I worked with composer Stephen Sturk for a few years back in the 1980s when I was a soloist at the Cathedral of St John the Divine in New York. I was fortunate enough to be in the evensong choir that recorded his beautiful Evening Service, of which the Phos Hilaron (O Gracious Light) is the first part. I still have the original cassette tape with him conducting. I’ll post it here at some point so you can hear it.
It was originally composed for ATB (alto, tenor, bass) but Carol has done a lovely job of rewriting it for SAB. I hope you love it as much as I do.
Here is the Ralph Kramden chest resonance demonstration that I mentioned at the last session. For those of you who missed out, this is what happens when you use low abdominal support and keep a fine chest resonance.
This is a clip I created and uploaded from an episode of The Honeymooners called The Bensonhurst Bomber.
Enjoy! And please don’t take it too seriously. 😉
For those of you who must see the entire episode now, it is available here.
For those of you waiting with bated breath, and for those of you who couldn’t make it to our last session, here is Name That Tune #4. We will go through this at our next session and have a bit of fun.
For those of you who haven’t done one of these before, the idea is to improve your sight-reading. So, no cheating! Don’t play it on the piano. Give yourself a starting pitch and sing the intervals and rhythms as best you can to determine what the songs are.
To those of you whom we had the pleasure of hosting last night, here is Moondog singing Nero’s Expedition. As you may notice, we got it wrong––the round starts after 4 bars, not 3. So, now we’ll have to drag it out next meeting and get it right. Not such a bad thing. I’m really fond of it.