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Sixty-Second Songs Book 1

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Sixty-Second Songs is a new and exciting initiative designed especially for young singers, offering a selection of fun, accessible and attractive teaching material. Each song has been composed to encourage enthusiasm and enjoyment within the early stages of singing, with an emphasis on simplicity of vocal line and simple supporting piano accompanists within the range of most teachers.

Sarah Poole devised and directed the Sixty-Second Song Competition, attracting entries from seven countries, with the aim of creating a new and exciting collection of songs for young singers of all ages. Three books of songs for young singers are in preparation and further details are available from doublebass@tiscali.co.uk

SARAH CLEVELY
A Fairy Song (William Shakespeare)
Sea Shell (Amy Lowell)
The Swing (Robert Louis Stevenson)

Sarah Clevely has been composing since her mid-teens focusing mainly on choral music. She is a passionate educationalist and recently completed a Diploma and a Masters in Music. She has taught music to pre-school children and held the post of Music Specialist at a Montessori nursery school. Sarah Clevely's love of Christmas and children is clearly reflected in the carols published by Recital Music.

CHRISTOPHER FIELD
The Lamb (William Blake)

Christopher Field studied at Trinity College, Cambridge and the Royal Academy of Music (London) and taught at Dulwich College for many years. He is a diploma examiner for the ABRSM, an adjudicator member of the British and International Federation of Festivals, and conducts the City of London Chamber Choir. His music has been published by Boosey & Hawkes, Weinberger, Yorke Edition and now Recital Music.

CHRISTOPHER MAXIM
The Little Crocodile (Lewis Carroll)

Christopher Maxim was born in Wrexham in 1971. He has published academic articles in Early Music, Organists' Review, The Musical Times and The Organ Yearbook; has given papers at conferences; and has been interviewed on musical topics on BBC Radio 4 and Radio Wales. As the author of hundreds of reviews, Chris has contributed to almost every edition of Church Music Quarterly and Organists' Review for over a decade. Chris has held a number of conducting posts, including The University of Bristol Church Choir, The Cardiff University Chamber Choir, The Cardiff University Church Choir, The Cardiff Bay Singers, and The Elizabethan Singers of London. He directs The St Teilo Singers (a peripatetic liturgical choir) and he is founder-conductor of The Giltspur Singers.

PAUL RITCHIE
The Swing (Robert Louis Stevenson)
Robert Louis Stevenson is the author of the well-known adventure stories 'Treasure Island' and 'Kidnapped'. It is less well-known that Stevenson was a composer of songs, sometimes setting his own poems to music. The accompaniment should be played lightly, using the sustaining pedal twice per bar, and taking care not to drown out the voices. Dotted slurs in the voice part show where two notes are sung to a single syllable in verse two only. This piece takes just over one minute to perform at the suggested tempo.

The Little Crocodile (Lewis Carroll)
The composer writes: "The text, 'How does the little crocodile' can be found in 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland' and Lewis Carroll wrote it as a humourous parody of the Isaac Watt poem 'How doth the little busy bee'. To get an impression of the tempo, picture slaves hauling blocks of stone to build the pyramids, and as they sway along they sing to keep up their spirits. Accompanists should take care not to play too loudly and should not use the sustaining pedal. Children might like to work out some actions to show the crocodile indicating his tail, pouring water from the Nile, cheerfully grinning, spreading his claws, and welcoming little fishes in. The piece takes exactly one minute to perform without the repeat."

Paul Ritchie (b.1954) worked as an organ builder for fifteen year before training as a teacher of Design and Technology, and now works as a peripatetic teacher of piano, organ, and theory. He was Organist & Choirmaster for twenty four years at St George's Church, Cullercoats, and some of his church music is published by the RSCM in England, and by GIA in America.

BARBARA RUSBRIDGE
Sea Shell (Amy Lowell)
The composer writes: "There are lots of opportunities for word painting in this lovely poem. The words Sea Shell, suggested to me a lovely lilting rocking rhythm (as in the Nursery Rhyme 'See-saw'), and the rippling accompaniment suggests sea and sand, while always incorporating notes of the melody. The keys wander a little on the first page to suggest the lost islands. The delicacy of fishes and corals is captured in the transparent arpeggiated accompaniment at this point - I was thinking of Saint Saens' Aquarium - but the 'great green caves' suggest to me a grandeur that could only be provided by block chords. The music builds a little to suggest the urgency of the singer's request, but ends quietly with the rippling water of the fading accompaniment."

Barbara Rusbridge has been a school music teacher for most of her life and has trained school choirs for many years. She has always enjoyed writing music, particularly for children's choirs, and in retirement she now has more time for composition. She sings with the 'Exultate Singers', who have successfully performed a number of her works, including 'The Night before Christmas' for choir and orchestra.

See http://paulritchiemusic.co.uk

Contents

  • 1. A Fairy Song
  • 4. Sea Shell
  • 6. The Swing
  • 8. The Lamb
  • 5. The Little Crocodile
  • 2. The Swing
  • 3. The Little Crocodile
  • 7. Sea Shell
Syllabus info
Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music: Singing 2018   (until Apr 2028)  

Singing - grade 1 ( 8. The Lamb )

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Cat No. RM763
Supplier Code RM763
Price £12.50
ComposersSarah Clevely
Christopher Field
Christopher Maxim
Paul Ritchie
Barbara Rusbridge
EditorSarah Poole
CategoryVoice & Piano
PublisherRecital Music
Difficulty level1 - 3
ISMN 979-0-57045-763-2
EAN-13 9790570457632
Weight 160 grams
Published 20th March 2015
Availability 26 in stock