By: Trad. Romany Gypsy
For: Choir
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Trad. Romany Gypsy
Year of arrangement
Trad. Romany Gypsy
Moderate (Grades 4-6)
5 minutes
World music
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A rare acappella arrangement of one of the worlds most beautiful melodies. The lyrics concern the festival ’Ederlezi’ celebrating the return of spring. Here is a YouTube clip of us performing it, this time with orchestra, but it’s the same arrangement that we do acapella. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WtM-C5n_YcQ&feature=c4-overview-vl&list=PLyCbOs7sB3AoCTHjuZgfkF57zIdu-H92O

The one controversial point in this arrangement is that it starts and finishes with a minor 2nd in the main melody. Most versions do not. Of course, you can choose to change it. -I have only ever heard this minor 2nd on one other version. I liked it so I kept it, although the middle section has the more conventional major 2nd. I suggest you do as you please!

Chilling, exquisitely beautiful & virile in equal measures. The arrangement starts very simply as the beauty of the melody demands. The lower voices simply hold a chord under the soprano/solo line. It then explodes into polyphony in a way less in keeping with Romany Tradition, but essential to hold interest in an acappela choir performance. Having risen to a mighty (literal) shout, it ends not with a bang but a whisper.

We have performed this many times & though it benefits from a church acoustic, it is a great crowd pleaser in any situation. Feel free to ask any questions or for help making this arrangement work for you. Enjoy!

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