Let All That Are To Mirth Inclined
Title: Let All That Are to Mirth Inclined $1.65
Performance Requirements: SATB chorus, piano, opt. strings
Composer: Ben J. Legett
Text: from Some Ancient Christmas Carols, 1823
Difficulty (1-5): 4
Range: sop c#1-d2, alto b -b1, tenor f# -f#1, bass F - b
Rehearsal Guide: Light, bright, and dance-like, this piece sounds a lot like some of
the works of Eleanor Daley and makes the most of simple 6/8 - 7/8 juxtapositions. It
sounds harder than it is! The string quartet is optional, but really adds a lot of color.
If you don't have strings, the piano part includes cues for that material as well.
Begin by having all singers say the words in rhythm while tapping eighth-notes on
their thighs. Gradually add the pitches, working at a slow tempo at first. Going in
to measure 21, make sure to teach the altos to find their pitch before anyone else
sings a note of that chord. If the altos don't hear the other pitches, they can't be
confused by the other pitches! Then, and only then, let the sopranos, tenors, and
basses add their notes (which are very easy for them to find).
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