Category:   TTBB CHOIRS
Composer:   Steven Sametz
Arranger:   NA
Publisher:   Alliance Music Publications
Edition:   AMP 0089
Voicing:   TTBB
Setting:   A Cappella

Reviewer:   

Michael Culloton
Concordia College, Moorhead 2013
R&R Chair TTBB Choirs

This work for the holiday season is one that my male choir, Mannerchor, enjoyed a great deal at the 2013 Concordia Christmas Concerts. Each of the four sections of the choir has a nine-bar phrase that they sing over and over, and each part enters one at a time. The rhytnms are somewhat complex because some bars feel like they are in 3/4 while others are in 6/8. To help get the rhythms locked in, I had all the men learn the bass part, which serves as an anchor throughout the piece. Then I had all the tenors learn both tenor parts so that they were aware of how their lines worked with and against each other. Once singers were confident with their lines, we experimented with a variety of formations and eventually (to my surprise, I’ll admit!) settled on a mixed formation for our performance. There is a lot of fun teaching to enjoy with this piece, and it’s well worth the thythmic anxiety that you may feel upon your first glance at the octavo!