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MUSIC OF THE MASTERS (2)

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Laudate Dominum   WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART

Mozart's Solemn Vespers was the last work he composed for his unappreciative employer, the Archbishop of Salzburg, before departing for the life of a freelance in Vienna. This extremely beautiful movement is often performed separately. It needs a soprano soloist.   Piano or organ - Latin - sop. solo. Cat no 1534 - price code C -duration c.3'50"

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Nile Chorus   GUISEPPE VERDI

Choruses from Verdi Operas are a staple part of the repertoire of many male choirs. The Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves, (Nabucco), the Anvil Chorus and Soldiers’ Chorus (Il Trovatore), the Gypsy Chorus (La Traviata ) – all wonderful melodies. This swaggering chorus from Aida is as good as the others and as famous. This arrangement is almost entirely in two parts.  Piano – English. Cat.no 1576 - price  code C – duration 2’20”

 
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O Sacred Head   JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH

The 371 four-voice chorales of Bach are his harmonisations of contemporary hymn tunes. He used them as parts of larger choral works such as the St. Matthew Passion, where he sets the 'Passion Chorale' in four different ways. This male choir music transcription utilises two of them.  Piano or organ - English. Cat no 1533 - price code B - duration c.3'05"

 
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Oh, Virgin of the Angel Host   GIUSEPPE VERDI

In a scene from Verdi's opera La Forza del Destino the monks are singing a prayer to the Virgin. Unbeknown to them, the heroine of the opera, Leonora (who is seeking refuge in the monastery), soars above their supplication with her own. It would be difficult to imagine music that more perfectly combines simplicity of means with beauty of effect.  Piano - English - soprano solo. Cat no 1569 - price code D - duration c.2'40"

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Priests' Chorus (Isis and Osiris)   W. A. MOZART

A male voice choir 'standard'. Mozart set this chorus from The Magic Flute for 3-part choir - Tenor; Tenor 2 or Baritone; Bass.  A perennial male choir music favourite.  Piano or organ - English. Cat no 1567 - price code B - duration c.2'25"

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Psalm 23   FRANZ SCHUBERT

A justly celebrated setting of the familiar psalm. Schubert composed this piece for 4-part female choir, but it works well in the male voice choir transcription.  Piano - English. Cat no 1507 - price code D - duration c.5'45"

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Sanctus   CHARLES GOUNOD

The St. Cecilia Mass (1855) is the work by which Gounod is best remembered as a church composer (as well as the creator of Faust, Romeo and Juliet,etc) and his setting of the Sanctus is its finest movement. There is a significant tenor/soprano solo.  Piano or organ - Latin - Tenor/Soprano solo. Cat no 1501 - price code D - duration c.5'30"

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Sanctus   FRANZ SCHUBERT

In 1827, just over a year before his untimely death at the age of 31, Schubert composed his sixth setting of the Mass, his shortest and simplest, with the words in his native language rather than the customary Latin. The Sanctus is beautiful, reverential but unassuming.  Optional piano or organ - English or German. Cat no 1521 - price code A -duration c.2'45"

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Silent Worship   GEORGE FRIDERIC HANDEL

An enduringly popular song from a long-forgotten opera (Tolomeo). "Did you not hear my lady go down the garden singing? Blackbird and thrush were silent to hear the alleys ringing." Unfortunately, she never notices her silent worshipper!  Piano - English. Cat no 1541 - price code B - duration c.2'45"

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To the Evening Star   RICHARD WAGNER

This song comes from the third Act of Tannhäuser. Wolfram (baritone) is deeply in love with Elizabeth.  The song indicates he has a presentiment of her death. This premonition becomes a reality and the opera ends with her funeral procession. The melody is poignant. Piano – English. Cat. no 1578 – price code D – duration 2’10”

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Where'er You Walk   GEORGE FRIDERIC HANDEL  

Although there were only six performances of Semele in Handel's lifetime, and none at all in the next 200 years, this charming love song has never fallen out of favour. In the opera it is sung by Jupiter, king of the gods, who is having a fling with Semele, a mortal.  Piano - English. Cat no 1536 - price code C - duration c.4'00"

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