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Italian Songs & Arias for Choir Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Italian countrysideThe vocal collection 24 Italian Songs and Arias of the 17th & 18th Centuries has been a staple in the voice teacher's library for many, many years, and generations of solo singers will recognize the familiar yellow book.  Expose your young choral singers to the depth of musical beauty in these classic pieces with one of these arrangements:

Danza Danza has been carefully arranged for 2-part treble choir by Audrey Snyder.  Both parts are expressive and fun to sing, making this rhythmical waltz ideal for concert, contest or festival performances.

The buoyant Gia il sole dal Gange will be enjoyed by treble choirs of all ages.  Evoking the imagery of a rollicking brook, it's a great piece for working on vocal flexibility and agility with your group.

Earlene Rentz's arrangement of Caro mio ben is perfect for younger SSA choirs.  Art song phrases inspire expressive “bel canto” singing, and the limited voice ranges are just right for developing singers.  Also available for 3-part mixed voices.

For SAB groups, try Christopher Matthews' set of three Italian songs, Nel cor piu non mi sento, Alma del core, and Nina.  Thoughtful ranges and supportive piano accompaniments make this set a good fit for junior high or young high school ensembles.

Singing these songs with your choir is a great opportunity to introduce young musicians to art song literature and the wonderful marriage of music and text contained therein.  For more concert suggestions for your choir, please contact us.

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