Name That Tune, Too!

Here’s some more fun for those inclined towards musical puzzles.  Remember––––no cheating!  This is sight reading only.

Have fun and don’t forget our next meeting is this Thursday night, the 26th!

The PDF version to download and print out is here.

Name that Tune 2

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Soave sia il vento | A trio from Mozart’s opera, Cosí fan tutte


Greetings, Voiceworkers!

We’re tackling Wolfie Amadeus this week, so have a look and a listen and a sing through, if you have a few moments to spare.  It’s not long but it is in Italian and presents some challenges vocally.  I’ve put the Italian and its English translation at the bottom of this post.

Note: This is normally sung as a solo trio.  I have embedded a video from Glyndebourne’s 2006 production DVD below the parts.

PDF of all parts for download

Audio: 3 Parts

Soave sia il vento_3-parts_p1
Soave sia il vento_3-parts_p2
Audio: Soprano part

Soave sia il vento_sop
Audio: Alto part

Soave sia il vento_alto
Audio: Baritone part

Soave sia il vento_bar

Soave sia il vento,
Tranquilla sia l’onda,
Ed ogni elemento
Benigno risponda
Ai nostri {vostri) desir.

English translation:
Gentle is the wind,
Calm is the wave,
And every one of the elements
Answer warmly
To our (your) desire.

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Name that Tune!

name that tune gameshowFor those of you who weren’t at our last meeting I’m posting your homework assignment. DO NOT use a keyboard to help you with these.  This is a sight reading exercise.  Have fun with it and good luck.  Directly below is a link for those of you who wish to download and print the page.

Please feel free to leave us comments about this on the website, too!

Name that Tune!






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Wind and Unkind

a_right_easterly_wind_is_very_unkind_mousepad-r9359f1c04c17012f513c00ffb0cb9003_x74vi_8byvr_324 Hi All,

Following our lovely little discussion last evening about Shakespeare’s use of rhyme in Blow, blow, though winter wind, I’ve done a little bit of Googling.  The bottom line seems to be that in Shakespeare’s time the word wind was still pronounced with a long ‘i’ vowel (probably spelled wynde) a hangover from Middle English.

According to THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE by Charles Barber, Joan Beal, Philip Shaw:
“The word wind ‘moving air’ probably has its short vowel by analogy with words like windmill, where the third consonant prevented the lengthening from taking place.  In Middle English, wind normally had a long vowel, and as late as Shakespeare’s time it rhymed with kind: thus when Shakespeare writes, ‘Blow, blow, though winter wind/Thou art not so unkind’ he is not using an eye rhyme, but a genuine rhyme that no longer exists today.”Picture 009

There are modern days qualms about this, insisting that there is no reason for us to continue an archaic usage and simply treat this as a sight rhyme.

According to The Exciting World of Creative Writing by Ruth McDaniel
“Shakespeare’s uses of ‘wind’ and ‘unkind’ is an example of a sight rhyme.”

Both I find intriguing but let’s put it to a vote just for the sake of democracy.

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Thomas Arne’s “Blow, Blow Thou Winter Wind” — and how appropriate is that?


Greeting music lovers,

It’s time to shiver through a sweet and lively yet wintery new piece.  Aside from posting the graphics of the sheet music and the audio parts for you to listen to, I will also post PDFs of the sheet music (find links below parts) so you can download the lot and print it out if you so desire.  Ain’t I helpful?

I hope to see you all soon!


All 3 Parts Audio

Blow, Blow_3part_p1
Blow, Blow_3part_p2

Soprano Part Audio

Blow, Blow_Sop

Alto Part Audio

Blow, Blow_Alto

Baritone Part Audio

Blow, Blow_Bar

PDFs to download
Full Score
Soprano Part
Alto Part
Baritone Part

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Local events of interest!

hymnathonHi All,

I thought I would repost the local musical events that we announced at last session.
First the Hospice Hymnathon 2015.  It takes place Saturday 6 & Sunday 7 June 2015 at Lancing College Chapel.  It’s being produced by Friends of Sussex Hospices and is a very worthy cause.  Carol and I will not be involved but if any of you want to organize a group to go, that’s great.  There is more information in the link above.

I grew up singing hymns and love them dearly but unfortunately most of the notes lie in places that cause my voice some distress, so I respectfully beg off.

Lewes SingersThe Lewes Singers are performing the Vivaldi Gloria (by Candlelight!) on Sunday 21 December at 6pm at St. Michael’s Church on the High St in Lewes.  Nick Houghton is conducting and there is a small orchestra led by Julia Bishop.  This is a very fine amateur group and worth your time.  Further info in the link.

The East Sussex Community Choir and Orchestra (also Nicholas Houghton) will be performing Bach’s Christmas Oratorio plus Christmas carols for choir and audience on Saturday 20th December at Lewes Town Hall at 7:30pm.  I know that several of you are involved in this which is great.  It’s a wonderful piece.

Carol says I should also tout the virtues of an upcoming concert that I am singing the solo tenor work in.  The East Sussex Bach Choir is performing C.P.E. Bach’s Magnificat and the Haydn “Nelson Mass” at St John sub Castro on Saturday 6th December at 7:30pm.


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Good King Wenceslas in SAB, arranged by our friend Herr Schürmann

xmas wenceslasHere’s a lovely and varied arrangement of Good King Wenceslas for us to warble through.  There are key changes aplenty and everyone gets a shot at the melody which gets tossed recklessly––sorry, I meant artfully––back and forth.

Audio for all 3 parts:

Good King Wenceslas_SAB_Schürmann_0001
Good King Wenceslas_SAB_Schürmann_0002
Good King Wenceslas_SAB_Schürmann_0003
Good King Wenceslas_SAB_Schürmann_0004

Audio for all Soprano:

Good King Wenceslas_SAB_Schürmann - SOPRANO_0001
Good King Wenceslas_SAB_Schürmann - SOPRANO_0002

Audio for all Alto:

Good King Wenceslas_SAB_Schürmann - ALTO_0001
Good King Wenceslas_SAB_Schürmann - ALTO_0002

Audio for all Baritone:

Good King Wenceslas_SAB_Schürmann - BASS_0001
Good King Wenceslas_SAB_Schürmann - BASS_0002

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Last LVW Coffee/Tea Mugs – Going once, going twice…..

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Here it is in all its comical splendour!  The Official LVW Coffee/Tea Mug–– just waiting for some happy LVW newbie to grab them up. Only 4 left!  And the first 4 people to leave a comment on this site or email me will have them, free for the asking to clear space in our office.


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Finale of Don Giovanni

Don JuanWelcome back, all to the Autumn 2014 LVW sessions.  Here are the parts for the very excellent finale of Mozart’s Don Giovanni that we began working on last evening.  I’ve included the piano part in each of the audio files to help you hear where you are, but I’ve lowered the volume of the piano and raised the volume of your parts so it should be clear what you are listening to.
Remember, those black bars with the numbers over them are places where you rest. The number tells you how many bars you rest for. Since we’re beating this piece in 2, there are 2 beats in each bar. So, to find your place count 1,2 2,2 3,2 4,2 and so on.

Have fun!

Audio for 3-Parts (with piano)

Giovanni finale SAB parts_0001 Giovanni finale SAB parts_0002 Giovanni finale SAB parts_0003 Giovanni finale SAB parts_0004 Giovanni finale SAB parts_0005 Audio for Soprano (with piano)
Giovanni finale parts - Soprano_0001 Giovanni finale parts - Soprano_0002 Audio for Alto (with piano)
Giovanni finale parts - Alto_0001 Giovanni finale parts - Alto_0002 Audio for Baritone (with piano)
Giovanni finale parts - Baritone_0001 Giovanni finale parts - Baritone_0002

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Come Live With Me – by William Sterndale Bennett

Bennett-William-Sterndale-05Here is a really sweet, lilting 3-part song for us to work on.  It was originally arranged for 4 parts (SATB) but Carol very cleverly and handily whittled it down to 3 (SAB).  She also included a note about Sir Willie on the top of the first page of music that is worth reading.

Have a look and listen through and we’ll begin work on it next session, which is 26 June.

(Hmmm….. stern by name, stern by nature by the looks of things.)

Come Live With Me – 3 Part Audio

Come Live With Me_3parts_p1
Come Live With Me_3part_p2
Come Live With Me_3part_p3
Come Live With Me_3part_p4

Come Live With Me – Soprano Audio

Come Live With Me_Sop

Come Live With Me – Alto Audio

Come Live With Me_Alto

Come Live With Me – Bass Audio

Come Live With Me_Bass

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