Bravi / VTG Rehearsal #15 – January 22, 2018

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Bravi / VTG Rehearsal #15 – January 22, 2018

Hi, Bravi and VTG:

Nice job this past week at a rehearsal that had many moving parts: new music, a logistical update from Julia, and an open rehearsal with parents.  Thank you for you hard work.

We’re going full-steam-ahead toward the Gala, and it is very important that you all put 100% of your focus into your practice during the coming weeks.

Action items for this week:

  1. Please respond to polls. This one in particular.  I am still awaiting responses from about half of you. We have to do better.  As Julia pointed out, this often requires a conversation with your parents — please make sure this communication occurs promptly.
  2. Spend time each day practicing your music.  Mental practice is useful, too, if you are in a place where you cannot sing.  Study your score and ask yourself “Do I know EXACTLY how this section sounds?” If not, circle it. Flag it as something to practice later with the piano.
  3. Markings and cuts will be given / clarified in this blog. It is your job to transfer them to your music by Monday at rehearsal.
  4. All gala repertoire MUST be memorized by Thursday, Feb. 8.  Some earlier dates will apply and will be specified below.  Work toward memory now to avoid “cramming” at the last minute.

No More Blues – Jobim, arr. Paris Rutherford

  • I recommend at least 30 minutes of dedicated practice time on this piece before Monday.
  • Add Portuguese text to mm. 9 – 16.  Please write in these words, divided syllabically:
    Che-ga  |  de  |  sau-da-de_a  | re-a-li -de_é  |  que  |  sem  |  e-la  |  não  |  po-de   |   ser
  • Use the audio guide to clarify: Portuguese text
  • Before adding notes, speak the ENTIRE piece in rhythm, repeatedly until it’s smooth
  • Breathe: after “que” in m. 16, at the downbeat of m. 20 and mm. 22., beat three of m. 28, beat three of m. 34
  • mm. 41 – 44, no breath, breathe on beat four of m. 44
  • m. 62, make the tied half note into a quarter note and take a full quarter rest to breathe on beat 2 before “I’m through with…”
  • m. 71, make the tied half note into a quarter note, adding a full quarter rest to breathe before “nothing but…”.  Make the same change at m. 109, 113, and 118.
  • m. 98, add a quarter rest at the end of the bar, shortening the previous note
  • m. 122, cut the tied quarter note and breathe there.

Bésame Mucho – Velazquez, arr. Kirby Shaw

  • I recommend at least 15 minutes of dedicated practice time on this piece before Monday.
  • Many have sung this before. If not, spend some time practicing with this recording:    <—their Spanish isn’t great, but they sing very cleanly and you will hear the chords and parts quite clearly.
  • Use this diction file: Besame Mucho Spanish
  • As you practice, please write in this translation, which is much better than the English in your scores.

Paraíso Soñado – Acosta, arr. Wittig

  • I recommend at least 15 minutes of dedicated practice time on this piece before Monday.
  • Listen to this singer, as an example of just how wonderful and passionate this piece can sound:
  • Here’s a good word-for-word translation.
  • m. 27: tenor 1 jump to the solo line. tenor 2 take the top of the bass line, then baritone and bass below.  Change back to original parts at m. 40.  Similar shifts at m. 51 and 94.

Chan Chan – BV Social Club 

  • I recommend at least 20 minutes of dedicated practice time on this piece before Monday.
  • Use the part recordings in this folder.
  • Set a metronome as you practice: 64 BPM is a good target speed.  Do not rush.
  • As a reminder: basses jump to the bottom of the tenor part at m. 30, then jump back to the bass line at m. 37, “mira como.”
  • Move your body as you practice. Loose hips, small movements. Always feel the tempo low in your body.
  • Take a minute to read about the Buena Vista Social Club.

Bohemian Rhapsody – BRAVI ONLY

  • I have decided that VTG should be excused from this piece, as the ranges are very demanding and not appropriate for the younger voices in our ensemble.
  • Remember this is a surprise! Please ask your parents not to chat about it with other Cantabile parents, and refrain from chatting about it yourselves.
  • I recommended at least 30 minutes of practice time on this piece before Monday.
  • Bass part map:  m. 1 – 24, sing Bass 2.   m. 24 – end, sing Bass 1.
  • Basses: Anything below a printed low A-flat should be sung up the octave.
  • m. 7, breathe after “see,” before “ooh”
  • CUT from the end of m. 30 directly to the down beat of m. 48
  • Tenors: use falsetto for any pitches above E-natural if you like. You will have lots of alto support from Aria for the highest passages.
  • Here’s a recording of this arrangement. (Note that our cuts will not be reflected here.)

If you have questions about anything, please write me. It is always better to communicate more in advance, and I will do my best to answer in a timely fashion!

Many thanks and happy practicing!



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