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quality 2 part music

I have a middle school chorus that only meets once a week for 35 minutes. My boys voices have not dropped yet, and I am in search of good 2 part music for the group. Right now we are doing "Teach The Wind Your Song" by Amy Bernon, "Bist Du Bei Mir" by Bach/ arr. Robinson.
 
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
on March 6, 2014 3:13am
Dear Christina,
 
You might find the following 2-part arrangements of Scots songs useful:
 
They're free for non-profit use, but if you have a music budget then please make a contribution via Paypal.

Chris Hutchings
www.hutchingsmusic.co.uk
on March 6, 2014 3:47am
There are many Bartók 2-part (as well as 3-part) Hungarian folksongs in English translation available.
James Olesen, Brandeis University
on March 6, 2014 9:10am
Good, solid, never-fail folk song arrangements:
Bird's Courting Song, arr CC Miller
Charlotte Town, arr Crocker
Cripple Creek, arr Crocker
The Drunken Sailor, arr Crocker
How Can I Keep from Singing? arr Littleton
I Work Upon the Railway, arr Crocker (breaks into 3 parts at the end, but very accessible)
Old Dan Tucker, arr Ginsberg
With a Banjo on My Knee, arr Spevacek
 
A little harder, but worth the effort:
Follow the Drinking Gourd, arr Crescenz (consider buying the accomp CD)
Little Birch Tree, arr Bohlin (not a typical arrangement)
Rhythm of Life, arr Leavitt (singers and audience go crazy for this)
 
Spanish or Spanish & English:
A la Puerta Del Cielo, arr Roth
Duermete, arr Johnson
    (two arrangements of the same folk song, both good)
Chiu, Chiu, Chiu, arr Gilpin
Oye la Musica, Althouse
 
Also consider:
Haru Ga Kita, arr Gilpin (A Japanese folk song about spring)
Go Forth with a Song, Albrecht & Althouse (good for end of year or graduation)
 
Hope this helps,
Susan Elliott
on March 6, 2014 9:23am
I have a unison/2-pt work with piano: Lady Music Speaks (on a translation of Martin Luther's Frau Musica) which they might like. Contact me privately for perusal score/MIDI snapshot.
 
Hope this helps,
Robert A.M. Ross
robertamross(a)verizon.net
Soundcloud.com: <Robert Ross 11>
on March 7, 2014 5:43am
For the Beauty of the Earth by PHILIP STOPFORD
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KkwZWVhj4a4   
Published by Hal Leonard
 
on March 7, 2014 5:43am
My boys seem to love Baroque music for it's challenge and energy.  Purcell's "Sound the Trumpet" is a huge hit as are many of the duets from Handel's  larger works, like" Sing For Joy" and "Lift Up Your Voices" from Judas Macabbeaus and Bach's "Ich Jauchtze" Duet from Cantata 15 and "Domine Deus" from the Mass in G. 
 
Other great hits are Alan Naplan's "Shiru", "Tutira Mai" (arr. Anthony Ritchie) and "Sesere Eeye" (arr. Matthew Doyle).
 
On the softer side, they were enthusiastic about "What A Wonderful World" (Weiss/Thiele), "My Name Is Music" by Cristi Cary Miller. and Caldwell/Ivory's "Ani Ma 'amin".  Be sure to hire an excellent violinist for this piece--the part is gorgeous!
 
Enjoy,
Eileen
Pennsylvania Youth Chorale
on March 10, 2014 7:37am
Thank you all so much!!!! I felt like I was falling into an elementary school abyss (I also have an elementary choir), and my middle school kids don't want to do any of that! :)
on March 12, 2014 3:00pm
Kirby Shaw here..
My simple arrangement of Three Czech Folk Songs (Hal Leonard) would work well for you.
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