- November 28, 2017 at 9:14 pm #549223
Do any experienced directors reading this have an opinion about including a few bars of unison whistling in a piece for young male choir? Is this something do-able, or would you just look at it and say Oh for heavens sake. The piece is a humorous one, so whistling would fit the mood.November 29, 2017 at 6:11 am #549224
Michael A. GrayParticipant
My groups did it with Ives’ unison song, “Memories” (“We’re sitting in the opera house”) and it was very funny; a good time had by all. If the lyrics call for it, go for it!
Hope that helps!
Michael A. Gray
http://www.graymichael.comNovember 30, 2017 at 1:12 pm #549404
James S. ColeParticipant
I’ve done Daniel Kallman’s arrangement of the Easter anthem In Thee Is Gladness, which uses tenors and basses whistling while sopranos and altos sing a counterpoint on “la”. It works well if your men can whistle a tune. Not all of them could, which surprised me. We did this in church, and it was fine. I’ve also added a flute to double the whistling line, which helps
Jim Cole.December 1, 2017 at 11:48 pm #549539
I love the idea of it, but I have never gotten middle schoolers (boys or girls) to successfully whistle! Not for lack of trying. Sigh.December 2, 2017 at 12:01 am #549596
Thanks very much for the advice. I think I will try it out.
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