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2 parts, flexible (equal, or any combination of S, A, T, or B)

Lyrics: Effie Waller Smith

Duration: 2:40 and up, flexible (repeated round)

Difficulty: easy+ (GIA level 2)


Lovely text by Effie Waller Smith inspired this simple round for two. Rhythms are similar but offset, and melodies stray and return to consonant intervals and unisons until, in the end, everything comes together.


Suitable anytime, but perhaps especially on Valentine's Day or during Black History Month, for two individuals or larger groups in any octave, this round is part of my Gathering Rounds project, which features 52 rounds in a spiral-bound book for a variety of skills and voicings set to text by female-identifying writers and poets. Every month, a free round is uploaded here and distributed to my email list (join my email list here)!


Please feel free to copy, forward, distribute, and perform this round with attribution as the only requirement: link to my website, tag me on social media, and use the hashtag #gatheringrounds. Send me a recording or video if you like – would love to hear all these and would be happy to share on all my channels!


Get all twelve free rounds in one zip file here. The complete book of 52 Gathering Rounds is now available with quantity discounts!

Gathering Round (free!): Love is a Rainbow

SKU: SP205
  • Your score will be delivered free of charge and immediately by email as a print-ready 8.5"x11" PDF licensed for any number of singers and copies under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License. To view a copy of this license, click here or visit Please link to my website, tag me on social media, and use the hashtag #gatheringrounds when posting recordings online. Thank you!

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