Title: Childing of a Maiden Bright $1.15 Performance requirements: SATB chorus Composer: Ben J. Legett Text: Daniel’s Thesaurus Hymnologicus Length: 3’00” Difficulty (1-5): 3 Ranges: sop e1-e2, alto c1-a1, tenor f#-e1, bass A-g Usage: Christmas
Rehearsal Guide: This slow, gentle piece is written in the form of a carol with four verses. The setting is a tribute to the carols of Alfred Burt and the harmonization uses frequent sevenths and ninths.
Part-learning will be most efficient if voices are rehearsed two or three at a time to eliminate some of the added tones and sevenths. For example, rehearse the altos and basses together, then the sopranos and tenors. As soon as most of the notes are learned, encourage sensitive singing by asking the singers to take responsibility for the implied ritardandi at the phrase endings. You can do this by simply not conducting. The singers will have to listen to each other and the relaxing tempo at the ends of measures 1 and 3 if they are going to stay together. After they hear the results of not listening to each other, they will be ready to watch the conductor.