Category:   HIGH SCHOOL CHOIRS
Composer:   Charles Stanford
Arranger:   NA
Publisher:   CPDL
Edition:   https://www.cpdl.org/wiki/images/e/ee/Shall_we_go_dance.pdf
Voicing:   SATB
Setting:   A Cappella

Reviewer:   

Paula Holmberg
Minnetonka High School 2002
R&R Chair High School Choirs

Stanford’s setting of this Elizabethan text is a wonderful example of his ability to express musicality, the mood and meaning of the poetry. The playful text is set with an inventive melody and fresh harmonization. The setting is four-part a cappella and will facilitate light, flexible singing, as well as a keen sense of ensemble. This short and charming piece is in a lilting 6/8 meter, “Shall we go dance the hay, the hay?”
Medium-easy.