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.”
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.
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 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.
The 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.
Here’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.
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.
Welcome 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.
Audio for 3-Parts (with piano)
Audio for Soprano (with piano)Audio for Alto (with piano)Audio for Baritone (with piano)
Here 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.)
Sakura is the flowering cherry tree, Japan’s most celebrated plant. The blossom is the national flower. This familiar (some might even say clichéd) melody is given a lovely 3 part treatment here that I think you’ll enjoy working on and singing.
Sorry it’s taken so long, Mike but here it is at last, and I think quite a lovely arrangement, too! Baritones get the melody at the opening and then pass it off to the sopranos. And both Altos and Baritones will have fun with all the fab semi-quavers that bring it all to a close. Enjoy!
*Note to Baritones: When you play your audio part be prepared to wait for the opening 3 bars rest before your part starts to play!