Hallelujah, Fly Away

12 rounds in the Folk tradition for mixed voices

The voice of the English-speaking working classes is preserved in the rich body of song that developed in the centuries leading up to the Industrial Revolution and in the years surrounding the Great Depression. The songs abound with hope, despair, delight, passion and humour. This original collection of 12 folk-inspired rounds borrows lyrics from English and Scottish folk song, American blues and bluegrass, Afro-American spirituals and even traditional “charms”. The composer explains a strategy called “partnered voices” for overcoming difficulties with range.

Over 100 of Brian Kogler’s rounds are now accessible on YouTube. Scores are available for free on request. Please contact: bkogler [at] bigpond [dot] com

SKU: BKR-009 Categories: , , , , Instrumentation:
Instrumentation:A Cappella
Language:English
Sacred or Secular:Secular
Difficulty:Intermediate, Advanced
Descriptive Tags:Folksong, River, Rounds

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SATB
SSAATTB
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English
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English
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ROM-9602
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SWM-006
SATB
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English
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SATB
5'15"
English
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