By Popular Request

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Publisher: Novello
Format: Sheet Music | Vocal Work

By Popular Request includes thirteen superb arrangements of classic popular songs for mixed voice choirs. The selection covers a wide range of styles and moods, so choirs will be sure to find the right piece to provide a light selection in a concert programme, or simply as an encore!

Selected and edited by Ralph Allwood, one of the UK's most distinguished choral directors.

ISBN: 9780711985469
Skill Level: Intermediate Explain this
Published on: 11 April 2001
No of pages: 128
Language: English
Catalogue No: NOV072524

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        Scores 9.5 out of 10 based on 2 reviews
        9 out of 10


        Newcastle upon Tyne GB I sing alto
        Great arrangements of Honey Pie and Goodnight Sweetheart. Haven't done others yet!
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        Confirmed purchase: 08 December 2017
        Published on: 02 February 2018
        10 out of 10


        Epping GB A chamber choir singer
        A very good selection. Very well laid out, so easy to sing from.
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        Confirmed purchase: 23 March 2017
        Published on: 06 April 2017

        Musicroom Reviews

        Here we go again books of "popular" arrangements! There are a host of decent arrangers chosen for this collection but as we have seen in the past they arrangements that have been selected are typically underwhelming. Why do publishing houses insist on asking people who are classically trained to edit collections that are "popular". For example Kirby Shaw has published over 2500 arrangements for choirs and in this collection we are graced with "Goodnight Sweetheart"!?!?!?!? This wasn't even a good doo-wop song! How did this song make it into the collection. Oh I know.... all the arrangements were pre chosen and Ralph just had to put his name to it...Duh stupid me. Surely Ralph Allwood wouldn't have chosen such a collection of arrangements from a group of otherwise talented arrangers?! Please tell me that's what happened.
        Anonymous - (UK)
        My choir loves this book. Yes, there is a bit too much 'doo be doo' to use several pieces in a single concert but there is plenty there for a lighter second half programme. They are a bit of a challenge for an average amateur choir, but satisfying to sing once mastered. I would recommend this book.
        Anonymous - (Wells, United Kingdom)
        While the arrangements are fine, it's an odd choice of songs for this anthology. 13 songs, 12 of them a capella, and a single one (I'm Beginning to See the Light) with piano accompaniment. The back cover blurb suggests using the songs to "provide a light section in a concert programme", but it's a mixed bag of different styles. Jazz standards sit alongside Beatles songs and Disney soundtrack. In any case, it would be a foolhardy promoter who puts all these doo-ba-doo arrangements back to back in one concert. Not a bad book, but one for nibbling one song at a time, rather than devouring everything in one big mouthful.
        Anonymous - (Liverpool, United Kingdom)
        There are some interesting arrangements in this collection. Some of it is in 6 parts and there is quite a lot of Swingle Singers "doot doot doo" and "shoo be doo wa". But there are some songs that I would like to try with my choir.
        Anonymous - (INKBERROW, United Kingdom)

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