“Five from the Folder: Men's Voices” by Steven Russell
Date: December 20, 2013
FIVE FROM THE FOLDER: MEN'S VOICES by Steven Russell
1. “Nigra sum.” Pablo Casals. Tetra/Continuo Music Corporation TC 240
Exquisitely beautiful. Wonderful piano or organ part. Full of expressive potential. Not difficult. Two and three-part harmonies.
2. "Throw Open Your Shutters! (A Festive Madrigal)." Amy F. Bernon. Heritage Music Press 15/2108H
A delightful TBB Madrigal style piece with optional words for Christmas. Piano accompaniment. Not difficult, but a lot of fun rhythmically and dynamically.
3. “Si iniquitates observaveris.” Samuel Wesley. Oxford University 41.031
Three-part acappella anthem. Expressive union of music and text. Short, but with interesting dramatic arc.
4. “Route 66..” Bobby Troup, arr. Emerson. Hal Leonard 08551735
Two-part with piano. Easy introduction to jazz style. Delightful for audiences. Fun scat section.
5. “Loch Lomond.” Jonathan Quick. Cypress Publishing CP1046
Four-part. Slow beginning with solo. Lively, exciting end section that really builds. Dramatic, yet fun for singers and audience.
(“Five from the Folder” provides brief, text-length reviews of vocal works currently in the folders of choral directors throughout the United States. To share five from your folder, contact Scott Dorsey at firstname.lastname@example.org)