The Part Song Handbook

According to Dennis Shrock, part songs are “small-scale pieces set to secular poetry and scored for a capella chorus or chorus with piano accompaniment” (p. 440). From Haydn to Brahms, part song composers left today’s singers a treasure trove of quality repertoire. My colleague, Christine Le, and I have begun a part song project. The hope is for this online resource to provide choral directors a handbook of annotated repertoire lists, rehearsal strategies, performance practice guidelines, critical thinking questions for students, diction rules, historical contexts, and free online resources for the programming, preparation and performance of this fantastic and often overlooked genre of choral music.

Part Song Composers and Repertoire List

The Composers Page contains information about the part songs of individual composers.
The Part Song Spreadsheet contains a sortable list of part song repertoire.
We will update both of these lists periodically, so check back again the next time you are repertoire hunting.

Part Song Performance Resources

Style Summary
German Diction Reminders
Free Online Resources (translations and more!)
Programming Theme Ideas
Pronunciation Audio Files

 

 

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J. Christine Le

J. Christine Le and Andrew Minear initiated this project.  Ms. Le teaches chorus and music theory at Olympia High School in Orlando, Florida. She received her MM in Choral Conducting at Michigan State University in 2015 and her BME at Centenary College of Louisiana in 2011. Mrs. Le also taught middle school choir, show choir, and music appreciation in Shreveport, Louisiana. She has served as conductor and accompanist in several United Methodist churches in Michigan and Louisiana. Mrs. Le has presented interest sessions at the Louisiana ACDA and Florida Music Educators’ Association conferences. She was a finalist in the 2015 ACDA Graduate Student Conducting Competition. Mrs. Le’s most influential teachers include Dr. Julia Thorn, Dr. David Rayl, Dr. Sandra Snow, and Dr. Jonathan Reed.

 

 

 

Are YOU interested in joining this project?  We are looking for some colleagues that love this repertoire to help complete the vision of a comprehensive resource for the part song repertoire. Be in touch with us, we would love to have your help and expertise!

 

Sources

Bell, A. Craig. (1996). Brahms–the Vocal Music. Madison: Fairleigh Dickinson UP.

Rayl, D. (2014). Classical/Romantic Choral Literature. Lecture conducted from Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan.

Rumbold, Editor I. (1996). 14 Choral Works with Keyboard. Kassel: Bärenreiter.

Shrock, Dennis. (2009). Choral Repertoire. Oxford: Oxford UP.