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Avanti Blog #3, January 22, 2020

Hi Avanti, great work at rehearsal!  Here is this week’s Blog, complied by Andy, Elena and Namrata. Have a great weekend and happy practicing.

 

Action Items

 

  • Practicing at home: Routine and Ritual Make sure to establish a practicing routine that is well planned and enjoyed. Yoga, meditation and vocal warm-ups should be practiced daily, even if only 5-10 min each. Make it a ritual you look forward to every morning. The change is your vocal technique and overall balance and focus will be almost immediate. Try vocalizing and practicing your yoga flow every day for one week — you will be amazed! 
  • Use the blog to track your goals and progress.
  • We have finished introducing Delibes Mass: review words, notes, rhythms, dynamics, styles (legato, marcato etc) and character markings (risoluto, cantabile etc.) Whether in Italian, French or Latin, you need to know all the meanings.

 

Historical references and concepts: 

 

  • Why are there Greek words in a Latin Mass and what about Eastern and Western Christianity? Fun historical stuff to learn through music! 

 

We talked about the opening words of the Mass — Kyrie Eleison (Lord, have mercy) being the only Greek words in the entire text of a Latin Mass we are singing. Here is how it happened. 

After Rome fell in 476, Byzantium was the only vestige of the Holy Roman Empire — an empire that had withstood barbarian invasions and upheld the faith for centuries. In 1054, the Great Schism (separation/fall out) between happened and the Medieval Christianity split into two branches — the Eastern Orthodox Catholics and Roman Catholics. The Byzantine split with Roman Catholicism came about when Charlemagne, King of the Franks, was crowned as Holy Roman Emperor in 800. From the Byzantine viewpoint, this was a slap to the Eastern Emperor and the Byzantine Empire itself. 

 Even the Western Christianity separated, they continued to celebrate the sacred Liturgy in Greek. At some point the Roman Mass was translated into Latin, but the historical record on this process is sparse. 

Here is the map of the split:

And here is a picture of the Kyrie Eleison chant as it was originally written in medieval notation called neumes.. Cool, huh? Can you sight sing it? 🙂

Kyrie Chant

For Repertoire:

  1. Write in translation for the Messe Breve.  Latin Mass Translation, RVS
  2. Will Be A “Morning”?:  Sopranos:  Look at notes for section starting at m. 30.   All: This piece should not be challenging as far as notes and rhythms.  Use the full recording and/or individual part recordings to get this one under your belt.
  3. Like A Singing Bird:  All: review your parts when we go into three-part divisi at end.
  4. Messe Breve:  Gloria!  It’s all about the Gloria this week.  Using the full recording, or the individual part recordings to learn your notes.  There are four sections you need to learn: the Opening Allegro mm 1-36, the Lento mm 69-103, the 1st Tempo Allegro mm. 103-117, and the Moderato mm. 118-end.  Mm. 37-68 is a solo duet which you do not have to learn, If you are interested in auditioning for this, or would like to sing it as a rehearsal soloist, please learn on your own.

 

IMPORTANT: The practice recordings of individual lines for the Messe Breve: Kyrie and Gloria are included at the end of this Blog. as well as for Will There Really Be A “Morning”?.  Scroll down to the bottom to find them!

 

For Listening:

  1. Listen to the Gloria FOUR times before next rehearsal.
  2. Listen to the Sanctus FOUR times before next rehearsal.
  3. Listen to Will There Really Be A Morning TWO times before next rehearsal.

 

For Musicianship:

  1. Complete your SRF assignment
  2. Fill out and bring in your practice log

 

Other:

  • Complete your red, red rose meditative exercise! 
  • Namrata has written out the flow that she normally does with us.  Please take a look and see if you can complete this on your own! 

 

From Namrata:

 

Hi everyone! Here are two abbreviated flows that you can practice alone either separately or as one big flow! The flows are indented so if you do decide to do one or the other, follow the unindented steps and then skip to the flow you would like!

 

  1. Starting in Tadasana, make sure you are completely aligned.
  2. Turn your palms out and start raising your hands above your head in a sun salutation
  3. Swan dive down into a forward fold, hang there for a few seconds
  4. Plant your hands on the ground below you, coming into downward dog (note: make sure your ears are right between your elbows)
    1. Lift your right leg above your head and put it down in between your hands, coming into right side pigeon (note: make sure to square your hips in this position)
    2. Do two pigeon bows, really enunciating the movement of your neck
    3. Lift your left leg above your head and put it down between your hands, coming into left side pigeon(note: make sure to square your hips in this position)
    4. Do two pigeon bows, really enunciating the movement of your neck
  5. Transition back into downward dog, walking the dog
    1. Lift your right leg above your head and plant it on the ground between your hands, coming into low lunge
    2. When you feel ready, lift your hands above your head and transition into Warrior 1
    3. Pivot your front leg to the side and turn your body into Warrior 2 (note: make sure your body is completely straight like you’re in between two lanes of glass)
    4. Plant your hand on your back leg and come into Reverse Warrior, breathing into the stretch
    5. Cycle your body forward into Extended Warrior, making sure that your arm and the side of your body form a straight line
    6. Straighten both your legs and come into Triangle, focusing on keeping your chest forward and open rather than going very low
    7. Turn your body back forward into Warrior 1 and plant your hands in the ground, going back to downward dog
    8. Lift your left leg above your head and plant it on the ground between your hands, coming into low lunge
    9. When you feel ready, lift your hands above your head and transition into Warrior 1
    10. Pivot your front leg to the side and turn your body into Warrior 2 (note: make sure your body is completely straight like you’re in between two lanes of glass)
    11. Plant your hand on your back leg and come into Reverse Warrior, breathing into the stretch
    12. Cycle your body forward into Extended Warrior, making sure that your arm and the side of your body form a straight line
    13. Straighten both your legs and come into Triangle, focusing on keeping your chest forward and open rather than going very low
  6. Turn your body back forward into Warrior 1 and plant your hands in the ground, going back to downward dog
  7. Slowly float forward into plank, enunciating the movement of your spine. Hold this pose for 30 seconds. 
  8. Transitioning back into downward dog, jump or step your legs back into forward fold. Hang here for a few seconds, letting all your tension go.
  9. Bring your arms to your knees and straighten your spine, coming into monkey
  10. Raise your arms and bend your knees as you transition into chair
  11. Lift your heels from the ground, coming into raised chair.
  12. Slowly (note: very slowly) lower yourself into lowered chair. Find your balance here and see if you can close one or both eyes!
  13. Slowly come back up into Tadasana! Release an exhale and take a moment to self-reflect on anything

 

Thanks,

Namrata

 

Rehearsal Tracks!

Kyrie, Sop

Kyrie, Alto

Gloria, Sop 1, mm. 1-36

Gloria, Sop 2, mm.1-36

Gloria, Alto 1, mm. 1-36

Gloria, Alto 2, mm. 1-36

Gloria, Sop, Lento, mm. 69-102

Gloria, Alto, Lento, mm. 69-102

Gloria, Sop 1, Quoniam, mm. 103-117

Gloria, Sop 2, Quoniam, mm. 103-117

Gloria, Alto 1, Quoniam, mm. 103-117

Gloria, Alto 2, Quoniam, mm.103-117

Gloria, Sop, 118-end

Gloria, Alto, 118-end

Gloria, Middle Divisi Split, (Sop 2/Alto 1) 138-end

Will There Really Be A “Morning”? Sop

Will There Really Be A “Morning”?  Alto

 

 

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