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Those Who Wish To Sing Always Find a Song

By Elizabeth Alexander

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Children's Choir and Piano (SSA choir (children's choir), oboe and piano) - Moderate
Composed by Elizabeth Alexander. Junior/Youth Choir, Concert Music. Music, Secular, Choral. Octavo. With Text language: English. Duration 3 minutes. Published by Seafarer Press (SF.SEA-022-01).

Item Number: SF.SEA-022-01

Text from a Swedish proverb.

A rhythmically engaging song based on a Swedish proverb, "Those Who Wish To Sing Always Find a Song" features singing syllables (vocables) from around the world, including such gems as "tra-la-la-le-ru-la," "la deri don," "ay dam tarradam," and "su-de-rut-tan-tei."

Commissioned by Farmington High School Friends of Music; Scott Campbell, conductor (Farmington, CT). Range (all parts): e'-f#"
Composer's Note: Just exactly how does one say "tra-la-la" in Turkish? When I began searching for singing syllables from around the world, I had no idea the task would prove to be so fascinating. For several months I carried on a correspondence with choral directors and linguists from around the world, who offered me singing syllables (vocables), guidance on pronunciation and usage, relevant books and articles, and their enthusiasm and encouragement. Some of these syllables are from very localized dialects, while others are from much wider regions. To my helpers everywhere, thank you so very much! (Answer: "ten-nen-ni")

Text: Those who wish to sing always find a song. Singing syllables (vocables): su-de-rut-tan-tei (Sweden) tyr-a-li, tyr-a-lo (Ireland) ay dam tar-ra-dam (Russian Gypsy) ho-la-li, ho-la-ho(Germany/Scandinavia) fad-de-rul-lan-dei (Norway) yang-a nang-a hey-o naa (Southwestern Native American) la de-ri don la (France) ten-nen-ni, ten-nen-nen-ni (Turkey) tra-la-la-le-ru-la (Italy).

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