Last night and Onward; MIDI files for Christmas Oratorio (Oct 26 2018)

Last night and Onward; MIDI files for Christmas Oratorio (Oct 26 2018)

Good Morning, Amazing Choristers-

Great work last night. As I said, there are precious few UU (or other) choirs who could pick up a virtuoso Bach chorus so quickly, and sing it so well. Your musicianship is truly remarkable. What thrilling music it is! Someone said afterwards- singing Bach is like being shot from a canon!
Thanks for your quick adjustments for the Nov. 18 service– but of course. We’ll be working on its music over the next few rehearsals (Chester, and both versions of Bringing in the Sheaves).

So, for next rehearsal, here are your chores:
– Firm up the music for Nov. 4 (Danny Boy, Remember, and for the Chalice Singers, Sweet Day)
– Learn/relearn Bringing in the Sheaves (be very careful with the rhythms- do use the sound files on the Choir website!)
– Learn Ehre Sei Dir, Gott– with the German; sound files, or Cyberbass, and You Tube (I especially recommend the Helmut Rilling performance)
review the other two big Bach choruses, in German.

We’ll soon start rehearsals on the tenor/bass music for December 2 (The Church in the Wildwood; Linden Lea); I’ll let you know about the schedule for that.
Again- are there any altos who were not planning to go to the Womens’ Retreat the weekend of Dec. 2 who would enjoy singing with the tenors that day? Please let me know, asap- thanks!
We’ll need to start work on our Christmas Eve music in a couple of weeks, working around Bach rehearsals; I’ll get you that repertoire asap.

Please be sure you sign out for any Thursdays/Sundays you need to miss; I need that info for planning; especially for December 2 and Christmas Eve.

Thanks so much- Hard work, big rewards!

Tom


http://www.cyberbass.com/Major_Works/Bach_J_S/bach_js_xmas_orotorio.htm

Hello again, ChoirProles-

Diana reminded me last night of yet another learning mode for the Bach, in addition to all the learning aids you have. Cyberbass is a very useful, free, site for parts-learning. Take a look at it- quite a service! The sounds are not perhaps ideal, but it has the great virtue of having speed control, in case you like to learn initially way under tempo (a good idea). The site has only the first movement (Jauchzet, frohlocket) and the chorales- but it’s very easy to navigate to your part and to adjust the tempi.

Tom