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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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Happy belated Orthodox Christmas from New Zealand!

I bring you one of my very favourite Christmas carols. Which isn't entirely a Christmas carol, but which I always associate with Christmas. (It's in one of the Carols for Queers books, right?)'

It's Tchaikovsky's Легенда (Legenda), which means "Legend" or sometimes "Story", but which is known as "The Crown of Roses" in English. (Op 54, part 5, if you're getting technical.)

Here's the English SATB version:

Prefer it in Russian? Вуаля!

You can also find various solo versions of it.
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[personal profile] northern has reminded me that I saw this a little while ago and meant to post here about it: Eric Whitacre’s Virtual Choir 3 will perform his much-loved a cappella piece, Water Night.

We welcome existing Virtual Choir members and encourage singers from around the world to join together across the internet to create a beautiful, poignant film which will be released online in Spring 2012. This time, we are also going to develop the film into a powerful and visceral audio-visual art installation to be seen and heard in cities across the globe.

You have until 31st January 2012 to record your entry - please don't miss out!

I love Water Night - it was my introduction to Eric Whitacre. So looking forward to reprising my diva soprano part ;) (And yes, this is the song that my interest 14-part harmony refers to. :) ).

Any of you thinking about doing it?
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Merry Christmas/Happy Holidays!

How often did you sing the Messiah this year? *g* Any other choral Christmas music you can recommend/tell (horror) stories of/have beautiful recordings of? What are your music traditions on Christmas eve?

In my family we usually sing traditional Christmas songs for almost an hour before we open presents, and I love it. Not this year, because I spend Christmas elsewhere, but it's still one of my favorite traditions.
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Or, if you're not singing anything, what would you like to be singing?

My choir is on its summer break, after a fun but exhausting tour to Exeter, and I am rather enjoying the rest. I did sing along with a CD of Evensong for St Peter's Day from Exeter Cathedral, though, along with my partner and my best friend. Dyson in D, Radcliffe responses and Bairstow's Blessed City, Heavenly Salem. It was all a bit slow, I thought. But fun!

Proms 2011

Jul. 17th, 2011 11:57 am
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So, the Proms season has crept up on us (on me, anyway) and there's some lovely choral stuff going on.

I shall be listening to Havergal Brian's Gothic Symphony this evening (my mother must be one of the very few amateurs who has sung in this epic work twice, and somehow I've never heard it). Next week is Verdi's Requiem, and the following Sunday assorted choral works by Rachmaninov. The Tallis Scholars are on late on Thursday 4th August to sing Victoria.

Sunday 7th - Mahler's Klagende Lied. Sunday 14 - Joby Talbot and Britten. Saturday matinée on 20 August - Maxwell Davies, Aperghis and Harrison Birtwhistle.

Sunday 21 - Britten, Colin Matthews and Mozart. The matinée on Saturday 27 looks particularly interesting - Hildegard of Bingen, Britten and Harrison Birtwhistle again, and then Stevie Wishart. Sunday 28 - Mendelssohn's Elijah.

Saturday matinée, 3rd September - Tippett, Tavener and Gubaidulina. Sunday 4th - Beethoven's Missa Solemnis

And there's probably more that I've missed through reading too quickly. What are you looking forward to?
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We met up just six people from my Renaissance ensemble tonight and rehearsed a little, even though it's summer. Things are starting to come together, and I think we can sound good.

Tonight we rehearsed:

O Jesu Dolce by Bettinelli (not Renaissance at all, but influenced by it)

A Magnificat by Cipriano de Rore, which hasn't been recorded, I don't think - or at least I can't find it on YouTube. It's from an old music library in Treviso.

O Salutaris Hostia by Giovanni Nasco. The link is to four songs, and the O Salutaris Hostia is the last of them. Although we obviously don't sing it in that arrangement (the YouTube version is sung by Wiener Sängerknaben).
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(crossposted from my journal)

I have no idea if anyone is interested or not, but whatever. My church choir sang Mozart's Sparrow Mass a couple of weeks ago, and this is the first two movements, clipped for your possible enjoyment and indulgence. :D

Note the first: We aren't exactly wired for awesome studio quality recording. There's two microphones right in front of the choir, and the guy who runs our sound optimizes it for public radio - nothing too loud, nothing too soft. Upshot: you'll have to listen for the basses, but trust me, they're there.

Note the second: I am not the classically trained soprano soloist, ahahaha. I am the alto soloist, but I only have something like four lines. Blink and you'll miss me. :D

Note the third: It starts with our pastor giving a blessing, simply because I love his flat NC accent. It's adorable - I never heard Christ pronounced Chraaaaaaahst before. I giggle through all his sermons.

Note the fourth: We don't usually have violins and brass at our services, hee. Festival Sundays are festive!

Note the fifth: Sorry about the random dude whose picture is embedded in the audio file. I have no idea how to get rid of it. ::hands::

Now that I've probably talked you out of it, have a link! Sparrow Mass, one and two It's about 6 minutes long.

Anyway, as I said above, I don't know if anyone is interested. But if you downloaded and listened, I'd love to know what you think. :)


Jun. 15th, 2011 09:58 pm
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We finally got the mp3s from our concert in May, and I'll share some.

all on MediaFire )
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I wanted to share with you Noble in A minor, which is my new favourite Evensong setting, but I can't find it on YouTube. The following, however, is equally epic, and, dare I say it, funnier.

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Heh, a fellow choir member found some random tourist video of our rehearsal yesterday afternoon before our concert - here's "I denna ljuva sommartid" (a summer hymn, and not the classic melody if you know it) with some footage of our cathedral in case you're interested and haven't seen it.

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Ever since my Renaissance ensemble died a quiet death years ago, I've missed regularly singing Renaissance choral music. But tonight after rehearsal, a new choir member approached me and asked if I would like to be part of her new ensemble. She's from Italy, and wants to sing more Italian Renaissance.

I'm so happy! Maybe I can even get her to let us sing some Gesualdo! :D

What are your favorite composers for choral music from that time?
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Tell us about a piece of choral music you've only come across recently - say, this year. Explain why you love it or why you hate it. What's it like to sing? To listen to? Is there a video on YouTube?
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Okay, so we get I Went Mad, Breast Pair and some Rutter. I think I speak for us all when I make a face that is a mixture of yawn and horror.

So who's watching? Snarky choristers...activate!
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What are you singing this week? Are you enjoying it?
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Hello [community profile] choralmusic!

On Maundy Thursday I sang the Bairstow Lamentations for the first time, which is utterly fabulous, especially for tenors, who get a proper fortissimo top G. Happy tenor is happy.

(My current choir is the first one I've sung in that's used the "Ash Wednesday to Easter for Choirs" Oxford book, too.)

Anyway, I then decided that I needed to get my hands on a recording of it, and I found this York Minster CD of Bairstow's works on iTunes. (link, £7.99 on UK store)

In addition to the lovely Lamentations, it has the stonkingly good "Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence" that I sang back at uni and the Mag & Nunc in D.

A bargain price for very well sung British choral music of a sort of Stanford/Parry/V-W sort of aesthetic.
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Okay, so we got the (not professional!*) recordings of our performance of Bach's Matthew Passion. If you are at all interested, I thought I'd put up a few of the more choir-intensive pieces. All links are Mediafire.

1. - The start - the lyrics are about how the daughters should come and weep. This is faster than it's usually performed. The church bells before the start are included.

4-8. - The high priests talk about getting Jesus killed, and then the disciples are upset that a woman used costly perfume to wash Jesus' feet.

33. - The classic "Fire and lightning" (Blitzen und Donner). Starts out with an alto/soprano duet.

35. - This is the end of Part One. It's got the children's choir in it, as does number 1. It's very fast.

47. - I thought I'd put one solo aria in here, and I chose "Erbarme Dich" which is an alto aria. Very beautiful.

67-68. - This is where Jesus has been crucified, and the people ask him to get off that cross if he's that mighty!

76. - The priests are worried that the disciples of Jesus might steal him from his grave and say that he is risen from the dead.

78. - The end. It's very cathartic, especially if you've spent the last few hours singing this thing. Also performed way faster than it usually is.

*What I mean by not professional is that there were two microphones total, and both of them were between the audience and the orchestra (the choirs were behind the orchestra). This means that the orchestra is louder than the choirs. Also, this is a very large cathedral (Uppsala Domkyrka), which means that the sound is not crisp.

Tell me if something doesn't add up!
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As the only Tenor 1, I will admit to cocking a few of the intervals up. Still...gorgeous.

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