Song of the Crow
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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.
Translated by Tom Davidson
English text by Victor Bobetsky
Arranged by VB
Cambiata Press Catalog #U905206
Cambiata Press Catalog #U905207
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Sung by Talent
Unlimited HS Jazz Choir,
Director; Jessica Horey, Flutist
Their text is slightly
different from the published copy.
The audio features
the four-part rendition.
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