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A Cappella

An Anthology of Unaccompanied Choral Music From Seven Centuries

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Mixed Choir a cappella - Level C (moderately difficult)
An Anthology of Unaccompanied Choral Music From Seven Centuries. Edited by John Gardner; Simon Harris. This edition: Paperback. Mixed Voices. Oxford Songbooks. Secular, Choral Collection. Choral Collection. 144 pages. Published by Oxford University Press (OU.9780193361997).

Item Number: OU.9780193361997

ISBN 9780193361997. 10 x 7 inches.

A Cappella is a unique anthology which casts its net far and wide across seven centuries of unaccompanied European choral music. It's a fascinating selection of thirty pieces, ideal for enterprising choirs which are looking for something out of the ordinary to enliven their repertoire.

Diversity and eclecticism are the hallmarks of this stimulating collection: the pieces range from two to eight voices; from monuments of the Renaissance to miniature canons by Lawes, Schuberts, and Brahms; from "Sumer is icumen in" to Stanfod and Grieg. This is a truly European anthology, encompassing the music of composers from England, France, Spain, Norway, Italy, Germany, and the Netherlands.

The contents are arranged chronologically, and though they include a few classics of the genre that no such survey can afford to ignore, the majority of pieces are (unjustifiably) lesser known. All are newly edited from their sources, at original pitch and in original note-values wherever practical: minimal editorial intervention allows this music to breathe afresh. There are notes on each piece, and prose translations for non-English texts.

  • Preface 
  • Editorial Notes 
  • Sumer is icumen in / Perspice christicola  Performed by Anoymous
  • Ave regina  Performed by Guillaume Dufay
  • Ach herzigs Herz  Performed by Heinrich Finck
  • Puisq'en amour  Performed by Sermisy
  • Tri ciechi siamo  Performed by Nola
  • Lugebat David Absalom  Performed by Josquin/Gombert
  • Los bracs traygo cansados  Performed by Vasquez
  • La nuit froie et sombre  Performed by Orlande De Lassus
  • Laetentur Coeli  Performed by Byrd
  • Miracolo D'amore  Performed by Anerio
  • Miraculous love's woundind  Performed by Thomas Morley
  • Benedictus Qui Venit  Performed by Giovanni Pierluigi Da Palestrina
  • Iubilate Deo  Performed by Adam Gumpelzhaimer
  • She weepeth sore  Performed by W. Lawes
  • Draw on, sweet night  Performed by John Wilbye
  • Dolcissima mia vita  Performed by Don Carlo Gesualdo
  • The Silver Swan  Performed by Orlando Gibbons
  • Der Kuckuck  Performed by Steffens
  • Jesu, dulcis memoria  Performed by Dering
  • Gaudete Omnes  Performed by Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck
  • Ich bin eine rufende Stimme  Performed by Heinrich Schutz
  • Hear My Prayer, O Lord  Performed by Henry Purcell
  • Wo der perlender Wein  Performed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  • Tod und Schlaf  Performed by Franz Joseph Haydn
  • Lacrimoso son io  Performed by Franz Schubert
  • Wenn Kummer hatte zu toten Macht  Performed by Johannes Brahms
  • An den Sturmwind  Performed by Cornelius
  • Christus factus est  Performed by Anton Bruckner
  • Beati Quorum Via  Performed by Charles Villiers Stanford
  • Guds son har gjort mig fri  Performed by Edvard Grieg
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