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Simple Gifts

There are LOTS of slightly different arrangements of this on Youtube. If you’re looking for more videos, be sure you’re looking for the Brunner arrangement for SATB.

I have to say there are lots of choirs who think they can sing this because it’s so simple but just as with Shaker furniture, it’s perfection in the details that makes the song beautiful. Many of these choirs are not quite on pitch, don’t hold the notes the perfect length, don’t quite get the balance. It’s a lot harder than it looks.

This choir has good voices although I question their wardrobe choice.

The Tudor Choir (one of Seattle’s great choirs) performs an all female nearly perfect version. It’s not quite our arrangement but listen to the way they shape the notes. Stress, then back off. Fantastic.

And if you haven’t done it in a while, give yourself a treat and listen to the whole Appalachian Spring Orchestral Suite. Worth the time.