Musical details and teaching discussion points found in this SATB song include:
The a capella song begins with an anacrusis on the fourth beat in 4/4 time.
It is in the key of G minor throughout until the G major coda.
Soprano range: D to high G with an optional B flat
Alto range: D to E flat
Tenor range: D to D
Bass range: G to G
Legato quavers with semiquavers and semiquaver note/semiquaver rest patterns with legato and sustained notes are a textural feature.
The pitch and pace of notes reflect the drama or the words.
This song is a perfect tongue-in-cheek encore piece.
Not difficult to learn and perfect.
A Clever Change of Plan
Musical details and teaching discussion points found in this SSA song include:
6/8 time and a capella close diatonic harmonies
Begins in C major, modulates through D major, G major, C major and finishes in F major. Reading accidentals to work out keys is easy to explain and hear.
Soprano 1 range: D to high B flat
Soprano 2 range: Middle C to high G
Alto range: G below Middle C to B flat
Suitable for good sight readers as well as those learning to follow their part in a three-part vocal score.
Consonant clarity and vowel stretching techniques enhance the listening for an audience in this story song.
Parallel thirds, singing two notes on one syllable, the harmonic importance of having repeated alto notes on the same pitch, contrary movement between S and S, S and A; rests and their purpose; inter-part echo singing accents and slurs.
Note types are mostly semiquavers with quavers, although some demisemiquavers are introduced.
When Your Pants Begin to Go
Words are the poem of the same name by Henry Lawson
Musical details and teaching discussion points found in this unison song include:
Each verse of the musical score comprises two verses of the poem, alternating between G major and G minor.
The words are particularly important tossing clearly to tell the story and enable an audience to feel the impact of poverty in early Australia.
Performance notes are included.
The song lends itself to being divided into choir, small groups and solo sections – or sung entirely by a singing class or choir.
Vocal parts can be easily taken from the accompaniment to make it an SSAA or SATB song.
Henry Lawson's biographical notes are also given briefly to encourage deeper research by choristers and listeners.
The words are a valuable part of Australia's literary and historic heritage.
Riders on the Earth
Musical details and teaching discussion points found in this a capella SATB song include:
This serious and dramatic song begins with a spoken quotation and vocal sound effects to create an impact for the audience.
The song is mostly in G minor and has sections marked Introductory Recitation, Sound Wave Meditation, The Awareness, The Distress Call, Chorale (in G major), Sound Wave and Environmental Plea.
Soprano range: D to high B natural
Alto range: Middle C to D
Tenor range: Middle C sharp to A
Bass range: Low G to A
The Internet Song
Musical details and teaching discussion points found in this two-part song include:
F major and 4/4 time
Upper part range: Middle C to D
Lower part range: A below Middle C to B flat
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