Iowa Choral Directors Association, Inc.

By-Laws | Executive Board Meeting Briefs | E-mail Subscription | Robert McCowen Award | Mentoring | CMP | HS Award Orders | Scholarship/Research Grants
Executive Board | District Chairs | Repertoire & Standards Chairs
Calendar | Pre-All-State | Opus Honor Choir | All-State Jazz Choir | Summer Convention & Symposium | Fall Symposium | ICDA Weston Noble Endowment
Northwest | North Central | Northeast | Central | East Central | Southwest | South Central | Southeast
About Sounding Board | Sounding Board Archive

R&S: High School Choirs

Octavo of the Month (March 2007)
Mike Walag, ICDA High School R&S Chair

Reminiscence

Cordero de Dios (Agnus Dei)
Michael Mendoza
Alliance Music Publication
SATB, opt. soprano solo, and harp or piano
AMP 0372
3’30”
Medium Difficulty

This is a piece I discovered in a High School Reading Session at a National ACDA convention in 2001 (San Antonio).  It has a strong Latin American flavor in its harmonies and in it’s voice leading. 

The Spanish translation of the Agnus Dei is very beautifully set to a melody that rises and falls in triple meter with dotted rhythms and mild harmonic suspensions underneath.  Soprano and tenor parts are partnered against the alto/bass in a sort of call and response style.  Metrical interest is enhanced by duplet rhythms against triplets, sixteenth note pick-ups, and occasional 4-beat measures alternating with the triple meter.

This is a relatively easy piece for introducing a foreign language text, for teaching rhythmic indendence (through count-singing), and for teaching arch-phrasing and syllabic stress.  It would also measure up as a contest piece.

Check out other pieces by this composer at Alliance Music Publications, PO Box 131977, Houston, TX., 77219-1977

Site Map | Contact Us | © 2006 Iowa Choral Directors Association, Inc.