Composition Spotlight: Let the Toast Pass
Date: February 15, 2015
COMPOSITION SPOTLIGHT ~ by Jack Senzig
(Each week we look at a piece of useful repertoire from the ChoralNet Community Composition Showcase. A variety of voicings and levels of difficulty will be presented. Enjoy!)
Level: High School Freshman Men or higher
Uses: Recruitment, General Concert Use
Programing themes: Love of Life, Drinking Songs
This piece would program well with: No Platonic Love and Jenny Kissed Me, the other two pieces in John Ward's To The Ladies
John Ward's Let the Toast Pass is an excellent entry level piece to men singing in harmony. The text is about drinking and women, two subjects most young man will enjoy singing about. This piece would be excellent for a full ensemble or a trio to sing at recruitment stops. Take your men around to educational facilities that feed your program and have the men sing this song. It is sure to get other boys and young men interested in singing. The homophonic style, straightfroward rhythm and simple harmony will make this an excellent semester's work for a young choir or one rehearsal fun for more experienced men. Sing all three of the pieces in John Ward's To The Ladies to make an excellent set for your men to sing. This is an essential recruitment tool you can't afford to pass up.
The piece (and the set) are available from the composer.
(Original publication: November 4, 2012)