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 Announcement, Great Choral Works in Small Scorings

Have you ever considered Verdi’s Requiem with just five instead of thirty-four instrumentalists, or Mendelssohn’s Elijah with just a small chamber ensemble? With Carus' arrangements in the Great choral works in small scorings series, it is easier and considerably more economical to perform the great choral works every choir wants to sing. The publications in this series are constantly being expanded, and include arrangements of well-known choral and orchestral works by Beethoven, Haydn, Brahms, Mendelssohn, Rossini, Dvorak, Bruckner, Puccini, and Verdi

There are a range of benefits from these smaller scorings. More choirs can have the opportunity to perform these large-scale works as performances can now be programmed with considerably fewer instrumentalists, and therefore can also fit into smaller performance venues. These arrangements offer a fresh look at well-known and popular works. Vocal scores and choral scores from the original versions can be used in conjunction with these publications.

Until the end of January we are offering 25% off the entire Carus catalogue of more than 25,000 items, including these works in smaller scorings.

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Beethoven described his Missa solemnis several times as his greatest work. The scoring of seven instead of eighteen winds offers an optimal balance between transparency and orchestral sound. All the vocal parts (soloists and chorus) are identical with the original version, so that the vocal and choral score of that version can be used.

Vocal score, choral score, and Carus Choir Coach editions also available here.

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Since its first complete performance in 1868 in the Cathedral of Bremen, Brahms's Ein deutsches Requiem is, without question, one of the key works in the history of the oratorio. The reputation of the work is based not only on its unusually concentrated musical structure, but also on the original conception of the text: Brahms assembled important passages from both the Old and New Testaments in Luther’s translation so that thoughts on sorrow and consolation would obviously refer to one another.

Set of parts, vocal score, and choral score, and Carus Choir Coach editions also available here.

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With his Schicksalslied (Song of Destiny), inspired by a text by Friedrich Hölderlin, Brahms created a timeless piece of music with his personal interpretation of the idea of destiny. The work is impressive both in the concert hall and in a sacred space. With the publication of this arrangement for chamber orchestra, smaller choirs now have the opportunity of performing this work too. The scoring is identical with the chamber orchestra version of the German Requiem (see above), so that the two works can easily be combined in a concert program.

Set of parts, vocal and choral score also available here.

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Carus published the original version of Bruckner's Te Deum for choir and large orchestra in the fall of 2015. In order to make this work available for performance by smaller-sized ensembles, Carus now presents it in an arrangement for brass quintet and organ. The brass parts are orientated essentially towards those in Bruckner's orchestral version, while the organ part follows the original string parts.

Vocal and choral scores also available here.

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Originally composed for soli, choir and organ, Antonín Dvorák’s Mass in D major first became popular in the composer’s later version with orchestral accompaniment. Besides the original version with organ or orchestra, this arrangement for wind quintet offers colourful, chamber music-like instrumental scoring, presenting an ensemble whose size is ideal for a typical church or chamber choir, so that this beautiful work can now be performed in concert by smaller choirs.

Vocal score also available here.

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Antonín Dvorák’s impressive Stabat Mater for soloists, chorus and orchestra is probably the best-known of the composer’s sacred works. The music enters into the different moods of the liturgical texts with great sensitivity. This arrangement for chamber orchestra allows smaller choirs the opportunity of performing this work without the choir being drowned out by a large-scale symphony orchestra. This scoring offers an optimal balance between transparency and orchestral sound.

Vocal and choral scores also available here.

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The present setting of Psalm 150 from 1884 is one of César Franck's late works. The popularity of this work has largely been hindered by the need for large instrumental resources for so short a piece. The present arrangement of the Psalm for choir, strings and organ (ad libitum: harp and percussion) is intended as a compromise that retains much of the original sonority, but keeping the work within the scope and possibilities of churches desirous of performing works with instrumental accompaniment within the context of liturgy.

Choral score available here.

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Charles Gounod composed the Requiem under the impact of the death of his 4-year-old grandson, Maurice. In 1895 it was published posthumously in various arrangements by his pupil Henri Busser. In order to make the work accessible to a wider public Carus has presented a version for a small group of instruments.

Set of parts, vocal and choral scores available here.

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Haydn’s original orchestration is filled with vivid tone painting and this reduced version represents Haydn’s score using accurate colours for the obligato melodies and appropriate instrumental voices for the colla parte passages. Modern performances of Creation sometimes use fifty to sixty players. It is hoped that this reduction will make this beautiful work available to smaller groups, smaller performance venues, and groups with smaller budgets.

Vocal and choral scores, and Carus Choir Coach editions also available .

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With this arrangement of Mendelssohn’s cantata Wie der Hirsch schreit (As the heart longs) smaller choirs and choirs with more limited resources of space or finance can now perform this popular work. The original symphonic wind and brass forces have been reduced from fifteen to five. All the vocal parts (soloists and chorus) are identical with the original version, so that the vocal scores and chorus scores of that version can be used.

Vocal and choral scores, and Carus Choir Coach editions also available.

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Puccini composed his Messa a 4 voci con orchestra in 1878–1880. The musical quality, the energy, and the freshness of this youthful work led the composer to quote from his Mass in later operas, ensuring an ever-growing popularity for the work after its rediscovery in 1952. With this arrangement for chamber orchestra, more choirs now have the opportunity of performing this work without the choir being dominated by a full-scale symphony orchestra. The symphonic character of the work is nevertheless preserved. This scoring offers an optimal balance between transparency and orchestral sound.

Vocal and choral scores, and Carus Choir Coach editions also available .

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Following his early departure from the opera stage in 1829, besides chamber music Gioachino Rossini composed larger scored works of church music. The Stabat Mater is among these. It was composed in two different phases between 1831 and 1841 and received its premiere in Paris in 1842. In ten movements Rossini unites different forms such as aria, duet, quartet and chorus, an operatic aria-like style of writing as well as a strict a cappella style resulting in one of the highpoints of this genre.

Vocal and choral scores, and set of parts also available .

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Saint-Saëns’ colourful Messe de Requiem op. 54, originally opulently scored, is published here in an ingenious reduced version, so that smaller choirs, and choirs with more limited resources of space or finance can also perform this attractive work with smaller instrumental forces.

Vocal and choral scores, and set of parts also available .

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The choir director and music pedagogue Michael Betzner-Brandt from Berlin is particularly renowned in the choir scene for his creativity. In order to perform Verdi's Requiem with his chamber choir, he arranged the work as a "chamber oratorio". The piano reduction, which forms the foundation, is expanded by parts for horn, double bass, marimba and percussion. The expressive orchestral timbres of the original are not lost, but transformed into more delicate shades.

Vocal and choral scores, Carus Choir Coach editions, and set of parts also available .

Available Format: Sheet Music

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