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 two 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".
Please scroll down the page for the free PDF links.
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.
Update: Yes, this worked pretty well! I'd do it again.
The book "150 Rounds" is full of unknown, interesting rounds like this one, and canons that are complicated and unpredictable.
The links to the vocal round PDFs:
A pretty round with a reach of an octave, slow-moving notes, and easy intervals. The scale-wise movement makes this song easy for a beginner.
With lyrics from an older time, this is more difficult than many rounds, but compensatingly more beautiful, with more complex harmonies as well!
New lyrics for an old round by Haydn - well-suited to a mix of voices, a satisfying round
Lots of big interval jumps, even octaves, make this round fun and tricky.
Originally from Germany (Kaffee), this is great fun to sing!
Difficult! Quite difficult for beginners, this beautiful round works best with a bigger group of singers, or even instrumentalists, unless your singers are experienced with harmony
Pretty, and fairly easy, as it moves primarily in descending steps, this is a wonderful Thanksgiving song!
Haida is vigorous and fun - there are two spots that invite a clap, adding to the rhythmic feeling of this song. A favorite, frequently requested!
This brisk but pretty round from England compares a deer to a rabbit, and a man to a woman!
An unbelievably pretty round, with lyrics that DO NOT do it justice! One of my students' perennial favorites.
The first round I use with beginning singers. Very singable!
Another brisk Hebrew round, lovely and minor.
A fun 2-part round from Australia, good for classroom singing
A very pretty little tune with nice major harmonies. A quick study!
A song about peace, from Israel. Very lovely.
Viva la musica
A little different - there is a bit of dissonance to learn to sing through. A joyful melody!
A street-seller's cry from England.
I just purchased O Holy Night to use as a duet for Christmas Eve Mass.
Thank you so much for this simple, easy to read version as my vocalists are not professional and this music won't be quite so intimidating as other arrangements I have. Your expertise is much appreciated!! Merry Christmas!
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With not much time and no budget, it is so nice to find an arrangement! Thank you.
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With autistic students, I have also observed the curved under pinkie finger and reluctance to use it at all. Fingering and hand position seems to be my biggest challenge (along with counting) though he mimics rhythms well.
He gets aggravated with me in my trying to review as he seldom forgets anything. This year he is doing much better at taking correction from me.
He is a fascinating young man (of 9) and I thoroughly enjoy the challenge of teaching him and his precious presence on my piano bench.
I look forward to your continued insight.
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