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Folk Songs / Spirituals

A La Nanita Nana
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From Ruthie's musical, "It's Christmas Everywhere," this hauntingly beautiful arrangement of the Traditional Spanish carol features the gentle feel of a lullaby and an interesting mixture of major and minor modes. Both Spanish and English lyrics are used, a pronunciation guide is included. Suitable for school or church use, available for treble or mixed choirs. Beautifully recorded accompaniment CD is available, orchestrated by Greg Gilpin.

Heritage (Lorenz)
15/2489H - Two Part
15/2490H - Three-part Mixed
99/2378H - P/A CD

African Lullaby
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African Lullaby is a tender, timeless song based on the Ugandan Lullaby, "Mwana Wange," it paints a touching and gentle picture of the intimacy of the nativity.   The optional gentle drum parts (included in the score) will enhance the mood of the quiet manger scene.  Available in two voicings, suitable for school or church use.

Hal Leonard
08742783 - SATB
08742784 - Two Part

All My Trials
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The familiar African-American Spiritual has been expressively arranged in multiple voicings by Ruth Elaine Schram. It starts out in A minor with open, parallel fifths in the piano part then moves into C-major when the voices come in, and the ending just fades away, again in A minor.  Suitable for school or church use.

BriLee (Carl Fischer)
BL166 - Three Part Mixed
BL167 - Unison / Two Part

All Through the Night (cover) All Through the Night
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This gorgeous arrangement of the Welsh folk song is a perfect choice for the Christmas season or any time. Easily learned; suitable for children's voices or ladies voices.  The SSA version of this song was a number one seller and this arrangement was adapted for use in the HBO television series, "The Sopranos".

Also available in the "Rise Up and Sing!" SSA concert collection.

Alfred
11303 - Two-Part (Level Two)
11302 - SSA (Level Three)
22943 - SSA collection
22944 - collection SoundTrax CD

Amen!
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The delightful, popular Spiritual is available with an all-Christmas text, in a truly choral arrangement.  After the chorus is sung, the first verse begins "See the tiny baby lyin' in the manger on Christmas morning!" and continues with the shepherds running to greet him in the lowly stable, the kings and wise men kneeling down before him, and the angels singing "Amen, Hallelujah, Amen!"  Powerful and fun, yet not difficult to prepare.  Suitable for school or church use.

Alfred (formerly Warner Bros.)
SVM01035 - SATB
SVM01036 - Three Part Mixed
SVM01037 - Two Part
SVM01035CD - Accompaniment CD

America
Ruthie has arranged the "prequel" to her very popular "America the Beautiful" (BL276), skillfully setting "America" (My Country 'Tis of Thee; Thesaurus Musicus, words by Samuel F. Smith) for three-part mixed chorus and optional baritone. Beginning with an optional intro, the song starts a cappella and builds verse by verse to a powerful conclusion. While it is magnificent on its own, an alternate ending that enables a segue into her arrangement of "America the Beautiful" creates a stirring patriotic medley. Suitable for school or church use, wonderful for end-of-year ceremonies or concerts with a patriotic theme. Commissioned by the Midland High School Chorus, Midland, Michigan (Robert Sabourin, director).

For free MP3 part-by-part Rehearsal and Accompaniment MP3, follow the link below to the Carl Fischer web site.

BriLee (Carl Fischer)
BL675 - Three-part Mixed / Opt. Baritone

American Folk Songs for Two
Collection of ten American Folk Songs arranged for duets. Includes arrangements by Ruth Elaine Schram, Mark Hayes, Jay Althouse, David Waggoner, and Andy Beck.

Alfred
38106 - Book
38107 - Accompaniment CD
38108 - Book/CD Combination

Angels Watching Over Me
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Equally suitable for school or church use, this delightful melding of three spirituals allows opportunities for young, developing choirs to create beautiful tone quality while preparing for an artistic performance. Beginning with "All Night, All Day," the song glides into "In the morning, when I rise ..." and concludes with "Every night when the sun goes in ... Angels watching over me...." For mixed or treble voices.

Heritage (Lorenz)
15/2548H - Three-part Mixed
15/2562H - Two-part
99/2418H - P/A CD

The Ash Grove
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The soaring Welsh folk tune is surrounded by a flowing piano accompaniment and imitative counterlines in this delightfully sensitive setting. With rich, easily singable harmonies, this will make any choir sound wonderful.

Alfred (formerly Warner Bros.)
SVM01033 - Three Part Mixed
SVM04007 - SATB
SVM01034 - Two Part
SVM04008 - SSAA

Away In a Manger
This rocking, soothing SSA setting of Away in a Manger by Ruth Elaine Schram is easy to learn and multi-functional. Ruthie has provided the option of using the holiday text or that of Robert Burns' well known poem "Flow Gently, Sweet Afton" making it an excellent addition to your holiday or festival program. Suitable for school or church use. Free MP3 rehearsal aids and accompaniments are available from the BriLeeMusic.com web site.

BriLee (Carl Fischer)
BL736 - SSA

Banyan Tree
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Bright, happy, dance-like arrangement of the Jamaican Folk Song features stomps, claps, and a tasty, articulated accompaniment which provides additional percussive interest. The song gradually builds from lots of unison to harmony with the use of echo and descant, then softens down to "pp" at the end as the dancers "fade away" into the distance. Fun!

Heritage (Lorenz)
15/2117H - Three Part Mixed
15/2118H - Two Part

Black is the Color of My True Love's Hair
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This beautiful American folk melody has been given a gorgeous new setting for mixed or men's voices.  This gem will be a popular choice for concert and festival performances for years to come.

Alfred (formerly Warner Bros.)
SCM04015 - SATB
SVM04016 - Three Part Mixed
SVM04017 - TTBB

Boll Weevil
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This is fun! Your audience will chuckle out loud when they hear this delightful folk song about the bug that took over Texas! A singable melody, simple harmonies and humorous lyrics tell the story, and the addition of easy body percussion or choreography will make it come alive visually as well. It's a real charmer and crowd-pleaser, suitable any time of the year or as a novelty piece in your Spring concert.

Shawnee Press
E0501 - Two Part
CD0210 - Accompaniment / Performance CD

Children of the World
Authentic folk songs from around the world are especially arranged for beginning Two Part voices. Compiled and edited by Andy Beck and Brian Fisher, accompaniments orchestrated by Tim Hayden. Fun fact pages provide a fascinating look at cultures of nine countries on four continents, as well as doubling as an optional narration for a 30 minute program. Includes Ruthie Schram's gorgeous arrangement of the lovely Welsh lullaby, Suo Gan. Handbook is 100% Reproducible for your convenience.

Alfred
31191 - Teacher Handbook
31192 - Enhanced SoundTrax CD
31193 - Book/CD Combination

Children, Go Where I Send Thee
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Imaginative arrangement of the traditional favorite. This bright, crisp setting is very easy to sing yet sounds impressive when sung by even the youngest of choirs. Suitable for church or school use.

Alfred (formerly Warner Bros.)
SVM04010 - SATB
SV98135 - Two Part

Cielito Lindo
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Delightful, authentic arrangement of this well-known Mexican folk song moves quickly! This arrangement features both Spanish and English texts; pronunciation given. The English is a direct translation from the Spanish. The piano accompaniment captures the sound of Flamenco Guitars and Mariachi trumpets. Available in two voicings for developing choirs.

BriLee (Carl Fischer)
BL389 - Three Part Mixed
BL390 - Unison / Two Part
BLCD00T9 - Accompaniment CD

Come Thou Fount
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"Come Thou Fount" is one of the great songs of sacred literature. The soaring melody and expressive texts are powerfully set by Ruth Elaine Schram, capturing the strength and beauty of this exceptional work. Suitable for church or school use.

BriLee (Carl Fischer)
BL337 - Unis / Two Part
BLCD00T6 - Accompaniment CD

Danny Boy
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Gentle arrangement of the beautiful "Londonderry Air" for young voices. Full of opportunities for teaching legato singing, expression and dynamics, and breath support.

BriLee (Carl Fischer)
BL233 - Three Part Mixed
BL234 - Unison / Optional Two Part

Do Lord
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The upbeat swing style of this classic African American Spiritual arranged by Ruth Elaine Schram is ideal for any concert, and suitable for church or school use.   Optional Guitar, Bass, and Drum parts are included in the score.

Alfred (formerly Warner Bros.)
SV9985 - SATB
SV9985CD - Accompaniment CD

Down By the Riverside
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The wonderful African-American Spiritual has been given a powerful, upbeat treatment in this fresh arrangement by Ruth Elaine Schram. Available in multiple voicings, along with a compelling Accompaniment track.

Alfred (formerly Warner Bros.)
SVM02071 - SATB
SVM02073 - Two Part

Dry Bones
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The well-known spiritual has been arranged for voices of all ages, with the familiar ascending chromatic key changes in the first section and the descending modulations in the latter section.  Optional guitar, bass and drum parts are included in the score; suitable for church or school use.

Alfred (formerly Warner Bros.)
SVM01023 - Three Part Mixed
SVM01024 - Two Part

El Rorro
In this attractive arrangement, Ruth Elaine Schram gives a lovely but lesser-known Mexican lullaby a tender treatment for treble voices. Delightfully simple to sing and featuring delicate dynamic changes, this carol that is appropriate for both school and church settings includes performance options for the original Spanish text, Ruthie's English translation, or a combination of the two. A pronunciation guide for the Spanish lyrics is included.

Heritage (Lorenz)
15/2872H - SSA
15/2877H - Two-part
99/2926H - Performance / Accomp. CD

Every Night When the Sun Goes In
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Beautiful, legato arrangement of the African American spiritual is suitable for school or church use, and appropriate for contests and festivals.  Only moderately difficult, available in three voicings.

BriLee (Carl Fischer)
BL219 - SATB
BL220 - Three Part Mixed
BL221 - SSA

Every Time I Feel the Spirit
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Inventive, rhythmic arrangement of the African-American spiritual. Both youth and adult choirs will enjoy this one! Suitable for church or school choirs. An accompaniment track is available; optional guitar, bass, and drum parts are included.

Alfred (formerly Warner Bros.)
SV9791 - Three Part Mixed
SV9792 - Two Part

Everybody Loves Saturday Night (cover) Everybody Loves Saturday Night
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Delightful arrangement of the Nigerian folk song, sung in four languages (pronunciation guide given). Your students will learn Nigerian, Chinese, and French translations of this phrase! Optional Orff percussion is included, and an accompaniment track is available.

Shawnee Press
HT9709 - Unison / Optional Two Part

Fare You Well
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Ruth Elaine Schram's arrangement of the beautiful folk song is gentle and flowing, while evoking a sense of longing.  Also known as "Nora's Dove," or "Sad Man Blues," this song with its roots in the African American Spiritual expresses a search for freedom, a yearning to go home, a hopelessness that builds to the hope found in "spreading your wings."  Suitable any time during the school year.

BriLee (Carl Fischer)
BL314 - Three Part Mixed
BL315 - SSA
BL316 - Unison / Two part
BLCD00T3 or BLCD00T4 - Accompaniment CD

Farewell, My Friend
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This lovely adaptation of an African Folk Song is hauntingly beautiful and yet accessible for young singers. An optional Flute obbligato and Orff accompaniment (included in score) adds to the beauty of the piece and helps the work build throughout, only to come back to a soft climax that will leave your audience breathless. The portion from Measure 25 to the end would make a beautiful, memorable encore at the end of your concert and a fitting closer. The chorus also appears in canon, making this piece easy to learn and express.

Heritage (Lorenz)
15/2148H - Three Part Mixed
15/2184H - Two Part
99/1970H - Performance / Accompaniment CD

Folk Fest (cover) Folk Fest
Fun musical revue including a wide variety of favorite folk songs.  Shorter sections may be performed individually.

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Folk Songs for Solo Singers, Volume Two (cover) Folk Songs for Solo Singers, Volume Two
Fourteen favorite folk songs compiled by Jay Althouse, arranged for solo voice and piano by Ruth Elaine Schram, Jay Althouse and Mark Hayes.

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Follow the Christmas Star
Based upon the traditional spiritual, "Follow the Drinking Gourd," this mesmerizing setting is full of calls and responses to "follow, follow" and is easily accessible and wonderfully crafted for school or church choirs. The light percussion adds a little something extra to this wonderfully crafted Christmas anthem, flexibly voiced for Two-part any combination of voices.

Lorenz
10/4128L - Two-part Any Combination

Go 'Way from my Window
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Lovely arrangement of the American Folk Song, arranged in multiple voicings with beautiful, flowing piano accompaniment.

Alfred
16335 - SSA (Level Three)
16338 - SATB (Level Four)
16339 - SAB / 3 Part Mixed (Level Three)

Go Tell It, He Is Born
Uplifting and lively, this new partner song arrangements pairs two of the most popular Christmas tunes, the traditional French carol, "He Is Born," with the traditional Spiritual, "Go Tell It On the Mountain." Crowned by an optional flute solo, equally suitable for school or church use.

Lorenz
10/3907L - SATB with opt. Flute
10/3908L - Two-part Mixed with opt. Flute
99/2559L - P/A CD

Good King Wenceslas
During the telling of this classic carol about a king who is generous to the poor during a harsh winter, Ruthie Schram mixes the use of soloists and word painting to help the audience experience the cold winds and the conversations between the good king and his loyal page. A wonderful holiday selection for the TB chorus.

For free MP3 part-by-part Rehearsal and Accompaniment MP3, follow the link below to the Carl Fischer web site.

BriLee (Carl Fischer)
BL672 - TB

Good News!
Two delightfully uplifting spirituals, "Good News" and "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot" are partnered in this swing-style, upbeat arrangement for Two-Part Any Combination voices (suggestions given for mixed voices). Expertly crafted for beginning part singers or small, volunteer choirs, it opens with one spiritual, introduces the second, then partners them in the final section. Equally useful in a school or church setting, "Good News!" is a toe tapping, fun choice for both concerts and worship services.

Lorenz
10/3882L - Two-part Any Combination
99/2521L - P/A CD

Grumble Too Much
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Based on the premise that women "grumble too much," this upbeat arrangement of the Jamaican Folk Song features lots of fun, back-and-forth dialogue and interplay between the men and the ladies in the SATB edition, and the higher and lower voices in the TTB edition. Several small percussion patterns are included and may be employed throughout, and portions of the accompaniment are designed to sound like steel drums, lending an authentic Island feel for an effective performance.

Heritage (Lorenz)
15/2112H - SATB
15/2113H - TTB

He's Gone Away (cover) He's Gone Away
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Beautiful North Carolina folk song arranged for ladies' voices. Supportive accompaniment is expressive and moving.

Alfred
11659 - SSA (Level Three)

The Holly and the Ivy
Combined with an additional original melody, Ruthie Schram offers this simply joyful and supremely easy art-song setting of the familiar carol for treble voices. Optional Flute part included in score is the perfect complement to this Partner song.

For free MP3 part-by-part Rehearsal and Accompaniment MP3, follow the link below to the Carl Fischer web site.

BriLee (Carl Fischer)
BL661 - Unison / Two Part

Holy Night, Silent Night
Perhaps the world's most beloved carols, "Silent Night" and "O Holy Night" are masterfully combined in this powerful arrangement by Ruth Elaine Schram. The two classics shimmer with rich harmonies, and the addition of the optional string orchestra create a sense of wonder and awe. Fitting for worship services and pageants as well as seasonal concerts, this heartwarming choral captures the beauty and essence of the Christmas season. For mixed or ladies' voices. String orchestration includes reduction for Synth.

Lorenz
10/3899L - SATB
10/3903L - SAB
10/3904L - SSA
30/2506L - String Score (including reduction)
99/2552L - P/A CD

How Can I Keep from Singing
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Superb voice leading characterizes this SSA setting of the Traditional Quaker Hymn. A perfect choice for contests or festivals, this piece provides a wonderful opportunity for an aesthetic experience for your singers. Moderately difficult, this song uses echo, repetition, and modulation not only for a beautiful, interesting performance but to provide teaching opportunities for balance and blend. Your group will sound warm and sensitive on this flowing setting.

BriLee (Carl Fischer)
BL462 - SSA
BLCD0T14 - Accompaniment CD

Hush, Little Baby (Mockingbird)
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This inventive arrangement of the traditional folk song has an alternate text for Christmas.  "Hush, little baby, don't you cry, Mama's gonna sing you a lullaby.  In that lullaby she sings, you'll hear the brush of angels' wings ..."  With a gently rocking interlude to separate the verses and a few harmonic surprises, this is sweet and lovely all the way.

Alfred (formerly Warner Bros.)
SVM04029 - SATB
SVM04030 - SAB
04031 - SSA
SVM04029CD - Accompaniment CD

I Have a Dream
From her collection "Every Day's a Holiday" (30/2477H), Ruth Elaine Schram offers this powerful partner song that celebrates our freedom and equality. The lyrical original melody pairs with the traditional "We Shall Overcome" in vocal parts that are accessible and easily learned. Sensitive and thoughtful, this selection is perfect for young and developing choirs and an obvious choice for Black History Month, Martin Luther King Day, or other patriotic celebrations. Beautifully orchestrated Accompaniment CD by Greg Gilpin is available as well.

Heritage (Lorenz)
15/2751H - Unison / Opt. Two-part
15/2257H - Three-part Mixed
99/2748H - Performance/Accompaniment CD

Il Est Ne
Unique partner song for Mixed voices begins with the popular French carol set in a tender, deliberate tempo. The men begin the song, setting the stage for the angelic entrance of ladies voices singing "Gloria in Excelsis!" from Ruth Elaine Schram's original "He Is Born, Gloria!" English subtext is included with the traditional French for flexibility in performance. Free MP3 rehearsal and accompaniment available by download from the publisher at carlfischer.com.

Carl Fischer
CM9137 - SSATB

Il Est Ne (for SSA voices)
Unique partner song for SSA choirs begins with the popular French carol set in a tender, deliberate tempo. The altos begin the song, setting the stage for the angelic entrance of soprano voices singing "Gloria in Excelsis!" (from Ruth Elaine Schram's original "He Is Born, Gloria!"). English subtext is included with the traditional French for flexibility in programming this during the holidays. Suitable for school or church use.

For free MP3 part-by-part Rehearsal and Accompaniment MP3, follow the link below to the Carl Fischer web site.

Carl Fischer
CM9155 - SSA

In the Christmas Spirit
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Incorporating the spirituals "Mary Had a Baby," "The Angel Band," "I'm Gonna Sing," and "Go, Tell It On the Mountain," Ruth Elaine Schram has tied them together with original words and music for a fun, upbeat medley. This bright swing-style piece will be a unique change of pace for the holidays. Suitable for church or school use (with alternate text included), available in multiple voicings.

Warner Bros. / Alfred
SVM05015 - SATB
SVM05016 - Three Part Mixed
SVM05017 - Two Part
SVM05015CD - Accompaniment / Performance CD

Infant Holy
Ruth Elaine Schram has created a gorgeous melding of the beloved carols "Infant Holy, Infant Lowly" and "Silent Night" in a gentle arrangement that is equally suited for both school and church use. A subtle programming contrast, it will bring moments of beauty and reflection to any performance. Available for SATB, SSA, or Two-part Choirs.

Heritage (Lorenz)
15/2789H - SATB
15/2790H - SSA
15/2791H - Two-part
99/2774H - Performance/Accompaniment CD

Jibuli, Jibuli
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This rhythmic Tanzanian Folk Song ("Jibuli" is Tanzanian for rabbit) is absolutely terrific for young choirs just beginning part-singing. Featuring echo passages and a descant-like section, it is extremely accessible and ensures built-in success. Optional conga parts are included in the score and add a colorful flair.

Heritage (Lorenz)
15/2193H - Two Part
99/1961H - Heritage Accompaniment CD #18 (Multi-song)

Joy to the Whole World
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Winning mixture of "Joy to the World" and "He's Got the Whole World In His Hands," suitable for church or school use. The song starts off in 4/4 with a bit of a swing, but for the third verse ("He's got the tiny baby...") it slows to 3/4 and goes to even eighths, while the accompaniment plays portions of "Brahm's Lullaby" and "Rock-a-bye Baby." The tempo picks back up for the fourth verse and a strong ending. The accompaniment CD is orchestrated by Steve Herold.

Alfred
19136 - Unison / Two Part (Level One)
19137 - Accompaniment CD

Kum Ba Yah (published by BriLee)
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The beloved campfire song has been artfully arranged for Unison / Optional Two Part voices.  The familiar melody has been given beautiful fresh harmonies that a new generation will cherish.

BriLee (Carl Fischer)
BL452 - Unison / Opt. Two Part
BLCD0T12 - Accompaniment CD

Kyrie (based upon Largo from The New World Symphony)
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Traditional Latin text set to music based upon Movement II, "Largo," from Symphony No. 9, Opus 95, "From the New World" by Antonin Dvorak, arranged by Ruth Elaine Schram. This well-known melody is also known as the Spiritual "Goin' Home." Optional oboe or other C-instrument part is included.

Alfred
17977 - SATB (Level Three)
17978 - Three Part Mixed (Level Two)
17979 - Two Part / SSA (Level Two)

Listen!
Quoting the Traditional Gaelic melody "Bunessan" (Morning Has Broken) and "Merrial" (Now the Day is Over), Ruth Elaine Schram delivers a rhythmic, pulsing a cappella choral that is engaging and fun. Mixed meters are juxtaposed with homophonic, chorale-style harmonies, and build to a thrilling conclusion. "Listen to the rhythm, the rhythm of life!" Voiced for Mixed choirs with divisi. Free MP3 rehearsal and accompaniments available by download from the publisher at carlfischer.com.

Carl Fischer
CM9132 - S(S)AT(T)B

Little Children, Wake and Listen
This traditional French carol begins with the proclamation of "Noel" and is followed by elegant unison and 2 part writing. A lilting piano accompaniment supports the voices, and the shimmer of optional bells is sprinkled throughout. A gorgeous selection for the holidays, suitable for church or school use.

Accompaniment CD available on the Piano Trax Compilation CD for 2013.

Shawnee Press
HL 35028771 - Two-Part / Piano with Opt. Bells
HL 35028580 - Accompaniment CD (Compilation)

Little Innocent Lamb
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The traditional spiritual Little Lamb, Little Lamb, Little Innocent Lamb has been arranged for Unison and Two Part choirs. Easy to learn and to easy to teach, this offering is a great piece to introduce the traditional spiritual style, or just a treat for your singers! The text has been updated by the arranger to make it less confusing for today's choirs.

Shawnee Press
E5525 - Two Part Treble
MD5545 - LiteTrax CD

The Lone, Wild Bird
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This traditional American folk hymn, while elegantly simple, has been given a fresh, stirring setting by Ruth Elaine Schram. An optional soaring flute obbligato is featured, while gorgeous vocal harmonies convey the image of a spirit who comes in lofty flight to give rest to the weary. The richly flowing accompaniment underscores three modulating verses that gradually lift our souls heavenward.

Alfred
23712 - SATB (Level 3)
23713 - SAB (Level 2)

A Long Way from Home
Gorgeous pairing of two beloved Spirituals; "Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child" and "Going Home" (theme from Dvorak's "New World" Symphony). The two combine effortlessly in this lovely, flowing setting. Dreamy, poignant and tasteful, it will touch the hearts of all who hear it. Voiced for Three Part Mixed voices with an optional Baritone part, making it extremely flexible for the developing (or small) choir. Free MP3 rehearsal and accompaniments are available by download from the publisher at BriLeeMusic.com.

BriLee (Carl Fischer)
BL638 - Three-part Mixed, opt. Baritone

The Lorelei
Popular German folk song recounts the tale of the lure of the Siren's song and the sailor's fatal shipwreck in this haunting setting for male voices. Lush, romantic harmonies and lovely part writing create a dreamy effect as the story unfolds, and builds to its chilling conclusion. "Be warned, my friend, and heed not the call of the Lorelei!" Free MP3 rehearsal and accompaniment available by download from the publisher at carlfischer.com.

Carl Fischer
CM9112 - TTB

Lullaby
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Delicately arranged from beginning to end, "Lullaby" combines an adaptation of the traditional Welsh "Suo Gan" text with "All Through the Night." Gorgeous accessible vocal lines are supported by a flowing accompaniment, all of which can be enhanced by the use of optional descant. The Flute obbligato adds a crowning touch to this lovely piece. Ruthie Schram has created a charming and versatile setting for children's or treble voices.

Lorenz
10/4043L - Two-part Treble / Descant

Lullay Alleluia
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This gorgeous melding of two beloved carol tunes, "Lullay My Liking" and "The Coventry Carol," features an original text and provides a beautiful Christmas lullaby for treble voices. Artful dynamics rise and fall with the melodic lines, then crescendo to a joyful alleluia. The cello obbligato truly enhances this stunning setting. Available for Two Part or SSA voices; Accompaniment CD available. Suitable for school or church use.

Heritage (Lorenz)
15/2627H - SATB, with opt. Cello
15/2386H - Two Part, with opt. Cello
15/2418H - SSA, with opt. Cello
45/1158L - SSA Collection
99/2257H - Performance / Accompaniment CD

My Lord, What a Morning
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Stunning arrangement of the classic African American spiritual is appropriate for school or church use.  The SATB version of this expressive setting allows opportunity for a bass soloist (or section) to introduce each verse while the upper voices respond.  Supportive, beautiful accompaniment flows downward as "the stars begin to fall."

BriLee (Carl Fischer)
BL225 - SATB
BL226 - Unison / Optional Two Part

Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen
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This well-known spiritual comes to new life in this exquisite arrangement by Ruth Elaine Schram.  The harmonies are sonorous and warm, beautifully supporting the melody.  The syncopation gently propels the work through each phrase, ending softly on "Nobody knows my sorrow."  An aesthetic experience awaits your ensemble in this incredible arrangement.

BriLee (Carl Fischer)
BL415 - SATB (limited range)
BL416 - Three Part Mixed
BL417 - Unison / Opt. Two Part
BLCD0T10 or BLCD0T12 - Accompaniment CD

Of the Father's Love Begotten
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The beautiful, legato, 13th century plainsong melody arranged by Ruth Elaine Schram may be performed accompanied or a cappella.  There is no meter signature for this chant-like work; this among many other elements are teaching opportunities, including developing expression, phrasing, and dynamics.

BriLee (Carl Fischer)
BL312 - SSA
BL313 - Unison / Opt. Two Part
BLCD00T3 or BLCD00T4 - Accompaniment CD

Oh, Shenandoah
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The beautiful, early American folk melody is arranged in a lovely new setting by Ruth Elaine Schram, available in multiple voicings. Expressive arrangement gives conductors teaching opportunities with freedom of interpretation.

BriLee (Carl Fischer)
BL153 - SATB
BL154 - Three Part Mixed
BL155 - Two Part

Oh, Shenandoah (for ladies' voices)
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This gorgeous arrangement for ladies voices by Ruth Elaine Schram is characterized by beautiful harmonies and warm musical lines.  It is sensitive, expressive, and stirring -- all the things that make up an aesthetic experience for your group.

BriLee (Carl Fischer)
BL424 - SSA
BLCD0T11 - Accompaniment CD

Partner Songs for the Whole Year Long (cover) Partner Songs for the Whole Year Long
Original and traditional songs in combination for teaching part singing for elementary age children.

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Peace Like a River
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Traditional African-American Spiritual is set for unison or two part voices with flowing piano accompaniment. Expressive arrangement begins in 4/4, then goes into 3/4 as the text changes to "love is flowing," then back into an energetic 4/4 section for "joy like a fountain," then ends up as it began. Suitable for church or school use.

BriLee (Carl Fischer)
BL175 - Unison / opt. Two Part

Poor Boy
The beautiful folk melody is sensitively set for SSA voices in this charming arrangement. Delicate harmonies come easily to the lower voices as the melody floats effortlessly above. "Bow down your head and cry, poor boy ... and stop thinking of the one you love ..."

Alfred
31079 - SSA
31028 - Piano Trax

Railroad
View scoreView SATB score page 3, page 4
This swingin' arrangement of "I've Been Workin' On the Railroad" by Ruth Elaine Schram offers program notes by the arranger inside the front cover, which include background information on this folk medley as well as some rehearsal tips and performance suggestions. With a couple of speech riffs and a little jazz flavor, this delightfully fresh presentation of this work will make a fun folk-novelty feature for any concert. Available for mixed choirs (includes some optional cues for divisi in the ladies) or men's voices.

Carl Fischer
CM9073 - SATB
CM9074 - TTB

Red River Valley
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Lush harmonies set a mournful mood for this creative partnering of the American folk songs "Red River Valley" and "Down in the Valley." The two tunes meld unexpectedly in the last verse, the use of echo fortifies the "valley" theme, and dynamic contrast supports the poignancy of the lovelorn text. Available for SATB or SSAB voices.

Heritage (Lorenz)
15/2422H - SATB
15/2405H - SSAB
99/2258H - Performance / Accompaniment CD

Rise, Rise Thou Merry Lark
Melodic and singable, with delightful harmonies, this setting of the Welsh folk song has a bright, lilting feel. It's a great piece for teaching the musical line, and the ranges are very appropriate for young singers. Free MP3 rehearsal aids and accompaniment are available from the carlfischer.com web site.

Carl Fischer
CM9237 - Unison / Opt. Two-part

Rock Island Line
Fun, singable arrangement of the folk song for young TB choirs is short and sweet! "Want to ride it? Go like you're a-flyin'? Buy your ticket at the station on the Rock Island Line!" Free MP3 rehearsal and accompaniments available by download from the publisher at BriLeeMusic.com.

BriLee (Carl Fischer)
BL626 - TB

Rock-A-My-Soul
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Cute, light arrangement of the Traditional folk song arranged for SAB voices with optional percussion instruments. Lots of teaching opportunities with changing meters, styles, and tempos, but lots of fun to sing (and play!).  Suitable for church or school use.   Accompaniment cassette available; percussion parts included.

Shawnee Press
GM9806 - SAB
CT9806 - Accompaniment Cassette

Rockwood River
Commissioned by the All-Cleveland County (North Carolina) Middle School Choral Festival. Pure fun abounds in this unison/optional two-part original folk song by Mark Cabaniss, arranged by Ruth Elaine Schram. Your choir will enjoy singing about the folks from Rockwood River, where life is easy and the pace is slow. The optional fiddle and string bass parts, enhanced with intermittent clapping, add a realistic musical depiction of a Huck Finn / Tom Sawyer adventure. Available in two voicings. Free Part-by-Part rehearsal aids and accompaniment are available from the BriLeeMusic.com web site.

BriLee (Carl Fischer)
BL745 - Three-part Mixed
BL754 - Unison / Opt. Two-Part

The Rose E'er Blooming
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Stunning, transportive anthem that lyrically weaves together the traditional "Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming" and "What Child Is This?" to create an unforgettable work for your winter concert.

Alfred
20941 - SATB (Level Three)
20943 - Unison / Two Part (Level One)

Scandinavian Yuletide
Festive Partner-song arrangement of the Swedish carol "Yuletide is Here Again" and the Danish carol "A Child is Born in Bethlehem" is a nice, joyful change of pace for your holiday concert. Set in bright triple meter, the two songs are introduced individually then combine effortlessly to celebrate the season. Free MP3 rehearsal and accompaniments are available by download from the publisher at BriLeeMusic.com.

BriLee (Carl Fischer)
BL617 - Two Part

Set Down, Servant
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Ruthie Schram has created a wonderful arrangement that captures the very essence of the well-known classic spiritual.  Optionally a cappella throughout, with optional solo phrases, exciting dynamics and a joyful rhythmic feel.  Singable voice parts, featuring movement in the bass line, make it entertaining and fun for your choir and audience.  Sure to be a winner!

Carl Fischer
CM8855 - SATB (opt. a cappella)
CM8852CD - Accompaniment CD

Shalom, Pacem, Peace
Based upon the haunting "By the Waters of Babylon" folk tune, this gorgeous, poignant setting is a call for peace in three languages: Hebrew, Latin, and English. Set as a round, it will work for any combination of voices and will be easily learned by any age group. Optional instrumental parts for Cello and Two Violins (or Flute and Oboe) add depth and beauty to the flowing accompaniment in this piece that is equally effective for school and church.

Heritage (Lorenz)
15/2948H - SATB with Descant / Piano
15/2796H - Three-part Any Combination
99/2778H - Performance/Accompaniment CD

Shepherds! Sing Noel!
A delightful pairing of "Shepherds! Shake Off Your Drowsy Sleep" and "Sing We Now of Christmas" comprise this holiday feature for young male voices. Use the optional tambourine part included in the score to add a festive flavor to this joyful mini-medley!

For free MP3 part-by-part rehearsal aids and accompaniments, go to www.BriLeeMusic.com

BriLee (Carl Fischer)
BL711 - TB

Shule Aroon
Ruthie Schram's dynamic setting of this eighteenth-century Irish folk song is the perfect creative programming choice for your treble choirs. A mixture of thoughtful rubato and energetic rhythms, a Gaelic chorus--written phonetically throughout--and an optional violin obbligato all contribute to the lively Celtic flavor and flair. Perfect for Concert or Festival Use.

Heritage (Lorenz)
15/3002H - SSA / Piano with Opt. Violin
99/3052H - Performance/Accompaniment CD

Simple Gifts
View scoreView Two Part score page 8, page 9
MP3 audioClick here to listen (SATB)
The 18th century Shaker hymn tune has been artfully arranged by Ruth Elaine Schram for multiple voicings.  Use of unison and echo singing, in conjunction with beautiful harmonies make this piece easy to learn but lush to the ear.  Optional flute part is included in the score.  Equally suitable for church or school use.

Alfred (formerly Warner Bros.)
SVM01028 - SATB
SVM01031 - SSA
SVM01032 - TBB
SVM01029 - Three Part Mixed
SVM01030 - Two Part

Simply Spirituals (cover) Simply Spirituals
Six easy Unison or Two part Spirituals with reproducible song sheets, arranged by Ruth Elaine Schram.

Lorenz
30/2430L - Unison / Two Part Book
99/2451L - Accompaniment CD
30/2431L - Book / Accompaniment CD Combination

Sing Joy to the World
The beloved carol by G. F. Handel, set for three part treble voices, is creatively and attractively paired with "Spring" from "The Four Seasons" by Vivaldi in the accompaniment, resulting in a delightful turn of two classics that everyone is guaranteed to enjoy. Equally appropriate for school or church.

For free MP3 part-by-part rehearsal aids and accompaniments, go to www.BriLeeMusic.com

BriLee (Carl Fischer)
BL705 - SSA

Sing We All Noel
MP3 audioClick here to listen (Three Part Mixed)
This fun, upbeat pairing of two African folk songs (from Ruthie's collection, "It's Christmas Everywhere") is a dynamite choice for your winter concert. Optional sacred lyrics are included, making this perfectly suitable for school or church use. Employing a variety of percussion adds to the fun, and specific suggestions and ideas for use are provided. For mixed or treble voices; delightful accompaniment CD orchestrated by Greg Gilpin. Three-part Mixed / SAB version works with E - C range or F - D range for guys.

Heritage (Lorenz)
15/2981H - SATB / Piano / Percussion
15/2488H - Three-part Mixed / SAB
15/2487H - Two-part
99/2377H - P/A CD

Sing We Fa La La
View scoreView score page 3, page 4, page 6
This one will keep everyone on their toes! Delightful, creative medley of "Here We Come A-Caroling," "Sing We Now of Christmas," "Deck the Hall," and "Jingle Bells," all woven together seamlessly with plenty of unison writing to make it easy to put together in limited rehearsal time. Cleverly and tastefully done, utilizing moderate ranges for the high school or community musician, this is a healthy dose of holiday fun!

Carl Fischer
CM9030 - SATB

Sleep, Holy Babe
Based upon a relatively unknown carol by John B. Dykes, this lovely arrangement incorporates portions of the beloved "Still, Still, Still," which is always a favorite at Christmas time. This sensitive and accessible setting by Ruth Elaine Schram with its unexpected chord structure will be warmly received in either a school or church setting, and is perfectly suitable for a Winter Concert or Christmas Eve service. With limited range SATB voicing (perfect for developing choirs or choirs with limited range abilities), Sleep Holy Babe is accompanied by piano with optional flute and glockenspiel.

Carl Fischer
CM9314 - Limited SATB / Piano, Flute, Glockenspiel

Somebody Bigger Has the World In His Hands
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Ruth Elaine Schram imparts a message of comfort and hope with this partner song pairing "Somebody Bigger than You and I" by Johnny Lange, Hy Heath, and Sonny Burke, with the familiar tune "He's Got the Whole World in His Hands." The result is a powerful song that will be popular with both your singers and listeners. Optional a cappella beginning sets the tone for this classy setting.

Carl Fischer
CM8924 - SATB

Somebody Got Lost
Terrific, upbeat arrangement of the lesser-known Spiritual for male choir. The music is so much fun, you may not even realize the import of the message: "We can all get lost in the storms of life!" Free MP3 rehearsal and accompaniment available by download from the publisher at BriLeeMusic.com. Works for Two Part or Three Part male voices.

BriLee (Carl Fischer)
BL628 - T(T)B

Sourwood Mountain
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MP3 audioClick here to listen (TBB)
Fun, delightful arrangement of the Appalachian folk song is available in multiple voicings. Cues for foot stomps and hand claps are included. Vibrant and upbeat, a real crowd-pleaser!

Warner Bros. / Alfred
SVM05023 - SATB
SVM05024 - Three Part Mixed
SVM05025 - Two Part
SVM05026 - TBB
SVM05023CD - Accompaniment CD

Steal Away
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MP3 audioClick here to listen (SSA)
Beautiful and sensitive setting of the well-known spiritual is suitable for church or school use. The musical imagery is exquisite with great expressive potential and lots of teaching opportunities. The limited range in the SATB version is perfect for the developing ensemble capable of four part harmony.

BriLee (Carl Fischer)
BL353 - SATB
BL354 - SSA
BLCD00T5 or BLCD00T6 - Accompaniment CD

Streets of Laredo
Ruthie Schram's arrangement of this traditional ballad opens with a solo voice describing the scene in this Texas town. When the rest of the TBB chorus joins in, they benefit from the full, rich part writing. A great selection for the male chorus!

For free MP3 part-by-part Rehearsal and Accompaniment MP3, follow the link below to the Carl Fischer web site.

Carl Fischer
CM9160 - TBB

Suo Gan
View scoreView Three Part Mixed score page 4, page 5
The gorgeous lullaby that has been heard in several commercials has been arranged for young voices, and will be a lovely addition to your holiday concert or festival repertoire.  Available in Three Part Mixed and Two Part voicings.  Suitable for school or church use. Now available in the new "Children of the World" book from Alfred.

Alfred (formerly Warner Brothers)
SV98116 - Three Part Mixed
SV98115 - Two Part
31193 - Book

The Swallow
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MP3 audioClick here to listen (Unison / Two Part)
Exquisite setting of the lovely Newfoundland folk song tenderly expresses the mourning and sense of loss evident in this piece. The soaring melody and sonorous harmonies are wonderfully supported by a moving accompaniment.

BriLee (Carl Fischer)
BL328 - SSA
BL329 - Unis / 2 Part
BLCD00T5 or BLCD00T6 - Accompaniment CD

Swing Low, Sweet Chariot
View scoreView Three Part Mixed score page 1, page 2
MP3 audioClick here to listen (Three Part Mixed)
Soulful arrangement of the African American Spiritual by Ruth Elaine Schram includes a mixture of up-beat swing eighths and a change of feel to lush, even eighths. Suitable for school or church use, with optional solo (which may be performed by unison choir).

BriLee (Carl Fischer)
BL245 - Three Part Mixed
BL246 - Unison / Optional Two Part

That Promised Land
In "That Promised Land," Ruth Elaine Schram has paired two traditional spirituals - "Walk Together, Children," and "When the Saints Go Marching In," and the result is a pure delight. After each song is first stated alone, they are cleverly partnered in a way that makes this arrangement both easy-to-learn and fun for any combination of two-part voices and choirs of all ages. Delightful accompaniment track (orchestrated by Tim Hayden) makes this tune sparkle! Suitable for school or church use.

Lorenz
10/4038L - Two-part Any Combination
99/2723L - P/A CD

The Turtle Dove
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Rich, full arrangement of the English folk song will showcase ladies' voices.  With its warm harmonies, this gem of beauty and sensitivity is a powerful statement of love and love lost, strength and tenderness.  Overflowing with opportunities for expressiveness!

BriLee (Carl Fischer)
BL288 - SSA
BLCD00T3 - Accompaniment CD

Wade in the Water
View scoreView SATB score page 5, page 6, page 7
MP3 audioListen to an excerpt
This light, jazzy "swing" arrangement of the folk song is perfect for general use in school or church. Guitar, Bass, and drum parts are included, and an accompaniment track is available. Moderate ranges are suitable for any age choir.

Alfred (formerly Warner Bros.)
SV98123 - SATB
SV98124 - Three Part Mixed

Walk This Lonesome Valley
In this combination of two familiar and beloved spirituals, Ruth Elaine Schram has crafted a thoughtful and captivating medley suitable for both school and church use. Gorgeous chords permeate the vocals and piano accompaniment, both of which are further strengthened by an optional cello obbligato which is included in the score.

Heritage (Lorenz)
15/2889H - SATB
15/2890H - Three-part Mixed
15/2891H - Two-part
99/2938H - Performance / Accomp. CD
99/2961H - Fall 2012 Accompaniment Trak 24

The Water is Wide (published by Alfred)
View scoreView Three Part Mixed score page 1, page 2
MP3 audioListen to a three part mixed excerpt
Beautiful, creative arrangement of the lovely Scottish folk song "Waly, Waly." Available in multiple voicings with gorgeous piano accompaniment.

Alfred (formerly Warner Bros.)
SV9785 - SATB
SV9786 - Three Part Mixed
SV9787 - Two Part

The Water Is Wide (Waly, Waly)
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The beloved folk song is given fresh treatment in this new arrangement by Ruth Elaine Schram. An optional text by Robert Louis Stevenson adds even more flexibility to the beautiful melody. Refreshing and alive, this wonderful gem will provide your singers with an aesthetic experience that is easy to learn and express.

BriLee (Carl Fischer)
BL506 - Unison / Opt. Two Part
BLCD0T18 - Accompaniment CD

We Circle Around
Based on an Arapaho folk tune, this enchanting piece from the talented pen of Ruth Elaine Schram celebrates the beauty of nature and the circularity of life. An optional flute obbligato adds the crowning touch to this evocative work full of mysterious melodies and thoughtful harmonies.

Heritage (Lorenz)
15/2885H - Three-part Mixed
15/2886H - Two-part
99/2936H - Performance / Accomp. CD
99/2961H - Fall 2012 Accompaniment Trak 24

Welcome December!
The familiar traditional carols, "Deck the Hall," "O Tannenbaum," and "The Wassail Song" are joined with some original words and music in this clever partner-song setting. "Welcome, December, the holidays are near. So, we welcome December, the best time of the year..." Pure delight for your winter programming!

Shawnee Press
35026769 - Two Part
35026770 - Studio Trax CD

The Wexford Carol
The gorgeous Irish carol has been paired with the familiar "Venite adoremus Dominum" chorus from "The Snow Lay on the Ground" to create a lovely Christmas offering for treble voices. Optional flute and cello parts add a crowning touch to this exquisite selection that is suitable for school and church settings.

Performance/Accompaniment CD available.

Heritage (Lorenz)
15/3031H - SSA / Piano / Flute & Cello
15/3032H - Two-part / Piano/ Flute & Cello
99/3073H - Performance/Accompaniment CD

The Wexford Carol
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Ruth Elaine Schram's arrangement of the gorgeous carol is exquisite for ladies' voices and suitable for church or school use. "...In Bethlehem, upon that morn, there was a babe so wondrous, born..."

BriLee (Carl Fischer)
BL400 - SSA
BLCD00T8 - Accompaniment CD

What Child Is This
MP3 audioClick here to listen (SSA)
This gorgeous setting of the beloved carol is a most-welcome addition to treble choral literature. By featuring two clarinets, Ruthie has created a hauntingly beautiful and unique Middle Eastern aura. Optional lyrics are included to make it equally suitable for school or church use.

Heritage (Lorenz)
15/2826H - SATB
15/2680H - SSA
99/2612H - P/A CD

Yoo Yoo (Baby Won't Sleep)
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MP3 audioClick here to listen
In this gentle Ruth Elaine Schram setting of a lovely Kenyan folk song, triadic harmonies in the voices are sometimes close and other times open to create breathtaking treble sonorities. "...Star shine falling, brighter than day; shepherds calling, joyful are they. Tucked among the cattle and sheep, no wonder baby won't sleep!" Suitable for school or church use.

Alfred
28493 - SSA

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