Dear Vocalise Singers,
Congratulations on your wonderful ACDA performance and a successful recording session! It was wonderful to celebrate this milestone for Cantabile and reflect on our experience. We are forging ahead with new repertoire this week, preparing full-speed for the Festival on April 2nd and the spring concerts!
- Please continue to practice alignment – breath – movement sequences as Elena assigned. These practices should be 10-12 min or longer, and no less than 3 times a week.
- Moment of stillness — eyes closed, turning attention inward, reconnecting with all sensations of the body
- Slow, smooth, deep and even breath — hands on abdomen, feeling the body expand with inhale and condense with exhale
- Align the body by drawing your attention to each part of the body, beginning with feet, finishing with crown of head
- Continue with breath/movement flow exercises as practiced in rehearsal
Observe and remember your sensations and feelings at the end of session. The desirable outcome should bring
- Light, spacious, flexible body — ready for direct experience with self and the world, eager to connect and enjoy, longing to sing
- Mind curious and open, non-judgemental,
- Playful, welcoming spirit
This week we spent a lot of time talking about alignment specifically. Keep it in mind during your days!
7 March Rehearsal Review and Homework
Pueblito, mi Pueblo — New piece for the Festival. This is a mass piece — you are helping your choirs
- We reviewed the Spanish and read through from beginning to end: For next week, have the piece learned (not memorized)
- Altos, be sure to carefully review the middle section (starting at m. 12), it is a bit tricky
- Here is a good recording, and a pronunciation file is attached below
- We also read through this lush Morten Lauridsen piece and got diction help from Sarah
- Please, review and learn the French pronunciation and have your part learned solid
- Here is a recording of the SATB version with the composer on the piano
Lift Thine Eyes
- We learned about the form of the Oratorio, a bit about Elijah the prophet, and some about Felix Mendelssohn (all fascinating topics!)
- We read through this a cappella–good reading!
- A couple of adjustments to your score:
- S2: m.28 and 29, your rhythms on the first beat should be dotted, just like the other two parts
- A: m.34, the second “a” (the eighth note) should be a-sharp
- Please be prepared to sing this in trios next week! Here is some inspiration.
- At next rehearsal, find and share an interesting fact about one or more of these topics:
Oratorio as a musical and dramatic genre
The story of Elijah the prophet
Mendelssohn’s life, his music
The story of this oratorio
- We listened to these recordings of the Kyrie and the Gloria, and discussed the feeling of the music. [Here is another recording of the Missa Criolla by the UCLA Choirs]
- In particular, we discussed the welding of folk music and the traditional form of the mass, and how important this piece is in the canon of Argentine Choral Music.
- You can read more here about Ariel Ramirez and Missa Criolla
- Please learn notes and rhythms for next week!
- We read through this, and got the feeling.
- Please learn notes and rhythms for next week.
- Here is a recording by a Puerto Rican choir.