Song of Hiawatha (Listen)

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CLaS Assessment Level: 3.0

This beautiful piece, composed in SSA by James Kevin Gray, is a heartfelt tribute to nature.

Song of Hiawatha is an epic poem written in 1855 by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow exalting the beauty of nature. In this small portion of the poem, Longfellow speaks to the listener through the voice of a wise Ojibwe warrior named Hiawatha who encourages us to listen to nature and to wild traditions. This poem was written at a time of vast change and industrialism not only in the United States of America, but all over the world. 

This is a message that still needs to be heard today as we continue to struggle to live in peace and harmony with nature. It is because of Gray's love for these principles that he set this portion of Longfellow’s poem.

Type of ensemble: Three part treble voices (Also available in three part mixed voices)

Story line: Longfellow brings our attention to all the beauty of the forest and the enjoyment and appreciation of a clean environment in this piece.

Teaching technique points: Independent part singing, along with challenging interval opportunities create a very memorable piece of music.

Program placement: This can be a stand-alone piece when you need a more introspective mood in your program

Product includes: Sheet music, lyric sheet, soprano 1 mp3, soprano 2 mp3, alto mp3, full mix mp3, piano accompaniment mp3

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