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A la claire fontaine  
SA and piano, optional flute, oboe, double bass  Cypress Music CP1446
This song may have appeared as early as 1604 when the first French settlement was established in Quebec. A clear fountaine, a rose, and heart-break. Children love this charming folk-song arrangement and adults relate to the deeper meanings of love and loss.  See and hear

All Winter Long
SS, piano and flute, Boosey & Hawkes M-051-473441
A gentle, lilting 6/8 metre builds to an exuberant celebration of spring and concluding ‘dance of the sun.’ The evocative poetry is Inuit in origin and a wonderful tribute to First Nation culture. Excellent concert or festival selection for young voices.

Irish Lullaby
SS and piano, Boosey & Hawkes M-051-47134-8
A charming traditional lullaby sung in Irish.  The pronunciation guide makes the language very easy. The simple piano score supports a unison first verse, and the second with a flowing descant. Delightful folk song especially suitable for very young voices. Watch 

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J’entends le moulin
SS, piano and violin (optional spoons),  Boosey & Hawkes  M-051-478798 A lively arrangement is a favourite Quebecois folk-tune full of ‘joie de vivre.’  The turning of the windmill is heard in the exciting piano and violin accompaniment. See and hear Watch    

Ma come bali bene bela bimba (La Villanella)
SSA and piano.  Boosey & Hawkes 979-0-051-47880-4
This familiar Italian tune comes from the Veneto; the language is repetitive and easy to learn.  The colourful piano writing captures the twirling of the young dancer.  A exciting number for younger voices and teens encourages ‘bel canto’ singing. See and hear    Watch  

My Heart Soars
S(S)A and piano, Boosey & Hawkes, CME: Intermediate series. HL 48023055
Composer Mark Sirett set the beautiful and evocative poem “My Heart Soars” of Chief Dan George for a tribute concert to aboriginal cultures of the world. The concert was recognized by the Association of Canadian Choral Communities as Canada’s Outstanding Choral Event of 2009-10. Written for three part women’s or children’s voices and piano, the work captures the spiritual nature of the text beautifully. Duration: ca. 4 minutes See and hear  Watch 

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Though We Be But Children
Two-part and piano, Hinshaw Music HMC 2131 This contemporary lyrical ballad celebrates youth and the great promise children hold for the future. The text was written by Kathleen Smith, a member of the Peterborough Children’s Chorus which commissioned this work. See and hear

Where Go the Boats
SA and piano, Boosey & Hawkes, CME: Intermediate series  HL 48023043
Using a text from the Robert Louis Stevenson collection of poems titled “A Child’s Garden of Verses”, Mark has artfully captured the whimsy and wonder of this classic text. Poet Stevenson set the words from the perspective of a child and young people will quickly identify with both the words and the music. Duration 2 minutes 50 seconds See and hear  

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