Rain, Thrush Song, A Rain Song, The Sea Gypsy, Young and Old

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7309b | Songbook | $10.95 | SATB | A Cappella || German Choral Music Arrangements | Paul Hindemith


Paul Hindemith : Six Chansons

Review: A nature-themed collection for unaccompanied mixed voices.

Songlist: La Biche (The Doe), Un Cygne (A Swan), Puisque tout passe (Since all is passing), Printemps (Springtime), En hiver (In Winter), Verger (Orchard)

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7416b | Songbook | $7.95 | SATB | A Cappella || German Choral Music Arrangements | Paul Hindemith


Philip Lawson (editor) : German Renaissance Christmas

Review: Fill your performance space with the glory of a German Renaissance Christmas with selections from this outstanding collection! Mixed choruses from high school through professional will appreciate the clean, well-edited editions.

Songlist: Angelus Ad Pastorem, Dixit Maria, Lo, How A Rose E'er Blooming, Maria Wallt Zum Heiligtum, Singt Und Klingt (Psallite Unigenito)

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4035b | Songbook | $5.95 | SATB | A Cappella || German Choral Music Arrangements | De Haske Choral Music


Reger, Rheinberger, Schuburt, Wagner and Wolf : German Romantic Motets

Review: A superb collection of sixteen works by the greatest nineteenth-century German and Austrian composers for choir, compiled and edited by Ralph Allwood. This volume includes works by Reger, Wagner, Rheinberger, Wolf and Schubert.

Songlist: Abendlied, op.39, no. 2, O Tod, wie bitter bist du, Op.110, no. 3, Abendlied, Op. 69, no.3, Anima nostra (Unsere Seele 0, Op. 113, no. 1, Eripe me (Rette mich, Herr), Op. 140, no. 3, Laudate Dominum (Lobpriest Gott den Herrn), Op. 133, no. 3, Meditabor (Denken will ich), Op.133, no. 2, Morgenlied, Op. 69, no. 1, Tribulationes (Lieden und Berdrangnis), Op. 140, no. 1, An die Musik, D. 547, Litanei auf das Fest Allerseelen, D. 343, Zum Sanctus, D. 872, An Webers Grabe, WWV 72, Aufblick, Ergebung, Letzte Bitte

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5027b | Songbook | $19.95 | SATB || German Choral Music Arrangements | Joseph Rheinberger


Robert Schumann : Song's For Men's Choir

Review: Kalmus presents a new edition of 21 songs by Robert Schumann, with German text, for TTBB (men's) choir. Many are short, and can be mastered for performance by a large or small ensemble. These songs will be wonderful additions to concert programs.

Songlist: Der Traumende See, Die Minnesanger, Die Lotosblume, Der Zecher Als Doctrinair, Rastlose Libe, Fruhlingsglocken, Der Eidegenossen, Freiheitslied, Schlachtgesang, Die Rose Stand Im Thau, Lasst Lautenspiel Und Becherklang Nicht Rasten, Bluth Oder Schnee! Lust Oder Weh!, Gebt Mir Zu Trinken, Zurne Nicht Des Herbstes Wind, In Sommertagen Ruste Den Schlitten, In Meeres Mitten Is Ein Offner Laden, Zur Hohen Jagd, Habet Acht!, Jagdmorgen, Fuhe, Bei Der Flasche

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7048b | Songbook | $7.95 | TTBB || German Choral Music Arrangements | Robert Schumann


Various Composers : German Romantic Partsongs

Review: As the nineteenth century progressed, there was an unprecedented flowering of the partsong in Germany, inspired by the development of the rich repertory of German Romantic poetry in the hands of Goethe, Ruckert, Heine and others. Here are forty of the best 19th-century examples of the genre, from the country where partsongs caught the imagination of most major composers and delighted their audiences. The collection starts with Schubert and ends with early Schoenberg, including pieces by Brahms, Mendelsohn, Bruckner, Schumann, Wolf and Cornelius along the way. Many of the exquisite pieces are about the archetypal Romantic themes: love, often lost or unrequited; nature and the seasons; life and death; religion and folklore; human ideals and aspirations. Some items are previously unpublished, whilst others have never been widely available. All the material appears with thoroughly idiomatic English singing translations as well as prose translations, and notes on the composers and their pieces. The majority of the items are in short-score format, for the convenience of the rehearsal accompanist.

Songlist: Da Unten Im Tale, Dein Herzlein Mild, Dem Dunkeld Schoss Der Heilgen Erde, Erlaube Mir, Im Herbst, In Stiller Nacht, Das Edle Herz, Du Bist Wie Eine Blume, Walspruch, Aetherische Geisterstimmen, Der Fichtenbaum, Der Traum, Die Sternlein, Fruhlingsglaube, Nichts Ohne Liebe, So Weich Und Warm, Ave Maria, Er ist's!, Es Ist Ein Schnee Gefallen, Die Wasserrose, Ritter Fruhling, Im Vorubergehn, In Der Marienkirche, Abschied vom Wald, Fruhzeitiger Fruhling, Herbstlied, Morgengebet, Ruhetal, Ei, du Lutte, Chor der Engel , and more

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9643b | Songbook | $23.95 | SATB | A Cappella || German Choral Music Arrangements


Ensemble Amarcord : Book of Madrigals

Review: The secular repertory of the Renaissance seems made to order for the five singers of amarcord. In the incomparable setting of the Villa Godi in northern Italy, the group recorded some of the bestknown and most beautiful madrigals of the 16th century, creating a bridge to the present day. Fiery declarations of love and the deep pain of parting, erotic innuendoes and bawdy humor in the interpretations of this prizewinning ensemble, the texts always seem contemporary and relevant. The members of amarcord are accompanied by the exceptional instrumentalists Hille Perl (viola da gamba) and Lee Santana (theorbo), as well as the virtuoso percussionist Michael Metzler.

Songlist: Come away, come, sweet love, Chi la gagliarda, Rallegratevi meco, Ben qui si mostra il ciel, Vagh' amorosi, Cucu, cucu, cucucu , Tarantella del Gargani, Toutes les nuitz, Io tacero - In van dunque, Quand je bois du vin clairet, Lucia, celu, La tricotea, Oh ecco il Capitano, Anchor ch'al parturire, Une puce j'ay dedans l'oreille, Cosi morir debb'io, Come again, sweet love doth now invite, Vecchie letrose, Triste depart, Dura legge d'amor - E so come in un puntor, Im Mayen hort man die Hanan krayen, Scaramella va alla guerra

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7888dvd | DVD | $23.95 |


Felix Mendelssohn : Three Choral Songs

Review: 'The Nightingale (Die Nachtigall)' was composted on June 19, 1843 and published as No. 4 in Sechs Lieder, Op 59. Words by Johann Wolfgang von Goeth, based on a Greek folksong published in 'Chants populaires de la Grece moderne' with French translations by Claude Charles Fauriel accompanying the original texts. Goethe's version, published in 1827 is entitled 'Landlich, though Mendelssohn preferred the title given here. 'The Woodland Singers (Die Waldvogelein)' was composed on June 19, 1843 and published as No 4 in Sechs Lieder, Op 88. The author of the words, given simply as Scutz, is almost certainly heinrich Schutz who published a volume of 'Vermischte Gedichte' at Karlsruhe in 1841. 'Song for the New Year (Neujahrslied)' was composed on August 8, 1844 and published posthumously as No 1 in Sechs Lieder, Op 88. Words by Johann Peter Hebel (1760-1826). The original poem has five verses, of which Mendelssohn set only the first four.

Songlist: The Nightingale, The Woodland Singers, Song for the New Year

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9306b | Sheet Music | $5.95 | SATB | A Cappella || German Choral Music Arrangements | Felix Mendelssohn


Jean Berger : A Cappella Works

Review: Berger's choral works constitute the bulk of his compositions, where he avoids an academic style, preferring a pragmatic blend of Franco-German folk music, South American melody and rhythm, and polyphonic modality. Here is a collection of three of his psalms for unaccompanied mixed choir in four parts.

Songlist: I Lift Up My Eyes , Shout to the Lord , My Days Are Like An Evening Shadow

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7353b | Sheet Music | $7.95 | SATB | A Cappella || German Choral Music Arrangements | Jean Berger


Anita Smisek : German Carols

Review: German Carols is a beautiful a cappella collection of 13 German Christmas carols by various composers arranged by Ernst Dahlke and compiled by Anita Smisek. SSA a cappella Choir. Difficulty: M Duration: 25:00

Songlist: Die heilige Nacht, Die Hirten auf dem Felde, Es ist ein Ros' entsprungen, Freude in her Christnacht, Maria Wiegenlied, Marienwiegenlied, Nun singet und seid froh, O freudenreicher Tag, O Jesulein susz, O Tannenbaum, Weihncachts-Nachtigall, Weihnachtslied mit Echo, Wiegenlied in der Heimat

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40504b | Songbook | $4.65 | SSA | A Cappella || German Choral Music Arrangements

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