MANYWAYS # 11, AMAZING GRACE (SS and Mixed Ensemble)

Easy (Grades 1-3)
3 minutes
World music
Large mixed ensemble
Instrumental parts
Not available

In arranging this pentatonic (5-note) tune I decided to make the '2nds' part pentatonic also. Should teachers so decide, the '2nds' could sing the Recorder/Whistle part when singing A Capella as this makes the harmonies more conventionally acceptable. Kodaly believed that singing pentatonic music (i.e without semitones)improved intervallic recognition and led to better intonation. The book, MANYWAYS, incorporates many of Kodaly's principles so teachers will find widespread use of imitation, both rhythmic and melodic and, occasionally, imitation by inversion, all of which will be found in the music of the Golden Age of Polyphony.

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