Solo and Tutti in SpainGrade Level: 4–6
Selection: Todos los Años Venimos
Activity #1: Form1. Listen to the recording and then have the students identify that they hear the following: solo male voice, male chorus, baritone horn and clarinet. Show images and discuss the characteristics (timbre) of each. (Baritone horn = brass instrument; clarinet = reed instrument)
2. Listen again, counting the number of times the male solo and tutti (all-together sections) sound.
Q: How many times do the male tutti (singing group) sing?
A: Three times.
Q: In which language are the men singing?
Q: In what country do you think they live?
Show students where Spain is on a map.
3. Provide a brief translation of the song with description of context. *** Link to liner notes or reproduce the content/translation here.
4. Discuss differences between the solo and tutti section of singing.
Q: Does the male chorus sing the same pitches as the solo?5. Listen again, and notice that the baritone horn begins each instrumental section and the clarinet enters in canon, playing the same melody as the baritone, but starting later.
Q: Do they sing other pitches as well?
A: Yes, they sing in harmony, too.
6. Listen one last time and count the number of instrumental (A) and vocal (B) passages. Ask if they are the same each time they occur, in order to determine that form of the A and B segments: A B A B A B.
Spain: Aragon and Valencia
Designed by Rita Klinger and Anton Coleman