Category:   CONTEMPORARY COMMERCIAL
Composer:   Darren Jesse
Arranger:   Chris Rishel
Publisher:   Alfred Music Publishing
Edition:   00-34062
Voicing:   SATB divisi
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Reviewer:   

Nicole Thietje
New Prague High School
R&R Chair Contemporary Commercial

From Ben Folds Presents University A Capella

This song was originally recorded by Ben Folds Five. In 2009, Ben Folds released Ben Folds Presents University A Capella, which is an album featuring various college contemporary a capella groups performing arrangements of his music. “Magic” was recorded by “Voices in Your Head” from the University of Chicago. The text is about losing someone, but finding comfort in knowing that they are never truly gone.

This piece has divisi in all voices and features a tenor and soprano solo. It’s a great pick for an advanced mixed ensemble. The piece works as a concert piece or as a feature with light staging. It’s a great text to dive into and a great chance to explore how the arrangers try to imitate instrument sounds with the human voice.