Category: SSAA CHOIRS
Composer: Valerie Shields
Arranger:
Publisher: Transcontinental Music Publications
Edition: 993251D
Voicing: SA divisi
Setting: piano & optional flute

Reviewer:

Sarah Ludwig
The College of St. Scholastica
R&R Chair SSAA Choirs

Primarily two-part, with three-part divisi at intense moments, Valerie Shields’s brilliance in writing for younger voices shines through in creating a captivating melodic line for intermediate/beginning SSA choirs. Her part-writing has a natural ease in creating beauty through canonic figures that lead into more complex harmonic moments. In both Hebrew and English, singers immediately emote the text due to the mournful beauty of the melodic line and building of intensity in profound moments. Connect with someone who speaks Hebrew (if you do not) to work to find the inflection of the text within the vocal line and to share the context of this piece with your singers.

Link (listen/View):

https://www.transcontinentalmusic.com/PDI-Mi-Shebeirach–71365