Greetings, Intermediate Singers,
Thank you very much for your hard work and focus last night – there was a lot of sight-singing and part-learning involved, which can be challenging and static, but will pave the way for great artistic moments later in the semester. You are actually learning your music so quickly that I may be hunting down some additional music in order to keep you challenged, and advancing – I am very happy and proud to have this dilemma! Keep up the great work!
Trivia Question: One of the most famous snack foods in Nova Scotia is called DULSE or PALMARIA PALMATA. What is this food?
Practice Log: It is very important to practice at home, and to know how much you are doing each week. At Cantabile, we expect our Intermediate singers to practice at least 20 minutes per day. Please use this practice log every Thursday morning as a tool to record the approximate number of minutes you have practiced that week (for example, Week of 10/20: 106 min). This does not include musicianship homework. The singer who has logged the most number of minutes will receive a special prize on the last day of rehearsal!
Action Items – Stay tuned for vocal tracks of individual parts coming in the next few weeks
Earth Meets Sky
- Great start sight-singing this simple chorale which celebrates the earth – what images and feelings for conserving the environment does it evoke for you?
- This week, write in the solfege for your vocal part, taking note that the first half is in F major, and then modulates to G major
- Also note there are two main musical themes (A and B) which eventually partner together in measure 55 – this should help aide the learning process!
- Listen this this recording to become more familiar with the structure and harmonies of the song.
My Maple Tree and Me
- Excellent work refining the challenging harmonic section – do not lose the beauty and wonder of this song as we work through its challenges – continue to write down images and thoughts and this week, try composing an additional verse!
- Review the measures we sang from the board, by singing in solfege: m. 17, m. 26, m. 30-31, and m. 36.
- Remember to breathe through all your sustained notes and give them energy and direction – aide this by pointing to the sky as you sing, creating a wheel like motion, or another motion to imply that the phrase is still moving.
- Continue to look for tied and syncopated rhythms in the song. Practice clapping the rhythm first without the ties, and then add them in, as we did in class this week. When you listen, see how accurate you were!
- Listen, while following along in your score.
- Wonderful work on this song – the harmonies during the refrain are strong and vibrant, and you are already mastering the jaunty yet ironic mood of the song!
- Review the refrain which does feature tricky harmonies in mm. 14-16
- Sopranos focus on the final refrain in mm. 97-100, which is in a very high tessitura – feel a laughter-like approach with support from your tummy, with a light approach to singing – keep the consonants light and the vowels tall, and it will settle in your voice soon.
- Step to the beat and speak through text with a highly rhythmic and crisp approach, giving extra energy to you “K” consonants and contrast in the mood as you tell this macabre tale
- Circle ALL DYNAMICS in the score – these will soon be the most important aspect of the song!
- Continue to Listen while following along in your score.
- Excellent work on the motions, but this week, focus mainly on solidifying your vocal part so we can get that done and have some fun. Please focus on fixing these measures, remembering that the first time we sing the A theme, it is in UNISON:
- Sopranos: m. 7, m. 11, m. 15 mm. 43-45 – also remember to check for all sustained notes and to sing through them for their full value, for example m. 16 on “do”.
- Altos: m. 7, m. 8, m. 10, m. 12-14 – you must also keep track of longer notes, and be sure to hold the “oh” in measure 13 for its full value to create a dramatic harmony with part 1!
- Reinforce this song’s complex rhythmic motifs by keeping your 4-Rhythm Block whilst singing or chanting the different sections.
- Please remember the true literal pronunciation and practice speaking in rhythm:
Koo-see-ma-ma, mee-mee koo-see-ma-ma, nah yoo-pen-doh, nah tai-mah-nee, wa-toh-toh nee kah-ree-boo doo-nee-yah
- Continue to watch this amazing video from Cantabile’s Spring Concert in 2013 to review the dance moves that you learned!
For the Beauty of the Earth
- Please review all challenging harmonic sections this week – in particularly pp. 6-7 and 9-10.
- Review the two rhythmic motifs we worked on before opening the scores, by clapping and singing with all the different lyrics
- Find other rhythms which are either tied, syncopated or both, and practice clapping and saying in rhythmic syllables.
- Read the lyrics aloud like a poem
- Listen whilst following along in your score.
- Practice singing whilst keeping the 2 Rhythm Block, alternating between right and left sides. Prepare your breath by expanding the rib cage and releasing on an exhale as you sing tall and beautiful vowels. Remember the sections which are like laughter! Add movements which represent flowers blossoming and birds soaring to support the long phrases.
- Continue to Watch this video, and note that instead of patting, they stomp – something we may (or may not) explore!
Lovely job improvising your Tree Rhythms, playing your Rhythm Dice, reviewing various time signatures , and sight-singing in a number of different Key Signatures and Time Signatures!
- Singers starting Book 2 should complete pages 10-11
- Singers continuing Book 2 should complete pages 26-27
- Book 3 singers should complete pages 27-28
- Lovely job improvising tree rhythms and playing and chanting some complex nature rhythms in 4-part canon. Your solfege in A-flat major was lovely, as was your sight-singing of “Hot Mutton Pies” and “We Thank Thee for Our Daily Bread.”
Advanced Intermediate B singers – below is an assignment from a few weeks ago which I was not able to follow up on due to to my absence – please prepare again for next week, and in addition, write in nature-themed lyrics for each song (careful to make the words fit the rhythms!) write in dynamics and a few articulations to enhance the interest of the songs:
1. Identify the key of each melody (please note, one is in minor!)
2. Write in as much solfege as you need to sight-sing the song
3. Sight-sing each melody until you feel you have mastered it – be sure to find an accurate starting pitch from either a piano or some sort of instrument at home.
4. Be prepared to sing one with the rest of the advanced group for me next week.
Trivia Answer: Dulse is dried algae! Yummy!
Have a great weekend! See you next Thursday!