Past and Present Repertoire

One of Da Capo’s defining features is their eclecticism.
The choir performs a diverse repertoire of music including; classical music, contemporary Australian compositions and other new music. Da Capo also sings a lot of folksongs and ‘world music’, occasionally singing jazz, popular material, and gospel.  Our performances have included several world and Australian premieres. 

Below is a list of some of our significant past and present repertoire. 

Extended works
Britten – A Ceremony of Carols
Britten – Rejoice In The Lamb
Faure – Requiem
Ford – Wassails and Lullabies (Australian composition)
Halley – Love Songs For Springtime
Haydn – Little Organ Mass
Horowitz – Horrortorio
Mendelssohn – Symphony no 2 Lobgesang
Willcock – Southern Star (Australian composition)
Vaughan Williams – Fantasia on Christmas Carols 

Early music/Madrigals
Arcadelt – Il Bianco e Dolce Cigno
Bennet – Weep O Mine Eyes
Flecha – Riu Riu Chiu
Hildegard – O Quam Preciosa
Jones – Sweet Kate
Marenzio – Amatemi Ben Mio
Monteverdi – Lasciate mi Morire
Monteverdi – Si Ch’io Vorrei Morire
Sweelinck – Hodie Christus Natus Est
Tallis – If Ye Love Me
Tomkins – When David Heard

Classical compositions
Bach – Dona Nobis Pacem (from Mass in B Minor)
Barber – Sure On This Shining Night
Berlioz – The Shepherds’ Farewell (from L’enfance du Christ)
Brahms – How Lovely Are Thy Dwellings (from Requiem)
Britten – The Ride-by-nights
Cornelius – The Three Kings
Distler – Der Feuerreiter
Faure – Cantique de Jean Racine
Franck – Panis Angelicus
Handel – Your Voices Tune (from Alexander’s Feast)
Mozart – Laudate Dominum (from Vesperae Solennes de Confessore)
Purcell – With Drooping Wings (from Dido and Aeneas)
Stolzel/Bach – Bist Du Bei Mir
Tchaikovsky – The Crown Of Roses

Australian compositions (incl Sacred & Christmas)
Abbott – Bundle of Joy
Ancell – A Song of the Republic
Barbeler – To Rise
Bonighton – Aki No Shi
Brumby – Five Tudor Lyrics
Brumby – Four Romantic Choruses
Brumby – God Be In My Head
Brumby – The Hag
Brumby – The Virgin and the Child
Clingan – Hymn to the Virgin
Clingan – Witches Trio
Colegrove – May Peace Be With You
Dumont – Pacificus (first performed by Da Capo)
Edwards – Dance Mantra
Edwards – Dawn Mantras
Grandage – Hush: On the Death of a Bush Church
Grandage – Three Australian Bush Songs
Hopkins – Past Life Melodies
Jarman – Time Enough To Give
Jarman – Turn on the Open Sea
Jarman – The Will To Climb
Kouvaras – Why Do We Exist? (from …To Enter The Dream Which Includes All Dreams)
Kouvaras – They (from …To Enter The Dream Which Includes All Dreams)

Lawrence – A Bush Carol
Leek – Bright Stars
Leek – Great Southern Spirits
Leek – Ngana
Leek – Ngayulyul
Leek – One United Land (co-premiered by Da Capo)
Leek – Riawanna
Leek – Tabulam
Maclean – Hope There Is
McCall – Matilda
McKenry – Do Not Go Gentle (written for Da Capo)
McKenry – The Storm Cone (first performed by Da Capo)
Milliken – Bora Ring
Morrissey – Fear No More The Heat o’ the Sun (may have been first performed by Da Capo)
Morrissey – Kites
Morrissey – Lighten Our Darkness
Morton – Crossing The Bar
Moseley – True Minds (written for Da Capo)
Nickson – A Festive Alleluia
Orlovich – Araluen
Orlovich – The Listening Land
Orlovich – Tides of Ocean
Puddy – Gloria In Excelsis
Puddy – Here You Lie
Sexton – Whispering Winds
Sculthorpe – Autumn Song
Sculthorpe – The Birthday of thy King
Sculthorpe – Morning Song For The Christ Child
Sutherland – A Company of Carols
Twist – Do Not Stand At My Grave And Weep
Veitch – Crescent Moon
Walker – The Wanderer
Williamson – This Christmas Night
Winstanley – Hodie Christus Natus Est

Contemporary choral compositions/artsongs
Barnes – Lambscapes
Bartok – Evening In Transylvania
Bestor – Prayer of the Children
Burton – False Sir John
Childs – The Moon Is Distant From The Sea
Clausen – O My Luve’s Like A Red Red Rose
Copland – I Bought Me A Cat
Dalglish – How Long Watchman
Dalglish – Into The Sky
Dalglish – Reel a’ Bouche
Dalglish – Sail Away
Goodall – In Memoriam Anne Frank
Gordon – Three By Langston
Hadar – Erev Shel Shoshanim
Hatfield – Ohisashi Buri
Hatfield – Tjak
Jones – Hist Whist
King – A Litany
Kodaly – Evening Song
Kodaly – Matra Pictures
Kodaly – See the Gypsies
Lauridsen – Dirait-on
L’Estrange – Love’s Philosophy
Lindberg – Go Lovely Rose
Mantyjarvi – Announcement & Announcement II
Mellnas – Aglepta
Piazzolla – Verano Porteno
Pierce – Hymn To The Night
Rabhani – Yara
Rutter – Banquet Fugue
Rutter – Good Ale
Rutter – It Was A Lover And His Lass
Saygun – The Water Wheel
Schafer – Gamelan
Schafer – Miniwanka
Stroope – Sure On This Shining Night
Thomas – I Dream A World
Thompson – Choose Something Like A Star
Thompson – The Road Not Taken
Tilley – The Silver Swan
Turner – Tequila Samba
Tyler – Wilfred Owen: Three Choral Settings

Sacred choral compositions
Aguiar – Salmo 150
Biebl – Ave Maria
Billings – I Am Come Into My Garden
Chilcott – Irish Blessing
Childs – Set Me As A Seal
Derkson – Psalm 133
Gordon – Sing A New Song (first Australian performance by Da Capo)
Hamilton – May The Road Rise To Meet You
Lauridsen – O Nata Lux
Leavitt – Festival Sanctus
Naplan – Al Shlosha D’Varim (Jewish)
Orban – Daemon Irrepit Callidus
Pinkston – Nunc Dimittis
Rutter – A Gaelic Blessing
Rutter – The Lord Bless You And Keep You
Rutter – Out of the Deep & Pie Jesu from Requiem
Sullivan – Agnus Dei
Tate – Gate Gate (Buddhist)

Folk songs & Spirituals
Adijo Kerida
Afton Water
Aililiu na Gamhna
Al-yadil yadil yadi
All For Me Grog
Amazing Grace
The Banks of Loch Erin
The Banks of Newfoundland
Black Swana
Ca’ The Yowes
City Called Heaven
Cluck ol’ Hen
Down By The Riverside
Drunken Sailor
Faithful Johnny
Flower Drum Song
I Love My Love
I Wonder as I Wander
Island Songs
J’entends le Moulin
Jabula Jesu
Jasmine Flower
Ka Hia Manu
The Keel Row
Londonderry Air
Luk Luk Lumbu
Niska Banja
Poor Wayfarin’ Stranger
Praise The Lord
The Sailor and Young Nancy
Savory Sage Rosemary & Thyme
She Moved Through The Fair
Simple Gifts
Swansea Town
Three Hungarian Folk Songs (Bartok)
Three Hungarian Folk Songs (Seiber)
The Turtle Dove
The Ups and Downs
Vine Hulpe Di La Munte
Waltzing Matilda
The Water Is Wide
The Water of Tyne
When I Wake In The Morning
Winds of Peace

Hawkins – I’m Goin’ Up A Yonder
Hogan – I’m Gonna Sing ‘Til The Spirit Moves In My Heart
Smith – Shout Glory
Thomas – Goin’ Up To Glory
Thomas – Rockin’ Jerusalem

Jazz & Popular Songs
And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda
Autumn Leaves
God Only Knows
How Insensitive
Java Jive
A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square
Seasons of Love
Te Recuerdo Amanda
Working Class Man

Christmas repertoire (concert)
Chilcott – Mid-Winter
Darke – In the Bleak Mid-Winter
Gardner – Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day
Holst – In The Bleak Mid-winter
Howells – A Spotless Rose
Jansons – Three Latvian Carols
Kodaly – The Angels & the Shepherds
Kodaly – Veni Veni Emmanuel
Leontovich – Ring Christmas Bells
Mathias – Sir Christemas
Poston – Jesus Christ The Apple Tree
Praetorius – Es Ist Ein Ros’ Entsprungen
Pysh – Sweet Was The Song
Rutter – Angels Carol
Rutter – Nativity Carol
Rutter – Shepherd’s Pipe Carol
Rutter – What Sweeter Music
Sleeth – Jazz Gloria
Tavener – The Lamb
Angelus Ad Virginem
Coventry Carol
Gabriel’s Message
Infant Holy, Infant Lowly
Issay Issay
Maringa Krismes
Quelle est cette odeur agreeable?
Quem Pastores Laudavere
Rise Up Shepherd And Follow
The Shepherds and the Inn
In addition to the above concert selections, we have a repertoire of favourite traditional carols, sung at carolling events, or with audience participation.