Canons and Rounds: Rounds for middle school
Thanks to all who responded! What an encouragement to me! Here is my
original post and a compilation of responses for the many who've asked.
I conduct a 7/8 grade choir and I like to use rounds with my choir for
warm-ups, especially at the beginning of the school year. I am looking
for some ideas for rounds, preferably unaccompanied. I like to use rounds
that are clever, humorous, or more appropriate for this age level. (I
have volumes of elementary rounds.)
I'd welcome your ideas!
Check out "PDQ Bach's" set, . Some are not
appropriate for school, but "Golly Golly Oh" is usable and fun.
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
"Nero's Expedition of the Nile" by Moondog is very cool. Don't know where
you can find the melody though!
Great question--rounds are wonderful for warmups and group bonding. Will
you post the replies?
Music Director and Organist
Christ Episcopal Church
105 Cottage Place
Ridgewood, NJ 07450
Jeffrey Bishop's "One-erum, two-erum", a
set of 12 canons based on traditional (rural) Sussex verse. The
is optional - and the general spirit is humorous.
Try the John Fierabend book of Canons - it is excellent.
1) The Catch book [music] : 153 catches including the complete catches of
Henry Purcell / edited by Paul Hillier.
Oxford [England] ; New York : Oxford University Press, c1987.
2) 150 rounds for singing and teaching [music] / Edward Bolkovac and Judith
[U.S.A.] : Boosey & Hawkes, 1996
3) The Penguin book of rounds [music] / [compiled by] Rosemary Cass-Beggs.
Harmondsworth, Middlesex : Penguin Books, 1982.
4) 101 rounds for singing [music]
Burnsville, N. C. : World Around Songs, [19--]
If you want something more advanced, there is this book that I used in my
undergraduate Aural classes.
5) Canons classiques sans les textes = Classical canons without text :
manuel de solfege = handbook of solfeggio / selection et notes explicatives
par Antal Molnar, edition revue par Laszlo Agocsy.
Budapest : Editio Musica Budapest, 1955
Mohamed Shahril Bin Mohamed Salleh
Kings College/University of Queensland
Look at Musica Dei Donum Optimi by di Lassus. It's part of the Doreen Rao
series from Boosey & Hawkes. Although it's not humorous, it is more
advanced with a "leapy," syncopated melody.
Hawthorne High School
4859 W. El Segundo Blvd.
Hawthorne, CA 90250
Do you have a copy of Classical Canons? It is a Hungarian book, available
through Boosey & Hawkes. It is popular with Kodaly pedagogy classes.
Unfortunately, the canons are textless, but there are many wonderful ones,
and they aren't easy! (Kodaly teachers do them with solfege.) I recommend
FYI watch out for the old English books of catches from the 17th century.
Many of those are really "dirty" if you know what I mean.
St. Louis MO
Do you have "This Pretty Planet" ? -- It's beautiful.
Ruth McKendree Treen
Do you have the classical canon book? The kids could sing on solfege,
really good reading exercise as well as a warm-up.
There is a special new collection called "ETHNO KANONS" - 14 canonic
warmup rounds for singers, for mixed or treble voices, including
different vocal and rhythmical patterns to let the rounds grow in sound
and ethnic groove, they're even perfect for the performance on stage.All
songs are based on song-motivs taken from 4 continents - Australia,
Asia, Africa, South-America North-America.
You can listen to Audio-Samples in the Publishers Page:
www.helbling.com (Helbling Publishinghouse in Innsbruck/Austria) Though
this page is in german language (English section will be open soon), you
can find these rounds and many more Choral Music samples easily.
Three publications of rounds compiled and edited by Salli Terri and
Rounds For Everyone from Everywhere
Around the Year in Rounds
We have single "archive" copies of each. They're terrific!
There's a Boston-based women's group called LIBANA that sings rounds
as a significant part of their repertoire. They appeared at an Eastern
ACDA regional back in 1998 (I think). They have recorded several CDs,
and have published several accompanying songbooks as well. For example,
their CD and corresponding songbook "A Circle is Cast" contains several
rounds--you might want to check that out. female voices: as rounds, or
as (vertically) harmonized realizations.
Becky Sample Rousseau
Director: Wretched Souls, a mixed octet in Southern New Hampshire
Director: A-Men, a men's a cappella chorus in Southern New Hampshire
The king's singers "Book of Rounds, Canons and Partsongs" has just what
you need. (Hal Leonard, $7.95) Great resource!
As a beginning warm-up for my advanced womens choir, I have used Greg
"Now I walk in Beauty" SATB, but have my women sing the melody and them 4
rounds. Its great! Wonderful way to work balance, blend and intonation.
Hope this helps.
Hi great question. I use several with my high school and 7/8 but could
always use more. We do the "Jubilate Deo" by Michael Praetorius, "Now I
walk in Beauty", I think is was written by Greg Smith, and another one
called "Vieni", That we learned at an all county. I don't think it was
actually written but more or less evolved. I could send you a copy if you
are really interested. Thank you for the question! Cindy Howell [
Canons for All Occasions - unison - Greg A. Lapp bp890105
These six rounds can be very useful. They include canons for birthdays,
Christmas, parting, prayer, and to say thank you. All are accessible to
any age singer. All are a cappella.
I can't tell you which book, but the Kodaly materials published by
Boosey & Hawkes include more than you'll ever need. I'm not sure,
but they may be published without words for solfege practice. And
they're real music, not made-up exercises.
Have you looked into Gustav Holst's "Eight Canons for Equal Voices"? They
can be done mixed and most of them are polytonal! The copy I have is from
Faber Music Limited / G. Schirmer #2675.