Nero’s Expedition redux

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.

And for those with inquisitive minds, here is Moondog’s Wikipedia page.

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Sure on this Shining Night (Samuel Barber)

Samuel Barber

Samuel Barber

So, now that we have a pretty good grip on this piece already, here are the parts for further study.

You can read more about Samuel Barber here on his Wiki page.






3-Part SAB Audio

Sure on this Shining Night_3part_P1
Sure on this Shining Night_3part_P2

Soprano part audio

Sure on this Shining Night_Sop

Alto part audio

Sure on this Shining Night_Alto

Baritone part audio

Sure on this Shining Night_Bass

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20 Golden Rules for Singing Opera

opera ladyI’m posting a link to these Golden Rules for Singing Opera from Sophie Rennert‘s site. Please have them learned by heart for Thursday night as there will be a short aural exam.

20 Golden Rules for Singing Opera

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Fun with Greg Felton

Wonderful stuff. Not to be taken seriously. 😉

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Session 2 recording – 10 March 2016

LitRecordingStudioSignWhat fun last night was! Thank you, all.

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.

Non nobis domine

A merry interlude

First run-through of Britten’s Canon

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Session 1 recording – 25 February 2016

LitRecordingStudioSignHi All,

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.

Already looking forward to the next one! Enjoy.


By the Waters of Babylon

How Great Delight

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Tuneless Choir gets press

I heard about this choir this morning on Radio 4, as I’m sure many of you did, and thought I should post it to the group. When you hear this choir and listen to yourselves (And yes, I’m going to record us one evening soon!) you’ll hear that you are anything but tuneless. You’re singing in 3-part harmony, in tune and with a blend. So, go LVW!!

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Both Sides Now, Joni’s folk masterpiece for SAB

both sides nowTime for a folk revival?  Ready for incense & candles? Beehives, Beatniks and Birkenstocks?  Me, neither.  But this is a great song by any standards, and while not an overly ambitious arrangement, I think it nicely captures the mood.

Here is a PDF of  the full score for printing.

Audio – All 3 Parts

Both Sides Now_3Parts_P1
Both Sides Now_3Parts_P2
Both Sides Now_3Parts_P3
Both Sides Now_3Parts_P4

Audio – Soprano Part

Both Sides Now_Sop_P1
Both Sides Now_Sop_P2

Audio – Alto Part

Both Sides Now_Alto_P1
Both Sides Now_Alto_P2

Audio – Baritone Part

Both Sides Now_Bar_P1
Both Sides Now_Bar_P2

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Britten’s Canon from the Welcome Ode

britten-stamp-1366107290-hero-promo-0This will be a really nice change of pace for us.  Don’t panic, it’s not too difficult to learn. The difficulty will lie in the dissonances that derive from singing the 3 parts of the canon together.  When it’s right, it’s quite magical. I’ve included clicks in (hopefully) appropriate places to help you count the bars of silence.

Here is a PDF to download for printing.


Audio – 3 Parts


Audio – Soprano


Audio – Alto


Audio – Baritone


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How Great Delight – SAB Madrigal


Another 3-part madrigal from the 17th Century by Thomas Tomkins.  It’s lovely and sombre in its minor key.

When you work from the audio be sure to note what bar and beat you come in on as all audio parts start immediately and may not reflect your actual entrance beat.

Check out these lyrics:

How great delight from those sweet lips I taste
Whether I hear them speak, or feel them kiss!
Only this want I have, that being graced
With one of them, the other straight I miss.
Love, since thou canst do wonders, heap my blisses
And grant her kissing words, or speaking kisses.

And have a listen to Con Piacere sing it:

3-Parts together audio

How Great Delight_SAB_P1
How Great Delight_SAB_P2
How Great Delight_SAB_P3

Soprano audio

How Great Delight_Soprano

Alto audio

How Great Delight_Alto

Baritone audio

How Great Delight_Baritone

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