okro mch'edelo

Catalog ID: S-398
Translation: O Goldsmith
First Line: Okro mch'edelo, mch'edelo
Composer: Carl Linich
Voicing: equal-voiced (see below)
Accompaniment: a cappella
Language: Georgian
Country: Republic of Georgia
Series: Music from the Rep. of Georgia
Other: new 2014, Clayton Parr, editor


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Performance Notes

This piece is an equal-voiced setting, with the narrow ranges of each part typical of many Georgian folk songs. It can be sung in the written key nicely by middle school-age or older mixed groups, or women’s groups with some older women who are comfortable with the occasional G below middle C in the bani (bass) part. For a TTB setting, transpose down a major third or fourth. It could be transposed up a step or so for use with young children, but singing the piece any higher than that will change the desired traditional folk tone quality of the sound. Any kind of octave doubling, either above or below, is not characteristic of the Georgian folk tradition and is not recommended.


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