Avanti Blog #4, January 29th, 2020
Wow, it’s the last day of January! Where does the time go?? We’ve been doing great work this month…for February, let’s take a minute to check in with ourselves about our goals and our habits and think about where we’d like to be in May!
- Let’s get Organized! *See explanation below.* 🙂
- Complete this week’s SRF assignment! Don’t fall behind with this! Being consistent with SRF assignments will help you learn the necessary skills to progress to your next level.
- Messe Breve by Leo Delibes: Learning all notes, rhythms, text. Singers will be tested on their preparation of the Kyrie and Gloria next Wednesday.
- Will There Really Be A “Morning”?: Memorize pages 2-3. Make sure you learn all notes and rhythms for rest of song – concentrate on pages 4-5.
- Like A Singing Bird: Memorize up to measure 42. (THIS IS TUTTI)
- El Cielo Canta Alegria!: Listen to provided recording 4 times before next rehearsal.
- Ol Time Religion: Learn notes and rhythms to page 7, measure 37!
Listen to this rocking premier recording by the 225-member ACDA National Children’s Chorus conducted by our own Elena Sharkova at the National Convention in Salt Lake City in 2015.
*Your Own Calendar* Do you have your own calendar? If yes – is it hanging on your wall? Is it online? If not – do you have your own whiteboard or chalkboard? Even without any of these things, you can make a fun, creative, weekly calendar that can help you achieve your goals! Or, print out this simple weekly calendar and you’ll be on your way! Take a few minutes and think about your week. Using whatever calendar you prefer, plan out and schedule your practice time. Include yoga, and LAH (Listening At Home).
Ideas and References
- This week we talked about and practiced what it is to “have rhythm”. Understanding and reading rhythm is different from “having rhythm”! We actualized both the BIG beats and the little beats in our bodies as we danced to the FUNKY rhythms of Ease On Down The Road. Put on some fun music you and your family like…can you help them to have rhythm? Help them feel the big beats, the little beats, and the accents….and then make up your own moves!
- With the introduction of Ol Time Religion, we learned about the African American Spiritual; how the composer/arranger “speaks for” and honors the history of African American slaves through the lyrics and style of his composition.
Spirituals are a genre of songs originating in the U.S., created by African Americans. Spirituals were originally an oral tradition (not written down) describing the hardships of slavery and expressing a Christian-based faith. Although spirituals were originally unaccompanied unison songs, they are best known today in harmonized choral arrangements. This historic group of uniquely American songs is now recognized as a distinct genre of music. Some famous examples are:
Swing Low, Sweet Chariot https://open.spotify.com/track/7gZQNDm24rEkcfvxq8NEJ4?si=n7Qgbw4ASEqYr2SRutCdbw
By bringing this music to life, we become active participants in remembering and acknowledging this most tragic and important chapter of American history. As artists, we have the unique privilege of honoring the people of this time!
- For the Delibes Mass: Use part recordings (below) and this excellent performance example to learn each of the movements . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n2K0znV1S94.
Try to memorize the first part: Kyrie Eleison. Review the work we did in the Gloria. Think about enunciation and articulation. Think about strong, clear entrances and clean, concise cut-offs. Practice the important dynamics we worked on – think about how much focus and effort it takes to do all of that exceptionally well!
LAH (Listening At Home)
- Listen the entire Delibes Mass 2 times this week. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n2K0znV1S94
- Listen to Will There Really Be A “Morning”? (Below) 2 times this week
- Listen to Ol Time Religion. https://www.stantons.com/sheet-music/title/oltime-religion/00138949/
Sanctus Sop 1
Sanctus Sop 2
Sanctus Alto 1
Sanctus Alto 2
Agnus Dei Sop
Agnus Dei Alto