Amici rehearsal notes

Cari Amici,

Another excellent rehearsal last Wednesday and looking forward to the next on Wednesday 11th October.

We spent good quality rehearsal time improving phrasing and diction. It is difficult to over emphasize the need to sound all word endings whether a syllable or sibilant clearly…an s or t sound for instance need to be engaged with fully….always pushing the sound of the letter against the next beat of the bar we are in.

Rex Tremendae

A good example is the x  in Rex of  No 3 Rex Tremendae.  The sound needs to be very full, occupying the whole duration of the crotchet but finishing precisely, clearly and accurately. 
Please enjoy the dialogue between parts. Bar 7 alti answered by soprani , tenors by basses. Bar 11.
The R of Rex must be rolled each and every time we sing it.
Big contrast in dynamic at bar 18…needing lots of support to ensure a piano  sound. Basses listen to the F of the alti to pitch your Salve Me.  Lat three bars very quiet, confident, full sound to create  the cadence with a full length crotchet.

Dies Irae

To be sung with great passion and  strength in the knowledge that the meaning of the text is :

The day of wrath, that day will dissolve the world in ashes,
David being witness along with the Sibyl
How great will be the quaking,
when the Judge will come,
investigating everything strictly.

Please make sure your copies are marked with a crescendo/diminuendo b.42 , 43,44, and again 46/48. 

Jenkins

As  enfatico as possible in no 9 . Soprano rhythm bar 19 ..be careful…I missed your reversing quaver/semi quaver rhythm…and tutti triplet Thou- sands  achieves a relaxed feel to the word.

Good singing of the last Chorale…maintaining pitch really well.

The Translation of no 1 The Armed Man is

The armed man should be feared.
Everywhere it has been proclaimed
That each man shall arm himself
With a coat of iron mail.
The armed man should be feared.

Poster

I am indebted to Stephanie Brunton for producing another beautiful poster (attached). It is quite wonderful and now we all have to do our bit and promote the concert. Two ticket sales for each Amici member will guarantee the hall half full! Here it is:

 

Click here to download the poster.

 

Sunday 15th October  Retorica

A wonderful  opening recital to the Sixth Bayle Music season to be given by  the violin duo Retorica Harriet Mackenzie and Phillipa Mo. They are staggering virtuosic players whom I met for the first time two years ago at Aldeburgh. The programme is exciting very exciting with music by Bach, Prokovief, Telemann and others. The concert is at 15.30 in the beautiful St Eanswthe's church, The Bayle , Folkestone CT20 1SW.

Why not have a morning taking in the Triennial exhibits (some marvellous responses to the title On The Edge  including the two serene Gormley figures seen at half/low tide). Extremely good independent  eating places …sea food on the harbour, Beanies Vegetarian restaurant Tontine Street, a wealth of tastes on newly restored Harbour Arm .  

Finally….

Absence not only makes the heart grow fonder  it affects the  choral experience. Copies are being marked, scores are becoming familiar with good ensemble. A few uninformed absences l can prejudice the great performance we are striving for.

Grenville

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