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Book of Rounds, Canons and Partsongs



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Book of Rounds, Canons and Partsongs
By the king's singers
80 pages

This collection of 99 rounds, canons and partsongs is a great introduction to part-singing for groups of all ages. Arranged by category, the songs sample a wide range of styles including wordless rounds, English pre-1700, sacred pre-1700 and songs from around the world. Each song includes melody line and lyrics (when applicable). Tempo and dynamic markings have been intentionally left out, to encourage individual interpretation and to increase the choir's range of vocal colors.

Contents: Introduction.   

English Pre-1700 (Secular): Adieu Sweet Amaryllis, Ah Poor Bird, Ah Robyn Gentle Robyn, Blow Thy Horne Thou Jolly Hunter, Christmas Is Coming, Come Follow, Come Let Us All A-Maying Go, Dame Lend Me a Loaf, Fie Nay Prithee John, Flow O My Tears, Follow Me Quickly, He That Will an Ale-House Keep, Hark the Bonny Christchurch Bells Ring, Hey Down a Down, Hey Ho Anybody Home, Hey Ho to the Greenwood, I Gave Her Cakes & I Gave Her Ale, I Go Before My Darling, Jack Boy Ho Boy Newis, Joan Come Kiss Me Now, Lady Come Down & See, The Little Bells of Westminster, Jolly Shepherd, Little Jack Horner, Musing, My Dame Hath a Lame Tame Crane, New Oysters, Now God Be With Old Simeon, Now Robin Lend to Me Thy Bow, Oaken Leaves, Once Twice Thrice, 1-2-3 Our Number Is Right, A Round of 3 Country Dances in One, The Silver Swan, Since Time So Kind, Sing We Now Merrily, Sing With Thy Mouth, Sing You Now After Me, Summer Is A-Coming In, Tan Ta Ra Ran Tan Tant, There Was an Old Man, To Portsmouth, Turn Again Whittington, Under This Stone, Viva la Musica, Well Rung Tom Boy, White Coral Bells, White Sand & Grey Sand, Who'll Buy My Roses.   

Pre-1700 (Sacred): Alleluya, Benedictus, Christe Der Du Bist Tag und Licht, De Terra Christus Ascendit, Dona Nobis Pacem, Happy Be Thou Heavenly Queen, Jes Tex Admirabilis, Jubilate Deo, O Lord Turne Not Away Thy Face, Non Nobis Domine, Oh Praise the Lord, Tallis' Canon, There Is a Flower.   

Post-1700: Freu Dich des Lebens, Ave Maria, Friends Forget the Cares, If I Turn'd Topsy Turvy, I Will Not Plead, Alleluia, When Jesus Wept, Tis Thus Thus & Thus, Coffee Canon, The New Day.   

From Around the World: Welcome Welcome Ev'ry Guest, Wake Up Canon, Swiftly Flowing Labe (Labe = Elbe river), The Owl & the Cuckoo, French Cathedrals, All Things Shall Perish, Hava Na Shira, Kukuriku, Lo Yisa Goi, Shalom Chaverim, Perche Vezzosi Rai, Hotaru Koi, Mi Gallo.   

Wordless Rounds - features rounds by the following composers: Beethoven, Caldara (3 rounds), Demantius, Haydn, Mozart (2 rounds), Perti, Pitoni, Salieri, Schubert and Telemann; also another printing of If I Turn'd Topsy Turvy (John Stainer).


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I love rounds and I am hoping that these are good songs
Joy W on Mar 30, 2012
"We have a little singing group which will never perform. Some of us read music, some don't. Rounds seem like a good format for groups like us who are harmonizing strictly for fun."
Beth P on Dec 9, 2011
I play in an accordion trio. Would this work of an accordion? Are there markings for chords?
A shopper on Feb 10, 2012
Best Answer: There are no chord markings, just notated melody lines. As long as each player comes in at the right time in each song, it should work just fine for accordion.
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Are the pieces in this book easy enough for elementary singers (5th grade?)
Lisa T on Oct 2, 2014
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