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.
So, here are a few bits and bobs from last night’s session––a nearly lovely Non nobis domine (I say nearly because we’ll do this again, and better), a little jocularity around Britten’s treacherous setting of the word “merry,” and our first complete read-through of the canon from his Welcome Ode. Again, this will greatly improve but it’s important that we hear our starting point.
I thought it might be fun to make recordings of our sessions from now on and post the best from each, just for our own information and entertainment. To our long-time members these first two will be perhaps a disappointment, something to remind us of what we are capable of. Our new members can maybe use it as a starting post––keep track and, as time goes by, relish the development and improvement, and hopefully your own feelings of enjoyment in singing.
Keep in mind, too, that we are not a choir. We’re a class for individual improvement. That being said, you all made some really lovely sounds last night.