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« Reply #125 on: May 16, 2017, 06:12:14 AM »

I cannot recommend this 300+ selection of Late Romantic works for orchestra highly enough. There are very occasional glitches and one serious dip in volume (Respighi again) but 99% of what I've heard so far (140 pieces!) has been astoundingly beautiful. Hats off to compiler David W!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ggcjRfI-TLY&list=PLY9AQ6MtYEKK_n5X26zQHHAs2jgp7ffW2

And after piece #316, what's to prevent one from starting at the beginning again? Cool Guy
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« Reply #126 on: May 22, 2017, 07:27:28 AM »

Hi,
Here's a Battle of Ave Verums, both of which I've sung a lot over the years.  they are both wonderful.

Mozart:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HXjn6srhAlY

Byrd:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vFZZMF7SRRo

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« Reply #127 on: May 23, 2017, 02:03:24 AM »

Great post there, E.

BBC Radio played this wonderful piece this morning as a response to last night's horrific attack in Manchester:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z1Czo0BSHvw
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« Reply #128 on: May 23, 2017, 06:08:11 AM »

So beautiful.  Cry

I love that, although it's a sad song, the lyrics speak of hope.

(There have been other occasions where Barber's Adagio for Strings was played after a tragic event, That piece is almost despairing)
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« Reply #129 on: May 23, 2017, 06:59:07 AM »

So beautiful.  Cry

I love that, although it's a sad song, the lyrics speak of hope.

(There have been other occasions where Barber's Adagio for Strings was played after a tragic event, That piece is almost despairing)

I remember on the normally jubilant last night of the 2001 BBC Promenade Concert series in London (this was September 15) they changed the programme. Conductor Leonard Slatkin told the audience that when the British suffer a tragedy, they play Elgar's "Nimrod". "And we play this." And "this" was Barber's heart-rending Adagio.   
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« Reply #130 on: May 29, 2017, 07:05:44 AM »

On FB yesterday was a post from Smithsonian Folkways. Folkways is a label that specializes in folk music around the world.
The article was about one of their recordings available - Bela Bartok's field recordings of Hungarian music.

Bartok spent much of his time recording folk musics of the various ethnic groups in the area, and incorporated them into his music.

One of the songs I sang in college was Bartok's "Four Slovak Folk Songs."
The first song, The Wedding, is achingly beautiful. The woman, getting married, will now be living far from her parents, siblings.
The alto line for this song is incredible.
The other 3 songs are folk dances.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RGyo_w4oyDQ
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« Reply #131 on: May 29, 2017, 07:10:56 AM »

Sticking with folk music, Zoltan Kodaly was an ethnographer and composer, as well as a mentor and close friend to Bartok.

One of the favorite choral works I've done over the years was the Budavari Te Deum. Such a joy to sing. 20 minutes or so of bliss.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-SgjYuF8dkY
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« Reply #132 on: May 29, 2017, 07:45:55 AM »

And now for something completely different...

Was thinking, what's the most difficult classical music I've done? The most difficult was, by far, Catulli Carmina by Carl Orff.  None of the wonderful music or charm of Carmina Burana. We had so much trouble with it. The only time we got it right, thank goodness, was at the performance! We were all scared to death, on pins and needles, determined, just once, to not screw up.

Another toughie, although much more enjoyable, was singing The Mighty Casey by American composer William Schuman. It's based on the iconic American poem "Casey at the Bat", about a cocky star Baseball player who is so confident that he will win the game for his team. The last two lines tell the story, however - "But there is no joy in Mudville,  mighty Casey has struck out."

Here's the final part of it. VERY hard to sing. I pride myself in being a good sightreader but  almost met my Waterloo, so to speak, with this. Spent lots of time practicing it in the loo during breaks at work. The alto line in this last section is crazy hard. And towards the end we had to hit a high A flat, at the very top of my range back then (can't hit that anymore!). Usually the top for the alto line would be a D or perhaps E.  On rare occasions, an F.

Here it is:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XoHv89At0Gk

On a lighter note, don't know if Mari (RangeRoverA1) is reading this thread, but here's something she'd like. William Schuman was the first guest on a "What's My Line" episode back in 1962. (My family used to watch this program back in its early years)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aQ20S10LWqo
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« Reply #133 on: May 30, 2017, 04:58:38 AM »

On FB yesterday was a post from Smithsonian Folkways. Folkways is a label that specializes in folk music around the world.
The article was about one of their recordings available - Bela Bartok's field recordings of Hungarian music.

Bartok spent much of his time recording folk musics of the various ethnic groups in the area, and incorporated them into his music.

One of the songs I sang in college was Bartok's "Four Slovak Folk Songs."
The first song, The Wedding, is achingly beautiful. The woman, getting married, will now be living far from her parents, siblings.
The alto line for this song is incredible.
The other 3 songs are folk dances.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RGyo_w4oyDQ

"The Wedding" is a beautiful piece. Bartok's harmonies are amazing! Another great artist forced abroad by that madman.

The Kodaly sounds good too.

So you're an alto. Is that lower or higher than a contralto or are the two interchangeable? I've seen "contralto" used for the part between the sopranos and the tenors. Maybe it's a language thing...

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« Reply #134 on: May 30, 2017, 07:58:13 AM »

Guess when I think of the word 'contralto' it's the lower alto part (or Alto II). If the alto part is divided I would sing Alto I.
I LOVE singing Alto, as Soprano is so boring. I don't want to sing the melody!
In "pick up" choirs over the years (mainly choirs at work formed to sing Christmas songs) I always sung Alto because I can read music.
I remember auditioning for a choir, telling the director beforehand that I was an Alto. After checking me out he said that I really should be a Soprano II. After pleading with him he put me with the Alto I's instead.

The Sopranos would sometimes act superior. But we Altos would snicker behind their backs because we were usually much better sight readers. Really rather silly.

If by some twist of fate I had been born a male and lived in Hawthorne, somehow getting into the BBs, I wouldn't have wanted to sing the high part, and probably not Mike's low part. Put me in that "stack". I'd tell Brian, Bring It On. Give me some crazy harmony to sing. I'd be in Seventh Heaven!
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« Reply #135 on: June 08, 2017, 01:24:15 AM »

Guess when I think of the word 'contralto' it's the lower alto part (or Alto II). If the alto part is divided I would sing Alto I.
I LOVE singing Alto, as Soprano is so boring. I don't want to sing the melody!
In "pick up" choirs over the years (mainly choirs at work formed to sing Christmas songs) I always sung Alto because I can read music.
I remember auditioning for a choir, telling the director beforehand that I was an Alto. After checking me out he said that I really should be a Soprano II. After pleading with him he put me with the Alto I's instead.

The Sopranos would sometimes act superior. But we Altos would snicker behind their backs because we were usually much better sight readers. Really rather silly.

If by some twist of fate I had been born a male and lived in Hawthorne, somehow getting into the BBs, I wouldn't have wanted to sing the high part, and probably not Mike's low part. Put me in that "stack". I'd tell Brian, Bring It On. Give me some crazy harmony to sing. I'd be in Seventh Heaven!

I forgot to thank you for explaining first time round, so I'll do it now. :=)
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« Reply #136 on: June 23, 2017, 04:02:17 AM »

During the earlier phases of my work I often have music playing. Most recently, this has been the complete works of Anton Webern. It is well to remember that Webern was a miniaturist and that his entire oeuvre takes up something like five and a half hours all told.  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hZelEcPZU8A&index=1&list=PLTw81JEOyOZJaN77uFCQAkI0FXPKytK6t

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anton_Webern
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« Reply #137 on: June 25, 2017, 02:15:09 PM »

Oops, double post.  Oh well. Here's some Beethoven, played in chilling circumstances (see the comments):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G3346Dq9fXM
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