- August 12, 2017 at 9:52 am #540546
I am in need of repertoire suggestions for a middle school choir made up of fifteen students – two boys (one soprano, one baritone/bass) and thirteen girls. What can we successfully do with such a small group and that kind of voicing? We meet twice a week for about 40 minutes each time.
ChristinaAugust 12, 2017 at 3:18 pm #540586
Michael A. GrayParticipant
You might take a look at 3 part variable voicing. Some classics I used back the day:
•Brown, G: Good news
•Eilers: My Lord
•Haydn: Life at court (canon)
•Mozart (attrib): Dona Nobis Pacem (canon)
•West (arr.): Five hundred miles
One great utilitarian piece that has escaped a lot of attention is Beethoven’s “Bundeslied” – it really deserves to be better known. I made a German/English edition for cpdl:
While you are at it, you might take a look at my own “Boatmen’s Stomp” published by G.Schirmer.
Hope that helps!
Michael A. Gray
http://www.graymichael.comAugust 21, 2017 at 2:11 pm #541180
I wrote a concert-round that has worked well in these sorts of limited voicing situations. You can adapt it to suit your needs, which in this case would mean a) 2-parts with the second part having octaves, b) situating the key so that some altos could join your baritone/bass in a lower octave, or c) the baritone/bass could be one of the percussionists.
Gamaya is a work in ancient Sanskrit and in the Phrygian mode. The drums that are often used make the work much more dynamic, and it could be really fun for your choir!
Let me know if you have any questions, and good luck with your programming!
Paul John Rudoi
Composer | Conductor | Tenor Vocalist
pauljohnrudoi.comSeptember 3, 2017 at 1:20 pm #541884
I heard a group of similar size/# of boys perform this very successfully (and had fun learning it!). The ostinato in the baritone makes it very accessible for just a few voices.
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