A summer sing with a women's chorus is of course different from most summer sings, because the repertoire was unfamiliar to everyone. In most summer sings with SATB groups, you can rely on most of the people in the room having already sung the Brahms Requiem or the Mozart Requiem or Vivaldi's Gloria at least once already. But there is no repertoire for women's chorus that is SO well known that I can rely on the majority of the group knowing it, with the possible exception of Britten's Ceremony of Carols, which is hardly appropriate for July. So everyone is really sight-reading!
Therefore I had to choose repertoire that I thought would be readable as well as interesting and fun! Here's what I came up with under the topic of French sacred music for women's choirs (I included links to the CPDL to some of them):
- Dufay's Gloria ad modum tibi
- Gounod's Messe brève no. 4 in C
- Delibes' Messe brève
- Massenet's Ave maris stella
- Caplet's "O Salutaris Hostia" from Messe a Trois Voix
- Fauré's Ave Maria
- Fauré's Ave verum corpus
- Franck's Alleluia (so fun! but long)
- Charpentier's Gaudia Virginis Mariae (also so fun! and short)
And I had copied, but we didn't have time for:
- Fauré's Tantum Ergo
- Franck's O Salutaris Hostia
- Saint-Saëns' Ave Maria
Remember, the next sing is this coming Monday at 7:30 pm! Come do some sight-singing with me!