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TitleLarger WorkComposer (Last name, First name)GenreInstrumentationVoice (general)Voice (specific)FachRangeTessituraStyleVoice DifficultyAccompaniment DifficultyRemarksComposer DatesComposer Nation(s)Date of CompositionAuthor/Poet/Librettist (Last name, First name)LanguageSacred, Secular or both?Composer (Last name, First name)
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PrièreBoulanger, Nadiav, pfhighFrenchsacred/secular
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CantiqueBoulanger, Nadiav, pfhighFrenchsacred/secular
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ÉlégieBoulanger, Nadiav, pfhighFrenchsacred/secular
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"A hymn to God the Father"Poèmes de DonneHilton, JohnSolo Sacred Motetvoice and continuomedsopranoearly baroque45rhythm is dance-like, many opportunities for ornamentation in both the voice and accomp.1599-1657EnglandDonne, JohnEnglishsacred
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2 Slants (Christian and Pagan)2 Slants (Christian and Pagan)Art SongVoice and PianoMediumF3-E4American Folk/ ModernGentle singing, difficult chromaticism and rhythms, interpretatively difficultManlius and R. W. EmersonEnglish and Latinsacred/secularIves, Charles
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A chi mi volgoArianna a Naxos Haydn, Franz Josef CantataVoice and orchestraMedium highCountertenor or soprano Classical 55Strong interpretation needed; control of articulation; proper placement 1732-1809Austria1789Italian secular
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A Christmas CarolJoio, Dello Normanart songv, pfhighsopranob. 1913sacred
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A Christmas song (Cantique de Noel)AnonymousSacred songvoice, keyboard?all voicesall voiceshigh: D3-Bb4; low: B2-F4high: A3-Eb4; low: G3-C419th century1803-1856FranceDeis, CarlEnglishsacred
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A Joyous Song of EasterAnonymoussacred songvoice, keyboardall voicesall voiceshigh, F3-F4, low, Eflat3-Eflat4high, F3-F4, low, Eflat3-Eflat4Englishsacred
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A Song of Divine LovePoèmes de DonneCrashawSolo Sacred Motetvoice and continuohighsoprano/tenorearly baroque55tasteful ornamentation is the key to performing this piece. 1613-1649EnglishAnonymeEnglishsacred/secular
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A voi dimando il cor La StatiraOperav, pfMed, lowC2 to E3BaroqueItaliansecularScarlatti, Alessandro
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AbendliedAbendliedArt SongVoice and PianoHigh Early Romantic Liedvery long phrases, exposed onsetsGermansecularSchubert, Franz
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Abide With MeN/AArt Songv, pf/orgmedium-highC4-G520th cent. Americansustained singing, large intervals, pp on high GLyte, Henry FrancisEnglishsacredIves, Charles
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Abide with MeIves, CharlesArt songvoice and pianohigh or low431874-1954USA1890-91 rev.1921Lyte, Henry FrancisEnglishsacred/secular
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Ach des knaben augenSpanisches LiederbuchWolf, HugoSacred Art SongVoice, PianolowMezzo soprano or baritoneC3-D4Romantic33sustained singing; lyrical; diction important1860-1903Austrian21/12/1889De Ubeda, LGermansacred
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Ach, des, Knaben AugenWolf, Hugoart songv, pfhighsopranoAustriasacred
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Adonai Ro'i lo EchsarAdonai Ro'i lo EchsarArt SongVoice and PianoMediumD3-F4Contemporary with Hebrew Chant as basepresence in low register, singing through low and high passaggi, quiet high singingPsalm 23HebrewsacredCohen, Gerald
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After-thoughtThe Edge of DreamsSowerby, Leoart songvoice, pianomedium voicemezzo-soprano, baritone20th century331895-1968USA1920Turbyfill, MarkEnglishsacred/secular
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Ah, Happy Are Ye, Steadfast SpiritsBach, J.S.sacred songvoice, keyboardall voiceshigh, D3-A4 low, D3-A4high, E3-C4 low, E3-C4Baroque1685-1750von Bonin, Ulrich B.German/Englishsacred
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AlephPremière leçon de TénèbresCouperin, FrançoisSacredv, continuohighsopranoD4-A5Baroque1668-1733France1714Jeremiah the ProphetLatinsacred
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All Ye Stars, Ye Winds of HeavenBach, J.S.sacred songvoice, keyboardall voicesall voiceshigh, D3-F4 low, B2-D4high F3-E4 low, D3-C#4Baroque1685-1750GermanyFranck, Johann, English by Drinker, H.S. and Lau, T.German/Englishsacred
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AlleluiaExultate, jubilateMotetvoice, orchestraHigh, SopranoClassicalLatinsacredMozart, W.A.
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AllelujaJauchzet Gott in allen LandenBach, Johann SebastianSolo cantataVoice, trumpet, violin I and II, viola, continuoHighSopranoBaroque54Coloratura1685-1750GermanGermansacred
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Alma redemptoris materTwo Marian AntiphonsBorghi, Giovanni Battista Sacred songVoice, continuoLowBassBaroque331738-1796ItalyLatinsacred
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Also auch wir vergeben unser SchuldigernVater unserCornelius, Peter sacred songv, pfmedMezzo-soprano/tenor19th century331824-1874Germany1854Germansacred
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Am Neujahrs- oder GeburststageSechs geistliche LiederRinck, Johann Christian HeinrichSacred songVoice, keyboard Medium/lowAlto/bass19th century 331770-1846GermanyGermansacred/secular
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An Evening Hymn3 Divine Hymns Purcell, HenrySacred SongsVoice and keyboard instrumenthigh or med33sustained singing with running passages1659-1695EnglandEnglishsacred
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An Exuberant AlleluliaAn Exuberant AlleluliaPinkham, Danielamerican art songv, pfhighsopranomodern55highly chromatic leaps in the voice that are doubled in the piano 1923-2006Latinsacred
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And Did Those FeetFive Songs from William BlakeThomson, Virgilart songv, pf/orchmedbaritone/mezzoA2-G4A2-A320th century43 - quick but relatively easy harmonies/melodieslots of register shifts and arpeggios1896-1989USA1951Blake, WilliamEnglishsacred
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And God Created Man...In Native Worth/Und Gott schuf den Menschen...Mit Würd und Hoheit Creation/Die Schöpfung, Hob. XXI:2oratorioorchestratenorClassicalEnglish/GermansacredHaydn, Joseph
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And Jesus Said: It Is FinishedAntes, Johnsacred songvoice, keyboardsopranosopranoBflat2-G4F3-Eflat418th century, classical3requires fine p, and pp1740-1811MoraviaEnglishSacred
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Arise, My LoveN/AArt Songv, pfmediumBb3-F520th cent. Americansustained singing Songs of SolomonEnglishsacredHundley, Richard
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As I walked by MyselfSongs Before SleepBennett, Richard Rodneyart song, song cyclev, chamber ensemblemed/lowbaritone, bass-baritone21st century1936-EnglandEnglish
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At the RiverIves, CharlesArt songvoice and pianohigh, med, and low351874-1954USA1916Englishsacred/secular
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Au MatinLes AngelusVierne, LouisSongVoice, organhighsopranofrench melodie33some unusual harmonies but the vocal melodie is very pretty and melodic. much of it lies in the higher end of the middle range. need to be able to float the high notes1870-1937France1929Jehan Le PovremoyneFrenchsacred
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Au MidiLes AngelusVierne, LouisSongvoice, organhighsopranofrench melodie33some unusual harmonies but the vocal melodie is very pretty and melodic. much of it lies in the higher end of the middle range. need to be able to float the high notes1870-1937France1929Jehan Le PovremoyneFrenchsacred
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Auf starkem Fittiche schwinget sich der Adler stolzDie SchopfungHaydn, JosephOratorio ariasop, strings, fl, ob, bssn, hornshighsoprano54Legato, sustained singing, coloratura, good command of high p and pp, rapid articulation and trills1732-1809Austria1796-8Germansacred
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Author of LightTwo Books of AyresLute Songv, pf or lutemediumD4-Eb5Early Baroquerhythmic precision, clarityCampion, ThomasEnglishsacredCampion, Thomas
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AutomneTrois melodies, Op. 18Art songv, pfMed, lowC3 to E4RomanticSilvestre, ArmandeFrenchsecularFaure, Gabriel
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Ave MariaN/AArt songv, pfMed, lowA2 to E4RomanticBach, J.S. LatinsacredGounod, Charles
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Ave MariaN/ASacred Solo MotetSolo Soprano, Organhigh;medE4-G520th century FrenchSustained singing with unexpected harmonic shifts which require particular attention to chromaticism and tuning with the organ.Biblical TextLatinsacredDupre, Marcel
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Ave MariaSchubertSacred solo hymnVoice, organHighTenorRomantic53Long phrases; subdividing; 1797-1828GermanyApril 1825FranzLatinsacred
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Ave MariaAve Maria CHPinkham, Danielamerican art songv, pfhigh55highly chromatic leaps in the voice that are doubled in the piano 1923-2008AmericaLatinsacred
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Ave Regina Haydn, Franz JosefCantataVoice,chorus, orchestra, organHighSopranoClassical 54Some rapid articulation; legato singing; ornamented1732-1809Austriac. 1763Latinsacred
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Ave Regina coelorumTwo Marian AntiphonsBorghi, Giovanni B.Sacred songVoice, continuoLowBassBaroque331738-1796ItalyLatinsacred
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Ave Sanctissima MariaGrancini, Michel AngeloSacred songVoice, continuoHighTenorEarly-Baroque331605-1699ItalyLatinsacred
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Awake My Heart, With GladnessBach, J.S.sacred songvoice, keyboardall voicesall voiceshigh, E3-F4 low C#3-A4high F3-Eflat4 low, D3-C4Baroque1685-1750GermanyGerhardt, P., English by Kelly, J.German/Englishsacred
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Baby, Baby, Naughty BabySongs Before SleepBennett, Richard Rodneyart song, song cyclev, chamber ensemblemed/lowbaritone, bass-baritone21st century1936-EnglandEnglish
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Balm in GileadN/AArt Songv, pfmedium (transposable)Eb4-Bb4Spirituallegato, sustained singingJeremiah 8: 22EnglishsacredBurleigh, Harry T.
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Be Thou Contented and Rest QuietBach, J.S.sacred songvoice, keyboardall voicesall voicesD#3-G4G3-D4Baroquerequires flexibility1685-1750GermanyGerhardt, PaulGermansacred
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Be Thou With MeBach, J.S.sacred songvoice, keyboardall voicesall voiceshigh, Eflat3-Aflat4 medium, A#2-E4high, Aflat3-G4 medium, E3-D#4Baroque31685-1750GermanyHarrell, Mark (English sacred words)German/Englishsacred
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Beata VisceraBeata VisceraChantVoiceAny VoiceC3-F4Medieval Monody: Conductuscoloratura, high onsets, intervallic leapsPhillip the ChancellorLatinsacredPerotin
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Befiehl dem Hern deine WegeTrauungsliedReger, Maxsacred duetorgan, two voiceshigh voice, medium voicealto, soprano19th century321873-1916GermanyGermansacred/secular
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BenedictusMass in B minorAriacontinuo (organ and da gamba) and violin (or flute)High, TenorE3-A4German BaroqueLight and delicate and demands solid control of high range in a medium dynamicLatinsacredBach, Johann Sebastian
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Beside Thy Manger, Here I StandBach, J.S.sacred songvoice, keyboardall voicesall voiceshigh, D3-Eflat4 low, B2-C4high, G3-A4 low, E3-B3Baroque31685-1750GermanyGerhardt, PaulGerman/Englishsacred
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BethPremière leçon de TénèbresCouperin, FrançoisSacredv, continuohighsopranoD4-A5Baroque1668-1733France1714Jeremiah the ProphetLatinsacred
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Bid the VirtuesCome, ye sons of ArtPurcell, Henrysacred songkeyboard, sopranohigh voicesopranoBaroque32coloratura, sustained phrases1659-1695EnglandTate, NahumEnglishsacred
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Bisus m'est estezBrule, GaceSongguitar (sitar), voicefor med and low voice1160-1213FranceAnonymousFrenchsecular
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Bridegroom of My SoulBach, J.S.sacred songvoice, keyboardall voicesall voiceshigh, A2-F4 low, F#3-A4high, A3-A4 low, F#3-B3Baroque1685-1750GermanyDresse, A. English by Mueller, J.T.German/Englishsacred
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Bright is the Ring of WordsSongs of TravelVaughan Williams, Ralphart songv, pfmedBaritoneAb3-Db4E3-C420th centuryEasyEasyLots of accidentals, changing time signatures1872-1958England1901-1904Robert Louis StevensonEnglish
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By the Waters of BabylonBiblical SongsDvorak, Antoninsacred folk songv, pf/org44Intuitive melody, czech diction possibleCzech, Englishsacred
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CalvaryN/AArt songv, pfMed, lowA flat 2 to E flat 419th centuryEnglishsacredJackson-King, Betty
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Cantique de Noel (O Holy Night)N/Aart songv, pfhighFrench (many translations)sacredAdam, Adolphe
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Cantique de Sainte CecileThree Sacred WorksChaussonsacred songvoice, organ or pianomediummezzoRomantic34this work appears in act II of Chausson's La legende de Sainte Cecile. The work was originally scored for cello solo, mezzo, and orchestra. It is possible that Chausson composed a separate version (cello solo, mezzo, organ), as it appears in this set. In any case, a performance of this work should reflect knowledge of these details.1855-1899FrenchFrenchSacred/secular
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Cara e dolce Mia vitaCantata Carissimi, GiacomoSacred cantataVoice, continuoHighSoprano, tenorEarly Baroque431605-1674ItalianItaliansacred
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Cara e dolce Mia vitaCantate
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Caro measolo motettenVogt, Martinmotet duetbass, baritone, organlow, mediumbass, baritoneClassica331781-1854GermanyLatinsacred
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Chanson de Cueilleuses de lentisques5 Melodies Populaires GrecquesArt SongVoice and PianoHigh (med)A3-E4Impressionist Greek Folktune Settingagile ornamentation, quiet passaggio singing, legato melody, exposed singingFolkFrenchsecularRavel, Maurice
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Chanson tristeN/Aart songv, pfMed, lowG sharp 2 to E flat 4RomanticLahor, JeanFrenchsecularDuparc, Henri
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Che legge è questa, o Dio?CantataCarissimi, GiocomoSacred cantataVoice, continuoHighSoprano, tenor431605-1674ItalianItaliansacred
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Christ is Risen15 RomancesArt SongVoice and pianoMediumD3-F420th C. Russian Art Songlarge dynamic contrasts, make sure room to be loud in loud sectionsDmitry Sergeyevich MerezhkovskyRussiansacred/secularRachmaninoff, Sergei
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Christmas DayEight poems of Gerard Manley HopkinsPinkham, DanielArt song Voice, violaHighTenor20th century331923-2006USAHopkins, Gerard ManleyEnglishsacred/secular
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Christmas Eve 2015Adam, Adolpheart songv, pfhighsoprano1803-1856sacred
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Christmas songBach, C.P.E.sacredvoice, keyboardall voiceshigh, C3-F4 low, Bflat2-Eflat4high F3-F4 low, Eflat3-A4Classical3requires flexibility1714-1788GermanyAnonymousGerman/ Englishsacred
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Cloudless, serene, and SplendidBach, J.S.sacred songvoice, keyboardall voicesall voiceshigh, D3-E4, low, C3-D4high, F3-D4 low, Eflat3-C4Baroque31685-1750GermanyGerman/Englishsacred
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Come Paride vezzosoL'Elisir D'AmoreOperav, pfMed, lowC3 to E4RomanticColoraturaRomani, FeliceItaliansecularDonizetti, Gaetano
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Come Praise the LordBach, J.S.sacred songvoice, keyboardall voicesall voiceshigh, D3-A4 medium, Bflat2-F4high, G3-E4 medium Eflat3-C4Baroque31685-1750GermanyGerman/Englishsacred
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Come Sing and DanceHowells, Herbertart songv, pfhighsoprano1892-1983Englandsacred
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Come, Gentle Death, Come Blessed PeaceBach, J.S.sacred songvoice, keyboardall voicesall voices high, C3-G4 low, A2-E4high, G3-Eflat4 low. E3-C4Baroque31685-1750GermanyBach, J.S., English by Drinker, H.S. and Lau, T.German/Englishsacred
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Comfort Ye...Every ValleyMessiahoratorioorchestratenorLate BaroqueEnglishsacredHändel, G.F.
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Conversation in AvilaSaints Without TearsLarson, Libbyart songv, treble wind, bassoonhighsoprano, tenorD4-G5G4-D4modern43blues style, requires great acting1950USA1976McGinley, PhyllisEnglishsacred/secular
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Cradle SongLangstroth, Isongv, pfmed, highEnglishsacred
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Cradle SongBen Johnston Art Songvoice, alto flute, english horn, bass clarinet, viola, double bassmiddlemezzo or baritone20th century55this work requires both singer and bass player to employ extremely precise tuning (micro tones). It is highly chromatic and virtuosic. Johnston developed his own tuning system called "extended just intonation", which can be followed by observing special symbols in the score. These symbols indicate whether the musician increases or decreases the pitch by a a given number of cents1926-EnglishWilliam BlakeEnglishboth
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CrucifixusPetite Messe solennelleOratorio ariavoice, orchestraHigh, SopranoBel cantoLatinsacredRossini, Gioachino
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Cujus AnimamStabat MaterAria2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 4 horns, 2 trumpets, 3 trombones, stringsHigh TenorEb3-Df5Bel Cantolong legato lines, requires access to high range and evenness of registers for large interval leapsJacopone da Todi or Innocent IIILatinsacred/secularGioachino Rossini
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Cujus AnimamStabat MaterRossini, GioachinoOratorio ariafour voice soloist, Mixed chorus, and Orchestrahightenoreflat3-dflat519th century italian bel canto43sustained singing with coloratura passages1792-1868Italy1831-1841Latinsacred
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Cujus Animam GementemStabat MaterSacred MotetSoprano Solo, Continuo, 2 violins, viola HighF4-A5Italian BaroqueRapid articulation and ornamentation, requires excellent control of breath because of quick tempo.da Todi, JacoponeLatinsacredPergolesi, Giovanni Battista
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Cum natus essetHindemith, Paulart songv, pfhighsoprano1895-1963Latinsacred
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DalethPremière leçon de TénèbresCouperin, FrançoisSacredv, continuohighsopranoD4-A5Baroque1668-1733France1714Jeremiah the ProphetLatinsacred
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Darstellung Jesu im TempelSechs geistliche LiederRinck, Johann Christian HeinrichSacred ariaVoice, keyboardMedium/lowAlto/bass19th century331770-1846GermanyGermansacred/secular
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Deare, if you changeN/AArt songv, pfMed, lowC3 to D4English Lute SongEnglishsecularDowland, John
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Dearest ImmanuelBach, J.S.sacred songvoice, keyboardall voicesall voiceshigh, F3-F4 low, C3-C4high, A3-F4 low, E3-C4Baroque31685-1750GermanyFritsch, A. English by Drinker, H.S. and Buszin, W.E.German/Englishsacred
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Deep RiverBurleigh, Harry Thackerspiritual art songvoice and piano431866-1949USA1916-1917Englishsacred/secular
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Dein Wille gescheheVater unserCornelius, Petersacred songv, pfmedMezzo-soprano/tenor19th century331824-1874Germany1854Germansacred
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Dennoch bleibe Ich stets an dirHerzog, J. G.Sacred ariaVoice, keyboardMediumAlto/baritone19th century331822-1909GermanyGermansacred
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Der du die Menschen Iässest sterben2 Geistliche Lieder, Op.112Mendelssohn, Felixsacred songv, organhighRomantic1809-1847Germany1835Germansacred
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Der gute HirtSchubert, FranzArt songVoice and pianoHighRomantic55Sustained singing; declamatory style; dynamic changes effective1797-1828GermanyJune 1816Uz, JohanGermansacred
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Der Herr ist meine Stärke und mein SchildHerzog, J. G.Sacred ariaVoice, keyboardMediumAlto/baritone19th century331822-1909GermanyGermansacred
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Der ÖlbaumgartenPassionstriptychonBrubacher, Scottart song1v, pflow voicealtoG3 - C5Modern1980-Canada2002Rilke, Rainer MariaGermansacred/secular
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