A cool arrangement of Bach’s Adoramus Te

Bach to the Beach

Welcome Bach to a new season of Lewes Voice Works!  We have some fab new pieces to work on and we’re starting with this lovely, rather New Agey version of Adoramus Te.

Think long legato phrases, folks.

 

 

 

 


Adoramus Te – 3 Parts, SAB


Adoramus Te – Soprano


Adoramus Te – Alto


Adoramus Te – Baritone


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An African Alleluia with some funky, gospel rhythms.

Hey, watch those syncopated rhythms, everybody!  It don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing.

And to make it even cooler still we’re going to be giving out percussion instruments to 3 of you because this thing has written parts for triangle, shaker and congas!

 

 

 

 

African Alleluia – 3 Parts, SAB





African Alleluia – Soprano



African Alleluia – Alto



African Alleluia – Baritone



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Now is the Month of Maying – for SAB

We began this at our last session and while it’s mostly pretty easy to read right off, here are the files so everyone can have a bit of a practice and those who missed out on our session at Jasper Lodge (Election Night at LVW!) can play catch up.

Have fun!

Oh, and apologies for another obscure American reference, but I couldn’t help myself. Hearing Don Knotts sing this song cheers me no end.

3-Part SAB audio


Soprano part audio


Alto part audio


Bass part audio

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TED Talk: Record Diggers

Helpful in understanding one of your hosts of LVW. But also a great way of finding new and soul fulfilling music, if you find the algorithms of Spotify and other services less than helpful.

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Voice Tutorials

A few of you have been asking for these, so I’m putting the 4 of them in one place.  These are a series of short voice tutorials that I did some time ago for some of my students and for anyone else who might find them useful.  I’ve since been contacted by several singers from various parts of the world who have watched them, and three of them have come for singing lessons. The power of the web, eh?

If anyone has a vocal or musical subject that they would like me to tackle in a video, please don’t hesitate to get in touch or leave a comment here.

 

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Lennon & McCartney’s lovely “If I Fell” for SAB

I said at rehearsal that McCartney was influenced by pop music from an earlier era––and of course, this was mostly written by John.

Duh.

ROLLING STONE’s Top 100 Beatles Songs

26. ‘If I Fell’

Main Writer: Lennon
Recorded: February 27, 1964
Released: June 26, 1964
9 weeks; no. 53 (B side)

“If I Fell” was Lennon’s first attempt to write a slow, pretty number for a Beatles record. “People forget that John wrote some nice ballads,” McCartney said. “People tend to think of him as an acerbic wit and aggressive and abrasive, but he did have a very warm side to him, really, which he didn’t like to show too much in case he got rejected.”

Lennon said the lyrics — in which he begs a new lover for tenderness after being wounded by the last girl — were “semiautobiographical, but not consciously.” On the surface, they had little to do with his life: He had been with his wife, Cynthia, for years, and their son, Julian, was almost a year old.

But musically, it was one of Lennon’s cleverest songs to date: The harmonic tricks of its strummy, offbeat opening were miles beyond what other bands were doing at the time, and it was “dripping with chords,” as McCartney said. It also showcased some of the Beatles’ finest singing. Lennon and McCartney shared a single microphone for their Everly Brothers-like close harmonies.

If I Fell – 3 Parts, SAB





If I Fell – Soprano part


If I Fell – Alto part


If I Fell – Baritone part

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End of Term Business

Thank you all for a lovely term!  We enjoyed it thoroughly and are looking forward to next term by preparing new music based on your suggestions listed below.  Also, please note the dates for next term’s sessions and put them in your diary.

 


LEWES VOICE WORKS end of term business

Next term’s dates:

27 April

11, 25 May

8, 22 June

6, 13 July

Next term’s fees:  Subscription £60 for 7 sessions


HOT NEWS, not FAKE NEWS: Suggestion box results are IN!!

Classical:

Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves

O fortuna (Carmina Burana)

Bei Männern (Magic Flute)

Anything by Mozart

Barber’s Adagio


Early/Church:

SS Wesley, Blessed be the God, Father of our Lord JC

Shakespearean songs

16th century ‘stuff’

Madrigal: Twas in the Month of Maying


Contemporary/Pop/Folk:

Beatles:

Fool on the Hill
If I Fell
She’s Leaving Home
Here, There & Everywhere

& Hebrew song from Sandria

 

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Handel’s Hallelujah chorus arranged for SAB

Well, it’s more pages than usual but it will all be worth it when you experience singing it.  Yes, I miss the tenor part but then, I’m a bit biased.  That’s life in LVW! 😉

Much of it will feel very familiar to many of you, I’m sure but I envy those who are being introduced to singing it for the first time.

Have fun!

All 3 Parts – Audio







Soprano Part – Audio



Alto Part – Audio



Baritone Part – Audio



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Name that Tune #5

As mentioned at our session last night, here is Name that Tune #5. Have fun with it and we’ll have a look at it in 2 weeks.
Remember––no cheating!  Stay away from that piano!

No Bonanza theme tune.  I promise.
Name that Tune 5 – Download PDF

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The first recording of Sturk’s Phos Hilaron

I mentioned in the last post that I would also post the recording of Stephen Sturk’s Phos Hilaron that 9 of us made at the Cathedral of St John the Divine in 1986.  You can listen to it here.

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