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Mark Burrows - Simple Gifts


    
Voicing:      

SATB

Arranger:      Mark Burrows
Accompaniment:      A Cappella
Music series:      Alfred Choral Designs for SATB
Music Category:      Choral
Format:      Sheet Music
Number of Pages:      12
Item Code:      00-48899

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This creative arrangement of the well-known Shaker song passes the traditional tune to every voice part, using the others to support the buoyant melody. Scored for a mixed choir with congas, claves, and maracas, Mark's setting opens with a bit of suspense that soon breaks into a bright a cappella feature. Some rhythmic augmentation provides a warm center before returning to the vibrant feel. Fans will note a few additional lyrics that celebrate "the gift to be loving, light, hopeful, and true." A final flourish fans out from the only unison measure into a resounding G major chord.

Awards
Grammy Winner - Best Classical Crossover Album - 2008

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