HERE IS A GREAT NEED for simple polyphonic pieces arranged for 2-part choirs and 3-part choirs. As the demand for authentic sacred music increases, small choirs are popping up everywhere. It’s true that Covid put a stop to that for a while, but it was only a temporary halt. And now that some choirs are allowed back only in a limited fashion, mostly everyone is in need of music with reduced parts. Since I have always had a small choir with few voices, a few years back I “made an arrangement” for my group. (Read: I removed the bass part). I probably shouldn’t put music on the chopping block like that, but I had no bass singers so I wrote a clean copy without the distraction of that pesky 4th part. Frankly, if you wanted to sing this without the tenor part as well, I don’t think anyone would be mad about it.
Download this piece and start practicing soon, because the Feast of the Sacred Heart is next week.
* PDF Download • “O COR JESU” (3 voices)
—Arranged for 3 Voices by Anonymous.
I hope these Mp3 rehearsal files will assist you:
If you desire to try the full piece as it was written, you can download the original here. Don’t forget that my colleague, Veronica Brandt, has posted another very useful 3-part motet for the Sacred Heart as well. Since both of these pieces are short, you can alternate with a few verses of a psalm tone chant of your choice to lengthen it as needed.
NOTES FROM THIS ARTICLE:
* Sometimes I make real arrangements (not just chopping one part off), and I even make rehearsal audio for my Schola Cantorum. But since I am busy with home life, I do it quickly and move on, forgetting that I can share it with you here. I’ll try to do better with that, because I know that they can be useful to others.