Michael Tippett: Five Negro Spirituals (A Child Of Our Time)

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Publisher: Schott Music
Composer: Michael Tippett
Format: Sheet Music | Vocal Work

These five spirituals for unaccompanied chorus, despite the occasional appearance of complexity are basically simple: the harmony, indeed, is of the simplest possible. The apparent complexity arises primarily from the number of parts, which are not however all real parts. These, in fact, seldom comprise more than the traditional four. Lines are frequently doubled at the octave, rather in the manner of organ registration, so that the chorus needs to be thought of as an organ-like body producing a homogeneous sound at many levels of the chords and melodies. Thus, the numbers and even the kinds of voices needed to produce these chords and melodies in the most effective manner must be selected by the conductor from the whole body of the chorus according to the conditions of performance. Great latitude can be taken in this respect, even to the extent of using low female voices for the high registers of written tenor parts, or high male voices for the low registers of written alto parts, etc.The only parts which are strictly differentiated are those marked Leader. These should be an individual voice, standing out from the choir sufficiently to lead the singing, both in the words and in the music. They need not be soloists engaged from outside.If the spirituals are performed in this way the apparent complexity of certain printed pages will disappear. Any reasonably sized chorus with four good leaders can produce the effect required.

ISBN: 9790220103261
Skill Level: Intermediate-Advanced Explain this
No of pages: 26
Language: English, German
Catalogue No: ED10585

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        Scores 8.9 out of 10 based on 13 reviews
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        London GB
        The score is extremely clear and text is just in English.
        Confirmed purchase: 13 March 2017
        Published on: 29 March 2017
        10 out of 10


        Sidcup GB
        Light to hold, easy to read, pages turn well and stay turned!
        Reviewer left no comment
        Confirmed purchase: 06 May 2016
        Published on: 24 May 2016
        9 out of 10


        Durham GB teacher and performer.
        Lovely edition, well laid out,good typeface.
        Reviewer left no comment
        Confirmed purchase: 12 May 2015
        Published on: 26 May 2015

        Musicroom Reviews

        Excellent, Beautiful arrangements of these spirituals from Micheal Tippet's classic " A child of our time". Can easily be reduced to suit smaller choirs.
        Anonymous - (Bath, United Kingdom)
        I bought this copy because my choir are currently learning this piece and the copies on hire are old, small and very difficult to read. Try singing whilst using a magnifying glass! This copy is so much clearer and slightly larger than the hire ones. MUCH better!
        Anonymous - (Southport, United Kingdom)

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