The main business of last Wednesday’s Committee Meeting was to settle the repertoire for the next two (yes two) concerts.
John had expressed a desire to perform Ola Gjeilo’s Sunrise Mass. It was written seven years ago and is has become a popular work in that time. “Gjeilo” is pronounced “yellow”, he is Norwegian but lives in New York.
John’s original thought was to perform this in our next concert but it needs an orchestra of 24 so we decided to do this at our next winter concert. So we came up with the following repertoire:
Summer Concert: Madrigal’s and Partsongs from the Oxford Choral Classics series in the first half and Stravinski’s Symphony of Psalms in the second half. We haven’t fixed the date yet as there is some congestion in the concert timetable in Cardiff around the end of June.
Next winter we will do Mozart’s Requiem in the first half and the Sunrise Mass in the second half. Again, we don’t have a date yet.
Our Summer Concert (June 28 2014) was a great success, the choir coped magnificently with the Fugue in the Mass and the motets were all performed beautifully. We will restart on September 17 with rehearsals for our Silver Jubilee Concert in late January/early February 2015. The repertoire will be Bach’s Magnificat, Four Spirituals from Tippet’s A Child of our Time and Beethoven’s Mass in C.
I will post a short report after each rehearsal to record any significant announcements or developments concerning the upcoming concert and, especially, notes on what we rehearsed so that members who not able to be present can know what they should brush up on.
So from tonight:
- John is waiting on a copy of the Part Antiphons. He will make a decision once he’s had a chance to examine it in detail.
- What did we rehearse?
- Brahms Geistliches Lied, ESM pp56-63 in total
- Puccini Gloria from #17 on p31 to #23 on p37. We will pick up there next week
- Mendelssohn Verlieh uns Frieden ESM pp208-213. Revised in total
- What should we look at before next week?
- Casals O vos omnes ESM pp99-102. This has split ATB parts so we need as many present as possib;l
Here are some links to various sites that will enable you to hear your part and sing along. Cyberbass seems to be the favourite for the tenors but you may well prefer one midi file over another because the “voice” used sounds better/nicer to you.
Most of these sites allow you to download the midi file. You may well then be able to run it on your smart phone and be able to carry it around with you.
- http://www.cyberbass.com/Major_Works/Puccini_G/puccini_messe_di_gloria.htm. Cyberbass is generally reliable and has some good facilities
- http://www.learnchoralmusic.co.uk/Puccini/Messa-di-Gloria/messa-di-gloria.html. The files work well enough for me despite warnings about Windows Media Player
- http://gasilvis.net/ You will need to search for Puccini
- http://www2.cpdl.org/wiki/index.php/Geistliches_Lied,_Op._30_(Johannes_Brahms). Click on the loudspeaker entry in the third item
- http://bit.ly/1jSPfvf. SCoreSe page allowing download of an mp3 or midi version
Unfortunately this is still under copyright so cannot be made available. However, there are performances available online and I will prepare a similar post with links to performances of the works
The date for our next concert is June 28, 2014 in St John the Evangelist.
The main work is Puccini’s Messa di Gloria, so called because forty of the seventy three pages of the score are given over to the Gloria! Puccini wrote it when 18 for his music college graduation. Four generations of his family had been known for writing religious music but this was his final work in the genre; the world of opera called!
It was performed once in 1880 and then lost for 75 years before being found by an American priest, researching a biography of Puccini.
Our first rehearsal this evening (Wednesday February 19, 2014) has pretty much nailed the Kyrie and we made good progress in the foothills of the Gloria. It has some simple tunes but with unexpected twists. My first impression is that it is going to be fun!
Other works will come from European Sacred Music from the Oxford Choral Classics (ISBN 0-19-343695-7). This one of our standards and new members are encouraged to buy it. However if that is problem to anybody we do have a few loan copies. The works are likely to include:
- Brahms Geistliches Lied (p56)
- Casals O Vos Omnes (p99)
- Mendelssohn Verleih uns Frieden (p208)
- Poulenc Salve Regina
- Rachmaninov Bogoroditse Dyevo (p278)