Title: Sing to the Lord $1.65 Performance requirements: SAB chorus and organ Composer: Ben J. Legett Text: Psalms 98 and 100 Length: 2’00” Difficulty (1-5): 3 Ranges: sop d1-g2, alto c1-e2, baritone c-e1 Usage: General sacred
Rehearsal Guide: This is a great piece for a good choir that just happens to be short on men. Sopranos, altos and baritones alike get a chance to sing a melody. After a fanfare beginning, the women sing a duet over an ostinato pattern in the men’s part. The written alto part is a little high, but it is easy enough to simply divide the women into two groups with some sopranos in each group. Distinct soprano and alto colors are not important here.
Begin by teaching the men the ostinato patter starting in measure 16. Send them out for coffee while you teach the soprano and alto parts separately, paying attention to the syncopation that pops up from time to time, e.g. mm 20-21. Call the men back in and put things together. Lastly, ask the singers to clap eighth- notes while speaking the rhythms of the first 15 measures. When they understand that the eighth-note remains constant through the 3/8 measure, they are ready to sing the beginning of the piece.