Fw: [KWChoir] Digest Number 537
- Arianna, many thanks for your recommendations.
I had already picked Veni Veni Emmanuel and Personet Hodie, with Nova Nova and In Dulci Jubilo possibilities that I would have to transpose. I love the idea of parallel fourths on Personet Hodie, and that would work well for the recorders.
I'm glad you mentioned Gaudete, I missed it because I'd pulled it out of my Christmas book for a previous project. I hunted it up and it is perfect. I have Coventry Carol too, and yeah, 3 of the 4 parts are in the right ranges.
I've also got Es Ist Ein' Ros', Pat-a-Pan and by request Ding Dong Merrily on High (Official Bransle/Toss the Duchess) and What Child is This (Greensleeves). Yes, all us choristers groan (not again!) at Greensleeves, but it is new to this novice band and ya gotta keep the fans happy.
--- On Wed, 9/9/09, KWChoir@yahoogroups.com <KWChoir@yahoogroups.com> wrote:
> Posted by: "Karen Kasper" arianna_wyn@...
> Date: Tue Sep 8, 2009 5:22 pm ((PDT))
> Tara, finding period holiday music can be a little
> challenging, but I can recommend some easy pieces if you're
> - Veni Veni Emmanuel (O Come O Come Emmanuel). There are a lot of church > book arrangements of it, not all of them period, but the tune is period > and people will find it familiar.
> - Personent Hodie (NOT the Gustav Holst version, the Praetorius version > - Holst has the melody right but composed his own harmony so if that's > the only version you can find, just ignore the accompaniment). My choir > loves this piece, even though it's only one part. We sing the last verse > in organum. with the basses and altos dropping down a fourth singing in > parallel to the melody. Make sure it's sung at a good fast tempo to keep > it lively.
> - Coventry Carol. You'll find arrangements ranging from 2 to 4 parts,
> most of them easy, and it's another familiar one to most people.
> - Nova Nova. Another single part but lively and fun, medieval as opposed > to renaissance.
> - Noel Sing We Both Alle and Som. Another medieval piece,
> two parts for the chorus, with one part on the verses (which
> could be done as solos if you have brave sngers).
> - Gaudete Gaudete Christus Est Natus. Single line on the
> verse, you can find versions with four-part chorus. This one
> is familiar to fans of Steeleye Span. :-)
> Good luck!