Song of the Crow

(click the voicing to view and hear online)


Three-part    Four-part

This is a good multi-cultural piece, arranged by Victor Bobetsky.  The piece will be very accessible to the early adolescent singer. The text describes the devotion of younger crows to their elders. Teachers in China often cite this behavioral trait of crows as a model for students to follow. Song of the Crow provides an imaginative and poetic way of expressing this reverence for one’s elders which is such an important part of traditional Chinese culture. The English lyrics, created by Dr. Bobetsky, are based on a literal translation of the original Chinese by Tom Davidson. Wu ya is translated: black crow. The extracted flute part is available on the final page of the octavo.  See the three-part and four-part variable voicings charts for the options available for using of this piece.


When this arrangement is performed by early adolescent all-male groups, Parts I & II may be sung by Boy Trebles, Part III by the Cambiatas and Part IV by the Adolescent Baritones.  When sung by older adolescent all-male groups, Part I is sung by the changed-voice Tenors (8va lower), Part II by Basses (8va lower), and Part III by Boy Trebles and/or Cambiatas (actual pitch) and Part IV by Adolescent Baritones.  All-boys choruses are not the only voicings for which  this piece is suitable. 


Chinese Folksong

Translated by Tom Davidson

English text by Victor Bobetsky

Arranged by VB

Cambiata Press Catalog #U905206 (three-part)

Cambiata Press Catalog #U905207 (four-part)


When you click the three-part or four-part setting of Song of the Crow you will be able to access an engraved copy of the piece.  When the new page appears, if you haven't already downloaded the scorch plug-in, you will be asked to do so. This plug-in gives you access to all the scores on the Cambiata Press website.  After the music appears on your screen, there are TWO WAYS to view and hear it:


1.  Click the "play" icon and you will hear the piece played electronically, and as it plays, the cursor will lead your vision through the piece.  Read the text as you listen to the music.


2.  Click the "Hear Choir Audio" link (upper right hand corner) to hear a choral ensemble sing the piece.  Use the Sibelius "page" icon to move the pages of the engraved copy manually as you listen.  Do not click the "play" icon while the ensemble is singing or you will hear both renditions simultaneously.

Sung by Talent Unlimited HS Jazz Choir,

Christian Smythe, Director; Jessica Horey, Flutist

Their text is slightly different from the published copy.


The audio features the four-part rendition.


This work is available in E-Print



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