Avanti Blog #5, February 5th, 2020

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Avanti Blog #5, February 5th, 2020

Avanti Blog #5

Thank you for your excellent work this week, Avanti!  We had a very productive rehearsal which always makes your conductor smile.  🙂   I know many of us are fighting off various sicknesses, so please be good to yourself!  Your most important assignment — Stay Healthy! 

Elena’s tips for the Healthy Singer:

Rest — sleep no less than 8 hours a night, meditate regularly, take naps 

Hydration — drink plenty of water, warm tea; avoid cold, carbonated, caffeinated drinks

Hygiene —  wash hands with soap, be careful around people who are sick, dress warmly


Action Items

  • SRF:  Complete this week’s assignment.  Participation is currently at about 50%.  I will be reaching out to singers and their families soon regarding missing SRF!
  • Musicianship: Complete the melodic dictation transcribing assignment.  See details below.
  • Messe Breve by Leo Delibes: Review Kyrie, Gloria, Sanctus, Agnus Dei, using rehearsals tracks and recordings. ALL notes and rhythms should be solid by next rehearsal.
  • Ol Time Religion: Learn notes and rhythms up to Page 10. (Rehearsal Tracks Below)
  • El Cielo Canta Alegria!:  Learn notes and rhythms up to Page 6.  Do not worry about focusing on the text!  Use “Poh” or “La”.
  • Will There Really Be A “Morning”?:  Review last week’s memorization goal – Pages 2-3.  Notes and rhythms for the entire song should be solid.
  • Like A Singing Bird:  Review last week’s memorization goal – ALL SINGERS memorize up to m.42.


Ideas and References

This week as we worked through the Delibes Sanctus and Agnus Dei, we noticed details about how the Mass was constructed and asked these questions:  Why is there an “opening” chord at the beginning of the Sanctus? Why is the word “Sanctus” repeated?  (How many times?) Why is the idea of something “holy” universal throughout different faiths and throughout human history?  Why is the Choral Voice so perfectly suited to paint the feeling and meaning inherent in that word?  

As we worked through Ol Time Religion, we discussed the distinct style characteristics within the music.  (The weight within each note, the slurs, the early closing to consonants).  Aidan remarked, “It sounds like something I might sing at home as I’m just hanging out or doing some chores.”  (I’m paraphrasing 🙂 ) He was right! This music “tells us” through its style that it is OF THE PEOPLE…or as Shakira very accurately noted; “Folk Music”.  Folk music has been used as inspiration by composers and arrangers forever! Some of the greatest, and most grand symphonies were inspired by the folk tunes of a certain region.  

Here are some examples of famous composers whose works were influenced, inspired by, or even based upon folk music.  When you play them, turn them up and dance to them!  Can you hear the folk music within?….


American composer Aaron Copland (1900-1990):  Appalachian Spring, (Seventh Movement)


Italian composer Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643):  Arr Pluhar: Zefiro torna e di soavi accenti, SV 251


English composer Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958) Fantasia On Greensleeves


Russian composer Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971) Petrushka, Danse Russe



Musicianship Homework; Due 2/12/2020

This week we “solfege’d” a melody and lined it up with a rhythm written on the white board. 

Avanti A: Using staff paper,  https://www.flutetunes.com/blank/treble-10.pdf

transcribe this tune into the following keys: C Major, F Major, B-Flat Major, G Major, D Major.

Avanti B: Using staff paper, https://www.flutetunes.com/blank/treble-10.pdf

transcribe this tune into the following keys: C Major, F Major, B-Flat Major, E-Flat Major, G Major, D Major, A Major.



  1. Ol Time Religion   https://www.stantons.com/sheet-music/title/oltime-religion/00138949/
  2. El Cielo Canta Alegria!   https://open.spotify.com/track/3De71k73PJRM3GYwmsu7GV?si=cKA7IYeiQ_OvZ-yHuupE5g  
  3. Will There Really Be A “Morning”  https://open.spotify.com/track/4yFVxq0LAqz0TegT8UwvnM?si=trORgeQDQJGYO5DvVwqz_w
  4. Singing Bird    https://open.spotify.com/track/4dRSQ57dabDv7l9QiUeHZX?si=EfWP9EKRTEeth7e0VEdlSw


Looking Ahead…

Next week we will start Songs For The People by Andrea Ramsey!  With Ana’s help, we will dig into the pronunciation for El Cielo!, and continue working on Ol Time Religion.  We will also begin to review some of Cantabile’s well known favorites such as Bridge Over Troubled Water, and There Has To Be A Song.

It is imperative that the hard work you have done on music we do not rehearse one week DOES NOT go to waste!  Therefore, REVIEW AT HOME is a MUST!  Use the provided recording and rehearsal tracks to stay on top of your music.  It isn’t that hard to do – what it takes is the decision to give it the time it deserves.  Pour your time and love into your music; I promise you, you will be glad that you did.  

Ol Time Religion, Sop 1

Ol Time Religion, Sop 2

Ol Time Religion, Alto

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