#35 Partner Songs and Rounds
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"A Ram Sam Sam" (round) and was it a HIT! The Music K8 song (Plank Road Publishing: http://www.musick8.com/) "A MOUSE AND A MOOSE AND A LITTLE GREEN FROG" has the same chord structure and fits beautifully! I used this and improvised body percussion for them to do during the interlude and we had a blast!
A Ram Sam Sam / Pease Pudding Hot
"All Night, All Day" and "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot"
Baa Baa Black Sheep /Hickory Dickory Dock
Blue Tail Fly / Lily the Pink
Bow Wow Wow & Hot Cross Buns
British Grenadiers / Good King Wenceslas / In the silver moonlight
Come Landlord / Tie Me Kangaroo
Come Thou Long Expected Jesus / Once in David's Royal City
"Dixie" and "Yankee Doodle"
Down in Demerara/Aunt Nancy/Deaf Woman's Courtship/Marionettes/The Secret
Drink to Me Only/Ye Banks and Braes
Dvorak's "Humoresque" and "Old Folks at Home" and "Put On Your Old Gray Bonnet"
Ezekiel Saw the Wheel and Now let me Fly/ Wade in the Water is easily adapted to Orff instr.
"The Farmer In The Dell" and "Here We Go Lobby Loo"
"Frere Jacques," and "Three Blind Mice" fit together.
Girl I Left Behind Me, The/Early One Morning
Go Tell It on the Mountain / He's Got the Whole World
"Goodby, Old Paint" fits with any 3/4 song on so-mi.
Goodnight, Ladies & Oh, When the Saints & Rock-a My Soul
"He's Got The Whole World In His Hands" and "Go Tell Aunt Rhody" Contrapuntalized:
"Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush" and "Oh Dear, What Can the Matter Be"
Home on the Range/My Home's in Montana
"I Love the Mountains." and "Heart and Soul
It's a Long Way to Tipperary / Pack Up Your Troubles
Jamaica Farewell / Island in the Sun
Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho & Hey Ho, Nobody Home
Kansas-Home on the Range
Keel Row, The/Fire Down Below
Land of the Silver Birch and My Paddle (Northwest Music)
Little Donkey / Three Green and Speckled Frogs
London Bridge/Pease Pudding Hot/Mary had a little lamb
"Merrily We Roll Along" and "London Bridges"
Mix 'n Match - Instant part singing for Juniors by David Jenkins & Mark Visocchi
Universal Edition 16136 ©1977, price $2.95
My Home's in Montana and Home on Range....you have to adjust one by waiting
"Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen," "This Train," and "Swing Low,
"O Sinner Man" and "Drunken Sailor".
Pachelbel Canon/Jolly Old St. Nicholas
"Row, Row, Row Your Boat, Three Blind Mice, Are You Sleeping
Sally Go Round the Sun & See Saw, Margery Daw
Sandy Land/Bow, Belinda/Skip to My Lou
"See Saw, Margery Daw." Of course, it could fit with any 3/4 s-m song
"Shake the Papaya Down"&"Play for Me a Simple Melody."by Irving Berlin
"Skip To My Lou" and "Rock-a-My Soul"
Skip to My Lou /Bobby Shafto /Skip to My Lou
"She'll Be Comin' Round the Mountain" and "When the Saints Go Marching In"
"Swing Low, Sweet Chariot" and "Now Let Me Fly"
"This Old Man" and "Michael Finnegan"
This Train and When the Saints Go Marchin' In
"Three Blind Mice" and "Row, Row, Row Your Boat" and "Are You Sleeping"
Tom Dooley /Polly Wolly Doodle /Ain't Gonna Rain
Under The Spreading Chestnut Tree/Little Cabin in The Woods
Washerwomen /Three Craws/Alley Alley Oh,The
Water come a me eye/One more river
"When the Saints Go Marching In" and "Good Night Ladies"
Wind Through the Olive Trees /O My Little August
Winter Fantasy by Galina is an original partner with Jingle Bells
Zum Gali Gali with Shalom Chavarim
"Weevily Wheat" which goes "Circle round the weevily wheat" fits with "Down Down Baby" if you sing three stanzas of "Weevily Wheat" and augment "Down Down Baby" into whole notes. In order to make this combination, you must sing three stanzas of "Weevily Wheat" while you augment "Down, Down, Baby" into whole notes and half notes.
q q q q q q h q q q q h h
E D C D E E E C C C A C G
Left hand round the weev'ly wheat, Left hand round the barley,
q q q q q q q q q q q q h
E D C D E E E D C A C A C
Left hand round the weev'ly wheat And bake a cake for Charlie.
(The song is in 4/4 meter. The range is a major sixth from G to E.)
"Sally Go Round the Sun," which someone heard sung by a group of girls in Washington, DC. In 3/4 meter, one part is monotone E and the other is monotone C: with "See Saw, Margery Daw."
If you want a high concentration of potential partner songs in one place, you can't do better than "The Book of Rounds" by M. C. Taylor and C. Dyk. The book contains several rounds using only do, mi, so, and high do. Most of the rounds are 2, 4, 8, or 16 measures long, which means that you can fit any 4/4 rounds together if you are willing to augment or repeat one of them.
FRANKIE: I want to play "Long-Legged Sailor" again!
JOHNNIE: But I want to play "Mother, Mother, I Am Sick" again!
FRANKIE: Well, I ought to play again, because I can play better than YOU can!
JOHNNIE: Oh, yeah?
FRANKIE: Oh, yeah!
JOHNNIE: Oh, yeah?
FRANKIE: Oh, yeah! (bantering continues until YOU intervene.)
YOU: Children, children, CHILDREN! We don't have time to hear both songs again, but I tell you what: We can hear them both at the same time.
FRANKIE and JOHNNIE: Awwwwwwww!
If you want to interject some music history, you can tell about the Bach family reunions in Thuringia. The Bach family was fond of seeing how many partner songs they could fit together, and they had no scruples about fitting bawdy songs with sacred songs. They referred to a set of partner songs as a QUODLIBET. If a neighbor knocked on the door to complain about the noise, they would invite the neighbor in and ask the neighbor to add still another song to the quodlibet.
"Long-Legged Sailor" fits with "Mother, Mother, I Am Sick" as recorded in the Holy Names College collection:
q q q q q q h q e e q q q q h
G E G E G E G G E E G E G G C
Mother, Mother, I am sick. Send for the doctor, quick, quick, quick.
(The song is in 4/4 meter. q stands for quarter, h stands for half, and e stands for eighth. The range is a perfect fifth from C to G.)
You can fit the version of "Down, Down, Baby" from "Shimmy Shimmy Coke-Ca-Pop!" with the version of "Weevily Wheat" from "Folk Songs and Singing Games of the Illinois Ozarks":
CHRISTMAS PARTNER SONGS
Winter Fantasy (partner song with Jingle Bells)
A Holly Jolly Holiday/Rudolph
I HEAR THOSE JINGLING BELLS (Music K-8.....partner with JINGLE BELLS)
DECK THE HALLS FOR ALL (partner song with DECK THE HALLS)
HAPPY WINTER (partner song with FROSTY THE SNOWMAN)
Saint Nick at Night/Jolly Old Saint Nick.
Amen on The 1st Noël/ Canon
DECORATE THE HALLS (partner song with DECK THE HALLS)
As With Gladness Men of Old / Bethlehem, of Noblest Cities
Good King Wenceslas/Here We Come a Wassailing /Hark the Herald Angels Sing
The First Noel/Pachelbel's Canon. [Absolute favorite!] It's arranged by Michael Clawson and is published by Alfred. The # is 5784. It is SO PRETTY!!!!!! The only thing I disliked about it was that it is in 4/4 and 1st Noel is usually in 3, but it is WORTH THE PURCHASE!!!
Carol of the Angels/Angels We Have Heard on High by Jill Gallina published by Shawnee and is EA-162.
Night of Silence/Silent Night Check with your Catholic Church-it should be in their books
Dvorak's "Humoresque" with "Old Folks at Home," "Dixie" with "Yankee Doodle" Follow That Wondrous Star/We Three Kings.
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A Ram Sam Sam (See "Song Melodies" below)
Ah, Poor Bird
Bamboo (You take a stick of....) - not a round but good beginning part singing
Birch Tree, The
Boots of Shining Leather (movement round)
Canon - OS I 131 Canon - OS I 123-127
Christmas is Coming For Thy Gracious Blessings
Dance of the Nations by John Krumm (Rounds Galore)
Ding Dong Digga Digga Dong OS I
Friendship Round (Plank Road Publishing)
The Ghost of John
Harvest Round by Elizabeth Gilpatrick
Hey Ho Nobody Home
Hine Ma Tov
I'm Going to leave old Texas Now
I Love the Mountains
Laugh Ha Ha
Let Us Sing Together
Let's Put the Rooster in the Stew
Little Tom Tinker
Music Shall Live (All things shall perish....)
Oh, How Lovely Is the Evening -- It's a nice change because it's in 3/4 time. Also lovely done as a circle dance: 1st phrase walk slowly to left, 2nd phrase walk slowly to right, 3rd phrase put right foot forward and rock back in forth in place on each "ding" and "dong" (The clapper of the bell). Really cool done in concentric circles. -- Judy Schneider
Onawa's Waltz by John Krumm (Rounds Galore)
One Bottle O' Pop from the Wee Sing Silly Songs collection
The Peace Round (Rounds Galore) by Jean Ritchie
Pray God Bless
Pray Good Men
Rise Up, O Flame
River of Birds from "Second Opinion," a trio from Michigan. Source is marked as: Libana, A women's collectine (?) in Boston.
Row Your Boat
There Once Was a Man from Calcutta
This Pretty Planet by John Forster and Tom Chapin
White Coral Bells
Winter by John Krumm (Rounds Galore)
Ghost of John (Tom)
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A RAM SAM SAM: A Ram Sam Sam (2x) Guli, guli, guli, guli, guli Ram Sam Sam
A Rahfi A Rahfi Guli, guli, guli, guli, guli Ram Sam Sam
A Ram Sam (Patschen on knees once, clap twice)
Guli (move hands in circular motion around each other as a wheel)
A Rahfi (hands flat, palms out, move in circular motion in front of chest)
A Pizza Hut (2x) Kentucky Fried Chicken and a Pizza Hut
McDonalds (2x) Kentucky Fried Chicken and a Pizza Hut
A Pizza Hut (use two pointer fingers and draw a "pizza circle" starting with the fingers touching at the top of the circle, then make a "hut" -house with all fingertips touching (like the fingerplay "here is a church")
Kentucky Fried Chicken (flap arms like chicken, with hands tucked towards armpits) while we had our feet "scratch" the ground
Mc Donald's (make an extended arch motion with one arm/hand - like a rainbow, but we all know that it's for those golden arches).
A Burger King (2x) Long John Silvers and a Burger King
Red Lobster (2x) Long John Silvers and a Burger King
A Dairy Queen (2x) Chucky Cheese and a Dairy Queen
Roy Rogers (2x) Chucky Cheese and a Dairy Queen
10/04 BLACK SOCKS in 6/8:
Black socks, S (rest, rest) m (rest, rest)
They never get dirty d r m f m r
The longer you wear them D r m f m r
The blacker they get D r d t d (rest, rest)
Someday I’ll probably launder them S m d r m f m r d
Something keeps telling me R m f m r d
Don’t do it yet R d t d (rest)
Not yet, not yet, S, d (rest) s, d (rest)
not yet, not yet S, d (rest) s, d (rest,rest) -- Delynne West
01/08 LONDON'S BURNING (aka "Scotland's Burning"). Movements: London's Burning! (repeat) Bend at waist, hands down/ Stand straight, hands in air
Fetch the engines! (repeat) Pretend to ring fire bell with right hand; Switch and "ring" with left hand Fire! Fire! (repeat) Push both hands up over head Pour on water! (repeat) Pretend to throw on water with a bucket.
Do movements while singing song in canon.
A cool site that I have shown my students is the following animation of the Great Fire of London. Not only does it animate the fire, but it also gives a time line (day and hour) of the growth as well as some text telling the story. All the while the sound is of a fire burning, growing larger, and dwindling.
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10/12 Sound clips for Norm's "A Half Pound of Rounds"
12/09 BOOK: I really like the collection by Sol Weber, "Rounds Galore!" and a British book, "Flying a Round: 88 Rounds and Parter Songs", Gadsby and Harrop, Authors. I use these two resources a lot.
There are two that I use but both has duplicates of a lot of the songs in the other so you might get by with just one. 1. 12/09 RESOURCE: The Great Rounds Songbook by Estherl. Nelson Isbn # 0-8069-6234-8 by Sterling publishing Co. Inc. NY It has a red cover and some cartoon characters pictures, Rip Van winkle?
Rounds For Singing and Teaching, by Edward Bolvovac and Judith Johnson Purple cover, Boosey and Hawkes This second one is a more formal approach. There are other collections listed in the back of this book.
"Canons, Songs and Blessings by Helen and John Kemp. It has many of the traditional rounds - Excellent book. Use it all the time.
The BEST round and canon composer in my mind is Joanne Hammil. www.joannehammil.com
She is funny and witty with rounds and canons for all ages. I saw her at the aosa convention last year and it was AWESOME! She has 4 or 5 books out and they are all great. Not only is there melodic stuff, but there is rhythmic raps as well. We sang her peace song for our Christmas concert last year andit was a tearjerker.
http://www.channel4 .com/history/ microsites/ H/history/ fire/index. html
CAUTION: the sound of the fire is a bit ominous and "real" sounding. MusicK8 (Plank Road Publishing)-- I usually prefer to do partner songs with my kids - I was at a state conference where a presenter showed research that they were easier and preferable to rounds. My kids love "No Time Like the Autumn" and "Perfect Winter Day" from MK* - I do them from 3rd grade up, and the 5th graders still ask for them. Also Goodnight Ladies/Pick a Little Talk A Little and One Bottle of Pop are great hits. -- Jayne Herman:
I LOVE THE MOUNTAINS We've done [THIS] almost every year. We did "The Water is Wide" with 2nd grade a couple years ago. It seemed too hard, but after a couple weeks they got the melody and the long notes in their head. OK, it's not a canon, but just the repeat on a long note is a beginning of harmony...Linda Z
If you are looking for a great resource for canons, get 150 Canons for Singing and Learning By Edward Bolkovac & Judith Johnson. I bought this last year and it's already well worn! -- Bill Morgan
BOOK: Check out Sol Weber's book "Rounds Galore"-many well known, and not so well known canons. There may be a second volume and a CD also -- Dorothy Moffett
(from Martha Stanley: I agree. This is an amazing canon/round source.) 06/07 If you are looking for a great resource for canons, get 150 Canons for Singing and Learning By Edward Bolkovac & Judith Johnson. - Bill Morgan
06/07 Check out Sol weber's book "Rounds Galore"-many well known, and not so well known canons. There may be a second volume and a CD also. -- Dotty Moffett
10/04 BOOK: Robert DeFrece wrote and published two books containing only rounds. West Music has them....
One is called Hooray for singing (part singing adventures for upper Elementary and Middle school) It has movement and orchestration suggestons.
The other is Singing Round the Year (33 rounds for every occasion).
This book has a CD with songs done in unison then as canons
BOOKS: MusicK8.com carries several books on rounds
Half Pound of Rounds, A by Norm Sands Round The Year 33 Rounds For Every Occasion by Robert de Frece
King's Singers Book Of Rounds, Canons and Partsongs
01/04 ROUNDS (Sheet music & Midis): http://www-personal.umich.edu/~msmiller/rounds.html - Contributed by Nancy B.
SINGERS.........ooooohhh, so much fun! Alot of the songs are too hard for my kids but there are some they can do....99 songs in all! I love to start a concert with all my kids doing a round. We did #50, a French Alleluya from before 1700.
BEGINNING: 02/03 I start partner songs in 1st grade with Row, Row, Row Frere Jacques and 3 Blind Mice. They can do this very easily by the end of the year and they love to do it!
06/30 BOOK: John Krumm was fabulous. Round singers should add his two books, A BOOK OF ROUNDS and JOY OF MY HEART to their collection. I'm not sure how many of the songs would be accessible to your young singers as rounds, but many of them stand on their own as songs without being sung as rounds. An interesting one called "Winter Assembly," includes a Chanukah and a Kwanzaa tune combined with "Silent Night" in partner form.
Round: "Oh, How Lovely" with the three concentric circles.
How about "A POUND OF ROUNDS" by Norm Sands It has upbeat, fun rounds. It comes with a CD, I don't know, though, about student booklets. I believe it gives you authorization to photocopy. Fun book. I should use it more often!!!
BOOK: ROUNDS GALORE! by Sol Weber is a huge, wonderful collection for about $15. It has all kinds of rounds for you to choose from, but some would probably not be appropriate in student hands. I love Elizabeth Gilpatrick's songs, and a number of them can be done as rounds. While the books are not expensive, I think they're intended as teacher resources. Why not print up some P.D. rounds for your 3rds if you want them to have the reading experience. There are tons of them, many found in the Weber book. For copyrighted rounds, teach them by the oral tradition, which is how they were probably intended to be done. Our all-time favorite round is still "This Pretty Planet" by Tom Chapin.
BOOK: ROUND THE SEASONS and ROUND WE GO (Elizabeth Gilpatrick)
OCTAVO: I love The First Noel with Pachelbel's Canon - although it's not a partner song, the accompaniment is beautiful - it is arranged by Michael Clawson. You can find it at JW Pepper. Sally Albrecht and Jay Althouse also do a lot of partner songs. I'm not sure if they have any Holiday songs, but I have several of their Folk songs arranged in partner songs. -- RaeAnna Goss
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