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16 painless rounds for Young voices

Without doubt, children of all ages enjoy singing rounds. The rounds they learn are likely to be the old worthies of past centuries: “Sumer is icumen in”, “Fie, Nay, Prithee, John” or “Well Rung, Tom!” This original collection balances the standard repertoire with a variety of easy, feel-good rounds: the sweet, the comic and the downright impertinent. They are intended for emergent treble voices, but may of course be sung by mixed groups of all ages. Two free piano accompaniments are available on request.

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-005 Categories: , Instrumentation:
Voicing:Equal Voices, SSAA
Instrumentation:A Cappella
Language:English
Sacred or Secular:Secular
Season or Event:General
Descriptive Tags:Children, Fun, Light, Silly
Difficulty:Beginners, Intermediate

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for SATB chorus and organ/piano
MTN-030
SATB+SATB
4'
Latin
The text of the Benedictus is taken from the final two phrases of the Sanctus, the fourth section of the Ordinary of the Mass. Composers have often set it independently from the Sanctus. This setting was originally composed for Selina Midkiff and the Appalachian Children’s Chorus in Charleston, West Virginia. The original consisted of only […]
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for soprano solo, and mixed chorus a cappella
MTN-008
SSAATTBB
5'12"
English
Come Unto Me, for SSAATTBB and Soprano solo, was written for famed soprano of choral, oratorio, and opera repertoire, Jessica Beebe. The solo tessitura is quite high and should be sung with minimal vibrato. While this is written for eight choral parts, the ranges are conservative and move mostly by steps making this an accessible […]
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for TTBB chorus, a cappella
MTN-105
TTBB
4'
English
Help Us to Help Each Other, Lord was composed for the men of St John’s Episcopal Church in Charleston, WV. It was first premiered in 2000 at an Easter Sunrise Service, and was subsequently recorded by the all-male ensemble, Cantabile. Many male choirs have been inspired by the text, by Charles Wesley, which speaks about […]
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for chorus a cappella
AJS-002
3' 19"
Choral elegy in memory of friend and fellow musician Haskell Fitz-Simons. The text speaks of lost opportunities to tell those in our lives how dear they are to us while they are still here.
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for mixed choir
SDE-010
SATB
4'50"
English
This arrangement opens by lining out the plainsong chant over a drone. Then, in succeeding verses we hear it in organum before more complex harmonies and rhythms are added. Finally all voices sing the melody in canon before a concluding fantasia.
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for SATB choir a cappella
POA-021
SATB
3' 40"
Italian
Due Sonetti de Petrarca are settings of sonnets by Francesco Petrarca (Petrarch) (1304-1374), great Italian scholar and poet and one of the earliest humanists. The set was written for the Saint Mary’s University Chamber Singers, who premiered the works on their tour of France in March, 2009, with the composer conducting.
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for SATB choir, a cappella
ROM-9602
Pied Beauty is a short, reverent poem by English poet Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844-1898). Throughout the first half of this choral setting, the music combines a marcato, dappled polyphony with mixolydian/triadic harmony (a nod to the poet’s era and homeland); then, in the second half, the music’s texture mellows into a smooth homophony with extended […]
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for two-part equal voices & piano
SWM-021
Equal Voices
4'30"
English
As winner of the Organization of American Kodály Educators’ (OAKE) 2020 Ruth Boshkoff Composition Prize, I composed Redbirds in August/September of 2020 for a premiere at OAKE’s 2022 national conference, conducted by Ruth Dwyer. With the mission of OAKE and children’s choirs in general in mind, I wanted to choose a text for this piece that […]
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for children's choir and piano or orchestra
GTT-006
SA
Unison
4'35"
English
Written for the CBSO Children’s Chorus, and first performed by them in Symphony Hall, Birmingham, with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, this light-hearted piece describes a day-dreaming shepherd boy, who suddenly finds himself drawn into the Christmas story. It has also been performed by a youth chorus in Liverpool, accompanied by the Royal Liverpool […]
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for SATB chorus, a cappella
MTN-032
SATB
3'50"
Hebrew
This setting is original and described in the score to be sung as “sultry.” The music gradually increases in speed until it is sung at a frenetic pace. It abruptly halts, and the final phrase is sung slowly in a raw “sultry” ending. This setting would be perfect for a concert incorporating various Psalms or […]
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