What are some fun and upbeat songs from the Renaissance for primary students, 1st to 5th grades?
Noah Greenberg & Gustave Reese made some useful suggestions about classical music appropriate for elementary schools. Most of the pieces were translated into English and published by the Julliard School of Music in 1966 (some other editions are on line). That list includes some fast-paced Renaissance pieces that you might find useful:
A lot of great unison pieces are found in “Piae Cantiones”:
“De Tempore Vernali Cantio”
“Homo Quidam Rex Nobilis”
“Puer Natus In Bethlehem”
Additional unison pieces might be…
“Cantons Noël Joyeusement” by Nicolas Martin
“Den die Hirten Lobeten Sehre”
“Le Roi Englois” from the Bayeux Chansonnier
Some part music that was fun for grade 5:
“Puer Natus In Bethlehem” a2 by Michael Praetorius
“Sonatemi Un Balletto” a3 by Giovanni Gastoldi
Hope that helps!
Michael A. Gray
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