Category:   CHILDREN & YOUTH
Composer:   Henry Purcell
Arranger:   James Erb
Publisher:   Alfred Publishing
Edition:   LG00787
Voicing:   SA
Setting:   Accompanied

Reviewer:   

Ann Schrooten
Angelica Cantanti Youth Choirs
R&R Chair Children & Youth

From the Birthday Ode, “Come, Ye Sons of Art,” written for the birthday of Queen Mary in 1694, this is a wonderful vocal duet that works well for a concert or set opener. Though the editor indicates “For Chorus of Women’s Voices,” it is delightful to hear from a children’s chorus.

There are fantastic opportunities in this piece to work on a variety of articulations and dynamic variations that add great interest. Introducing choral music from the Baroque period to your singers may seem like a daunting task, but encouraging them to work out the vocal melismas on their fingers like guitar riffs may be the key to making it relevant (not to mention clean). This piece is a great vehicle for building vocal technique in young singers.