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July 16, 2014 at 6:53 am #446312
Eileen BenedictParticipantI already have Britten’s Cuckoo, and a number of pop choices,(Bye Bye Blackbird, Blackbird, Yellow Bird.) Thank you for your suggestions.July 16, 2014 at 8:17 am #446314
Simon LovelessParticipantStephen Leek’s three-song cycle “Birdsongs”, which was published by Morton Music. Mostly unison, some optional divisi.July 17, 2014 at 6:40 am #446371
Pearl FlambergParticipant“Birds Are Singing” by Eleanor Daley; unison with piano and optional descant
http://www.alliancemusic.com/product.cfm?iProductID=516July 17, 2014 at 6:45 am #446372
Michael SanflippoParticipantI have done Richard Rodney Bennett’s cycle “The Aviary” — the singers particularly enjoyed “The Owl” (me, too!).July 17, 2014 at 8:21 am #446378
Robert ApplebaumParticipantIf an accompanied round works for your ensemble, you might consider my “Wordy Birdies”. (It is part of a 4-piece, accompanied round set called “At the Zoo”.) “Wordy Birdies” eventually overlays 4 parts and runs about 2:30. I can send you a perusal score along with an mp3 of the Finale playout if you are interested.Bob ApplebaumJuly 17, 2014 at 8:38 am #446381
Leah RiesParticipant“Mrs. Jenny Wren” also by Rodney Bennett is a delightful unison piece.July 17, 2014 at 8:53 am #446384
Timothy TakachParticipantYou should take a look at Abbie Betinis’ “Be Like the Bird.” A beautifully simple canon for as many parts as you wish.
http://imp.coop/works/abbiebetinis/be-birdI also have a piece called “The Birds,” a sacred song for unison voices and piano. I wrote it for a private commission, and it’s never had a public premiere! http://www.timothyctakach.com/TheBirdsTimJuly 17, 2014 at 9:18 am #446389
Cairril AdaireParticipant“Be Like a Bird” from Libana is a pretty round that would also be easy to do straight with harmonies.Sing on!
CairrilJuly 17, 2014 at 10:08 am #446396
Eloise PorterParticipantMrs. Jenny Wren by Arthur Baynon published by Boosey is lovely, if still in print. In Vaughan Williams Songs of the Four Seasons, there is the English Folk Song ‘Cuckoo’–very beautiful, in a minor key. It is short, paired with ‘Summer is a-comin’ in’ You might be able to pair it with the Britten ‘Cuckoo’.Vaughan Williams also wrote Three Children’s Songs that are published separately by Oxford. ‘Invitation’ and ‘Spring’ both talk about birds. Beautiful songs, but a little challenging. Invitation talks about how you can hear blackbirds outside your window in the spring. My 4th-5th grade choruses loved this song. Spring talks about what birds do in different seasons of the year.Betty Bertaux arranged ‘Who Killed Cock Robin’ published by Boosey. This is the folk song that mentions many birds. It is basically 3 partner songs put together in 2 and then 3 parts. I love this song, but it does feel very sad.Eloise PorterJuly 17, 2014 at 6:49 pm #446433
Carol Thomas DowningParticipant“My Singing Bird” is a lovely trad. Irish song. I have it in a collection called “Cut the Loaf: The Irish Children’s Songbook”, ed. Carmen O’Boyle. It has a nice piano accompaniment.Great theme. Best of luck!Carol Thomas DowningVirginia Children’s ChorusJuly 18, 2014 at 3:15 pm #446511
Bart BrushParticipantAt a Kodaly workshop a few years ago, Philip Tacka taught us a beautiful song “Someone Told The Wild Geese It was Time to Go.”July 19, 2014 at 12:20 pm #446549
william copperParticipantThe poem, Answer to a Child’s Question, beginning “Do you ask what the birds say?” by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, set by William Copper as part of the Songs from the Book of Knowledge.Arranged for unison trebles and piano, score here: http://www.hartenshield.com/0484_1_do_you_ask.pdfAnd a recording here: https://soundcloud.com/williamcopper/0484_1_do_you_askJuly 19, 2014 at 1:32 pm #446552
Cheryl CammParticipantHello there Eileen,Two songs spring to mind for your bird-themed children’s choir concert:Pigeon Hands – it’s a unison song, although the chorus can be sung as a round if you’d like. Read about it here. You’ll see there’s also a fuull recording of the song with backing CD and the round in four parts, and also a link to the score sample.Slow Down! Red Squirrels! – Don’t be put off by the title! – three of the four verses are about birds (pheasants, sparrows and owls). It’s also a unison song, although here there are optional extra vocal parts in the form of a descant and some simple harmonies. Again, there is a full recording with backing tracks, and links to the scores.If you’d like the backing tracks as an MP3, just contact me via here or the website.Both of these songs have been successfully sung by children’s choirs and were popular with the singers and audiences.Hope you enjoy listening, and maybe performing!Best wishes with your concert,CherylJuly 19, 2014 at 2:05 pm #446559
william copperParticipantAnother, the poem “Birds” by American poet Richard Stoddard, set by William Copper, and beginningBirds are singing ’round my windowTunes the sweetest ever heardAnd I put my cage out dailyBut I never catch a bird.Also arranged for treble chorus and piano, score: http://www.hartenshield.com/0484_5_birds.pdfNo recording at present.July 20, 2014 at 9:55 am #446591
Linda MartinParticipantWe did a similar program a few years back. Here were some of our selections:Come Closer by Daniel Kallman – find it on KallmanCreates.Seagull, Seagull – arr. Susan BrumfieldThe Crane by TchaikovskyAh, Poor Bird – a traditional roundThe Rooster by GretchaninovGo Get You Gone, Old Rooster – Ukrainian Folk SongCock-a-doodle-doo! – English folk song arr. by Betty BertauxThe Five Little Chickens by Daniel KallmanThe Cuckoo – Old German song arr. C. V. StanfordKookaburra – arr. CurtrightPete, Pete (Vulture, Vulture) – a Ghana folk song
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