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The Whippoorwill

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By Nina Quinlivan

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Choir, SATB, Choir - other voicings - Intermediate - Digital Download
Composed by Nina Quinlivan. Arranged by Nina Quinlivan. 21st Century, World, Pop. Score. 17 pages. Published by Nina Quinlivan (S0.24734).

Item Number: S0.24734

The Whippoorwill contains a beautiful lyric vocal line that is enhanced by rich harmonic voice leading. The true beauty of this piece lies in its functionality. The song is highly recommended for the choir that has an over abundance of female voices, and it can also be performed solely SSA, omitting the tenor and bass lines. Not only is this song an excellent learning piece for high school students, the poetic text makes it appropriate for adult choirs as well.A note from the composer: I chose to base the lyrics on the Whippoorwill for the uniqueness of this bird. The Whippoorwill is a bird that flies during the night instead of the day. They have nests on the ground instead of in trees, and the Native Americans believe that the Whippoorwill will catch a soul in flight as it is leaving the earth. Another fun fact is that John Burroughs, famous naturalist of the Burroughs Audubon Society in Kansas City, once heard a Whip-poor-will make 1,088 vocal repetitions before pausing.

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