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  42 10.Ding dong! merrily on high 10  Dingdong!merrilyonhigh RESOURCES  P CD track 9  P Warm ups: Nos. 15, 25, 26, 39, 47 Information This extremely well-known melody is not a traditionalcarol! It is a dance found in the  Orchésographie ––aninvaluable record of sixteenth-century music andchoreography compiled by the Frenchman JehanTabourot. It is a  branles , an energetic dance with springysteps and much lifting of ladies into the air, and is in theIonian mode (see  Voiceworks 2 , pages 148–9), our modernmajor scale, which at that time was associated withhedonism and uninhibited enjoyment. It was turned intoa carol by the Englishman George Ratcliffe Woodward inthe early twentieth century.This version is delightfully simple and can be taughtquickly by rote to a group of mixed voices. This makes it agood warm-up piece for confident singers, and a solidperformance item for a less experienced group. Starting 1 Do some exercises that energize the group and thatencourage controlled deep breathing––try hissingslowly. 1 Sing scales to forward sounds in the mouth such as ‘ve’or ‘de’. 1 Sing the melody with everyone at a fast pace––this willmake the chorus go by more quickly! Teachingandrehearsing 1 Divide into two groups and teach the second part toone half, or to altos and basses as set in the music. Thisis simply an imitation of the melody which picks upfrom its lowest note (D) so should be easy to learn. 1 Teach the harmony parts of the chorus (bars 11–18)next, starting with the bass, then alto, then tenor. Thefirst bass part (tails up) is for younger voices who cannotsing the lower notes, as are the small notes in bars16–17. If there are enough basses with lower notes thensing both parts to create a richer texture. 1 Try everything together as soon as possible. The singerstaking the lower harmony part in the verse will need tobe careful about the words as their line is shorter thanthe melody! 1 Divide the sopranos in half, or create a small group of mixed voices, to put in the upper part (the canon) inthe chorus (from bar 13). 1 Pronounce the chorus as follows: ‘Hoe-zar-nar eenex-chel-sees’. Ideas 1 As this is relatively simple and such fun, try mixing thevoices up in the melody and harmony of the verse indifferent ways (organizing the singers by birthdaygroup, eye colour, sex, etc.). 1 If singers run out of breath in the melismatic chorus,take time out for some breathing exercises––deepbreaths and hissing. Time the exhalations andencourage them to last longer than it takes to sing‘Gloria’ (eight seconds?). Listenout 1 The ‘oom-cha’ accompaniment can cause the speed toget out of control. Keep it steady and listen for theshapes of the phrases––they should be musical withclear inflection of the words. 1 After the ‘Gloria’ a breath will be needed which must bequick, but don’t let the singers clip the ‘-ria’ syllables orit will sound panicky. 1 Check the Latin words of the chorus, and don’t allow‘Hosanna  R in’ to creep in––young singers are particularlyprone to this! Performing 1 Keep the sound light and bouncy, and always brightwith a smile to it. 1 When singers are confident with this carol, tryperforming with the modulations into higher keys (Aand B b ) as in the CD recording. 1 Contrast the repeats by singing quietly; choose somedynamic variation for the middle verse, and end with astrong chorus. Why not sing it three times for a finalflourish?  V #  D  p p Š Š Š Š Š Š S arr. Peter Hunt16th-cent. French melodyG. R. Woodward Ding dong! mer - ri -  ly onE’en so here be - low, be - Pray you du -  ti -  ful -  ly Lively h  = 100   V #  D  p p p {  V #  D  r ŠŠŠ rŠŠŠ r ŠŠŠ rŠŠŠ r ŠŠŠ rŠŠŠ S Lively h  = 100   B #  D Š r Š r Š r Š r Š r Š r S./T.A./B.Piano    V #‰. Š Š Š Š Š ‰ ‰ high in heav’n the bells are ring -  ing: - low, let stee -  ple bells be swung -  en,prime your mat -  in chime, ye ring -  ers; 4   V #Š Š Š Š Š Š Š Š Š Š ‰ ‰   ‰ ‰ Ding dong! mer -  ri -  ly on high the bells are ring -  ing:E’en so here be -  low, be -  low let bells be swung -  en,Pray you du -  ti -  ful -  ly prime ye ring -  ers; {    V # r ŠŠŠ rŠŠŠ rŠŠŠ r ŠŠŠ r ŠŠŠ rŠŠŠ   B # Š r Š r Š r Š r Š r Š r This page may be photocopied     M   u   s    i   c    ©     O   x    f   o   r    d    U   n    i   v   e   r   s    i   t   y    P   r   e   s   s   2   0   0   4 .    T   e   x   t    ©     S    P    C    K . 10    Ding dong! merrily on high 10.Ding dong! merrily on high  43  V # Š Š Š Š Š Š ‰. Š Š Š Š Š ‰ ‰ Ding dong! ve -  ri -  ly the sky is riv’n with an -  gel sing -  ing.And i -  o, i -  o, i -  o, by priest and peo -  ple sung -  en.May you beau - ti - ful - ly rime your eve - time song, ye sing -  ers. 7    V # pŠ Š Š Š Š Š Š Š Š Š ‰ ‰   ‰ ‰ Ding dong! ve -  ri -  ly the sky with an -  gel sing -  ing.And i -  o, i -  o, i -  o, by peo -  ple sung -  en.May you beau - ti - ful - ly rime ye sing -  ers. {    V # r ŠŠŠ rŠŠŠ r ŠŠŠ rŠŠŠ rŠŠŠ r ŠŠŠ ‰‰‰ q   B # Š r Š r Š r Š r Š r Š r ‰‰ŠŠ ŠŠ Glo ----    V # .. p p Š. Š    e  Š Š Š Š Š. Š    e  Š Š Š ŠŠ. Š    f  Š Š Š Š Š. Š    f  Š Š Š Š Š. Š    f  Š Š Š Š Š. Š    f  Š Š Š Š Glo ------- 11   V # .. ‰ ‰ ‰ ‰ ‰ ‰ #‰ #‰ Glo -  ry, glo -  ry, glo -  ry, glo -  ry, [   V # .. ‰ ‰ ‰ ‰ ‰ ‰ ‰ ‰ Glo -  ry, glo -  ry, glo -  ry, glo -  ry,   B # .. ‰ ‰ ‰ ‰ ‰ ‰ ‰ ‰   ‰ ‰ ‰ ‰ ‰ ‰ ‰ ‰ Glo -  ry, glo -  ry, glo -  ry, glo -  ry, {    V # .. r ‰‰‰‰ ŠŠŠŠ r ‰‰‰‰ ŠŠŠŠ r ‰‰‰‰ ŠŠŠŠ r #‰‰‰‰ #ŠŠŠŠ   B # .. ‰‰ ‰ ‰‰ ‰ ‰‰ ‰ ‰‰ ‰ S.A. T.B. 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