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    One of the most beautiful pieces of music ever written: The Rutter Magnificat, don't shrug it off, listen to it. It is undoubtedly my favorite Choral piece ever. I do have a personal attachment with it, it reminds me of my old music teacher. It was the last piece I performed with him.

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    Tallis- Spem in alium
    Rachmaninoff- Vespers
    Whitacre- When David Heard
    Josquin Desprez- Absalon fili mi
    Lauridsen- O Magnum Mysterium
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    Couldn't agree more about Rutter. Check out my company's website for more Rutter titles and many other sacred works. Let me know what you think.

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    I'm glad someone mentioned Poulenc's Gloria already. That's definitely one of my choral favorites.

    Brahms' Requiem is my favorite Requiem, I think.

    Anyone here heard of Morten Lauridsen? Or Eric Whitacre? Or Arvo Part? Some very good modern choral composers.
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    Schubert and Brahms wrote very well for a cappella vocal ensembles; but curiously, so did Schönberg who conducted an Austrian workers' vocal ensemble in his youth.

    A piece which comes immediately to mind is Schönberg's setting of a poem by the Swiss C. F. Meyer, Friede auf Erden (Peace on Earth) Op. 13 of 1907, for mixed chorus a cappella.

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    bach's mass in b minor must get a mention surely, as well as his cantatas and passions, in my view some of the greatest music ever written.

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    If anybody hasn't yet, check out Brahms' Song of the Fates and Song of Destiny. Both are fairly short, stand alone pieces for chorus and orchestra and are subtly beautiful works and, at times, very moving and powerful. In fact, they are my favorite choral works by Brahms.

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    Brian: Gothic Symphony
    Mahler 8
    RVW: Sea Symphony/The Sons of Light/Dona nobis pacem/Towards the Unknown Region
    Bernstein: MASS: A Theatre Piece for Singers, Players and Dancers
    Walton: Belshazzar's Feast
    Berlioz: Te Deum
    Poulenc: Gloria

    ...among many others
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    'Your top choral pieces?'

    Off the top:

    Bruckner's f-minor Mass.

    Beethoven's Christ on the Mount of Olives.

    Bach's Motets.

    Brahms' & Schubert's part-songs for chorus.

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    Default Favorite Choral Master Pieces

    I've sung in Pacific Chorale, a Master Chorus for over 35 years and performed so many choral works. VaughanWilliams, SEA SYMPHONY, Rachmaninov VESPERS are among my favorite to perform. They are quite different. The Sea Symphony is performed with full orchestra and the Vespers is voices in 16 parts. It's like the voices are the orchestra. I also love singing Handel's Dixit Dominus!! It just dances!!!

    Thanks so much for bringing this topic up~ I love talking about Choral Music!!
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    Moses Hogan!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rachmanifan View Post
    Lauridsen- O Magnum Mysterium
    I'm meant to be singing this for our school's Easter service (we kind of didn't taken into account the fact that it's a Christmas text ), and it is beautiful A bit tricky though, what with all the random 7ths thrown in at random places!

    I have a slight obsession with Bob Chilcott namely A Little Jazz Mass (having said that, I saw a local choir do it recently and it was a pretty horrendous rendition) and This Day. If I do nothing else in life, I will direct a choir and make them sing This Day!
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    I'm going to be very specific: "Glorious hero, may thy grave" from Handel's Samson, which combines solo and choral voices in a glorious realization of a funeral ritual.

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    Bach's Mass in B minor and St. Matthew Passion. The music is inexhaustible.

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