Category:   HIGH SCHOOL CHOIRS
Composer:   Gwyneth Walker
Arranger:   NA
Publisher:   E.C. Schirmer
Edition:   4318
Voicing:   SATB
Setting:   A Cappella

Reviewer:   

Mike Tamte-Horan
St. Cloud State University 2002
R&R Chair High School Choirs

Soundchants employs unpitched chants alternating between the men’s and women’s voices, and is inspired by East Indian music. The simple vocal lines in the alternate parts punctuate the chant and are of a completely made-up nature. This piece, although not specifically derived from any one culture or genre, evokes feelings of global idigenous music. Rhythmically it is rather complex, but could easily be sung by high school aged singers on up.