In Celebration of the Human Voice - The Essential Musical Instrument
A collection of SSAA and SSA a cappella sheet music arrangements for female voices. Vocal harmony arrangements for female singing groups.
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Review: A great collection of vocal jazz arrangements by some of the best arrangers in the genre. Bette Midler's sass is captured in this fast, furious and fun arrangement by Deke Sharon of Cole Porter's Miss Otis Regrets. Andrew Sisters-esque 3 part melody above a walking bass line punctuated by brassy horn (vocal) passages. A great 'Story Song', works well as a closer or encore. The Thelonius Monk ballad 'Round Midnight' most recently featured in the movie of the same name. This arrangement starts with 'wind' sounds, a rubato intertwing introduction, then spotlights tense cluster voicings supporting a female soloist throughout. With imaginative reharmonizations, yet good voice leading, this chart is extremely effective and accessible. 'For All We Know' - A lush four-voice a cappella ballad for soprano soloist. The inclusion of the verse at the end is inspired by Mark Murphy's rendition. Commissioned by the New York-based chorus Women Singing, the Scottish folk song 'The Skye Boat Song' is written to evoke images of the stark beauty of the Highlands. The melody that tells the legend of Bonnie Prince Charlie is supported by water ripples and wind that the background voices weave together. In the middle section, the story is told by a narrator. Take a journey through the poetic landscape with rich harmony and soaring lines.
Songlist: The Skye Boat Song, For All We Know, Round Midnight, Miss Otis Regrets
Review: Here's a collection of arrangements by Ward for unaccompanied women's voices. This arrangement of the old Irving Berlin standard 'I Got Rhythm' evokes a Dixieland combo while Ellington's 'Don't Get Around Much Anymore' swings with a fun opportunity for some voices to scat. 'It Was a Lover and His Lass' also has a lot of scat-like syllables (e.g. 'hey-ding-a-ding') while 'Reeds of Innocence' has a strong rhythmic element in the writing, with vocal imitations of flute sounds. It goes along at rather a moderate pace and is not difficult to sing. This is a fun collection for singers and for audiences alike.
Songlist: Don't Get Around Much Anymore, I Got Rhythm , It Was a Lover and His Lass, Reeds of Innocence
Review: 'Bright Mansions' - This SSAA setting displays K. Lee Scott's adaptability. His command of vocal writing is excellent, and his arranging style is never overdone. A refined reserve to his technique make this an elegant spiritual setting for high school, college and church treble choirs. 'Hold On!' - Stacey Gibbs wants to 'bring life' to the spiritual for use in the concert hall. This arrangement confirms why his arrangements are so popular: the rhythms and harmonies are fun to sing and he builds things up to a rousing finish. This arrangement for women's voices reminds us to 'keep your hand on the plow as you climb higher and higher...just hold on.' 'Keep Your Lamps' - Here is the traditional spiritual in a contemporary and dramatic setting for women's unaccompanied voices, opening with a beginning unison melody, performed in a slow, heavy manner. When the tempo picks up, the melody is supported by the other voices and a recurring rhythmic groove that adds to the urgency of the text. 'Shout All Over God's Heaven' - Let your women's choir loose in this swinging spiritual! It is easy and fun to sing, building to an impressive ending. A good closer or encore in your concert program!
Songlist: Nothin' Gonna Stumble My Feet, Bright Mansions, Over My Head, Hold On!, Keep Your Lamps, Shout All Over God's Heaven
Review: One of the most successful pop acts of all time, ABBA first shot to fame in 1974 after winning the Eurovision Song Contest with 'Waterloo'. The three songs in this volume are among the best-known of all ABBA's many hits: 'Mamma Mia!' the title song to the popular musical; the poignant 'Super Trouper' with its reflections on some of the trials tribulations of life on the road; and 'Money, money, money' with its chromatic twists and catchy interludes. So dig out your platform shoes, dust down your flares and hit the concert platform with this collection of timeless chart-toppers from ABBA. If you are looking for straightforward and rewarding repertoire for your beginner choir, then you need look no further than Choral Basics - the perfect series for singers of all ages. These simple 2-part choral arrangements for soprano and alto voices make the series perfect for choirs. The rich array of repertoire is bound to be a hit with singers of all ages, and the technical abilities of choirs at this level have been taken into consideration. Straightforward and idiomatic piano accompaniments have been included and are designed to support the vocal lines, without putting pressure on staff with less developed keyboard skills. Choral Basics are great value for money providing a contrasted set of arrangements for any concert.
Songlist: Mamma Mia, Super Trouper, Money, Money, Money
Review: Another three timeless classics from one of the most successful pop acts of all time featuring Thank You For The Music, Fernando and their 1974 smash hit Waterloo. So dig out your platform shoes, dust down your flares and hit the concert platform with this collection of timeless chart-toppers from ABBA. If you are looking for straightforward and rewarding repertoire for your beginner choir, then you need look no further than Choral Basics - the perfect series for singers of all ages. These simple 2-part choral arrangements for soprano and alto voices make the series perfect for choirs. The rich array of repertoire is bound to be a hit with singers of all ages, and the technical abilities of choirs at this level have been taken into consideration.Straightforward and idiomatic piano accompaniments have been included and are designed to support the vocal lines, without putting pressure on staff with less developed keyboard skills.
Songlist: Thank You For The Music, Fernando, Waterloo
Review: Adele is currently the most acclaimed female singer of the era and her songs are hits worldwide. Have your choir singing the latest hit music. From her second album 21 and also performed by Gwyneth Paltrow on Glee 'Turning Tables' has a piano accompaniment that is almost classical in approach, the reflective vocals express emotion of deep melancholy tinged with hopefulness. 'Someone Like You' opens with a single voice on the opening verse, the vocal textures gradually build into a full-voiced chorus that expresses the emotional message of the song. Ideal for all types of choral ensembles! 'Rolling in the Deep' can be performed a cappella, as in the GLEE version, or with the bluesy, soulful accompaniment. The all-girl Troubletones sing a phenomenal mash-up of two Adele hits in Season Three. Alternating between the aggressive 'Rumour Has It' and a more accepting 'Someone Like You,' this epic pairing offers solo opportunities and powerful vocal backups. A fantastic SSA feature!
Songlist: Turning Tables, Someone Like You, Rolling in the Deep, Rumour Has It / Someone Like You
Review: This terrific collection in our Note-for-Note Vocal Transcriptions series features 12 Beatles classics, with vocal parts transcribed exactly as they were recorded, including lead, harmony and background parts, and all vocal inflections, plus a keyboard reduction of the instrumental parts and chord labels.
Songlist: Because, Day Tripper, Drive My Car, Good Day Sunshine, In My Life, Nowhere Man, Paperback Writer, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, This Boy, Ticket To Ride, With A Little Help From My Friends, You Won't See Me
Review: Ever Ever After - 'Storybook endings, fairy tales coming true' - this song from the Disney film Enchanted as performed by Carrie Underwood makes us all believe it could be so! A great choice for pop and groups alike, your singers will want to sing it again and again. All-American Girl was a hit on both the Billboard Country and Hot 100 charts this endearing song tells the story of a 'sweet little beautiful, wonderful, perfect All-American Girl' and makes a wonderful feature for end-of-the-year programs! Inside Your Heaven - For the first time in history the same song, recorded by a different artist, succeeded itself at the top of the charts. American Idol's Carrie Underwood and Bo Bice shared in that success with this recent hit. Piano accompaniment.
Songlist: All-American Girl, So Small, Inside Your Heaven, Ever Ever After
Review: This collection was devised in celebration of the fantastic, sequin-encrusted world that was the 1970s. Not only well-written songs in their own right, full of musical nuance, pacing and drama, these are also some of the most well-known recordings in popular music - and great fun! The Bee Gees 1979 hit Tragedy, is a sophisticated piece of pop music, with carefully thought-out melodies, key changes and dynamics. The Weather Girls 1982 hit of It's Raining Men is a big-voice number and an enduring comp classic. Y.M.C.A. was also a 1979 hit, and performed by the novelty group, Village People. This arrangement is features a percussion breakdown and some textural effects to create a more substantial concert closer or encore. With piano.
Songlist: Tragedy, It's Raining Men, Y.M.C.A.
Review: Frank Sinatra was a showbiz legend - famous not just for singing but also for acting, appearing in over 50 films, winning an Academy Award for his portrayal of Maggio in From Here to Eternity. This collection represents three of his most popular and iconic hits. 'I've Got You Under My Skin' was written by Cole Porter. It became a signature song for Sinatra and was one of the most requested songs at his concerts. 'The Lady is a Tramp' has become a stand-alone classic for many, not least Sinatra. Recorded in 1979, Sinatra's version of the 'Theme from New York, New York' became one of his most popular closers. With piano.
Songlist: I've Got You Under My Skin, The Lady Is A Tramp, Theme from New York, New York
Review: FUN (and challenging) contemporary songs for women's voices! Mariah Carey's 'Always Be My Baby' is set for solo and four background parts, as is 'My Lovin'.' 'Walking On Sunshine' is written for solo plus three background parts, while the others are written for 4 parts.
Songlist: Always Be My Baby, Girls Just Want To Have Fun, My Lovin', Turn The Beat Around, Walking On Sunshine
Review: A selection of standards arranged by Deke Sharon and Anne Raugh from the popular CASA songbook series. Women's arrangements - especially interesting ones - are in very short supply. That's why we're very pleased to offer this songbook. Many old standards are here, plus there are a few more challenging contemporary pieces.
Songlist: A Natural Woman, It's My Party, Leader of the Pack, Lollipop, Mister Sandman, O Canada!, One Fine Day, Sweet Dreams, The Boy from New York City, The Star Spangled Banner
Review: Deke Sharon has become one of the leading arranger of 'contemporary' a cappella and here is a fine collection of classic pop songs. 'Dancing Queen' - ABBA is back, so get some dancing shoes for your choir! Upbeat, infectious and fun, this arrangement will bring energy to singers and get audiences dancing in the aisles. 'Killing Me Softly With His Song' was popularized by Roberta Flack in the 1970s, updated by the Fugees and Lauryn Hill in the 90s, this song connects with many generations. This arrangement provides a terrific vehicle to show off the talents of a sensitive female soloist. The modern day classic 'True Colors' has been a huge hit for both Cyndi Lauper and Phil Collins. Now it's your turn! 'Good Old A Cappella' was first performed by The Persuasions and popularized by The Nylons, this tune has been sung by countless contemporary a cappella groups. Originally from the collection Contemporary A Cappella Volume 1, now for treble voices too! 'God Only Knows' with music by Brian Wilson, made popular by The Beach Boys in the '60s, this arrangement for women's choirs is a great one to feature your soprano soloist or section. 'Hallelujah' - From the Dreamworks animated feature film 'Shrek' comes this sweet and poignant Leonard Cohen hit, scored here for your women's group.
Songlist: Dancing Queen, Killing Me Softly With His Song, True Colors, Good Old A Cappella, God Only Knows, Hallelujah
Review: 'Fields of Gold' - If it wasn't written by Sting, this haunting melody could easily be a traditional English fold song. The melody moves through all four women's parts, with the background texture changing in each verse, ranging from arpeggiated polyphony to warm close harmony. 'Here Comes the Sun' - Perfect for a spring concert, this bright Beatles classic features rich harmonies and light arpeggiated textures resulting in a warm sound without being too complex. The melody is in the Soprano 1 line, allowing either a group or individual solo. 'Mama I'm A Big Girl Now' - This playful song from Hairspray brings the sound of the early 1960's to life with a universal theme. The many verses can be sung by different soloists. 'Songbird' - Based on the Eva Cassidy recording, this honest, emotional ballad features light arpeggiated textures and soaring harmonies supporting a gorgeous, heartfelt soprano melody with occasional duet/trio lines. 'When I'm Sixty-Four' - Playful, sweet, melodic... this arrangement brings out all of the best elements of this Beatles ditty, with the melody bouncing between the various voices. When your singers are sixty-four, they'll still be humming along to this timeless classic!
Songlist: Fields of Gold, Here Comes the Sun, Mama I'm A Big Girl Now, Songbird, When I'm Sixty-Four
Review: 'Time After Time' - A modern classic, this Cyndi Lauper ballad is perfect for an intermediate women's ensemble, ready to tackle gentle arpeggiations and delicate parallel harmonies. 'Heart of Glass' - A powerful soprano solo sits atop your SATB band as the groove their way through this Blondie classic. A great way to introduce your singers to modern polyrhythms and non-standard syllables in a format that's easy for them to understand and internalize. 'I Can't Make You Love Me' - With rich harmonies, delicate arpeggiations and a soaring, heartfelt melody, this showstopping Bonnie Raitt ballad makes a perfect penultimate number. 'Imagine' - This simple, sweet setting of John Lennon's song of hope features a soprano soloist. Perfect for a group looking for a good first a cappella song, or a more advanced group interested in focusing on nuance and sincerity.
Songlist: Heart of Glass, I Can't Make You Love Me, Time After Time, Imagine
Review: Four fun songs suitable for all. Includes Debbie Harry's (Blondie) pop hit 'Call Me', the big hit for Betty Everett 'The Shoop Shoop Song', The Everly Brothers classic 'When Will I Be Loved' and the bound-to-please audience grabber 'The Loco_Motion' which was an early hit as songwriter for Carole King.
Songlist: Call Me, The Shoop Shoop Song (It's In His Kiss), When Will I Be Loved?, The Loco-Motion
Review: More great pop hits that are becoming standards which also translate very well to a cappella treatments. Pat Benetar reached the top 10 with 'Hit Me With Your Best Shot' and ''Let's Hear It For The Boy' from the movie 'Footloose' was another big seller. Lisa Loeb has developed a sterling reputation as a great contemporary singer/songwriter and this arrangement by Deke Sharon of her 'Stay' is a true delight.
Songlist: Hit Me With Your Best Shot, Let's Hear It For The Boy, Stay
Review: More classic songs for women's voices! These charts will get your group, and your audience, dancing in the aisles! All of the arrangements are four parts except 'Dancing In The Streets' is 5 parts, and 'Son of a Preacher Man' is 4 parts plus solo.
Songlist: Ain't No Mountain High Enough, Dancing In The Streets, Respect, Sentimental Journey, Son-Of-A-Preacher Man
Review: American Idol was the television hit of the summer. The winner, Kelly Clarkson, rocketed to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 with the hit 'A Moment Like This'. Beautifully arranged for choir, this moment will capture your audience's heart! The power ballad 'Behind These Hazel Eyes' taps into all the angst and intensity of young love. A great showcase for SSA choirs, it retains all the emotion of the original recording. Nobody's going to make a fool of Kelly Clarkson with the empowered anthem 'Mr. Know It All' that shows she can stand up for herself! The R&B infused vocals cross genres between urban, country and rock for a gutsy tune your girls will love to sing! Alan Billingsley captures all the excitement of the original in this appealing arrangement of 'Breakaway' from The Princess Diaries 2. Piano accompaniment.
Songlist: Breakaway, Mr. Know It All, Behind These Hazel Eyes, A Moment Like This, Since U Been Gone
Review: These songs are so wonderful they have become part of the great American songbook. The timeless ballad 'Unchained Melody' is simply breathtaking! Perfect for concert groups or pop ensembles, this is an arrangement will become a staple in your repertoire. 'My Funny Valentine' is on just about everyone's top ten list of all-time classic ballads! Lush harmonies, varied textures, and a timeless melody and lyric...this is it! 'Always' has been recorded by hundreds of major artists over the years, the classic simplicity of this Irving Berlin song makes it one of our most treasured standards. This expressive a cappella setting for women's voices will create a magical moment in performance! The classic Irving Berlin song 'What'll I Do' was sung by Judy Garland and is a popular standard that has been performed by many great singers. This stellar a cappella arrangement is a real treat and is a perfect song for female voices.
Songlist: Always, Unchained Melody, My Funny Valentine, What'll I Do
Review: The chart-topping Lady Gaga song 'Born This Way' is a powerful and dramatic anthem of inclusiveness and affirmation! Featured in the Season 2 GLEE episode of the same name, it opens with an energetic dance-pop groove, building into the full-voiced chorus, 'I'm on the right track baby, I was born this way!' From the opening episode of Glee Season 2, Rachel and Sunshine cover Lady Gaga and Beyonce's standout pop single 'Telephone'. The mini-diva duel will make an awesome SSA feature that girls' choirs will love to perform! 'The Edge of Glory' - Show and pop choirs will make a tremendous impact in this chart-topping powerhouse with its thumping bass and irresistible dance/pop groove! A fantastic choreography showcase! Piano accompanied.
Songlist: Telephone, Born This Way, The Edge of Glory
Review: It is difficult to overstate the impact that Michael Jackson has had upon popular culture. This collection runs in chronological order and spans the illustrious career from the self-proclaimed King of Pop. Celebrate Jackson's brilliance as a vocal performer and songwriter, and get chance to get stuck into three iconic songs - ABC, I'll Be There and Billie Jean. If you are looking for straightforward and rewarding repertoire for your beginner choir, then you need look no further than Faber Music's Choral Basics the perfect series for singers of all ages. The simple 3-part choral arrangements for soprano, alto and a combined part for men's voices make the series perfect for choirs with a dearth of males or whose male singers have unstable or changing voices. The rich array of repertoire is bound to be a hit with younger singers and the technical abilities of choirs at this level have been taken into consideration. Straightforward and idiomatic piano accompaniments have been included and are designed to support the vocal lines, without putting pressure on staff with less developed keyboard skills. With piano.
Songlist: ABC, I'll Be There, Billie Jean
Review: Yesterday and other Classic Pop Ballads is an absolute winner! Robert Latham's deft, skillful arrangements of some of the best-loved pop ballads of all time form an immensely rewarding collection for choirs in search of fresh 'a cappella' material.
Songlist: Streets of London, The Windmills of Your Mind, The Sound of Silence, Yesterday, Killing Me Softly
Review: Teen pop star Taylor Swift has evolved into very much the young artist by crossing genres with ease! Featuring a happy pop backbeat, 'You Belong with Me' climbed to the top of the Hot 100, Country and AC charts. 'Love Story' is a charming Romeo and Juliet story told through music and the catchy 'Mine' was country pop hit. Her chart hit from 2011 'Mean' celebrates the underdog and the dreamer, and helps those who may be bullied understand that 'it gets better' while imagining the bully will someday receive comeuppance! With its sweet country harmonies and sassy lyrics, this easily-learned song will be an entertaining addition to your program! Piano accompanied.
Songlist: You Belong with Me, Mine, Love Story, Mean, Today Was a Fairytale
Review: Without doubt some of the finest songs ever written were those by Lennon and MacCartney and here is a collection of some of their finest song all arranged for unaccompanied voices. 'The Long and Winding Road' - Skillfully arranged, this #1 hit by the Beatles will be a standout in any concert. Treat your audience to an a cappella moment they will remember for a long, long time. 'Here, There and Everywhere' - Here's an expressive a cappella setting of the classic Beatles song, full of wonderful textures, lyric lines, and lots of opportunities for rubato styling! 'Yellow Submarine' - From the Beatles' 1966 hit movie and single, recently re-released in theaters and DVD, in a colorful a cappella arrangement. 'Hey Jude' - This timeless Beatles classic is given a hip contemporary treatment.
Songlist: Hey Jude, Here, There and Everywhere, The Long and Winding Road, Yellow Submarine
Review: Another great collection of arrangements from song of the best in the business. Everybody but everybody ebjoys an Beatles song! 'Penny Lane' - Using vocals only to create the musical tapestry from the rhythmic and harmonic background to the iconic piccolo trumpet line, this #1 Beatles hit from 1967 will really wow your audience and be a blast to rehearse and perform! 'Here Comes The Sun' - Perfect for a spring concert, this bright Beatles classic in an appealing a cappella setting features rich harmonies and light arpeggiated textures resulting in a warm sound without being too complex. 'When I'm Sixty-Four' - Playful, sweet, melodic... this arrangement brings out all of the best elements of this Beatles ditty, with the melody bouncing between the various voices. When your singers are sixty-four, they'll still be humming along to this timeless classic! 'Imagine' - This simple, sweet setting of John Lennon's song of hope features a soprano soloist. Perfect for a group looking for a good first a cappella song, or a more advanced group interested in focusing on nuance and sincerity.'Let it Be' is one of the landmark songs of the 20th century and certainly at the apex of the Beatles catalog, this #1 pop hit from 1970 in this a cappella setting will be an inspirational choice for choral concerts of all types.
Songlist: Penny Lane, Here Comes The Sun, When I'm Sixty-Four, Imagine, Let It Be
Review: 'God Bless America' and 'The Star Spangled Banner' are two of our nation's most beloved patriotic songs. Here we offer a practical and well-crafted selection of top-notch a cappella arrangements for women's voices. These arrangements are distinctive settings of America's national anthem and are an excellent choice for many performance and civic events. 'God Bless America' - Ballgames, community events and concert performances - whether you sing the optional opening verse or jump straight to the chorus, this a cappella setting of the beloved patriotic classic by Irving Berlin will fill many programming options! The Grammy-winning singer Kelly Clarkson scored big with an elegant, pitch-perfect and rousing rendition of 'The Star-Spangled Banner' at Super Bowl XLVI with choral back-up provided by the Indianapolis Children's Choir, conducted by Henry Leck. Here is the arrangement in two keys, the original in G, as sung by Kelly and a B-flat edition, for use with soprano or tenor soloist, or a group of singers.
Songlist: The Star-Spangled Banner, The Star-Spangled Banner, God Bless America, The Star Spangled Banner
Review: The 1970's pop hit 'Come In From The Rain' translates beautifully into a lush and deeply felt a cappella ballad. Perfect for graduation, end-of-the-year programing of a special concert feature, you will want to perform it again and again! Introduce your choir to the fun of a cappella singing with this accessible arrangement of the Lee Ann Womack hit 'I Hope You Dance' that topped the charts in 2001. Crafted for success, this setting gives all the parts a chance to sing the melody while the background vocals are easy and create a perfect stylistic texture. 'We Will Rock You' - Your whole crowd will join in with the stomps and claps as you perform this rock and roll classic! This iconic 1978 pop hit by Queen will bring down the house! Here is the tender love ballad from 'Where Is Love?' Oliver in a shimmering a cappella setting for women's voices. A gem!
Songlist: Come In From The Rain, I Hope You Dance, We Will Rock You, Where Is Love?
Review: 'Candle On The Water' is a simply breath-taking setting for women's voices and 'Sittin' On The Dock Of The Bay' is a soulful a cappella rendition of the 1968 #1 pop hit by Otis Redding that's great for pop and jazz groups. From the Beatles' 1966 hit movie and single 'Yellow Submarine' is a colorful, fun arrangement and Kirby Shaw does a wonderful job with the beautiful 'Somewhere Out There' from American Tail.
Songlist: Candle On The Water (from Pete's Dragon), Somewhere Out There, (Sittin' on) The Dock of the Bay, Yellow Submarine
Review: Kirby Shaw's exquisite arrangements of two Billy Joel ballads 'And So It Goes' and 'Lullaby', one of the most poignant and beautiful songs of the '90s, are simply stunning. The moving lyrics and soaring vocals of the Josh Groban classic 'You Raise Me Up' will inspire all who hear it and powerful poetry, deep emotion, warm choral textures are all highlights of the Sarah McLachlan hit 'Angel', now in an expressive a cappella setting. Haunting!
Songlist: Lullabye (Goodnight, My Angel), And So It Goes, Angel, You Raise Me Up
Review: Kirby Shaw's tradition for creating exceptional a cappella ballads continues with this wonderful arrangement of the Gershwin classic 'Embraceable You.' Showcase your singers with this very special arrangement! The 1978 movie Ice Castles featured a musical score by Marvin Hamlisch and lyrics by Carole Bayer Sager. This wonderful ballad ' Through the Eyes of Love ' lives on and has been recorded by artists the world over. Kirby Shaw uses his exceptional arranging skill to bring us this very special arrangement. Don't miss this one! Kirby Shaw presents a lush a cappella arrangement of 'The Rose' the beautiful song made popular by Bette Midler in the film of the same name. The classic Vincent Youman song ' Without a Song' has delighted audiences for decades and has been recorded by artists of every genre. Kirby Shaw has added his superior arranging talent to provide us with a truly wonderful new arrangement.
Songlist: Embraceable You, Through the Eyes of Love ('Ice Castles' Theme), Misty, The Rose, Without a Song
Review: Beautiful harmonies and a lyrical melody combine to make 'Once Upon A Time' a true classic. Recorded by many artists including Tony Bennett, Frank Sinatra and Bobby Darrin, the song was featured in the Broadway production of All American. The touching standard ' Till There Was You', from The Music Man, in a beautiful a cappella setting by Kirby Shaw with jazz harmonies that will enchant both your singers and your audience. 'If Ever I Would Leave You ' is one of the top Broadway love ballads of all time, and this arrangement is a natural for a cappella women. Fantastic lyrics offer unique opportunities for lyric expression. The new setting of 'Memory' from the pen of former King's Singers Philip Lawson has sensitive harmony and thoughtful voice-leading making this Broadway chestnut a winner!
Songlist: Once Upon A Time , Memory, Till There Was You, What I Did For Love
Review: Here's a collection of four classic songs that are fun to sing and guaranteed to be audience favorites. This perennially popular song 'Chile con Carne' from The Real Group is now available for treble voices, allowing you to get into a jazzy groove with this fun, upbeat concert work. Features syncopated, Latin-like rhythms and witty lyrics, with repeated figures that make this easier to teach and learn. 'Alfie' is from songwriting legends Hal David and Burt Bacharach and arranged by the acclaimed vocal jazz educator Phil Mattson, this song is among the most meaningful in contemporary music. 'I Have Dreamed' has rich harmonies highlight the powerful emotions inherent in the text. Lush vocal textures and expressive harmonies are the highlight of this well-crafted a cappella setting of the classic ballad from Rodgers & Hammerstein's The King and I. An excellent showcase for both concert groups and vocal jazz ensembles. 'What a Wonderful World' was written for and first performed by Louis Armstrong, this popular standard rejoices in the simple enjoyment of everyday life. This lush setting is perfect for SSAA ensembles from high school and up.
Songlist: Chile Con Carne, I Have Dreamed, What A Wonderful World, Alfie
Review: This close harmony version of the Simon and Garfunkel classic 'The Sound Of Silence' works well for beginning groups looking for interesting material, or advanced groups interested in a beautiful mood piece allowing for emotional interpretation. Mixing close harmony with arpeggiated textures, this arrangement allows each voice a turn with the solo line, and plenty of opportunity for rubato and expressive dynamics. This upbeat finger snappin' pop version of the doo-wop classic ' Rockin' Robin' will add some spark (and tweet) to your repertoire without being too difficult. The solo moves from part to part, allowing every singer a chance in the spotlight. 'Goodbye Old Paint' is a delightful western classic using modern harmonies and approach and 'I Don't Know Why I Love You Like I Do' is a ballad of the 40's in block harmonies. The tempo is medium. 'Don't Get Around Much Anymore' is one of the many great Ellington songs, arranged here for treble voices. The singers can feel free to alter the scat if it works better that way. 'Silent All These Years'. Tori Amos broke onto the music scene with this introspective ballad, and this arrangement captures all of the original's delicate moodiness. The background voices weave smooth patterns and ring warm chords. This is an excellent showcase for an expressive soloist (can either be a soprano or alto 1). SSSAA a cappella (4 part with solo).
Songlist: Rockin' Robin, The Sound of Silence, Goodbye Old Paint, I Don't Know Why I Love You Like I Do, Silent All These Years
Review: 'How About You'. This a cappella tour-de-force is designed to feature a quartet or the entire choir. This vocal adaptation of the Rosemary Clooney/Hi-Lo's recording will challenge the most adept vocalists and will likewise impress the haughtiest self-proclaimed vocal jazz aficionado. 'For All We Know' is a lush four-voice a cappella ballad for soprano soloist. Written for and performed by UNC's SUS 4. The inclusion of the verse at the end is inspired by Mark Murphy's rendition. 'Cielito Lindo' is a traditional tune with very unusual rhythm approach. Tempo: breakneck. Requires good, strong sopranos. This intense rubato arrangement of the Rogers & Hart classic ' My Funny Valentine', though accessible to an upper-level high school SSAA group with some jazz experience, is challenging and muscially rewarding enough for the collegiate ensemble as well. Ranges are moderate: Soprano I extends up to F5, Alto II down to Bb3, keeping the harmonies close. A soprano solo is featured in the bridge over a three-part background, leading to a dramatic high point at 'Stay, little Valentine, stay!' Suggestions for breaths, expressive markings and dynamics are detailed in the score.
Songlist: How About You?, For All We Know, Cielito Lindo, My Funny Valentine
Review: A warm and beautiful melody with poignant lyrics set in a sensitive, a cappella arrangement makes 'Try A Little Tenderness' a festival or concert favorite. The lyrics and melody to 'Draw Me A Circle' have an almost child-like simplicity. Setting it within the framework of a harmonically sophisticated arrangement has created a lovely and poignant piece. It is a cappella, rubato and features a fairly lengthy soprano solo. 'Sounds Like Fun' is a short and sweet showpiece. It is part ballad, part rhythmic masterpiece. The hot chords and flashy vocal moves eloquently, but not difficultly, to the very end. This chart is sure to be enjoyed by all those who sing it or just listen to it! 'Nina Never Knew' is an expressive and sensitive ballad setting with a beautiful, lyric melody. Medium difficult, but well worth the effort!
Songlist: Sounds Like Fun, Nina Never Knew, Try a Little Tenderness, Draw Me a Circle
Review: This arrangement of 'Shuffle Off To Buffalo' takes the listener on a captivating journey by train from a Buffalo of the 40's to one of the 90's. Equipped with train sounds and humorous quotes, this Warren/Dubin tune is lively and fun to sing. Each chorus is introduced with a rubato verse which creates a pleasing contrast. 'Longing for My Love' is a composition in the style of Take Six, but much easier to learn. Surprising jazz harmony changes on uh-syllables. Very contemplative and a nice change for a normally vacuous repertoire. 'Blame it On My Youth' is in the style of Autumn Leaves with notated vocal jazz improvisation part. In this emotional jazz ballad the lyrics tell of longing while two loving people are apart. 'Remember Me' is a beautiful SSAA a cappella ballad. Although it is a harmonically lush arrangement, it is very singable.
Songlist: Shuffle Off To Buffalo, Longing For My Love, Remember Me, Blame It On My Youth
Review: An a cappella, medium swing version of the great standard ' Bye, Bye Blackbird' arranged especially for four-part women's voices. The arrangement features a special introduction, tag and open improvisation section. Playing with melody and rhythm, the arrangement offers a fun challenge to singers and promises to be a hit with audiences. Requires wide ranges (E below middle C for Alto II, and high C for Soprano I). 'I Can Dream, Can't I?' is from the composers of the standard, 'I'll Be Seeing You', this beautiful 1937 ballad moves between lush harmonies and flowing counterpoint. It is richly texutred, yet accessible to most groups. 'Send In The Clowns: is the hauntingly beautiful ballad from Stephen Sondheim's A Little Night Music is arranged for four female voices. Unusual text painting devices are used to highlight the lyrics as well as tongue-in-cheek circus music. The arrangement will provide a challenge for the female group who seeks a unique setting of this wonderful show tune.
Songlist: Bye, Bye Blackbird, Send In The Clowns, I Can Dream Can't I?
Review: Sung either soli or solo, the front section of 'Give Me the Simple Life' really sets up this chart for success. A written-out bass solo leads into an a cappella SSAA quartet feature that is 'a real gas!' Back to the bridge, on through a key change to the classic Basie 'Splanky' ending. Suitable for contest or concert. Freytag's latin version of 'Summertime' will be fun for the singers and the audience. 'Playrooms' is an a cappella jazz waltz, that will set a gentle tone in your program. The text, written by Jackie Farrell, describes the beauty of young children and of the simple joys often forgotten by adults. 'Queen of Hearts' is a playful, easy to sing yet very full sounding version of this repeated pop and country top ten hit. The lead moves from part to part, giving the upper three parts each a chance to sing the melody. The alto 2 'bass line' features plenty of lyrics and countermelodies as well. 'I Remember Clifford,' a classic Benny Golson tune, is set here for female voices and a torch-style soloist. The tribute to jazz great and trumpet player, Clifford Brown, has remained a jazz standard since first introduced. The lush harmonies provide a beautiful setting for Golson's tribute. The soloist has freedom to sing the line as written or develop her own solo line.
Songlist: Give Me the Simple Life, Summertime, Playrooms, Queen of Hearts, I Remember Clifford
Review: Smooth a cappella harmonies and unique choral textures make the Rodgers & Hart standard 'My Romance' an exceptional choice for SSAA ensembles. The warm standard 'When I Fall In Love' featured in the movie Sleepless in Seattle, in a stunning a cappella arrangement. The Irving Berlin chestnut : What'll I Do?' Is a delight and varied choral textures and luscious harmonies make 'How Deep Is The Ocean?', another Berlin standard, an ideal selection for a cappella female groups. Ultimately romantic! Originally performed by Maxx Factor on The Sing Off Season One, this a cappella arrangement of Love Story is sweet, warm and easy to sing yet full and rich. The melody is in the soprano 2 part with duet and trio lines throughout.
Songlist: My Romance, What'll I Do, How Deep is the Ocean (How High Is the Sky), Love Story
Review: 'I'm Always Chasing Rainbows' is a whimsical gem for female voices and will captivate your audiences. Kirby's exquisite arrangement of this classic song lets each section blossom with a turn at the melody. Mac Huff's arrangement of Bette Midler's #1 pop hit 'From A Distance' has powerful lyrics and a timeless melody that will create an unforgettable concert moment. Magical! Michele Weir's arrangements of 'Rock-A-Bye Baby' is a smooth jazz delight and the vocal jazz standard 'Java Jive'gets a great a cappella treatment with the Kirby Shaw touch! Still swings!
Songlist: I'm Always Chasing Rainbows, Java Jive, From a Distance, Rock-A-Bye Baby
Review: Approaching the Standards for Jazz Vocalists is an innovative, user-friendly approach to vocal jazz improvisation. Designed for the individual or group and male or female vocalists, this book and sing-along CD contains ten classic jazz songs selected from and correlated to Approaching the Standards Volumes 1, 2 and 3. Included are the same essential features as the instrumental books: CD demo, clearly written improvisation examples, jazz vocabulary, transcription opportunities, informative composer insight and a useful discography. Whether beginning their studies or improving their vocal jazz skills, all serious singers must have this book!
Songlist: Billlie' Bounce, On The Trail, Cantaloupe Island, Summertime, Satin Doll, C Jam Blues, I Got Rhythm
Review: 'I Dreamed a Dream' - Create a moment of magic in concert with Fantine's famous song of broken dreams from the hit musical Les Miserables in a mesmerizing a cappella setting. The expressive ballad 'For Good' from the musical Wicked by Stephen Schwartz in a setting for unaccompanied SSAA voices takes on new richness and meaning with solo lines and full vocal ranges. An outstanding selection with a deep and emotional message. Lush vocal textures and expressive harmonies are the highlight of this well-crafted a cappella setting of the classic ballad from Rodgers & Hammerstein's The King and I. An excellent showcase for both concert groups and vocal jazz ensembles.
Songlist: How Are Things In Glocca Morra?, I Dreamed a Dream, For Good, I Have Dreamed
Review: Add a touch of Hollywood to your repertoire! The popular love theme from the hit movie Titanic, originally recorded by Celine Dion, is now available in an exquisite setting by Kirby Shaw. The essence of this very moving, emotional ballad, with its haunting melody and tender lyrics, is beautifully captured with word painting and lush harmonies. Guaranteed to create a moment of sheer magic in your concert. The breathtaking ballad 'Can You Feel The Love Tonight?' from The Lion King has a sonorous setting for a cappella ensembles. 'Under The Sea' is the showstopper from The Little Mermaid in a dynamite a cappella rendition by the incomparable Kirby Shaw.
Songlist: My Heart Will Go On, Can You Feel the Love Tonight, Beauty and the Beast, Under the Sea, Preludium
Review: 'Ladies Barbershop Book' offers unaccompanied arrangements of a variety of well-loved songs, from the 1920's to the 1970's. Performances should work equally well with choirs or just four voices. Arranged by Nicholas Hare for SSAA. Helpful performance notes are included for each of the songs, and the arrangements are notated on two staves for easy piano rehearsal.
Songlist: Big Spender, Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend, Do You Want To Know A Secret?, Fly Me To The Moon (In Other Words), He Was Beautiful (Cavatina), I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair, Sailing, Summertime, The Sound Of Silence, Tonight, We'll Meet Again
Review: Ann Minihane was a certified music arranger and a fixture in the Ramapo Valley Chorus as long-time choreographer and associate director, she was a certified music judge, an International faculty member, a regional education leader and the lead for 10 years of the New Dimension quartet, Region 15 champions and international semi-finalists. Here is a fabulous collection of her arrangements including Contest ballads, uptunes and show tunes and includes 3 CDs that feature the different recorded vocal parts of each arrangement. These are extremely helpful for any quartet and will certainly help you get the most from your singing part.
Songlist: I Wish You Were Jealous Of Me, That Wonderful Mother Of MIne, A Tree In The Meadow, Jazz Me Blues, San Francisco Bound, Ten Feet Off The Ground, Everything Old Is New Again, Java Jive, The Party's Over (from Bells Are Ringing), Weekend In New England
Review: Even the most seasoned of Sweet Adelines will enjoy these ten, wonderful arrangements by Mary K. Coffman, a long-standing and well-revered figure amongst lady barbershoppers. Mary joined Sweet Adelines International in 1965, and served actively at both the regional and international levels. She was a Certified Judge in the Music category, a Certified Arranger, served on the International Board of Directors and was in great demand as a chorus and quartet coach. She was well-known as both a composer and arranger and thi collection of songs are a must have.
Songlist: Ballin the Jack, Blues in the Night, Harbor Lights, I Don't Know Why / You Made Me Love You, I'm Alone Because I Love You, Satisfied, Stars Fell On Alabama, Straighten Up and Fly Right, Take Me To the Land of Jazz, Unchained Melody
Review: Some of the most accomplished arrangers of 4 part barbershop ladies voices have contributed to this fine collection.
Songlist: Battle Hymn of the Republic, The Best of Times, From La Cage Aux Folles, Carolina In The Morning, How We Sang Today, I'd Like to Teach The World To Sing, I'm All Alone, San Francisco Bay Blues, Send Your Love, That's What Friends Are For, Tuxedo Junction, We'll Meet Again, When I Take My Sugar to Tea, The Winner's Song, You're the Spirit of Sweet Adelines, Harmonize the World
Review: Meet Me in the Lobby is a delightful collection of short, easy-to-follow arrangements - perfect for Sweet Adelines at all levels. The songs are familiar old standards which epitomize the barbershop style. Great barbershop tunes like Amazing Grace, Auld Lang Syne, Let Me Call You Sweetheart and Take Me Out To The Ball Game, along with a collection of popular tags, give all those regional weekend late night die-hards a quick choice of repertoire. Meet Me in the Lobby is a great source for pick-up quartets, tag quartetting, warm-up songs, audience sing-alongs, woodshedding practice and much more.
Songlist: Ain't She Sweet?, Amazing Grace, Auld Lang Syne, Down By the Old Mill Stream, Five Foot Two, Eyes of Blue, Gypsy Love Song, Heart of My Heart, If I Had My Way, Let Me Call You Sweetheart, Love's Old Sweet Song, Tell Me Why, My Wild Irish Rose, Take Me Out to the Ball Game, When You Wore a Tulip, Wait 'Til the Sun Shines, Nellie, Anything Goes, City of Refuge (Run, Run, Run), Last Night Was the End of the World, My Melancholy Baby, Please Don't Give My Daddy No More Wine, The Sunshine of Your Smile, When I Leave the World Behind, When It's Sleepy Time Down South, Where the Black-Eyed Susan Grows
Review: A wonderful collection of songs arranged by some of the best in the field.
Songlist: Broadway Rose, Brown Eyes, Why Are You Blue, Home (When Shadows Fall), I'd Love To Fall Asleep and Wake Up in My Mammy's Arms, I Don't Mind Being All Alone, Just A Girl That Men Forgot, The Lonesomest Girl in Town, Ma, He's Making Eyes at Me, My Honey's Lovin' Arms, Scarlet Ribbons, Sophisticated Swing, That Tumble Down Shack in Athlone, When You're Smiling, You're Always a Baby to Mother, When My Sugar Walks Down The Street
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