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Velvet Shoes

By Randall Thompson

Medium voice, piano - Beginning
Composed by Randall Thompson (1899-1984). Vocal Solo. Secular, 20th Century. Published by E.C. Schirmer Publishing (EC.114).

Item Number: EC.114

English. Text: Elinor Wylie.

Thompson writes that the music should resemble "a march in the distance" referencing the experience of walking in the snow with velvet shoes. The vocal line moves predominently in stepwise motion which relates to the character trudging through snow. It is an exciting song for a young singer because of the clear character and experience referenced in the song.

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  • 5

    Difficulty Level:
    Early intermediate
  • February 12, 2010 Lovely

    I adore this song. . . I used it as my very first solo for solo and ensemble and received a 1 in eighth grade. . . it is very beautiful and the chords changes are fun.

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  • April 20, 2008 Beautiful song!

    I did this piece for my college entrance audition, and I will also be doing it for my vocal jury. It is a beautiful piece, with a melody that is easy to learn--but still challenging enough to sing well, without being overly ornamental. Also, the piano accompaniment goes through...

    some very cool chord changes (as well as two modulations), and it is clear from the way the piano part is written that Randall Thompson knew exactly how he wanted it to be played. Overall, a great piece for an aspiring vocalist.

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