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Thursday March 17th/ Rehearsal # 10

Greetings, Intermediate Singers,

Thank you for a great rehearsal this week! You have practically memorized the two songs you will sing on your own at the Cantabile’s Festival for Young Voices in just two weeks and the massed songs are coming along. Please remember, you will also be singing these songs for Maestro Oscar Escalada during our regular rehearsal time on Thursday March 31st. We want to present our very best in order to make the most of our time with him!

Please note this very important information about our REHEARSAL LOCATION CHANGE FOR NEXT WEEK:

Due to Maundy Thursday Services, Intermediate will be rehearsing at this location next week:

First United Methodist Church in Palo Alto, 625 Hamilton Ave, Palo Alto – sign in at the parking lot.

(Please note if you have a child in Prep 1 or Prep 2, they will be at a different location from Intermediate: Los Altos United Methodist Church, 655 Magdalena Ave, Los Altos – park in the large parking lot at the rear, and come to classrooms 8 and 9.)

Trivia Question: What is Pambiche, anyway?

Action Items for This Week:

  • Please continue to study and memorize your music this week, repeating the Spanish, and remember some key language points from today:

-Spanish “T” is different from our “T” – please use this guide to help you master the Spanish “T.”

-Look for all the places in your music where the words or syllables are bridged together over one note, for example: Measure 16 in Pueblito, mi pueblo “pudiera-otra vez.” Speak these phrases until it feels easy and natural.

Action Items for Next Week:

  • Continue to memorize Un Lorito de Verapaz  by next Thursday March 24th – if there were sections you forgot during rehearsal today, study and sing through them many times this week!
  • Continue to memorize  Tres canciones de los elementos by next Thursday March 24th – if there were sections you forgot during rehearsal today, study and sing through them many times this week!
  • Memorize and review Pueblito, mi Pueblo  (memorized by 03/24)
  • Memorize and review Goza mi Calipso  (memorized by 03/24)
  • Memorize El Pambiche Lento  (memorized by 03/24)

What to practice:

Un Lorito de Verapaz

This is sounding lovely, but we need to put fire into it! Even when we feel 2 big beats per measure, we need those little rhythmic ideas to be precise and percussive.

  • Check ALL entrances – measure 9 and measure 17 in particular
  • Part 2, really study those words on the third page (mm. 9-20) – you are the foundation of this section! Also fix the note mistake “si te vas con” in measure 33.
  • Review the harmonic section we sang in solfege: mm. 25-28
  • Practice speaking the Spanish and review the translation, in particular, these words:

linda” = “pretty” “desmayo” = ”fainted” “dia se enamoro” = “fell in love” “muero de amor” =  “die of love”

Tres canciones de los elementos

Your harmonies are really settling nicely in this song – now we need to express the language and sing with more energy and passion! Please review the translation and think of how the music reflects the text – how can your voices reflect the joy, mystery, and excitement of these elements?

  • In Escuchar al viento, Part 1 should take note of measures 15 and 19, and how they differ!
  • Practice singing at home with the long phrases we implemented in rehearsal – you should be taking a breath after every four measures!
  • In Fuego, part 2 should review their opening notes, and how they differ – measure 6 and measure 8.
  • Continue to clap wherever there are accents in the score as you sing Fuego  at home this week
  • In La lluvia, dynamics are key! Observe them carefully as you memorize this week – when do you sing mezzo-forte? Mezzo-piano? Look for crescendos and decrescendos and recall that my conducting pattern will generally be larger for crescendo, and smaller for decrescendo.

Pueblito, mi pueblo

Lovely work on this song! Continue to use this source to review the pronunciation, translation, and to listen as you follow along in your scores. Memorize for next week!

El Pambiche Lento

  • Part 2 needs to review their music and sing the solfege in measures 42-56and measures 75-90.
  • Speak through all the Spanish
  • Continue clapping 4 beat per measure as you sing the song.
  • Continue to listento the song – note this new recording!
  • Memorize for next week!

Goza mi Calipso

  • Please review your “ooohs” in measures 28-36 – sing in solfege!
  • Review the Spanish, and the translation:

Enjoy my calypso and come and dance.

The calypso in Venezuela is a popular song

That accompanies the parades throughout Carnival.

The calypso is from Guayana–a land rich in minerals.

We sing for everybody, we invite you to dance.

My calypso sounds like this

Here you have my calypso

Calypso, calypso dance

To dance!

  • Here is the video we watched – continue listening and following in your score, and dancing!

Musicianship A: Nice work creating polyrhythms of our favorite sports, playing rhythms with our rhythm dice, singing and studying the G major scale and its tonic triad. Your sight-singing is also improving so much – keep working on counting and clapping your rhythms aloud at home. It really helps! Be sure to establish a steady beat that is slow enough to allow for sixteenth notes, and other complex rhythms! This week, please complete pages 25-27 in Book 2. Those of you finished with Book 2 should continue reviewing all pages, and doing activities on

Musicianship B: Great job with the rhythm dice, though you should continue working on sixteenth note patterns, particularly when you have two sixteenth notes beamed with an eighth note.  We also went over some of the keys in the Circle of Fifths, and their corresponding key signatures. Your singing of the I IV V triad progression was lovely! This week, please complete pages 25-27 in Book 3. You should also review the sections in your book which cover dotted rhythms. Those of you finished with Book 3 should continue reviewing all pages, and doing activities on

 Trivia Answer:  Pambiche is a Dominican music genre and dance form derived from merengue típico, the traditional style of merengue. It has a slower tempo than standard merengue and its tambora rhythm is based on the cinquillo.

Have a great week!


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