Monthly Archives: April 2014

Brahms’ Requiem

ALL I hear your hard work.  Please be mindful we are all singing together.  That being said, the conductor cannot help to keep us together and cue us if they can only see the top of your heads.  There is … Continue reading

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Brahms–Movement VII

ALL–keep this movement in your mind and in your ears.  Save some reserve energy for this movement.  It’s the most challenging with regards to sustain and stamina on high notes.  Keep the breath flowing and the throat, jaw and chest … Continue reading

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Brahms–Movement VI

ALL–Beginning p. 65-72, please note which notes are staccato (dotted-short and detached) and which are not.  Seems we’re way over-staccato-ing the phrase.  The staccatos will be much more effective if only articulated on notes that marked as such. Letter E–watch … Continue reading

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Brahms–Movement V

ALL–Beginning entrance shaky. –“ich vill..”–way too tight!  Please modify your vowel towards the upper palate.

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Brahms–Movement IV

Watch pronunciation of “nungen.”  The “ng” is as in sing, i.e. no hard pronunciation of the “g.” ALL– watch the mezzo di voce (editorial markings!) S–m. 140-142

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Brahms–Movement III

In general–watch dynamic markings p. 36–S & T be mindful of the timing of m. 150-152 p. 37, m. 164, music and heads up! watch the conductor to guide your time! p. 38, m. 170, beats 3 & 4 timing! … Continue reading

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Brahms’ Requiem, Movement II

Quiet doesn’t mean half-voice which could translate into half-support.  Quiet sections need to be extremely energized to be heard and expressive.  It helps with our pitch as well Letter A–I think we need to consider how we’re pronouncing  “Fleisch.”  Don’t … Continue reading

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Brahms’ Requiem Movement I

Good evening, dear Choral Artists!!  Your hard work is becoming more and more evident as we move through the movements with more confidence, ease, and expressivity.  Let’s continue to challenge ourselves to be better than we imagined. Here’s my input … Continue reading

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