In this short article we explain why it is so difficult in Italy to find a cappella scores and we offer the possibility of vto coach some of them, offering young vocal groups or pop choirs the chance to start building an entertaining and effective repertoire.
The scope of the A Cappella Music contemporary has developed in Italy since 1994 with the emergence of the first a cappella pop groups, such as the Jazz'n Jam, the ALTI & BASSI and the Vocalicsand with the 1995 exploits of the Blacks by chance at the Sanremo Festival.
In the course of these 27 years, numerous vocal groups have emerged, more or less in every Italian region.
However, many groups struggle to put together an adequate repertoire to present at festivals or concert series. There are three possibilities: either you have an arranger within your group, or you have to commission an ad-hoc arrangement for your group, or, the cheapest solution, you can buy a cappella scores ready.
The opportunity to study well-written, ready-made arrangements allows groups not only to acquire repertoire, but also to grow and improve.
Preludiomusic has always promoted the publication of a cappella scores, both originals and covers, with the aim of filling a gap that relegates Italy (home of solo bel canto, but also... of photocopies!) to the bottom of the list in Europe for publications of this kind. Buying sheet music generates a virtuous circlewhich we have well described in the article "Cultural biodiversity: why copyright protection is important“.
So let's see, from our catalogue, which are the 10 scores a cappella that absolutely cannot be missing from your repertoire if you are part of a young a cappella vocal group or pop choir.
Within each proposed card there is a way to listen to a version of the proposed work on Spotify or You Tube.
10 a cappella scores
- Brodo di carne
- Crystal Spring
- Anti ninna-nanna
- When I need a friend
- The sound of silence
- Buonanotte fiorellino
- Ave Maria (Fabrizio De André)
- Il canto del Natal
A hilarious parody in Italian of "Chili con carne"of the The Real Group made by Andrea Rizzi of Blue Penguin of Bologna. Instead of the recipe for chili con carne, the Italian language offers the classic recipe for meat broth Bolognese style!
Brodo di carne
An Italian parody of The Real Group's 'Chili con carne' by Andrea Rizzi of Blue Penguin in Bologna.
“Crystal Spring"is a very sweet traditional piece, elaborated by Fabio Alessifrom the second album by the vocal quintet Half Under entitled Enchantment. Difficulty: easy.
Crystal Spring is a sweet traditional song from the second album by the vocal quintet Mezzo Sotto entitled Incanto.
“Anti ninna-nanna"of Fabio Alessi is a very funny song by the Half Below for 5-voice vocal group or mixed-voice choir.
Anti Lullaby is a very funny song by Mezzo Sotto for 5-part vocal group or mixed voice choir.
The arrangement for a cappella choir 'Queencubo', the medley performed by the choirs of several high schools in Rome (aka the Choir that is not there) directed by Dodo Versino and who have come together to create this tribute to one of the most important bands in history: the Queen of the legendary Freddie Mercury!
The medley includes the following tracks:
- Fat Bottomed Girls
- We will rock you
- The show must go on
- Somebody to love
- Bohemian Rhapsody
- Radio Gaga
- We are the champions
The arrangement for a cappella choir of Queencubo, the medley performed by the choirs of the Albertelli, De Sanctis, Keplero and Visconti high schools in Rome (aka the Coro che non c'è) directed by Dodo Versino, who came together to create this chaotic and noisy tribute to one of the most important bands in history: the legendary Freddie Mercury's Queen!
The Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen cannot be missed. Here is a simple and catchy a cappella arrangement for SATB mixed choir or vocal group by Dodo Versino. You can only buy this arrangement on Sheet Music Plus at the link in the tab.
Hallelujah (A Cappella SATB)
A simple and captivating a cappella arrangement for SATB mixed choir or vocal group of Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen in the arrangement of Dodo Versino. You can only buy this arrangement on Sheet Music Plus at the link below.
Dodo Versino and the guys fromThe missing choir"have stunned the web with their version of the single When I Need a Friend of Coldplay. You can only buy the digital score on Sheet Music Plus, at the link below.
When I Need a Friend (A Cappella SATB)
Dodo Versino and the boys from 'il coro che non c'è' have stunned the web with their version of Coldplay's single When I Need a Friend. You can buy the digital score only on Sheet Music Plus, at the link below.
A simple and catchy a cappella arrangement for SATB mixed choir or vocal group of "The sound of silence"of Simon & Garfunkel in the arrangement of Dodo Versino. Only available on Sheet Music Plus.
The Sound of Silence
A simple and catchy a cappella arrangement for SATB mixed choir or vocal group of Simon & Garfunkel's 'The Sound of Silence' in Dodo Versino's arrangement.
"Buonanotte fiorellino", by Francesco De Gregoriin the contemporary a cappella arrangement of Dodo Versino which, by bringing together several Roman high school choirs (The missing choir), also made the beautiful and evocative video that you can see in the file. Difficulty: medium.
Goodnight Little Flower
After Queencubo (see related products below) Preludio publishes, in collaboration with Hal Leonard Europe, “Goodnight Little Flower"song by Francesco De Gregoriin the contemporary a cappella arrangement of Dodo Versino which, by bringing together several Roman high school choirs (The missing choir), also made the beautiful and evocative video that you can watch below.
L'Hail Mary by Fabrizio De André in the arrangement for mixed a cappella choir of Filippo Stefanelli. Difficulty: medium.
L'Hail Mary by Fabrizio De André in the arrangement for mixed a cappella choir by Filippo Stefanelli.
"Il canto del Natal" is a beautiful Lullaby written by Andrea Figallo. This version is in the Italian text of Stefano Benini and is really a great way to come up with an original Christmas repertoire.
Il canto del Natal
Andrea Figallo's Christmas Lullaby is here presented in an Italian version with text by Stefano Benini.
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