This song is suitable for a variety of mixed and segregated adult and children’s choir settings (including those with changing voices).
1. Sing Part I (melody) in unison.
2. Add drones on D and possibly A using a neutral syllable (like “oo”) and/or repeating the opening 6 syllables of text.
3. Sing Part I in canon at the unison with 2, 3 or 4 parts (entrances at circled numbers 1-4). Consider singing a repeat of verse 1 in canon after the other verses are sung. If sung SATB, an entrance order of TBSA is recommended.
Other entrance orders include SATB, STAB, and TSBA. Experiment freely!
(Numbers 4-9 are for choirs)
4. Two-part treble choirs: sing Parts I and II at pitch (treble clef). Use treble clef sheet music.
5. Three-part treble choirs: sing Parts I, II and IV at pitch (treble clef). Use treble clef sheet music.
6. Four-part treble choirs: sing Parts I, II, III, and IV at pitch (treble clef). Part III is generally higher than melody, but be aware of some voice crossing with Parts I and III. Use treble clef sheet music.
7. Three-part choirs with treble voices and changing voices and/or tenors (SAT): sing Parts I and II at pitch and Part III transposed down an octave. Changing voices may need to rest during the 6-note unison sections around measures 2 and 10 if the transposition
puts the pitches out of range. This voicing in any octave is not recommended for three-part treble choirs (use #4 above instead). Use treble clef sheet music.
8. Four-part men’s choirs (TTBB): B1, T1, T2, and B2 sing Parts I-IV in order, with TI (Part II) at pitch and the rest down an octave.
9. Four-part ladies’ choirs (SSAA): see #5 above. Use treble clef sheet music.
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