Christmas rounds to sing for your choir or vocal group! Offered here in three different keys, this lovely melody by Franz Joseph Haydn is not well-known. It begins with a slow, sturdy first line, which is followed by 2 flowing ornate lines.
Haydn didn't put these lyrics to the melody; I did. I frequently substitute lyrics in public domain works, particularly if the original lyrics are a foreign language, or the occasion calls for it. The children's choir singing in the video is using different words than mine - "Welcome, all...", which can be found in the book "150 ROUNDS for Singing and Teaching".
Because of limited time and the inability of my vocal students to get together to practice more than a scant few minutes two times, I'm using a different approach with this round:
Singer 1, a senior boy, will sing solo line 1, then keep singing it. Over and over, for a total of 4 passes.
When part 2 comes, that singer (a high-voiced young lady), will sing that line, and also sing ONLY that line. She will sing it 3 times total.
When part 3 comes, that young lady to whom the part is given will sing it through, then repeat it. She will only sing it 2 times in all.
We'll see how this goes! I like the idea of the young man's low voice forming a slow bass foundation to the very-much-higher alleluia lines.
The book "150 Rounds" is full of unknown, interesting rounds like this one, and canons that are complicated and unpredictable.
Do you have a funny story about this music, or does it remind you of something you'd like to share with other readers? Do you have a question? I'd love to hear it!
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