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Using chains...

Does anyone know of a men's piece that uses metal chains as props?
I want to say it was a spiritual piece, kind of slow....they were using heavy metal chains to create the mood and to keep the beat.  I hope someone knows what I'm talking about.   Thank you in advance. 
G
on March 26, 2014 10:10am
Perhaps you are thinking of "Rainbow 'Round My Shoulder", a spiritual/chain gang piece. There is an arrangement by Robert DeCormier that is performed by Cantus on their album "Let Your Voice Be Heard." Having also seen this piece performed live by Cantus, the visual helps build the intensity with the various sizes of chain links and hammering a metal rod.
 
I'm not sure if any YouTube videos of the piece exist, but it looks like a recording is still available. Check out cantussings.org
 
Michael
on March 26, 2014 10:42am
The Texas All State Men's Choir and Dr. Z. Randall Stroope performed "Rainbow Round My Shoulder" arr. Robert DeCormier, TTBB and Percussion, Lawson Gould (LG51757) a few years back. A video may be found on youtube.
 
Cheers,
 
Chris
on March 27, 2014 6:30am
There was a piece performed by an ACDA Honors Choir a few years ago that used chains.  My memory is vague, but I THINK it was a male chorus.  Can anyone out there remind me?
Becky
on March 28, 2014 9:06am
Yes, in Cantus we performed "Rainbow 'Round My Shoulder" with chains as percussion. We used at least two different gauges for different tones, and we also used a hammer striking a railroad spike later on in the piece. I'd recommend getting a few small welcome mat type carpets for use under the chains. They can damage stages and floors!
 
It got harder and harder to tour on airplanes when we were carrying that much weight in metal!

Tim
on April 1, 2014 1:07pm
Thank you everyone!!!!  
YES!!! this was the piece I was looking for.
Thank you!
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