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Round in Italian?

Hello all!
I'm in a bit of a situation.  My middle school choir - many sopranos and altos, one true tenor and one true baritone and one poor cambiata with the range of a perfect 6th - has been doing so well this year that I thought I'd push them to learn El Grillo by Josquin des Prez.  The problem is, I didn't start rehearsing it early enough and often enough, and now they're struggling with it.  I really want to do an Italian piece this year because I have an 8th grader who speaks fluent Italian, and I wanted to make her feel special by letting her teach us how to pronounce the text.  I tried to do this for Christmas, but we ran out of time then, too, and she was really disappointed.
I was hoping to find a 3 or 4 part round, or else a folk song that I could put some simple ostinati harmonies with.  Does anyone have any suggestions?  I'd have to be able to teach it in two 20 minute rehearsals, max...unfortunately, I only see this group during recess twice a week.
Rebecca Maurer
on April 20, 2014 11:48am
I have quite an extensive collection of rounds. However, I've not been able to find one in Italian........plenty of rounds in French, German, etc. 
Try this: choose a round of your liking in English and ask your 8th grader to translate it into Italian, then she can teach it to the choir.
Good luck.
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on April 20, 2014 11:49am
You might look into the 18 Canons by Antonio Caldara (  Speaking of Caldara, you might also consider doing an Italian Art Song from G. Schirmer's classic "Twenty-Four Italian Songs and Arias."  These wonderful pieces are easy to learn, fun to sing in unison with other people, and sounds great with everyone.  The kids will be able to sing them solo long after they work with you and (by the nature of the songs) will have a life-long opportunity to improve their basic vocal skills.  Indeed, most University and College music departments still require one for vocal auditions…
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on April 20, 2014 1:37pm
I really like Michael's idea about the TWENTY-FOUR ITALIAN SONGS AND ARIAS. In the meantime, you might look at THE KING'S SINGERS BOOK OF ROUNDS, CANONS AND PARTSONGS. On page 69, #83, you will find a three-part Italian round titled PERCHE VEZZOSI RAI. A short fairly easy round. This songbook is published by Hal Leonard #08743259 from the King's Singers THE COLOUR OF SONG series.
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on April 29, 2014 11:58am
Thank you all!  Several of the Caldara pieces are perfect for us - very sight-readable melodically and rhythmically, but fun and definitely the era I was hoping to work on with my group.  I hope to maybe try an Italian Song and Aria piece at some point, but they're too far out of range for most of my boys.  Maybe if I end up with a treble-only group someday.
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