Congratulations on a good rehearsal yesterday, I am really proud of your lovely sound and your enthusiasm. Also a special thanks to our pianist, Katie, who has been such a help with her amazing skills as a singer, musician, and pianist.
Trivia Question: From what part of South America comes the popular Christmas song, “Mi Burrito Sabanero?”
- Please remember to always have your binder and theory book at rehearsal! A number of singers came without these items yesterday.
- Please also always bring a water bottle, which you are free to drink from almost anytime throughout rehearsal
This week, listen to the attached recordings of these songs, which are recorded separately for Parts 1 and 2:
- If the Snow Could Sing
- Bidi Bom
- Circle ‘Round the Moon
Part 2 in particular should listen to their part carefully, as the harmonies always tend to be more challenging.
Please also continue to watch and listen to the following:
- Circle ‘Round the Moon (Conspirare Youth Chorus)
- Winter Changes (FCCC with David Brunner)
- Mi burrito sabanero
- Rise Up Shepherd and Follow (we are starting this song next week)
Please also study the attached pronunciation guide for Mi Burrito Sabanero, and also read about its interesting history – but please remember that all “v’s” should be pronounced with a soft “b.” Remember, this is a fun, simple song you will be singing with Prep 3, so they will be depending upon you to know your stuff!
Please continue to work on the following:.
- Winter Changes: Everyone must write the solfege into pages 1-3 of their score. Simon will be checking this, and please this utilize this image of the F Major Scale, and all that we have worked on in rehearsal, to guide you through.
- Circle ‘Round the Moon: Continue singing the D major scale in solfege, and reviewing measures 41-45 and 58-64, and studying the sections which are Call and Response, namely “In the ground below” (measure 29) and “flurry blizzard snow” (measure 46) Please also study the Dynamic Markings in the score.
- If the Snow Could Sing: Please look for all the sections which split into 2-part harmony and circle them, so we can focus on them next week. Also focus on all the sections which are marked with a Fermata and what vowel shape we should elongate (for instance “hush below” the [o] vowel is elongated
Please note: We are now within sight of our big concert on December 6th, so it is important for all of us to bring our very best to rehearsal, with a positive focus and love for singing! It is especially important to work on times of transition, when we move from a circle, to U formation, or rows (which you will be placed in next week). All of this must be done quickly and quietly. This is a big goal for next week, and I will come with strategies to make this easier for you as well.
Musicianship: Great job this week on your rhythmic dictations! Next week we will continue sight-reading through some beautiful canons, while studying their Key Signature, Time Signature and overall form. We will also play some games next week. Get ready for some fun and friendly music theory competition!
Here is a link to The Syncopated Clock for Book 2 Supplemental
Trivia Answer: “El Burrito de Belén” (English: The Donkey of Bethlehem), which the original title is “El Burrito Sabanero” (English: The Little Donkey from The Savannah), is a Christmas song from Venezuela and very popular in Latin America. It was written by the Venezuelan musician and composer Hugo Blanco, and has been recorded many times by many popular artists.
Have a great weekend!