Here is a really sweet, lilting 3-part song for us to work on. It was originally arranged for 4 parts (SATB) but Carol very cleverly and handily whittled it down to 3 (SAB). She also included a note about Sir Willie on the top of the first page of music that is worth reading.
Have a look and listen through and we’ll begin work on it next session, which is 26 June.
(Hmmm….. stern by name, stern by nature by the looks of things.)
Come Live With Me – 3 Part Audio
Come Live With Me – Soprano Audio
Come Live With Me – Alto Audio
Come Live With Me – Bass Audio
Sakura is the flowering cherry tree, Japan’s most celebrated plant. The blossom is the national flower. This familiar (some might even say clichéd) melody is given a lovely 3 part treatment here that I think you’ll enjoy working on and singing.
Sakura 3 parts audio
Sakura – 3 Parts – P1
Sakura – 3Parts, P2
Sakura – Soprano audio
Sakura – Soprano part
Sakura – Alto audio
Sakura – Alto part
Sakura – Baritone audio
Sakura – Baritone part
Sorry it’s taken so long, Mike but here it is at last, and I think quite a lovely arrangement, too! Baritones get the melody at the opening and then pass it off to the sopranos. And both Altos and Baritones will have fun with all the fab semi-quavers that bring it all to a close. Enjoy!
*Note to Baritones: When you play your audio part be prepared to wait for the opening 3 bars rest before your part starts to play!
Jock O’Hazeldean – 3-Part audio
Jock O’Hazeldean – Soprano audio
Jock O’Hazeldean – Alto audio
Jock O’Hazeldean – Baritone audio
Welcome back, my friends to the show that never ends! Ladies and Gentlemen, LVW has new music!
Audio for all 3 parts
Audio for Soprano
Audio for Alto
Audio for Baritone
So, just in case you are still sitting on the edge of your sofas, grinding your teeth and swearing softly, here are the answers to the Rhythm & Names Match Game.
See you all soon, we hope!
George Friedrich Handel
Luciano Pavarotti (first name is only 3 syllables, remember!)
Tommy Lee Jones
Alexander McCall Smith
Cher (most people got this one)
Sir John Tomlinson
Andrew Lloyd Webber
Not really William Byrd
But here it is nevertheless because it’s very nice.
For our last session we’ll do a joyous bash through some of what we’ve learned this term as well as a few gems from past years. I realize not everyone will know all of the music but as ever I am supplying the links here so that those of you who are so inclined will be able to put in a bit of revision.
Here’s what we’re planning:
Non nobis Domine is coming momentarily. Hang on.
Looking forward to seeing you all on Thursday night!
So, here’s a sweet new madrigal by Robert Jones called My Complaining is but Faining.
Here’s a lovely but challenging 3 part arrangement of Harold Arlen’s & Yip Harburg’s unforgettable song. Lots of jazz harmonies here so hold onto your hats. And your notes. Oh, and baritone–– please ignore that extra little note at the end of the 3-part sheet music. Slip of the finger.
Here’s your PDF link to the whole schmear for downloading and printing.
Here also are the audio parts for downloading if you are having problems playing the examples on the website.
Over the Rainbow, 3-Parts
Over the Rainbow, 3-Parts, p2
Soprano audio part
Somewhere Over the Rainbow_Soprano
Alto audio part
Over the Rainbow – Alto
Baritone audio part
Over the Rainbow – Baritone
Apologies in advance to those of you who are sick of rounds but I found this quite by accident and sort of fell in love with it. It was written by the New York street musician Moondog. I’ve been familiar with some of his music for many years but this was new to me. He makes a very interesting read, by the way! And I see now that a documentary about his life, “The Viking of 6th Avenue”, is in production for release sometime this year. So, this is timely and topical!
There are two versions of this round, Nero’s Expedition: the simplified version, which I suggest you start with, and the one Moondog actually wrote which is considerably more difficult to sing due to all the diminished chord intervals he used. But have a go at both! It will be interesting to see which version you prefer. We’ll give this an outing at our next session.
Also, at the bottom of the page you’ll find Moondog’s original recording of the song.
Nero’s Expedition – simplified version audio
Nero’s Expedition – simplified version
Nero’s Expedition – original version audio
Nero’s Expedition – original version
Also, here is Moondog’s original recording of the song!
Water Hyacinth clogging the Nile.