The King of Blis

10 Nativity Rounds for partnered voices

All vocal groups need short, portable items in their repertoire. A round is a melody which can unfold into harmony, the prime tool of choral directors who wish to develop in singers an ability to listen to others while holding an independent line. Rounds build cohesion among singers and provide opportunities for improving ensemble, sight-reading, articulation and breathing.

These Nativity rounds, while they may require diligent rehearsal, are ideal for performance during Advent. They have strong melodies, warm lyrics and plenty of movement among the parts; some have vocal ostinati which may otherwise be taken by a sympathetic instrument—a harp, flute or cello. Once learned, they will never be forgotten!

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-001 Categories: , , , , Instrumentation:
Voicing:Equal Voices, SSAA
Instrumentation:A Cappella
Sacred or Secular:Sacred
Language:English, Latin
Season or Event:Advent, Praise to Virgin Mary
Descriptive Tags:Carol, Lullaby, Virgin Mary
Difficulty:Intermediate, Advanced

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3 short anthems for SATB Choir
SDE-006
SATB
1'45"-2'30"
English
Based on traditional hymns and chants, these three brief anthems present the seasonal texts in a new and compelling way. “Savior of the nations, come!” and “Creator of the stars of night” are easy and very accessible. “Come thou redeemer of the world,” while more advanced, with close harmonies and disparate key changes, repays the […]
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for SATB chorus, a cappella
MTN-046
SATB
3'40"
Chinese
Ālĭ Shān Zhī Gē (Song of Ali Mountain) is from a renowned location in Taiwan. A legend exists about the origin of Ali Mountain’s name. There was once a chief of a traditional tribe named Abali. He chased a white deer into a giant mountain that he had never seen before. He found there were […]
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for SSATBB mixed choir, unaccompanied
RBT-005
SATB
SSATBB
4'30"
English
This work was commissioned by the Jane Froman Singers of Columbia College, Columbia, Missouri, under the direction of Nollie Moore.
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for mixed chorus a cappella
ADY-025
SATB
2'25"
English
The Troparion of Christmas from the Byzantine liturgy contemplates how the Star of Bethlehem led the star-worshiping Magi to worship Christ, the true Sun of Righteousness.
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for SSATBB choir a cappella
SDE-005
SATB
SSATBB
7'
English
This setting of Charles Baudelaire’s iconic poem captures the “luxury” and “voluptuousness” of Edna St. Vincent Millay’s radiant translation. The six-part texture allows for thick, evocative chords in Dole’s jazz-influenced harmonic world. Slowly evolving chord progressions paint a picture of a person truly in love with another, asking that they go on a long journey […]
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for SATB or unison voices and keyboard
SATB
Unison
5' 13"
English
This setting of Evensong Canticles (BCP 1662) is intended for use in those churches which are looking for a relatively simple choral setting, or that don’t always have a mixed choir and need the flexibility of being able to sing the canticles in unison where necessary, or where a choir of children’s/women’s voices or men’s […]
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for SSAA chorus, unaccompanied
ADY-049
3'10"
A song of the sea, as experienced on the Pacific Coast just south of Carmel, California, dedicated to one who is passionate about the ocean.
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12 Frivolous rounds for mixed voices
BKR-011
SATB
Each round 1′30″ to 2′ (in performance)
English
Latin
Most rounds in popular collections are either sober or light-hearted. Where are the truly chucklesome examples? They do exist, of course: one thinks of classics such as “Thy Jolly Red Nose” or “The Old Man from Calcutta”; even, perhaps, of the bawdy catches of Henry Purcell and John Blow. But they are rarely found between […]
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for SATB choir a cappella
MTN-003
SATB
5'15"
English
Traditional folk and bluegrass song. Arranged by Mark Templeton. This arrangement of Will the Circle Be Unbroken? was commissioned in 2003 by the choir of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Charleston, West Virginia. The original hymn, written by Ada Habershon and Charles Gabriel and published in 1907, became popular amongst congregations in the southern United […]
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