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The Sound Of Silence

By Simon And Garfunkel

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Choir, Female barbershop, divisi - Advanced - Digital Download
By Simon And Garfunkel. Arranged by Liz Garnett. 10 pages. Published by Helping You Harmonise (H0.575987-767825).

Item Number: H0.575987-767825

The starting-point for this major show-piece was Disturbed's 2015 cover of Simon and Garfunkel's classic. The White Rosettes sought to capture its escalation of of emotional impact as the vocal range shifted and the orchestration developed through the narrative of a dystopic vision.

A cappella voices can capture that sense of build through layering of different sizes of ensemble. And, whilst their timbral palette is more limited than the instrumentation Disturbed could draw on, they have the power of harmony to add colour and impact.

The arrangement is built around two main harmonic ideas: juxtaposing minor chords and key areas a third apart, and the dissonance of the melodic major 2nd and minor 3rd rubbing up against each other. Between them they create an atmosphere that hangs heavy with portent and mystery, echoing and amplifying the emotional tone of the lyrics.

N.B. This arrangement is notated in treble and bass alta (i.e. sung an octave higher than written) clefs.

Vocal ranges:

Tenor: F#4 - E5
Lead: B3 - A4
Bari: C#4 - A4
Bass: F#3 - A 4

Tenor: G4 - D5
Lead: C4 - A4
Bari: B3 - A4
Bass: E3 - C4

Voice 1: G3 - C5
Voice 2: G3 - A4

Full chorus
Tenor 1: E flat 4 - G5
Tenor 2: E flat 4 - F#5
Lead 1: B3 - E flat 5
Lead 2: B3 - E flat 5
Bari: A3 - C5
Bass: D3 - G4

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