Category:   TTBB CHOIRS
Composer:   Ola Gjeilo
Arranger:   NA
Publisher:   Walton
Edition:   HL 08501701
Voicing:   TTBB
Setting:   A Cappella

Reviewer:   

Michael Smith
Concordia College, Moorhead 2010
R&R Chair TTBB Choirs

Ubi Caritas received its North American premier (SATB version) at the 2007 ACDA National Convention in Miami. Gjeilo added an SSAA edition in 2008 and in 2009 completed the “trilogy” with the TTBB version. Starting with a simple chant-like tune in the tenor voices, the piece progresses in alternating phrases of unison and rich chordal tonalities. The full gamut of dynamic contrast is explored from pianissimo to fortissimo. B minor is the tonal center, but the composer suggests singing the piece a half step higher to possibly alleviate potential pitch problems. Ubi Caritas is an excellent choice for teaching chant style, choral tuning and balance, as well as correct vocal placement and breath control. It is a beautiful piece of music and well worth the extra rehearsal time to make it an exciting addition to your concert repertoire.

Also available: HL08501631 SATB’ HL08501677 SSAA