What's a good duet song for a child and adult?
November 17, 2010 10:36 AM   Subscribe

What would be a good duet song for a young child and grown up to sing together?

My daughter is six years old and periodically sings solos at a church for her vocal lesson recitals.

For Christmas the vocal coach wants to do a duet with her. They are both sopranos and this would have to be a song appropriate for a Christmas Eve church service.

My daughter has good range, and can handle pretty complicated songs for a six year old. For example, she has sung, "It might as well be Spring," and also, "In my own little corner", and "There is a Savior."

Any ideas would be appreciated.

posted by lynnie-the-pooh to Media & Arts (10 answers total)
What about We Need a Little Christmas from Mame? Your daughter could take the main part, and the vocal coach can take the supporting role. :) The rendition I linked to is a little slow initially, but it really is a darling song.
posted by patronuscharms at 10:41 AM on November 17, 2010 [1 favorite]

for some reason the David Bowie Bing Crosby Little Drummer Boy duet comes to mind.
posted by eggyolk at 10:46 AM on November 17, 2010 [1 favorite]

"Do You Hear What I Hear?" always puts a misty little tear in my eye, especially when little children are involved!
posted by SomeTrickPony at 10:53 AM on November 17, 2010 [1 favorite]

"Jesus, Jesus, Rest Your Head" or "In the Bleak Midwinter" -- the latter has multiple versions, but think of English boychoir and there you go.
posted by Madamina at 11:05 AM on November 17, 2010 [1 favorite]

There's a really lovely duet called "Silent Night/Night of Silence" where one voice sings Silent Night (may be appropriate for your daughter as already familiar and not too difficult); the other sings "Night of Silence" which is a sort of descanty song that fits in and around Silent Night. It's lovely.

If you jump ahead to 59 seconds here, they sing it in the duet format. (First they sing the first verse of "Night of Silence" together.)
posted by Eyebrows McGee at 11:06 AM on November 17, 2010 [2 favorites]

Best answer: A Child's Prayer. Click on "words and music" to hear it sung with the parts.
posted by Sassyfras at 12:28 PM on November 17, 2010

At our church recently a father-daughter team sang Somewhere Out There from An American Tale. In their case they had spent some time apart, but there wasn't a dry eye in the house. Very moving.
posted by Doohickie at 1:37 PM on November 17, 2010

Why, Why, Why? by Anne Murray. Sorry I can't find an audio version- I'm on a weird connection. But it's a simple, repetitive melody and it's cute. The kid can join in on the part that goes "Goodnight, goodnight", too.
posted by pseudostrabismus at 2:59 PM on November 17, 2010

Oh. I also meant to add that you would of course want to re-write the lyrics to make them more Christmassy.
posted by pseudostrabismus at 3:00 PM on November 17, 2010

Depending on the church, "Baby, It's Cold Outside". My kids love it.
posted by skypieces at 8:13 PM on November 17, 2010

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