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Courtney uses daring harmonic and melodic language, writes in minor mode (often raising the 4th, 6th and 7th scale degrees, which helps illustrate the spooky text), and sets the meter/tempo in a moderate 6/8. The music requires a certain level of proficiency on the part of the singers (changing meter, colorful harmonies, 4-part texture, etc.), but it is the sophisticated text that most sets this apart as an advanced piece. The syncopated rhythms and occasional meter changes drive the music forward with great momentum giving "horizontal interest" for the listener, while the colorful harmonies and interplay between voices lend "vertical interest".

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New Releases
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      n each article, regardless of topic, I try to feature old
      stand-bys, worthy pieces that have gone overlooked,
      as well as new releases. I recently wrote a series of col-
      umns highlighting choral music from history, which,
by its very nature, neglected new releases. In an effort to
achieve balance, I am turning my attention this issue en-
tirely to new releases… actually, these publications bear
a copyright year of 2007 or later. As always, I try to in-
clude works for a variety of voicings and difficulty levels,
and from a variety of publishers and composers. Special
thanks to guest contributors Michael Culloton and Diane
Hill. Is there a release from the past two years you think
is great but don’t see here? I may be able to include it
in an upcoming column; send the title and composer to:
drew@drewcollins.com.
                                  - Drew Collins, forum editor




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32 Choral Director, September 2009
                                            Kupferschmid has adapted a Walt            can musics, Stephen Foster songs,
FOR CHANGING VOICE                          Whitman poem for his text, a bold          shape-note hymns, to name just a
CHOIRS                                      move considering that Whitman’s po-
                                            etry usually requires a mature inter-
                                                                                       few. Many of these genres have been
                                                                                       well represented in choral arrange-
Here We Come A-Caroling                     pretive mind. Be prepared to lead an       ments, making it possible to expose
(English Carol, arr. Joyce Eilers)          intelligent, Socratic discussion about     students to the American musical
Hal Leonard                                 this text at some point during the re-     heritage. However, there are several
   This tune is a holiday favorite, and
                                            hearsal process. The composer makes        genres that are poorly represented.
Eilers’ arrangement is fun and easy to
                                            approachable yet challenging use of        One of these is Hawaiian music. Jer-
sing. Sopranos sing the melody for
                                            chromaticism. But the biggest chal-        ry Depuit found this beautiful melo-
most of the piece and on occasion
                                            lenge may come from the tonality: it is    dy, and arranged it for 2-part treble
the melody moves to the altos. Al-
                                            essentially in d-minor, but the onsets     voices and piano. Most of the piece
tos and baritones have an easy, catchy
                                            and cadence points do not always re-       is homophonic, but the final verse is
and memorable vocal part. There
                                            inforce this for the ear, making it less   in quasi-canon. The piece is in 3/4,
may be a challenge in the occasional
                                            predictable for the singers. So, you       with no chromaticism, and no notes
measures written in 6/8, which may
                                            will need to practice finding starting      faster than an eighth note. The result
be new for a junior high chorus. This
                                            notes for each phrase. There are some      is a lovely piece with an easy-going
arrangement is sure to put both the
                                            tricky leaps, too, though the are gen-     waltz-like feel that sounds like a trop-
singers and listeners in a holiday
                                            erally arpeggiations of the chord being    ical sunset.
								
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