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2073Re: [KWChoir] Top 10 period songs every SCAdian should know

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  • Victoria Sapko
    Jan 8, 2014
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      Yeah, I know, there will be way more than 10, but I like the idea of whittling down to a top 10.

      I will definitely go after that version of the Agincourt Carol.

      I am definitely interested in the Christmas (Music) in July handout.  I've done some (very basic) research into this too, for my shire's Yule.  Then I lost my voice :( so I didn't try to lead anything.

      Many thanks,


      On Wed, Jan 8, 2014 at 10:39 AM, Jo-Ann <JoniSyngs@...> wrote:

      This is a fun project, and I'm sorry, but you're going to find WAY more than ten!

      The spirit of the KWC Top 10 (if I'm not mistaken) is that those are indeed songs that every SCA chorister should know, so picking from those isn't wrong.  

      I have arrangements of Boar's Head and Coventry Carol that you might like. 

      In our Files section under Pennsic 40 you will find two versions of Agincourt.  The "alternate" version has every verse written in old English spelling, and the other has the verses on the second page.  

      I did a class at Pennsic 42 called Christmas (Music) in July (they scheduled it on the 25th!) which outlined some period (and non-period) Christmas music.  If you'd like that handout, I can load it to the Files section (if there is room), as there are multiple pdfs.  

      Lady Siri

      -----Original Message-----
      From: Victoria Sapko <vsapko@...>
      To: kwchoir <KWChoir@yahoogroups.com>
      Sent: Wed, Jan 8, 2014 9:59 am
      Subject: Re: [KWChoir] Top 10 period songs every SCAdian should know

      It was my impression from reading through old group messages that the KWC top 10 was of KWC songs, and what I'm putting together is different - a top 10 of songs every SCAdian should know.  

      I'm leaning toward easier songs to learn, since this is directed at the average person rather than experienced singers.  For that reason, I'd like to lean more toward unison and rounds, with exceptions for particularly important songs, composers, or genres.  For example, I include the Agincourt carol because it's one that I've heard folks start singing at events, it commemorates an important moment in medieval history, and it's an example of a non-Christmas carol.  It does, however, have complicated parts.  I will likely teach the main line, with some running through the others as time permits and if I have singers experienced in part singing.

      In addition to my previous list, I am also thinking of:
      The Boar's Head Carol (can be common at Yule/Twelfth Night events, example of macaronic)
      Coventry Carol (discussions of pageants and related music here, likely sticking to the melody)

      I'd also like examples of rounds and madrigals, thanks for those who have suggested some already!  


      On Wed, Jan 8, 2014 at 12:46 AM, Jennifer Kobayashi <jhkob@...> wrote:
      Just fyi, the KWC has a top 10 in the files section:


      On Tuesday, January 7, 2014 10:06 PM, Jo-Ann <JoniSyngs@...> wrote:

      Greetings Rosina!

      Are you looking for long songs?  Short songs? Specific numbers of parts?  Are you making a songbook?  

      ChoralWiki has many to choose from, and some good ideas may be right here in our File section.  

      Now Is the Month of Maying and Sing We and Chant It might be good ones for your list.

      Happy searching!

      Lady Siri

      -----Original Message-----
      From: Victoria Sapko <vsapko@...>
      To: kwchoir <KWChoir@yahoogroups.com>
      Sent: Tue, Jan 7, 2014 9:27 pm
      Subject: [KWChoir] Top 10 period songs every SCAdian should know

      Hi all,

      A friend and I have been talking about starting a local choir for some time, but haven't gotten around to making it happen yet.  I think a good starting point would be to have a local class on period songs every SCAdian should know.  This is different from the KWC top ten that was discussed a couple of years ago, as I am looking for songs that are more likely to spontaneously break out at an event.  This way, folks will have a short list of period songs that they can at least hum along or sing a chorus when they hear it at an event.

      To seed the list, I thought the following songs would be aprropriate for the list:

      Sumer is Icumen in
      Pastime with Good Company
      The Agincourt Carol

      Any other ideas?

      By the way, I may end up altering the list I actually use in favor of songs that are a) easier to learn and b) I can get copies thereof.



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