Wasn't that chaos fun, in the last ten minutes of practice last Tuesday? I loved how you hung in there in the "Cum Sancto Spiritu", trying to represent your parts, hanging on for dear life and occasionally locking in well, when challenged by an impossibly fast tempo! We really didn't hit the wall until measure 175, the climax of the whole movement. By then we were laughing as much as we were singing! But I know you got a glimpse of the way the movement builds in excitement. Don't worry: of course we won't take that tempo. I'll settle on one in which we can all be successful and it'll still be exciting.
Please get out your little red pens now, or pencils if you can see pencil markings well. I'm going to give you written instructions of things to do, section by section. Time didn't permit this analysis on Tuesday, and it's doubtful that you would all have heard clearly, anyway. MARK YOUR SCORES! You'll be amazed at the change in the way the movement proceeds.
CUM SANCTO SPIRITU (Conducted in 2)
Measures 7-76. When your section has the head theme ("Cum Sancto Spiritu"), sing full forte and accent every syllable, which is most often given a whole note. Once the next section comes in, DROP BACK to Mezzo-Forte, and lighten the spirit. Another fun feature: many of your lighter background material contains phrases which open with three often arpeggiated quarter notes. Always sing these marcato! Always! [Examples: Bass measure 14, Alto measure 26, Bass measure 28, Tenor measures 35, 37, 39, 41, Soprano measures 36, 38, 46, Bass measure 47, Alto measure 48, etc. etc.] Have fun searching these cool places out!
Measures 76- 155. New material. Notice the marked duet between Basses and Tenors from 81, with Sopranos and Altos dancing lightly above. Balance accordingly: sing half as loud as the Tenors and Basses. The lead is given to Sopranos and Altos from measure 127. Basses, dance clearly with toe shoes on! The next pairing is between Tenors and Sopranos from 138, then between Basses and Altos from 146.
Measure 157. Transitional material, building excitement until Sopranos full Forte at measure 163.
Measure 167. Intense excitement at Piano, with the head theme, always accented, entering at one- measure intervals and then bursting suddenly into Forte at measure 175 with those accented arpeggios opening the phrases in every section.
Measure 186. Take the first ending and let the solo quartet take over while you catch your breath!
Measure 232. Enter on beat 2, giving accented presence to every new note, and take it home. AND THOUSANDS CHEER!
I sincerely hope you mark every one of the examples I set out here, so that we can automatically perform the articulations correctly.
I also urge you to read all of the announcements sent to you weekly, which follow this column. I was stunned to see how many hadn't realized that you were being offered a downloadable practice aid by Ken Scudder! How lucky for you!
See you on Tuesday,
Practice Music Files
Ken Scudder has produced electronic files that highlight each voice part for all of the movements in the Mozart piece and has graciously volunteered to share them with anyone who would like copies as a practice aid. This is a great opportunity for singers who do not have a piano at home since similar files are not available on the internet for this work of music. If you would like to receive copies for your individual use, email Ken at firstname.lastname@example.org. Ken can provide mp3 files, which can be played using software like iTunes or Windows Media Player, or Scorch files, which can be played on an iPad or in a web browser on any Windows or Mac computer. The advantage of the Scorch files is that they also show the musical score as you play the music. Be sure to tell Ken which voice part you sing, which of the double choirs you are in (I or II), and whether you would like mp3 files or Scorch files. You can download a copy of the Scorch app for the iPad from the Apple App store. Alternatively, you can download the browser plug-in from the following web page:
Many thanks to Ken for making these files available to the choir.
Each member is asked to sell at least two tickets. New this year is that mezzanine tickets are $35. Main level and balcony remain $25, with senior and student discounts available. Price information is listed on your ticket envelopes and is available on our website. You must request mezzanine tickets from Sarah Tolleson (substituting for Susan Cribbs for the next two weeks). If you need more tickets, or need mezzanine or season tickets, contact Sarah at email@example.com.
FCO Member Recitals
David Rutherford will perform a solo piano recital--featuring works by Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, and others--on Saturday, April 13, at 3:45pm at Salem Library's Loucks Auditorium. You can purchase tickets online for $15.
David also will perform a recital with William Velez-titled "Remember When It Rained"-on Saturday, May 11, at 4:00pm at Salem Library's Loucks Auditorium. You can purchase tickets online for $12.
Get involved by helping to distribute concert posters! Pick up posters at rehearsal, then hang them up wherever others will see them (your office, businesses/restaurants, your church, and more). Please get permission from the appropriate people before hanging posters and be respectful of other posters or flyers already displayed.
Get involved by joining FCO's board of directors. FCO is a nonprofit member organization with an annual budget close to $60,000. Board members oversee all aspects of FCO business, from grant writing and donor development to concert management and ticket sales. FCO's continued success depends on finding hard-working and passionate people to serve on the board. Next season's board members will be elected at rehearsal on April 23. If you are interested in helping to lead FCO, contact Bryan Gonzalez at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2020 Northern Italy Tour
We are still auditioning for our next tour, which will take us across northern Italy, with stops in Tuscany, Lake Garda, and Venice. Check out the tour flyer for more information about the proposed itinerary. If you are interested in auditioning, contact Rebekah Wozniak-Gelzer at email@example.com or by phone at 503-585-5404.
"Once A Dream"
Long-time member Vito Pileggi has written a book about his travels with FCO and on his own. Vito organized several FCO tours and helped forge the friendship between FCO and MGV 1880-86 Hahnheim. You can order "Once A Dream" from Amazon for $45 or save money and pick up a copy at rehearsal from Hale Thornburgh for just $30. You can reach Hale at 503-581-0274 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
"Farm Boy to Fly Boy"
Centenarian Art Gregg, our accompanist Ann Snelling's father, has published his memoirs as a WWII fighter pilot in the India-Burma-China theater. He flew 69 missions and received the Distinguished Flying Cross. You can pick up a copy of "Farm Boy to Fly Boy" at rehearsal from Ann for just $10.
Room Setup and Tear Down
Altos are On Deck
Please arrive at 6:30 pm.
Bryan will coordinate set up.
Move the piano from the sanctuary to the gym.
The combined choir seating chart is shown below.
***All singers are responsible for placing their own chair on the racks.***
Place the chair racks back in the gym closet.
Place the director's platform and music stand back in the gym closet.
Move the piano back to the sanctuary
Place the baptismal font and candle back to the center of the sanctuary aisle.
Feb 19 - Tenors Mar 19 - Tenors Apr 16 Tenors May 14 Tenors
Feb 26 - Basses Mar 26 Basses Apr 23 Basses
Mar 5 - Sopranos Apr 2 Sopranos Apr 30 Sopranos
Mar 12 - Altos Apr 9 Altos May 7 Altos