Part song

Part song

A part song (or part-song) is a form of choral music which consists of a secular song which has been written or arranged for several vocal parts. Usually the arrangement is homophonic, with the highest part carries the melody with the other voices supplying the accompanying harmonies, rather than one which is contrapuntal like a madrigal. They are often sung unaccompanied. Arrangements may be for SATB choir, or for an all-male or all-female ensemble.cite book|last=Baker|title=A Dictionary of Musical Terms|publisher=Read Books|date=2007|isbn=140676292X|accessdate=2008-09-13]

The original text and melody often originate in traditional folk song; in the British choral repertoire, composers have often drawn on the rich folk traditions of the Scotland, England, Wales and Ireland, arranging traditional melodies for choir in a contemporary style.

Composers and works

Franz Schubert, Robert Schumann and Felix Mendelssohn all contributed to the genre, but the part song gained popularity in Britain in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries with the growth of choral societies.cite book|last=Russell|first=Dave|title=Popular Music in England, 1840-1914|publisher=McGill-Queen's Press|date=1987|pages=217-8|isbn=0773505415|accessdate=2008-09-13] Works by composers such as Ralph Vaughan Williams, Gustav Holst, Edward Elgar, Benjamin Britten, Arnold Bax and Peter Warlock are typical examples of the part-song repertoire.


*"Lay a garland" - Pearsall
*"Three Shakespeare Songs" - text by William Shakespeare, set to music by Vaughan Williams
*"Loch Lomond" - traditional Scottish, arr. Vaughan Williams
*"Greensleeves" - traditional English, arr. Vaughan Williams
* "I Love my Love" - traditional English, arr. Holst


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  • part song — part singing. a song with parts for several voices, esp. one meant to be sung without accompaniment. [1590 1600] * * * part song, a song with parts in simple harmony for two or more voices, especially one to be sung without an accompaniment. * *… …   Useful english dictionary

  • part-song — n technical a song that consists of several voice parts, usually singing without a piano etc …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • part-song — part′ song n. mad a song with parts for several voices, esp. one meant to be sung without accompaniment • Etymology: 1590–1600 …   From formal English to slang

  • part song — n. a usually homophonic composition for several voices, intended for choral performance without accompaniment …   English World dictionary

  • part song — part singing. a song with parts for several voices, esp. one meant to be sung without accompaniment. [1590 1600] * * * …   Universalium

  • part-song — /ˈpat sɒŋ/ (say paht song) noun a song with parts for several voices, especially one meant to be sung without accompaniment. –part singing, noun …  

  • part-song — noun Date: 1731 a usually unaccompanied song consisting of two or more voice parts with one part carrying the melody …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • part song — noun a secular song with three or more voice parts, typically unaccompanied, and homophonic rather than contrapuntal in style …   English new terms dictionary

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