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- February 15, 2012 at 8:03 am #308334Catherine Campbell-NesbitParticipantI conduct a choir of very senior singers – they are terrific but somewhat limited in range and flexibility due to age. I would love to do an Eric Whitacre piece for SATB ( only four parts due to limited number of singers) and was hoping someone could recommend one of his pieces that would work for this age group. Probably best if it is an accompanied piece but a capella can work also. The pieces that require the high floating notes will not work for them but they can learn just about anything. I only have about 12 rehearsals to prepare the piece.Thanks for your suggestions,CatherineFebruary 15, 2012 at 9:26 am #308344Larry SmithParticipantFebruary 15, 2012 at 9:27 am #308345Austen WilsonParticipant
It’s a gorgeous SATB easy accompanied piece with a wonderful
melody and harmonies.February 15, 2012 at 11:04 am #308361J. Edmund HughesParticipantTry “The Seal Lullaby”. It is beautiful and quite accessible. Also..we were fortunate to have a harpist in our choir last year and she accompanied the choir at the beginning and the end (on the “ooh”) section – piano accompaniment on the rest of the piece. I hope this helps.February 16, 2012 at 7:21 am #308428Ryan GoesslParticipantI third Seal Lullaby. Probably his easiest, least demanding piece. And it’s gorgeous.March 12, 2012 at 10:27 pm #310846Andrew ParrParticipantyes, The Seal Lullaby is the correct answer for your need – no doubt about it.April 5, 2012 at 3:56 pm #312659John WrightParticipant
I highly recommend “The Seal Lullaby”. It is easily one of
his most accessible, and beautiful works. It also has a great
backstory, as told by Whitacre himself. Pixar Films approached him
about writing music for a new animated movie of Kipling’s “The
White Seal”. Whitacre loved the idea and wrote this song as a solo
on spec for the studio. After waiting for a long time for them to
get back to him on whether they liked the song and how the project
was progressing, he finally called the studio to see what they
thought. They responded, “Oh we liked the song, but we decided to
do ‘Kung Fu Panda’ instead.”
Whitacre tells it better, but it’s a great story for liner
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