National Treasures: Sight Singing with Words for TTB Chorus

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Liberate your choir from dependence on solfege and help them to move on to the next level of musicianship: sight-singing with words. Available voicings: SAB, SSA, TTB, TBB. The SAB bass part is in the Cambiata range.

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National Treasures: Sight Singing with Words for TTB Chorus

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By Hank Beebe

Liberate your choir from dependence on solfege and help them to move on to the next level of musicianship: sight-singing with words. This series draws its texts from American poets: Frost, Dickinson, Sandburg, Longfellow, Thoreau, Emerson, Whitman and Poe; historical figures: Jefferson, Franklin, Lincoln, Roosevelt, Wilson and national documents: the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.

Note: This series assumes a reasonable ability in solfege as a prerequisite. It is not a substitute for systematic training. Completion of any of our other sight-singing series is more than adequate preparation.

(SSA, TTB, andTBB editions are identical, except for clefs.) The SAB bass part is in the cambiata range.

Volume 1: The smallest rhythmic value is the quarter note. Accidentals are limited to sharped lower neighbors. Closes with a nine-page setting of "The Gettysburg Address."

Volume 2: Concentrates on eighth notes. Accidentals are limited to sharped lower neighbors. Contains a three-page setting of the final words of the Declaration of Independence.

Volume 3: Various quarter and eighth notes combinations, many in six-eight time. Accidentals limited to sharped lower neighbors. Contains a two-page setting of the final words of Lincoln's "With malice toward none" Inaugural Address.

Volume 4: Accidentals approached and left stepwise in any direction. Sixteenth note pairs, dotted eight and sixteenth note units, and, in six-eight time, dotted eighth-sixteenth-eighth note units. Contains a two-page setting of the final lines of Robert Frost's "Birches."

Volume 5:  Accidentals approached stepwise and left by a skip, and later approached and left by a skip. Groups of four sixteenth notes, eighth-notes triplets, quarter-note triplets. Contains a two-page setting of the "Preamble to the Constitution."

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Composer Hank Beebe