This piece is recommended primarily for
all-male groups. Directors are often hesitant to attempt a four-part piece
with early adolescent singers. The fact of the matter is that when four
parts are available, directors are more likely to find a part that suits each
individual's voice, particularly if the group contains voices from several grade
levels (i.e. grades 6,7, & 8 or 7, 8, & 9). If the group contains younger
singers from only one grade (i.e. grade 6 or 7), voicings written in the bass
clef may not be needed. Obviously, as in so many cases, it depends upon
the group. This is the challenge of the mid-level educator. If you
haven't attempted four-part music with your all-male group, may we encourage you
to do so. It will amaze you as to how much better the group sounds when
the boys are singing parts that are comfortable and fit their voices.
Integer Vitae is an excellent piece
for beginning choral singers because of its homophonic texture, comfortable
ranges, and easy rhythm.
Four-part Variable Voicing Chart to
ascertain the different voicings that are available to various age groups.
Words and Music by Jacob
Arranged by Michael F.
Four-part Variable Voicing
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