Music Alone Shall Live,
A Vocal Round

Music Alone Shall Live is a very pretty round with lovely harmonies.  With only two lines of music (three lines of lyrics), it is a quick study!

Vocal round key of C

Line one and line three are the same notes exactly... making this an easy round indeed!

Nevertheless, it is very pretty!

Friends around the world singing together

Listen to a lovely rendition of this traditional German round, starting with one singer and adding voices.  All accomplished musicians, seemingly:


I cannot resist singing along.


vocal round for singers

One of these five keys shown here is sure to be right for your singers!

Originally, this traditional song is from Germany


Himmel und Erde mussen vergeh'n,

Aber die Musici,

aber die Musici,

aber die Musici bleiben besteh'n.


Singing round in Eb

The keys of C, F, or G will be easiest for your beginner pianists/ musicians to play, probably.  One reason I try to provide rounds in a key with no black keys, such as C or Am, is just to make it easier for singers (notoriously inept at note-reading, IN GENERAL) to pick out their part.

Round for singers "Music Alone Shall Live"
Singing round for choir

The links for the vocal rounds:



Download Music Alone Shall Live in the key of C



Download vocal round in the key of D



Download singing round in the key of Eb



Download the song in the key of F



Download Music Alone Shall Live in G


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Dana Thynes

Hi, I'm Dana!  (Say that like "Anna".)  I'm the owner of Music-for-Music-Teachers.com, and a newer site, SingTheBibleStory.com.

Like some of you, I've been playing the piano since early childhood, and have added a few other instruments along the way, plus an interest in arranging and composing music.

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