High Quality Pop Music for SSA/SSAA
Date: May 24, 2014
I have started an advanced SSA/SSAA group at my Middle School, and one of my students introduced me to the "Just the Way You Are/Just a Dream" mashup from the movie Pitch Perfect. In the past, when working with my elementary and beginning middle school ensembles, I have not done much pop music, for this reason: most pop music arranged for 2pt and SAB voicings is simply overglorified solo music. It has the feel of "melody and close harmony with it, along with a piano reduction of the instrumental accompaniment." I feel that I could almost produce these on my own; these could be fine for pops concerts or show choirs, but I don't value them as much for choir concerts.
However, the arrangement that I referenced above was different - it was a cappella but accessible for these singers, interesting to perform yet simple to learn, a piece that was written for and intended for a choir, not only a soloist, and overall a good selection that fit well on a concert of other quality repertoire. I guess what I'm trying to say is that it wasn't schlocky.
I'm asking for recommendations of high quality pop music to perform with my advancd SSA/SSAA ensemble. I'm not sure the best way to find these pieces, and would really appreciate good recommendations. It's really hard to wade through all the arrangements out there. I'd prefer a cappella, but it's not absolutely necessary.
Thanks in advance!
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