Pachelbel's "Jauchzet dem Herrn" is a beautiful setting for antiphonal eight-part chorus (two each of soprano, alto, tenor, bass) and organ (or perhaps any continuo would do?).
This sequence was intended for use as a rehearsal sequence.
When I entered the sequence, I thought our chorus would be performing (and practicing) in the traditional antiphonal arrangement, so I set the volume (mixing) and pan settings accordingly. That makes it sound wonderful to my ears.
(As it turned out, we didn't use this arrangement for this piece, since the rest of the concert didn't call for it, and some pieces would have been difficult in that arrangement. Rearranging between pieces would have been impractical, in that space, for a 90-plus-member chorus. We did use the arrangement for the Spring 2000 performance of Handel's "Israel in Egypt", however!)
For instrumentation of the chorus, I used flute for sopranos, alto sax for altos, trumpet for tenors, and trombone for basses.
You might notice some phasing effects on this sequence.
Here are the sequences for your listening/practicing enjoyment:
The Standard MIDI (Version 1) version. This uses General MIDI instrumentation. Download this first, before playing, to avoid playback problems.
The SNG format version. This uses Korg Triton Pro instruments (patches), including one of the EXB-MOSS board patches for Track 10 (the pedals). If you don't have a Triton, I don't think you'll be able to make much use of this sequence.
If you like antiphonal music, you might also enjoy Handel's "I Will Sing Unto the Lord" from "Israel in Egypt".
Copyright (C) 2000 James Craig Burley
Last modified on 2000-06-18.