Category:   SSAA CHOIRS
Composer:   Ruth Morris Gray
Arranger:   NA
Publisher:   Alfred
Edition:   27073
Voicing:   SSA
Setting:   Accompanied

Reviewer:   

Angela Mitchell
Stillwater Area Schools
R&R Chair SSAA Choirs

“The Spinning Wheel” is a three-verse partner song set to Waltor Landor’s “Mother, I Cannot Mind My Wheel.” Singers are immediately taken by this piece because of the teenage angst found in the text as well as the melodic lines, which can be learned quickly.

The three verses have varying tessituras, but each fit young high school voices well. I have performed this piece using three equal sections without regard to assigned voice parts. The piece begins with the unison singing of each verse allowing all singers to become familiar with each statement. Splitting the choir into three equal sections will give students an opportunity to sing with others outside of their particular voice part while allowing the conductor the opportunity to create the best balance for the overall effect of the piece