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My choir performed The Creation by Hadyn recently with a local orchestra and I finally finished writing my mega post about the piece and how much I love it (which is a lot.) Here's a link to my entry which preserves the cut tags. I also have youtube videos embedded of my favourite renditions, if you're interested!
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I'm very excited to report that tonight Chorus Niagara will be presenting, for its inaugural performance, "A Mighty Cry" by Niagara Region composer Michael Kositsky. It's great music, all about the War of 1812, General Brock, the Battle of Queenston Heights, Lundy's Lane, Drummond, Laura Secord...good stuff. We received a grant from the Federal Government to commission this work, and it's very relevant to our local history here in Niagara. The government just finished the bicentennial celebrations of the war a couple of months ago, so it's timely, too.

The video below is an excerpt from the second work we're also performing this evening, "The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace" by Karl Jenkins.

I hope everyone leaves the concert this evening with a fresh appreciation for what our men & women in uniform have done (and continue to do) to secure and maintain our freedom.

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Yesterday at choir we found out we're singing four pieces by someone named Cyrillus Kreek in May. That is a ridiculously funny name to me, but the music is quite pretty. Seems like a mix between national romanticism and Middle Ages influence. It's Estonian, and written in 1923. Here's the second of those four pieces:



That sweet and pretty Hallelujah run really sticks in your brain.

In May, we'll also be performing parts of Poulenc's Mass in G. I AM EXCITE. I've never performed or rehearsed it, and it is awesome. This is the Kyrie, which we're starting with next week.
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Hope 2013 brings you lots of good music!



(We did this at the Epiphany Carol Service this evening, though not so beautifully as the choir of St Paul's, Harvard Square, do it here. It's so simple and beautiful, I love it - and the picturesque and slightly mysterious lyrics, too.)
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My choir had our end-of-term concert today: a selection of baroque and Renaissance music, including Bach's Magnificat. Unfortunately, I don't have any recordings, but I do have pointers to youtube! The writeup's on my journal.
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Our musical director, on the subject of 'Candlelight Carol', by John Rutter. As you'll see, he has a somewhat cynical sense of humour...

'It's very popular, and lots of people will say how lovely it is while completely ignoring everything else we do, and it's made him an awful lot of money, and so we must be sure to sing it very well.'

As the end of term approaches terrifyingly fast, what are you singing?
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This Sunday we did a Thanksgiving Mass. The two main pieces we sang were Vaughan Williams' Te Deum and Paul Mealor's Ubi Caritas. The Ubi Caritas is from 2011 and so beautifully written that I'm sharing the recording of the way we did it. I enjoyed singing it so much. Please excuse the small crackling at the climax of the piece - I must have done something wrong in Audacity.



(crossposted from my journal)
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My choir is commissioning a Christmas piece from composer Ad Wammes for Christmas next year, and our leader asked us to come up with Christmas poems, texts or passages we would like to have set to music. Do you guys have any suggestions?

The language of the texts should be English or Latin, and we were told to turn in our suggestions by Tuesday. Um, help?

ETA: They changed their minds, after we turned in our suggestions. Now they want a more general text to sing all year round.

Weddings

Aug. 26th, 2012 08:27 am
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In recent months I have been both flattered and delighted to be invited to join the choirs for the weddings of two separate sets of friends. I would stress that I am not alone in this honour; I think all the guests who can sightread have been so invited. Which, when you think about it, says rather a lot about my particular group of friends...

Anyway, the first of these two weddings is in a couple of weeks, and so, quite apart from the usual palaver of borrowing the car and picking some poor unsuspecting relative to stay with, I have been bashing through Walton's Set me as a seal. The other anthem is I was glad, which I don't need to notebash as we only did it in July, complete with vivats. (My partner has, though, having been bumped up to alto 1 for the occasion.)

And the hymns, of course. The bride writes: in case you'd like to know about hymns (it's always the first thing I want to know about other peoples' weddings!) we're having: Praise to the Lord, the Almighty; Come down O Love Divine; and God is Love, let Heaven adore him (to Abbot's Leigh).

The other wedding is next April. I have been told what the anthems are, but they mostly seemed to be by Rutter, so I have forgotten again.

Greetings!

Jul. 26th, 2012 07:24 pm
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Just found this community via [site community profile] dw_community_promo. What a neat idea! I thought I should introduce myself.

Pleased to meet you! )
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How's it going? What are you singing at the moment? Or, if you're not singing, what was your favourite piece of the last few months? Heard anything good recently?
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We got the recording we did of the concert Saturday.

Sleep, Kung Liljekonvalje )

Sleep

May. 12th, 2012 05:43 pm
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Rehearsal today went pretty well (we had an all day thing). We went through everything we're doing at the concert the 26th, but we spent extra time on Whitacre's Sleep.



It's so beautiful. The more I sing it, the more moved I feel by it. I have to pretend I'm singing about regular sleep and not death, because if I keep death in mind, I can't sing it.
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Here, have a look.

Of particular interest to this community might be:

- Handel, Judas Maccabaeus (19 July)
- Tenebrae, with Gibbons and other stuff (23 July, lunchtime)
- Beethoven, Symphony no. 9 (27 July)
- Walton, Belshazzar's Feast (31 July)
- Tippett, A Child of our Time (1 August)
- Bernstein, Mass (6 August)
- Elgar, The Apostles (10 August)
- Berlioz, Requiem (11 August)
- Sullivan (and Gilbert), The Yeomen of the Guard (19 August)
- 1612 Italian Vespers (22 August)
- not to mention everything I've missed on this first skim-through.

Is it July yet?
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Choir last night was good, even if my vocal cords are still weak and I got really hoarse. We're taking a break with Bach and starting to prepare for our own concert later in the spring. Among other things we're doing Evening Hymn by Gardiner and Sleep by Whitacre. I understand that Gardiner's Evening Hymn is a very common piece in Britain, but no one in my choir had done it before. I'd listened to some Whitacre before, but this is the first piece I've sung - very pretty. This is a kind of concert where we try to appeal to the public a lot by asking them to send in suggestions on what to sing. We did the same thing last year, and if we're going on that it will probably be less suggestions from the public than from choir members. I won't say we did any songs that weren't accessible per se, but some were less than easy listening. Anyway, there is bound to be a lot of romantic nationalism - there's a lot of tradition for choirs that way, especially in Uppsala.

John Blow

Feb. 25th, 2012 07:21 am
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The choir I'm singing in is learning "Be merciful unto me, O Lord" by John Blow for Lent. I'd never heard of Blow before, but I really like this piece. Has anyone sung other stuff by Blow? Are there any recordings that you'd recommend?
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Yesterday's Mass thing was fun, because it was part of a Theology festival and the cathedral was full. They had 13 stations for communion, heh. With that many actually devout people taking part, unusual things tend to happen. For example, we had some guests, and two of them did the sermon, and then afterwards people applauded. This does not happen. Ever. Concerts only. (Although I do understand why. The main speaker was a Christian Palestinian woman, and the sermon was about the oppression going on in Israel, with some biblical parallels.)

Another unusual thing that happened was that at the end of the communion, some people started singing a Taizé song. And then everyone joined in, and we sang it for a few rounds, and when we tried to stop the bishop kept singing, so we had to keep going. You have to understand, this is pretty strange for here. The people who come to our service are generally very... silent, respectful and concerned with how things are supposed to be. There is never spontaneous song.

So that was weird, but fun!

The main choir thing was a sequence of four pieces written especially for the festival by a member of a fellow cathedral choir. Both of our choirs sang the pieces together. I wish I had a recording of it, because it was good music - kind of Howells-y with a little Knut Nystedt thrown in.
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Kenneth Leighton's setting of the Coventry Carol. Only possible this year because we have an exceptionally good treble who's not scared of the solo. We're doing it on Sunday morning.

(This isn't us:)

Yay Bach!

Jan. 18th, 2012 04:46 pm
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Choir last night was good. We mainly rehearsed for the service on Sunday, but we finished by sightreading one of the two Bach motets we're doing later in spring. Jesu, Meine Freude (the link is to a YouTube version with sheet music) is so much fun. Have you ever noticed that singing Bach is just... automatically easier than singing a lot of other music, because it feels inherently light and fun? Maybe it's just that I love Bach. Anyway, it was extra fun because we were only two second sopranos and sightreading at full speed, trying to make it sound good, is an awesome challenge.
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