About "Darkness Fell".
This piece was commissioned for the South Carolina Music Educators Association Sixth Grade Choral Clinic. Words and music are by the composer Sherry Blevins. This piece is scored for 2 part treble chorus (optional 3rd part) with piano and (body) percussion. Ms. Blevins gives a detailed account of the inspiration behind this song, as well as comprehensive information on performance and extension activities.
What makes this piece one of the best choral selections for beginning choir?
~Students are intrinsically motivated by this piece and ask for it, even years after they have performed it. It also makes a great "first Octavo" when learning to read and interpret a choral score.
~ There is vocal exploration built right into the score.
~ Percussion, animal noises and a minor tonality all keep your emerging middle schoolers (or late elementary school chorus members) interested.