First, let's thank your LCS board and other volunteers for the continued good work that they do on behalf of the organization. There are many hands that contribute to the success of our activities and the outstanding programs of the children's choirs. We are grateful.
Second, your progress in the current packet of music has been impressive. We've become acquainted with the basics of each piece and learned lots of notes. Now, the hard work begins: Turning the nuts-and-bolts, the machinery, into beautiful music! As we become more capable with notes/words/rhythms, our ability to express and communicate is enabled. With this in mind, please make sure that any difficulties you may still have with pitches or rhythms are conquered soon.
Accordingly, these "assignments" for this week: [They're pretty easy to accomplish, so please try!]
1. Bass, Gloria: The notes, all the way. These passages are all pretty comfortable, taken singly - but transitions are challenging. Don't neglect the unusual rhythms and meters. It's possible to learn the "feel" of these by rote, but it's far better to understand them in terms of underlying pulse. You will probably find it helpful to hear performances by other groups, so here are two excellent ones:
Randol Bass, Gloria
2. Handel, Solomon, Praise the Lord With One Accord: All the notes. Even with Monday's reassignment of choirs [I and II], we've basically learned all the notes. Try to become at ease with finding your place in the score and especially the melismatic runs in the final pages. We need them to be clean and accurate, as you well know. Here are three somewhat different performances, which you may find interesting. [I've commented about each.]:
Handel, Praise the Lord With One Accord
[Very dramatic, but bordering on the bombastic. Not totally what we want.]
[Sung with piano only - and videoed with the two choruses divided on the risers, so you can see the dialogue.]
[Video recording from a distance, but nicely done. Pretty fast tempo!]
See you on Monday!