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R&S: High School Choirs

Octavo of the Month (November 2005)
Mike Walag, ICDA High School R&S Chair

Meeting is Over

American folk song, arr. James E. Clemens
Mark Foster MF4009
SATB, a cappella
Moderate Difficulty, 2:50

This American folk song is reminiscent of the shaped-note singing songs of colonial America.  It has a straightforward style with open fourth/fifth harmonic structure accompanying a lively, rhythmic melody that gets in your brain and stays there.

The modal unison melody alternates between the soprano/alto and tenor/bass parts throughout.  The accompanying parts become more involved rhythmically (adding syncopation) and harmonically as the piece progresses.

I think the rhythmic vitality of this piece will appeal to students and would be suitable for concert or contest.

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