Excerpt from The National School Library of Song, Vol. 2: Advanced Solfeggios; Songs of Nature, of the Seasons, of Home; Secular Four-Part Songs
The present number of the National School Library of Song contains, like No. 1, material for use in the upper grades of school inst... ruction in music. The selections are almost exclusively secular in character, and represent a considerable variety of styles and subjects. In adapting the selections for school use, care has been exercised to avoid the extreme limits of all the voices. This has been accomplished sometimes by the transposition Of a whole selection, but oftener by partial rearrangement of lower voices, or by the addi tion of small notes to be sung by voices of limited compass. These small notes are always connected by their stems with the notes of that part which they are intended to relieve, and the instructor will, of course, observe in the preparatory study whether it is desirable to direct certain of the singers to sustain the added part. Occasionally, too, these notes will be found to indicate possibilities of enriching the harmony - especially at endings - when there was no other reason for adding them.
The tenor part has been treated with especial consideration. It has been retained within the limits f and f sharp, and may therefore be sung by low alto voices as well as by tenors. The practice of assigning low alto voices to a tenor part cannot be too heartily encouraged, since it not only enhances the musical effect, but also adds to the musical training and experience of the Singers.
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