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songs about birds for a unison children's choir

I already have Britten's Cuckoo, and a number of pop choices,(Bye Bye Blackbird, Blackbird, Yellow Bird.) Thank you for your suggestions.
on July 16, 2014 6:17am
Stephen Leek's three-song cycle "Birdsongs", which was published by Morton Music. Mostly unison, some optional divisi.
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on July 17, 2014 4:40am
"Birds Are Singing" by Eleanor Daley; unison with piano and optional descant
http://www.alliancemusic.com/product.cfm?iProductID=516
on July 17, 2014 4:45am
I have done Richard Rodney Bennett's cycle "The Aviary" -- the singers particularly enjoyed "The Owl" (me, too!).
on July 17, 2014 6:21am
If 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 Applebaum
 
robertsapple(a)att.net
on July 17, 2014 6:38am
"Mrs. Jenny Wren" also by Rodney Bennett is a delightful unison piece.
on July 17, 2014 6:53am
You 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-bird
 
I 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/TheBirds

Tim
 
 
on July 17, 2014 7:18am
"Be Like a Bird" from Libana is a pretty round that would also be easy to do straight with harmonies.
 
Sing on!
Cairril
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on July 17, 2014 8:08am
Mrs. 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 Porter
voice101(a)gmail.com 
on July 17, 2014 4:49pm
"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 Downing
Virginia Children's Chorus
on July 18, 2014 1:15pm
At a Kodaly workshop a few years ago, Philip Tacka taught us a beautiful song "Someone Told The Wild Geese It was Time to Go." 
on July 19, 2014 10:20am
The 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.pdf
 
on July 19, 2014 11:32am
Hello 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,
Cheryl
on July 19, 2014 12:05pm
Another, the poem "Birds" by American poet Richard Stoddard, set by William Copper, and beginning
 
Birds are singing 'round my window
Tunes the sweetest ever heard
And I put my cage out daily
But I never catch a bird.
 
Also arranged for treble chorus and piano, score: http://www.hartenshield.com/0484_5_birds.pdf
 
No recording at present. 
on July 20, 2014 7:55am
We 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 Brumfield
The Crane by Tchaikovsky
Ah, Poor Bird - a traditional round
The Rooster by Gretchaninov
Go Get You Gone, Old Rooster - Ukrainian Folk Song
Cock-a-doodle-doo! - English folk song arr. by Betty Bertaux
The Five Little Chickens by Daniel Kallman
The Cuckoo  - Old German song arr. C. V. Stanford
Kookaburra - arr. Curtright
Pete, Pete (Vulture, Vulture) - a Ghana folk song
on July 21, 2014 4:42am
"Birdsong," by Paul Read, is a setting of a poem written by a child at the Terezin Concentration Camp in Czechoslovakia during World War II. Iatt is written in two parts, but would work in unison. It begins, "He doesn't know the world at all, who stays in his nest and doesn't go out. He doesn't know what birds know best, nor what I sing about, that the world is full of loveliness." It's written in a light jazz style. It is published by B&H.
on July 21, 2014 7:11am
You cuold have a look at "E Nana Kakou i na Manu" by Herb Mahelona. It's a lovely Hawaiian song with piccolo (to repersent the bird calls) and piano. Though it's two-part the harmonies are quite simple. You could also adapt it to unison singing. It's publisehd by Colla Voce. Good luck. 
Joshua Habermann
on July 21, 2014 8:14am
"Blackbird" Gary Ewer - is written for 2 parts but can easily be sung unison
on July 22, 2014 2:42am
There are LOTS of folk songs about birds. I particularly like the many different variants of "The Bird's Courting Song.". You'll also find it under the titles "Porquoi" and "Leatherwing Bat". Easy and beautiful melodies, and you could add ostinati if you decided that your kids were ready for harmony.
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