Children of the Rainbow
Alliance Music Publications AMP – 0589
Two-part children’s chorus, accompanied. “It is a lively, upbeat song that affirms the beauty and value of all children. This composition is particularly well suited to the beginning or intermediate elementary school chorus. The bright melody and call and response refrain provide ideal reinforcement for the concept of diatonic melody built upon the interval of a perfect fourth. The melodic and accompaniment rhythms provide a great introduction to the concept of syncopation. Dr. Powell’s optional suggestions for movement and claping enhance the work’s value as an effective program opener or closer.” –Judith Willoughby, internationally-recognized choral conductor
Gloria Hal Leonard – HL08743508
SAB, accompanied; A joyful, Latin motet for young voices. A great setting of the Gloria for young voices learning to sing independent parts.
Gwendete Hal leonard HL – 08551888
2-Part, a cappella arrangement of Kenyan folk song, w/piano and percussion. Adapted from a Bantu folksong, this gently teasing song translates as iI love you, but you do not love me. How is that? If you do not love me, you had better tell me so.i Available with VoiceTrax CD. –Hal Leonard
Kingston Market Hal Leonard HL – 08741815
SSA or three-part treble, Caribbean folk song arr., acc. This traditional Caribbean folk song makes a wonderful showcase for treble choirs. Joyful rhythms, easy-to-sing layered harmony parts and optional percussion highlight this setting by Dr. Rosephanye Powell. Available: 3-Part Treble. Performance Time: Approx. 2:00.
Pete, Pete Hal Leonard HL – 08744680
2-Part arrangement of West African folk song, w/piano and percussion. This West African folksong is arranged as a call and response easily mastered by all choirs. Suggested African percussion is included and could be enhanced with body percussion and simple movements. –Hal Leonard
Sanctus Hal Leonard HL08743507
SSA, a capella. This new setting of the traditional Latin text is a perfect teaching piece for women’s choirs. The strong piano accompaniment combined with tender vocal lines creates much opportunity for musical expression. –Hal Leonard
Somebody’s Knockin’ at yo’ do’ Oxford University Press 9780193387836 NEW
J.W. Pepper Catalogue number: 10400981
For SA and piano. This thoughtful arrangement of the well-known spiritual ‘Somebody’s knockin’ at yo’ do” was originally published as part of the collection Spirituals for Upper Voices. The two vocal lines are eminently singable, with melodic interest in both parts, making the arrangement ideal for both children’s and women’s choirs of all levels of experience. Containing a recognisable knocking motif, the piano part is expressive, harmonically interesting, and supportive.
Composer Notes: Directors can encourage singers to imagine themselves waiting and listening for Harriet Tubman or some other conductor knocking quietly, imploring slaves to embark upon an escape to freedom. The performance of this song should have a sense of quiet urgency and mystery. For expressive gestures, in measure 77, the singers can but their forefinger to their mouths as they speak and sustain “shh”. The final “listen” should be a soft, yet emphatic whisper with the students looking at the audience. They can cup the right hand around the back of the ear in a listening gesture.