Category:   CHILDREN & YOUTH
Composer:   Valerie Shields
Arranger:   Cora Scholz, Ed.
Publisher:   Mark Foster Music
Edition:   YS 600
Voicing:   SSA
Setting:   A Cappella

Reviewer:   

Lisa Lozito
Bayview Middle School, Waconia 1996
R&R Chair Children & Youth

This is a cute, jazzy piece about a “cool cat” named Basil. The piece begins with the altos singing a melodic ostinato with finger snaps. Soprano II enters with the melody (in the Dorian mode) and Soprano I adds some meows. Then the top two voices are in canon, while the altos continue with the ostinato. The song swings with fun lyrics and easy syncopation. Ms. Shields has also written songs about two other cats, Misha and Claude. Check these pieces out as well! (YS 401 and YS 400)