My Head Fell Off

13 Comic rounds for partnered voices
by  Brian Kogler

The round in Western culture has been associated as closely with wit as it has with praise. Here are thirteen risible rounds of varying difficulty intended for a cappella performance. Admirably suited to treble voices, they may be sung by mixed groups of all ages. The lyrics are light and teasing, the music jaunty and memorable. Any choral performance must benefit from the inclusion of a brace of crowd-pleasing canons!

The composer recommends “partnering” the voices by combining female voices “high-with-low” (SA) and male voices “high-with-low” (TB). Each compound “part” will therefore be comprised of both kinds of voice, ideally in equal numbers.

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-002 Categories: , , , , Instrumentation:
Voicing: Equal Voices, SSAA, SSAB
Instrumentation: A Cappella
Language: English, Latin
Sacred or Secular: Secular
Season or Event: General
Difficulty: Intermediate, Advanced
Descriptive Tags: Fun, Humorous, Light, Silly

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