Songs for Hobble-De-Hoys & Giggle-De-She's

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SONGS FOR HOBBLE-DE-HOYS & GIGGLE-DE-SHE'S. Edited by Roberta Stephen. Medium high volume. Alberta Keys Music Publishing Co. Ltd., 2nd ed., 2002.

Editor Roberta Stephen explains the unusual title as follows: "Hobble-de-hoy" is an old English word meaning an adolescent boy, all arms and legs and awkwardness. Giggle-de-she's is a made-up word but don't girls of the same age sound like that?" The fanciful title of this collection is a clever reference to the age range suitable for most of the songs-"junior high (approximately 12 to 15 years of age)." This collection is rather different from others of the same type currently available in that it includes some songs and composers unfamiliar to Americans, as well as some standard fare for young singers. Difficulty levels range from quite easy to challenging songs for talented young singers, and there are several songs with the limited ranges desirable for some adolescent voices. It is an interesting collection that affords a look at a few songs by Canadian composers that would be useful for young singers.

1. Arne, Michael (1740-1786). "Care Flies From the Lad that is Merry" (David Garrick). D major; D^sub 4^-G^sub 5^; Tess: CR; 4/4, Allegretto; V/M, P/M; 3 pages.

2. Lawes, William (1602-1645). "Gather Your Rosebuds Whilst You May" (Robert Herrick). F major; F^sub 4^-D^sub 5^; Tess: M; 3/4, Gaily; V/mE, P/E; 1 page.

3. Dowland, John (1563-1626). "The Lowest Trees Have Tops" (Attributed to Sir Edward Dyer). D minor; D^sub 4^-D^sub 5^; Tess: M; 2/2, Moderately fast; V/M, P/M; 2 pages.

4. Giles, Thomas. "Triumph Now with Joy and Mirth" (Thomas Campion). G major; D^sub 4^-D^sub 5^; Tess: CR; 4/4, Moderato; V/M, P/M; 1 page.

5. Haydn, Joseph. "Lob der Faulheit" (Gotthold Ephraim Lessing). A minor; C^sub 4^-F#^sub 5^; Tess: M; 4/4, Andante; V/M, P/mE; 3 pages. …