Choral Life-List

So, the other night I was trying to remember how many of the great choral works I’ve sung. The short version is, I’m missing the Verdi Requiem, and Bach’s Christmas and Easter oratorios. And probably some Romantic era pieces.

Requiem: Wilburg, Rutter (x4), Brahms (x2), Faure (x3), Mozart.

Lauridsen: O Nata Lux (x2)

Thompsen: The Peaceable Kingdom, Frostiana

Bernstein: Chichester Psalms

Vaughn Williams: Dona Nobis Pacem

Copeland: Testament of Freedom, American Folk-Songs

Rossini: Stabat Mater

Faure: Cantique de Jean Racine.

Beethoven: Coronation Mass, Mass in C Minor, 9th Symphony, Choral Fantasy, Christ on the Mount of Olives.

Mozart: Coronation Mass, Requiem, one other mass.

Hayden: Creation, Mass in Time of War

Handel: Messiah (all of it), excerpts from Judas Maccabeus

Bach: Stabat Mater, Mass in C (don’t remember which one).

Tallis: Spem in Alium (not for performance, just because. Kicked my tail.)



9 thoughts on “Choral Life-List

  1. Impressive list, to include the repeated favorites of conductor or audience. The gap in Romantics might be Mendelssohn.

    IIRC, you mentioned Missa Solemnis lurking in the near future?

    • Alas, yes. Er, ahem, yes, yes indeed! May of this year. (Sorry. It is my opinion that Beethoven had a bad break-up with a soprano and never forgave the rest of us for the slight. Or he forgot that sopranos are not violins. We cannot be parked on high A for a page while he has the violas and woodwinds do something else.)

  2. Impressive. I wish my hearing was good enough to actually enjoy you, Rita, Christina, and Jennifer’s singing… Sigh.

  3. I suppose it’s a measure of my lack of couth and culture that I don’t even recognize most of these titles, much less recall ever hearing them. The lone exception is Handel’s Messiah. To me “greatest choral works” means places like the Great Barrier Reef.

    • The Great Barrier Reef is a coral work, not to be confused with corral work (see ranching, shootouts) or choral works. 😉

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