The Framework Chorales - Easy
These chorales are taken and adapted from the Framework Fundamentals Warm-Ups Series. This set contains each of the four chorales from the warm-ups, but also transposes each chorale to one other key (i.e. Eb transposed to F, Bb transposed to Ab, etc). These are GRADE ONE chorales, perfect for the young band first entering the world of chorale playing. Use these to work on tone, blend, balance, intonation, musicality and expression, following the conductor, and much more!
If Ye Love Me - (Thomas Tallis)
This first arrangement is one I did years ago for a marching band warm-up chorale. It's straightforward (aside that students will really need to count carefully for entrances) and a great opportunity to develop a rich, dark ensemble sound. It's in A Flat.. so nice warm band key (especially those Db chords 🤩)
Second is a 2022 update to make it more suitable for concert band. I arranged the second half of the piece AND included a transposition into Bb Major. Parts are in portrait. This would definitely work for marching band as well, but I concert-band-ified it. The music was first published in 1565. That's really old.
Do you sing your chorales??
Many, many directors will tell you that singing within the concert band rehearsal is a game changer. I agree! However, sometimes when students get behind the instrument, they want to hide that singing voice. "I play an instrument so I don't have to sing." This resource is designed to help students through the singing process, making it more comfortable. It goes step by step, and needs nothing other than the ensemble seated in front of you. Try it out and see! Singing in band is a very good thing!!!