Clap Your Hands

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SA/piano/optional percussion (there is some very limited, optional 3 part writing)
Traditional folk text in English ("Old Joe Clark")
Difficulty rating (1-5): 2
Duration 3:30


Commissioned by the International Christian School, Hong Kong

 I wrote this arrangement as a fun massed choir piece for the International Christian School of Hong Kong's choir festival which I conducted in March 2011. The tune is the old Tennessee square dance song "Old Joe Clarke, but with alternate words from two sources. The main historic source of alternate words to Old Joe Clarke came from Ruth Crawford Seeger's wonderful compilation "American Folk Songs for Children" published in 1948. Btw, Seeger was an accomplished serious composer and also the mother of Pete Seeger! The second source of (new) alternate words (for some of the short verses) was Oliver Twigge, the New Zealand poet who wrote the words for my bestselling children's song, Peace on Earth...and lots of little crickets, published by Walton.

I had so much fun writing this bouncy arrangement; whereas many pieces are a bit agonizing to draw out and complete, this one was an easy "birth"!

 

 

TEXT

Clap, clap, clap your hands, clap your hands together
Clap, clap, clap your hands, clap your hands today

Clap you hand together now, march on into town,
Greet your friends and neighbors there, and wipe away that frown
 

Stomp, stomp, stomp your feet, stomp your feet today
Stomp, stomp, stomp your feet, stomp your feet today

Stomp your feet down o the ground, and feel the planet sway
takin' joy in movement now, this is how we play

shake, shake, shake, your head, shake it upo and down
Shake, shake,  shake, you head, shake it up and down

Stretch, stretch, stretch your arms, way up in the sky
Stretch stretch, stretch your arms, let your spirit fly

[VARIOUS REPETITIONS OF ABOVE MATERIAL TO THE END]

 

 

 

 

 

 


 
 

  

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