Kids’ Korner for Fall & Christmas 2013 Thursday, October 03, 2013
All Things Bright and Beautiful arr. Anna Laura Page
This delightful setting of the cherished hymn makes a splendid selection for older elementary choirs or any choir of unison or 2-part voices. After singing the familiar ROYAL OAK tune on stanza 1, a new melody spotlights stanza 2. The two melodies join together on stanza 3 in traditional partner-song fashion before concluding with a final restatement of the timeless refrain. Optional flute and finger cymbals sweetly compliment the piano accompaniment during the song’s introduction, interludes and conclusion.
I’m Gonna Sing (with Over My Head) arr. Terry Taylor
It is nice to find an arrangement that simply lets the original songs shine! The piano accompaniment gently supports the melody as each spiritual is introduced. Then, the fun begins as the two melodies partner together. This piece will be a cinch to put together, and your choristers will have a blast as they sing and learn these timeless songs.
A Christmas Gloria! by Timothy Shaw
Rhythmic energy radiates throughout this piece that proclaims the joyous message sung by angels the first Christmas night, “Gloria in excelsis Deo!” The celebratory refrain begins and ends the piece while a slightly more relaxed middle section offers a pleasing contrast. A fine choice for both unison and unison/2-part choirs, especially for choirs of older elementary voices.
Silent Night arr. Mark Patterson
Mark Patterson’s simple, straightforward, and beautiful arrangement of “Silent Night” includes everything a choir needs for success. The vocal line is set in a perfect range for children’s voices, and the addition of a descant on the last verse creates a part-singing learning opportunity. Use the German text on the first verse to teach your choir and congregation about the origins of the song.
Glory to God! by Lloyd Larson
Lloyd Larson brings us a cute, inventive 2-part Christmas calypso that is just right for children. The percussion starts it off, then the parts alternate phrases before getting to sing two melodies together. The finale is the Gloria from “Angels We Have Heard on High.” Claves and maracas add sparkle.
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