sheim te'hilato : 5 times 13 pedagogical songs for voice(s) and Orff percussion
by Adam Yee (2015)
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These miniature songs, composed for classroom music use, are based on a progressive sequence of pitches and rhythms. Each one uses a different scale or scale fragment, derived from a gradual reveal ascending from middle C, D and E, up to a compass of one octave. The only accidentals employed are F# and Bb; both because of their obvious primacy in music notation, as well as the fact that these are the 'black' notes typically supplied with diatonic Orff instruments. Teachers are strongly encouraged to use the pitch and rhythm vocabulary of these songs as a basis for further variation, composition and improvisation.
Pitch solfa has been included as a warm-up, using both chord and scale tones, and to ground students in the tonality of each song.
The Hebrew texts are taken from the medieval liturgical poem, Yigdal. The use of the Hebrew text is entirely optional for speakers of other languages.
Instrumentation: Voice(s), Orff percussion.
Commission note: Written for the music students of King David School, Melbourne
The composer notes the following styles, genres, influences, etc associated with this work:
classroom music, pedagogic music, solfa, solfege, Orff Schulwerk, Kodaly Method
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