Limba, Limba Sally
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If you are looking for a fun
multi-cultural piece, you've found it. Victor Bobetsky has arranged
this piece for a quick learning experience with several unison and
two-part passages. This Guyanese folk song has a bright, rhythmic
tempo with mild syncopation.
This lively folksong from Guyana
is associated with a children's game involving creative movement. Dr.
Victor Bobetsky, the arranger for Limba, Limba Sally,
shared what he learned from Gillian
Richards-Greaves, one of his students, who grew up in Guyana:
Children playing this song/game create their own verses and dance
movements that describe their unique personality or physical
characteristics. For example, a tall child might sing, "No matter you
see me tall, so" while describing his/her tallness through dance
movements. Another child might sing, "No matter you see me proud, so"
while describing his/her feelings through dance movements. In this
arrangement of the song, the adjectives, "tall" and "short" are used.
performed by early adolescent all-male groups, Parts I & II may be
sung by Boy Trebles, and Part III by the Cambiatas.
When sung by older adolescent all-male groups, Part I is sung by
the changed-voice Tenors or Adolescent Baritones
(8va lower), Part II by Adolescent Baritones or
Basses (8va lower), and Part III by Boy Trebles
and/or Cambiatas (actual pitch).
Arranged by Victor V. Bobetsky
Three-part Variable Voicing with
Cambiata Press catalog #U90401