This lush arrangement starts out completely homophonic and quickly expands from there. Texture is very rich throughout and includes pads (oohs/ahs) and percussive lines working simultaneously. Because of the frequent divisi, this is a good bet for larger groups or those that are comfortable singing one to a part.
SSAATTBB, female solo--the lower three parts only divide a few times, the soprano divides for longer sections of music
NOT A NOTE-FOR-NOTE. The only carryover from the original song is the words and melody.
# of singers that could perform this:
9, best with 16+
Level of Difficulty:
Not intervallically difficult, but lots of dissonance/close harmonies in vertical sonorities--would be difficult to learn for inexperienced/unconfident singers. However, individual lines are not particularly difficult, so experienced singers may find it fairly easy. 2nd bass needs Db unless key is raised.
I was inspired to do this arrangement late one night when the song Screaming Infidelities came up on my playlist and I found myself thinking that it is a beautiful song that is heavy with the truth of a painful breakup, but that the nature of its construction would make it difficult to arrange/perform effectively as a note-for-note or other similar arrangement. So, I set out to create completely different background music in an acappella style as a backdrop to the haunting lyrics and melody.