As you prepare for your first concert of the school year, Stanton’s Sheet Music suggests that you consider one of these outstanding selections for your women’s or men’s choir:
In Farewell, My Love, soaring vocal lines and a fluid accompaniment are punctuated by unexpected chords and harmonies to illustrate love’s twists and turns in this sensitive pairing of two beloved folk tunes from Earlene Rentz. Featuring flowing phrases, independence of parts, and a partner song format, this piece is fantastic for teaching and is also appropriate for small or young ensembles.
With an electrifying piano accompaniment, James DesJardins has set Joshua Fought the Battle of Jericho on fire! It works amazingly as a closing piece for your concert. Sounds harder than it is, so you’re assured success at the beginning of the year.
SSA voices will shine in this touching and expressive setting of My True Love Has My Heart by Laura Farnell. Rubato and legato phrases ebb and flow over a romantic, arpeggiated accompaniment for a superb concert showcase.
This arrangement of Canto del Agua, a Venezuelan folk song, is full of life! Thoughtful part-writing and a supportive accompaniment ensure that young men’s groups will excel. Add guitar and percussion for extra authenticity!
Gloria by Mark Patterson is a beautifully lyrical, yet energetically rhythmic setting of the traditional Latin text for young men. Patterson is careful with ranges, but gives both parts equally exciting and challenging lines. This will make an excellent choice for contest or festival.
Thulalila Lele is a traditional African song with text translating to: “What have we done to deserve this life and what will we have to say about it when the time comes?” This work is widely performed by Zambia’s own Zambian A Cappella Group, and sounds best when accompanied only by simple percussion such as a Djembe drum.