Category:   CHILDREN & YOUTH
Composer:   Traditional Russian folk song
Arranger:   Sue Bolin
Publisher:   Santa Barbara Music Publishing
Edition:   SBMP757
Voicing:   SA
Setting:   with piano (opt. cello and opt. wood block)


Michelle Gehrz
Angelica Cantanti Youth Choirs, Bloomington MN
R&R Chair Children & Youth

This setting is such a fabulous rendition that uses the familiar Russian children’s song – Little Birch Tree. The colorful piano accompaniment gives the arrangement a lulling yet motion-filled feel. At times the accompaniment imitates the Russian balalaika, which the song sings about, with a repeated tone in the upper register. An optional cello part provides warmth and texture as the arrangement builds to the end. The SA divisi is very accessible as it is simply the melody in canon. Singers and audiences love this arrangement!