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Thomas Pavlechko Wave Your Branches

Categories
Anthems, Children's Music, Introits, Benedictions and Responses,
Instrument(s)
Flute(s), Handbells, Keyboard [organ/piano], Percussion
Voicing
Children's Choir
Original Publication
Viva Voce Vol. 1
Difficulty
Moderately Easy
Suggested Uses(s)
Description

Grade K-2 Children's Choir (or Easy Access anthem for Grade 3-6 choir) for unison treble voices, flute, drum, handbells and piano.

  • Text Source: Text by Gwendolyn Emery-Owings
  • Feature: Drum, flute, handbells, processional possibilities
  • Vocal Range: e-b
  • Key: E minor
  • Meter: 2/2 (with one 3/2 measure in each stanza)
  • Accompanying Instruments: Drum (optional), fl ute, handbells (optional), piano

Teaching Overview: Wave Your Branches is an ideal anthem for Palm Sunday. Thomas Pavlechko’s melody is simple and immediately memorable, and can be sung easily with waving palm branches in hand. The long instrumental introduction provides the opportunity for the children to process, but then sing in a stationary position. Use a minor ascending and descending minor pentachord (do-re-mi-fa-sol-fa-mi-re-do) as a preparatory warm-up for this anthem.

Wave your branches, wave them high,
Jesus now is riding by.

Wave your branches, shout and sing:
Loud hosannas to your King.

Wave your branches, wave them now,
With Jerusalem's cheering crowd.

Wave your branches, shout and sing:
Loud hosannas to your King.

Wave your branches, wave them high,
Jesus now is riding by.

Wave your branches, shout and sing:
Loud hosannas to your King.

Contact

Mark Schweizer
P.O. Box 249
Tryon, North Carolina 28782
Phone 828.859.0323
Toll Free 877.822.0304

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