Category:   TTBB CHOIRS
Composer:   Christi Jones
Arranger:   NA
Publisher:   BriLee
Edition:   BL 968
Voicing:   TTB
Setting:   Accompanied


Randi Erlandson & Rob Hahn
Prior Lake High School Choir
R&R C0-Chairs TTBB Choirs

“Dies Irae” by Christi Jones is based on the Latin text from the traditional Latin Requiem Mass. Its foreboding and urgent accompaniment in addition to the rise and fall of vocal lines, carefully placed articulations, dynamics, and other musical features lend itself well to the translation of the text. Ranges are suitable for the late middle school/early high school TTB ensemble.

When teaching this song, spend time focusing on the unison sections for tuning and shaping each melodic line with dynamic contrast, which will also reinforce concepts of breath support and control. Once that has been mastered, reinforce those ideas throughout all areas of the work. Take time to discuss stylistic components of this song, especially in regards to contrasting legato and marcato sections, being sure to talk about how those styles are sung differently.

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