*The Simple Gifts
melody is based on the
original Shaker tune by Joseph Brackett. Used as a song about easy
living, this melody originally encorporated dancing by the Shakers to
relax, unwind and, quite simply, enjoy life.
*The arrangement shown here encompasses the original melody, divided
and arranged into SAB format with piano accompaniment. Arranged
by John Leavitt, this piece is short (1:52), fairly basic and incredibly
rewarding for 9th/10th grade choirs. To learn more about other
compositio/arrangements by John Leavitt, please visit:
Music of John Leavitt
*This website features two webforms to be perused and completed
to assist in your overall understanding of Simple Gifts.
Please visit ALL websites presented, as they will provide valuable information
about this piece, ways to rehearse it, and other interesting tidbits.