Category:   MIDDLE LEVEL & JR HIGH
Composer:   Traditional nursery rhyme
Arranger:   Donald P. Moore
Publisher:   Shawnee Press
Edition:   35015945
Voicing:   SATB
Setting:   Accompanied

Reviewer:   

Sue Gilsdorf
Stillwater Junior High School 2009
R&R Chair Middle Level & Jr High

Old King Cole is a spirited version of the traditional folk song. The melody is first sung in unison and then in canon. The final verse is in four-part harmony with an a cappella option. The piece is fun to do with exaggerated consonants throughout and exaggerated formality during the a cappella section. Older students enjoy singing this, even though the text is a children’s nursery rhyme. Consider this piece for an 8th or 9th grade SATB choir.

Moderate