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Donkey, Donkey, Donkey [Unison/Two-Part Treble]

By Laurie Betts Hughes

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Piano Accompaniment, Xylophone, Hand Percussion, Choir, SA, Unison - Easy/Beginner
Composed by Laurie Betts Hughes. Contemporary Classical, Sacred, Easter, Lent, Children's Music. Octavo. 9 pages. Published by Dandelion Music Press (S0.234459).

Item Number: S0.234459

This is a nice new Palm Sunday piece for your early elementary church choir or church school performance.  Mostly Unison voicing, occasional Two-Part Treble.

"Donkey, Donkey, Donkey" is the Palm Sunday story offered from the perspective of the donkey, based on Matthew 21:1-3, 6-9. The bray of the donkey and the clip-clopping of its feet are featured throughout the piece.

The text is repetitive to aid in developmentally appropriate memorization and range-limited for early elementary voices. Introduction of 2-part elements are via ostinato, call and response, optional limited divisi, and ostinato cannon. The second voice part is supported by the xylophone, but may be omitted.

Theologically, the text draws connections between the humble donkey playing a noble role in a defining moment of Passion Week and the humble children likely to perform the piece. There are links between the donkey carrying Mary during Advent and the donkey that now carries Jesus which could prove a valuable point of discussion with young children about the similarities between Advent and Lent. The contrast between major and minor tonalities hint at the depth of Maundy Thursday and Good Friday, and the ultimate triumph of Easter Sunday.

2017 Choral Contest Entry

Laurie Betts Hughes, ASCAP \| www.LaurieBettsHughes.com

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