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sounds of nature...

Hello please, can anyone help?
I need,m quickly, suggestions for choir pieces that create or imitate the sounds of nature,
rhythmic additions can be good, also humming, vocal sounds, non-verbal...
For three or four voices, SAB or SAT or SST or AAB, SATB etcettera!
Thank you!
Replies (13): Threaded | Chronological
on June 10, 2012 11:49am
Lisa, there's a nice piece by Lydia Adams (I think she's Canadian) called "Mi'kmaq Honor Song." Animal noises, bird calls, all happening over a Native American chant (or something reminiscent of one).  Worth a look.
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on June 11, 2012 5:01am
Thank you, Tom!
I just listened to it ... who actually is making the sounds? The singers themselves? Very nice.
I will try find a score...
on June 11, 2012 5:25am
Yes, Lydia Adams is Canadian - one of our esteemed 'deans of choral music'... and yes, it sounds like a perfect piece for you!
Jenny Crober
VOCA Chorus of Toronto 
on June 11, 2012 5:19am
Tres Cantos Nativos arr. Marcos Leite is a great piece based on Krao Indian songs.  Published by Earthsongs.  Starts with a 'rainforest' sounds section, and develops very rhythmically.
My own piece The Midgies Descending is based on the humming of Scottish midgies (or midges).  View and order online at
on June 11, 2012 5:35am
Maybe an arrangement of "I Wanna Be Like You" from the Jungle Book :) - I've come across several good ones.
on June 11, 2012 9:04am
I have written a work called 'A Desert Aviary' for SATB. The work is comprised of four descriptive songs each about a different bird from the Sonoran Desert Region. It includes each of their calls .. The White Wing Dove, The Cactus Wren and the Canyon Wren and The Curved Billed Thrasher.
PDF samples are available upon request.
Jay Vosk, Composer
on June 11, 2012 9:27am
My song, Woody, is a traditional Appalacian folk tune surrounded by bird calls. You can check it out here:
on June 11, 2012 9:36am
Take a look at "Africa", arr. Emerson at Pepper, then go to youtube and watch Perpetuum Jazzille perform it. Our little choir did it a couple springs ago and folks are still talking about it. We had basic, yet dramatic lighting to emmulate lightning and a bass drum backstage to accentuate the thunder. Easy and great rain-ography.
on June 11, 2012 7:44pm
Three Australian Bush Songs, by Iain Grandage, published by Morton Music
on June 11, 2012 9:38pm
Three Australian Bush Songs (Grandage) really is worth doing and in my experience, is well-received by audiences.  It requires bird song imitations, which, in the case of Australian birds, allows participation by skilled whistlers and non-whistlers alike!  It works very well in a resonant space, although it doesn't require one.  We've done it twice in a local cathedral, and had the audience looking for the birds which got in :-).
Helen Duggan
on June 12, 2012 4:50am
Famine Song arr. by Matthew Culloton is a moving piece.
on June 12, 2012 10:02am
check out Stephen Chatman's sets Due North and Due West for nature songs like Mosquitos and Chick-a-dee-dee-dee. They might be ECS (ec schirmer), which is his main publisher.
on June 13, 2012 9:08am
Janequin "Le chant des oiseaux" (and several others that mimic war, and other man-made sounds)
Copland "I Bought Me a Cat"
Josquin "El gillo" (melodic lines imitate cricket chirping, but doesn't actually employ "cricket noises") 
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