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Popular Voiceworks 1
Author:  Charles Beale & Steve Milloy
Subtitle: 28 Songs in Jazz, Gospel, R&B, Soul, and Show Styles
Forces or Category: Mixed voices
Details: Popular Voiceworks is a fabulous collection of jazzy and popular songs in the highly practical Voiceworks format. Packed with songs in a huge range of styles, from unison to four parts, the collection provides exciting new material written by the authors as well as choral arrangements of favourites such as 'Comedy Tonight', 'Straighten up and fly right', and 'Dancing in the Street'. You'll find soul, jazz, funk, swing, spiritual, gospel, disco, show, folk, motown, R&B, doowop, hip-hop and more - all presented with practical advice on teaching and rehearsing. There are plenty of opportunities to improvise, as well as guidance on using the voice to sing popular styles. An accompanying CD includes stylish performances of all the songs together with backings for most. This all adds up to a fabulous resource for all young and young-at-heart singing groups!
Selling points: 
  • 28 fabulous songs from unison to four-part harmony
  • Ideal for youth choirs, school groups KS3 upwards, community choirs, and choral groups of all ages and experience
  • Opportunities for improvisation throughout
  • Vast range of repertoire including jazz, R&B, funk, swing, spiritual, gospel, disco, show, and more
  • Brand-new songs and new arrangements of popular favourites
  • A complete rehearsal plan for each song, including warm ups and guidance on vocal techniques for singing popular styles
  • Stylistic but accessible piano accompaniments
  • Photocopiable pages
  • CD with complete set of performances and stylish backings for most pieces
Contents:  Charles Beale and Steve Milloy: Swing Time!
Fred MacDowell, arr. Charles Beale: You gotta move
Trad., arr. Charles Beale: Take me to the water
George Gershwin, arr. Charles Beale: My man's gone now
Curtis Mayfield, arr. Charles Beale: People get ready
Richard Sherman and Robert Sherman, arr. Steve Milloy: Me Ol' Bamboo (2 parts)
Fred Rose and Walter Hirsch, arr. Charles Beale: 'Deed I Do
Music by Charles Beale, words by Steve Milloy: Little One
Music by Steve Milloy, words by John Moysen: Take me to the Funk
Charles Beale: Gitika
Trad. spiritual, arr. Steve Milloy: This little light of mine
Peter Scholtes, arr. Steve Milloy: They'll Know We Are Christians
Nat King Cole and Irving Mills, arr. Steve Milloy: Straighten Up and Fly Right
Music by Charles Beale and Steve Milloy; words by John Moysen and David Major: I Want Your Love
Steve Milloy: I'm Not Your Pet
Trad., arr. Charles Beale: Silent Night
Steve Milloy: Dancin' Till the Blues Are Gone
Music by Charles Beale, words by John Moysen: Sweet Tea
Charles Beale: Song Without Words
US trad., arr. Charles Beale: He's gone away
Music by Steve Milloy, words by John Moysen: Don't Let the Door Hitcha
David Baerwald, arr. Charles Beale: Come what May
Music by Steve Milloy, words by John Moysen: Pages
William Stevenson, Marvin Gaye, and Ivy Hunter, arr. Charles Beale: Dancing in the Street
Stephen Sondheim, arr. Steve Milloy: Comedy Tonight
Richard Sherman and Robert Sherman, arr. Steve Milloy: Me Ol' Bamboo (SATB)
Cassell Alphonsus, arr. Steve Milloy: Hot Hot Hot!
Music by Steve Milloy, words by John Moysen and David Major: I Will Sing Joy
Irving Mills and Duke Ellington, arr. Charles Beale: It don't mean a thing if it ain't got that swing
Publication Date: Apr 3 2008
Level of Difficulty: A-B
Trim Size:297x210
Number of pages:240
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