Sacred TTBB Chorus and spirituals

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Augsburg Songbook for Men   Order songbook: Augsburg  0800676831 
1. Don’t Be Weary, Traveler  Spiritual arranged for TB voices and piano.
2. I Want Jesus to Walk with Me  Spiritual arranged for TB voices and piano.
Following the success of the Augsburg Choirbook and the Augsburg Easy Choirbook, the Augsburg Choirbook for Men will satisfy the needs of choirs and small ensembles alike. This collection features old and new anthems that should be staples in any choral library.

Ave Maria (Bruckner) Arranged for TTBB Chorus unaccompanied or with optional organ.  Boosey and Hawkes
Publisher Description: Originally scored for solo voice and organ by Anton Bruckner (1824-1896), here the melody is distributed among all four voices, with supporting harmonies transcribed from the organ accompaniment. Very accessible for men’s voices, with none of the challenges usually encountered in Bruckner’s choral works. Sonorous and majestic, like the finest of Bruckner’s choral works.
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Crucifixus (Monteverdi)  Edited for TTBB.  Order: Oxford through J.W. Pepper
This work by Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643) was originally intended for solo voices, but is transcribed here for four-part male chorus. It may be sung effectively by solo voices, chamber choir, or full chorus.
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*God Who Made Every Living Creature (Créateur de ce nouveau monde)  Edited for TTB a cappella. LG70699
Sacred chorus in French and English from the French grand opera Fernand Cortez (1809) by Gaspare Spontini (1774-1851). The opera was written to celebrate Napoleon’s conquests in Spain and was greatly admired by Berlioz. This sacred chorus from the opera is suitable for concert use or for church services to provide a short, effective, and easy piece for the men in the choir. It is a lovely lyrical prayer for peace and forgiveness and is equally effective in French or in the arranger’s English version. Appropriate for any time in the liturgical year.
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God who made every living creature
Now teach us how to live in love. 
Lord, be our hope and comfort ever.
O God in heaven above, hear us.

How Can I Keep from Singing?  Arranged for TTBB unaccompanied.  Alfred Publishing LG70748
Dedicated to the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King. Exciting and challenging concert version of the hymn by American Baptist minister Robert Lowry (1826-1899).  Suitable for concert use, church services or ceremonies honoring Dr. King and his legacy.
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My life flows on in endless song
Above earth´s lamentations,
I hear the real, though far-off hymn
That hails a new creation.

Through all the tumult and the strife
I hear its music ringing,
It sounds an echo in my soul.
How can I keep from singing?

While though the tempest round me  roars,
I hear the truth, it liveth.
What though the darkness 'round me falls,
Songs in the night it giveth.

No storm can shake my inmost calm,
While to that rock I´m clinging.
Since love is Lord of heaven and earth
How can I keep from singing?

When tyrants tremble sick with fear
And hear their death knells ringing,
When friends rejoice both far and near
How can I keep from singing?

In prison cells and dungeons vile
Our thoughts to them are winging,
When friends by shame are undefiled
How can I keep from singing?

Hush-a-bye, Darling  Scottish lullaby arranged for TB/TTB/TTBB and piano.  Hinshaw HMC1646
Ancient Lochaber lullaby from Songs Of The Gael by Walsh Patrick, and the verses by Lachlan MacBean (1853-1931). The accompaniment is drawn from Seventy Scottish Songs, the only anthology of the great Scottish song composer and pianist, Helen Hopekirk (1856-1945). Bruce has made an exquisite and lyrical arrangement especially appropriate for young men. It was written for the Penn State Glee Club during a composer residency at the Hambidge Center in Georgia in 1996. The text makes the arrangement appropriate for the church during the Christmas season.
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Hushaby, darling, and hushaby, dear O,
Hushaby, darling will yet be a hero,
Lullaby, little one, bonnie wee baby,
He'll be a hero, and fight for us maybe; 

Placidly, peacefully, slumber has bound him,
Angels are lovingly watching around him;
Beautiful spirits, his sorrow beguiling,
Sweetly they whisper, and baby is smiling.

*Silent Night/On Christmas Night  Two carols arranged for TTBB and organ or piano. Augsburg 11-10061
Silent Night, the most beloved carol of all, with music by Franz Gruber (1787-1863), has been arranged with fresh evocative harmonies. The first verse is sung by a soloist or semi-chorus in German with the chorus supporting. Verses two and three may be sung in unison by the congregation in English. The companion piece, On Christmas Night, also known as The Sussex Carol is a sonorous and noble a cappella version of the familiar English carol. Both are appropriate for the men in the choir on Christmas eve and throughout the holiday season.  Silent Night is also available for SATB and organ or piano. The Sussex Carol is available for SATB and SSAA. See separate listings.
Download score. Listen to the Glee Club sing Silent Night with John Kenney, soloist, and organist June Miller on P.S.– Happy Holidays.
On Christmas night all Christians sing, 
o hear the news the angels bring.
News of great joy, news of great mirth,
News of our merciful King's birth. 

All out of darkness we have light,
Which made the angels sing this night:
"Glory to God and peace to all.
Now and forevermore. Amen."

Portrait of Mendelssohn
by Wilhelm Hensel, 1847

Say Where Is He Born and There Shall a Star by Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847) from the unfinished  oratorio Christus, Op. 97. Words from Matthew 2: 1-2
Arranged for solo trio or TBB and TTBB chorus and piano or organ. Yelton Rhodes YR4903
Also available from J. W. Pepper
A major piece to feature three soloists (optional) and the men in the choir singing Mendelssohn’s  glorious chorus of the wise men following the star to Bethlehem.  A wonderful lyric and dramatic  way to celebrate the approaching Nativity during Advent and on Christmas eve and day.
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*Twelve Gates to the City  Spiritual arranged for TTBB, optional solo and piano.  Augsburg 11-10090
Joyful and jazzy, dramatic and rousing version of “Oh, what a beautiful city, Allelu!”
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Villancico  Spanish Christmas carol arranged for TBB and piano.  Alfred Publishing 23976
Alfred says: This stylish arrangement of a traditional Spanish carol includes an effective optional English text and is a unique choice for men's, women's, and mixed ensembles. Skillfully incorporates rich choral harmonies and captivating rhythms with multicultural flavor. Distinctive repertoire for holiday programs.  Alfred site includes score and audio tab with performance.