- Text Source: Shaker, from the songbook of Sister Mary Hazard
- Tune Source: Shaker, Sabbathday Lake
- Worship Use: General /Praise/Choir Dedication
- Vocal Part(s):
Range: All parts, e flat – e flat’
- Key: A flat major
- Accompanying Instrument(s): violoncello and harp (or piano
Target Age Group: Grades 3-6
Description: Four Little Angels is a charming, exuberant anthem culminating in a three-part canonical presentation of the repeated stanza. One of six Shaker source anthems offered in the Viva Voce 2011-2012 curriculum, this anthem provides an opportunity for choristers to work on diction in a quickly-paced anthem. The setting is Bartok-like in character, very appropriate in worship as a choral introit or anthem, or in a Spring concert presentation.
- bars 5-6: “Four little angels ” - intervallic tuning
- random bars: solfege singing of parts for interval awareness
- Rhythm/Meter: Executing exact performance of 8th note followed by two 16th notes rhythm pattern; executing a dance-like feel in 2/4, not over-emphasizing the second beat of each bar
- Intervallic Tuning: Tuning melodic ascending and descending thirds and tuning harmonic intervals among the three parts of the canon
- Music History: Learning about early Shaker tunes and texts
- Music History/Style Exploration: Listening to/watching a variety of choral performances of Shaker music
Four little angels stand in a ring
Calling us to sing! sing! sing!
O sing little children,
Sing to God up above;
Come sing with the angels
Bringing news of God's love.