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.

Happy Pair pp 13-22 - Bacchus, ever fair and young pp 41-45 - The many rend the skies pp 68-86

Now strike the golden lyre again pp 92-99 - Thais led the way pp 117-124

Let old Timotheus yield the prize pp 144-157 - Your voices tune pp 158-167 - At last divine Cecilia came pp 127-137


Click to download the Rehearsal Schedule


PAST CONCERTS:

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

Translations:

Cantata 1: http://www.emmanuelmusic.org/notes_translations/translations_cantata/t_bwv248-1.htm

Cantata 2: http://www.emmanuelmusic.org/notes_translations/translations_cantata/t_bwv248-2.htm

Cantata 3: http://www.emmanuelmusic.org/notes_translations/translations_cantata/t_bwv248-3.htm

Spring 2016 - Hidden Haydn

Translations of Te Deum Laudamus and Insanae et Vanae Curae

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

Rehearsal Schedule

Translations

Tuljak

Mehed

Mu Isamaa

Kreek's Notebook

Magnificat

Estonian Pronunciation Guide

A New Estonian Pronunciation Guide from Ene - This is exceptionally well done and will be of great use

Page 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

Song Pronunciation Recordings, read by Ene Piirak

Estonian Song Festival

Mu Isamaa

Tuljak

Mehed

Kreek's Notebook

Movement #1

Movement #2

Movement #4

Movement #5

Movement #6

Movement #7

Movement #8

YouTube Recordings

"Kreek's Notebook" by Tõnu Kõrvits

"Magnificat" by Pärt

"Estonian Lullaby" by Arvo Pärt

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:

"Silouans Song"

"Cantus in memoriam Benjamin Britten"

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:

Movements 2, 4, 8, and 22

Movements 23, 36, and 41

Movements 46, 47, 49, 51, and 56

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

Libretto of Solomon

Synopsis of Solomon

Rehearsal Schedule

Dick has also indicated that the following three YouTube links comprise a useful documentary covering the relationship between Solomon and Sheba

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

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.

If you are having difficulty using the links below, you can download all of the files directly by clicking HERE

Your Harps and Cymbals Sound (Movement #2)

From the Censer Curling Rise (Movement #22)

Draw the Tear from Hopeless Love (Movement #49)

Thus Rolling Surges Rise (Movement #51)

With Pious Heart (Movement #4)

Shake the Dome (Pages 147-152)

Music, Spread Thy Voice Around (Movement #46)

Chorus Edit - Gossec - Grand Messe Des Morts

Text and Translation - Gossec - Grand Messe Des Morts