Name that Tune #4

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.

Name That Tune #4 – Download PDF


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Placido é il mar from Mozart’s opera, Idomeneo.


The beautiful Placido é il mar from Mozart’s opera, Idomeneo.  Keep the breath steady and supported, clear consonants and long vowels.





Placido é il mar – 3 Parts Audio


Placido é il mar – Soprano Audio


Placido é il mar – Alto Audio


Placido é il mar – Bass Audio


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Gershwin’s “I Got Rhythm” in a new SAB arrangement!

George & Ira Gershwin

George & Ira Gershwin

So, we start of the new term with a snappy arrangement of George and Ira’s song, I Got Rhythm, long famous as a jazzman’s standard.

Listen to the click in the empty bars to help you keep tracks of the beats.

The rhythm in a song like this is not straight, but swung.  So quavers (or 8th notes) together are actually done like this:




I Got Rhythm – All 3 SAB Parts


I Got Rhythm – Soprano Part


I Got Rhythm – Alto Part


I Got Rhythm – Bass Part


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My own version of Nero’s Expedition

Water Hyacinth

Water Hyacinth

Well, what can I say?  I was so taken with it I had to record my own version.  Hope you enjoy it.  Thanks to Moondog for writing such an interesting and unusual song.


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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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