Composer — Traditional Shaker Tune Arranger — Arranged and Adapted with additional lyrics by Rollo Dilworth Voicing + performing forces — SATB (with minimal divisi), accompanied Call Number — 4896 Level — Easy/Medium
Rollo Dilworth's The Gift to be Free is a great piece to start the year with a mixed choir. The melody is familiar to most and provides an opportunity to teach phrasing and restraint. In his arrangement, Dilworth has added gospel-style harmonies the gives choristers the opportunity to learn about stylistic colour. While the piece is rhythmically simple, there are great teaching opportunities related to precision and moments of silence. My choir has a lot of beginner singers in it and this piece has been incredibly unifying. This is a great piece for teaching choristers how to listen and feel in harmony and time simply.
This is a lovely setting of a folk song, including 4-part canon in one section; set In Hebrew and English; very lyrical piano writing and a wonderful (optional) flute part. We (Excentrica and Excentrica Women's Workshop Chorus) used it for Christmas and it could fit many situations. Easy for an accomplished chorus; a reasonable challenge and very satisfying in effect for singers with less experience; text and music overall very moving. [e – e’] range, aeolian mode (natural minor).