Current Concert - HANDEL ALEXANDER'S FEAST
Recommended recording: YouTube - Alexander's Feast
Some of us appreciate using online choral learning services when we're studying our parts. As some singers may have noticed, Alexander's Feast is not available on the free choral learning service cyberbass.com
It is available on a high quality British service called ChoraLine that some of us use. www.choraline.com If you enter "BURL" in the discount code field (our code for BCS), you can stream and/or download MP3s of your voice part for $11.60 US. Downloading is challenging for Apple device users, but it can be worth the trouble. This may be tricky for Apple users.
Learn Choral Music is another British service. This one is free. It has Alexander's Feast. Again, it may be tricky for Apple users. www.learnchoralmusic.co.uk
John Fletcher Musicjohnfletchermusic.org A third British service. Requires registration, but for an out-of-copyright work like Alexander's Feast, it is supposed to be free.
Some of these scans are quite large and take time to download - please be patient.
Click to download the Rehearsal Schedule
SPRING 2017 - BRAHMS REQUIEM IN ENGLISH FOR PIANO FOUR HANDS, SHICKSALSLIED
Requiem in English w/orchestra: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MAnUk6MxXQ0
Shicksalslied with orchestra: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wYMYkKBg26U
Cyberbass parts rehearsal: http://www.cyberbass.org/
FALL 2016 - BACH CHRISTMAS ORATORIO PARTS 1, 2 and 3
Rehearsal and performance times for concert week: To Be Announced
CyberBass Midi files for individual parts: http://www.cyberbass.com/Major_Works/Bach_J_S/bach_js_xmas_orotorio.htm
YouTube performance videos referenced by Dick:
Movement 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CaVef-dqRvs
Movement 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hptK-Zw_8ME
Movement 3: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4lrL5bIBsCM
German Pronunciation Recordings: http://www.aberdeenbachchoir.org.uk/December2013/SoundFilesPart1.shtml
Spring 2016 - Hidden Haydn
MIDI files for practice:
The Seasons - http://www.cyberbass.com/Major_Works/Haydn_J/haydn_seasons.htm
Te Deum - http://www.cyberbass.com/Major_Works/Haydn_J/haydn_te_deum.htm
Insanae - http://www.learnchoralmusic.co.uk/Haydn/Insanae/insanae.html
Fall 2015 - Estonian Music
Estonian Pronunciation Guide
A New Estonian Pronunciation Guide from Ene - This is exceptionally well done and will be of great use
Song Pronunciation Recordings, read by Ene Piirak
Estonian Song Festival
We are going to be singing three songs that are sung at every Estonian Song Festival (at which 30,000 singers sing to an audience of 80,000 or more). This link takes you to a performance of "Mu isamaa," the most famous of the national songs
The orchestra will do two pieces by themselves:
The Singing Revolution
Dick strongly recommends viewing the movie that describes the role that singing has played in the national identity of Estonia called "The Singing Revolution." It is very powerful, very moving, and is also available on YouTube. The video quality is not the best, but the impact of watching it is still profound.
The first part is here
The second part here
The third part here
The fourth part here
The fifth part here
The sixth part here
The seventh part here.
If you would like to purchase a DVD of this movie, it is available here
Fall 2014 - Handel's Solomon
For the performance of Handel's Solomon, Cyberbass does not appear to have choral parts. However, Ann Curran has identified a website that does have some MIDI files for a few of the movements. The audio quality is far from desirable, but it is workable. There are only a few movements available:
YouTube Recording of Solomon - "The best recording, by far, is the live recording conducted by Paul McCreesh on YouTube. The audio, as with many YouTube recordings, isn't perfect; sometimes the audio compression makes the sound a little shrill. But the performance is extraordinary." Dick Riley
Dick has also indicated that the following three YouTube links comprise a useful documentary covering the relationship between Solomon and Sheba
Score Markings (Click on the name of the movement to open all pages in a single PDF)
We will attempt to provide score markings as early as possible so that you will have time to transfer them into your scores BEFORE rehearsal. This will speed up the process. If you do not have the markings, please try to get them from a neighbor within your section. Files are in PDF format.