Round in Italian?
Date: April 20, 2014
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.