Friday, March 18, 2011

Rehearsal Summary 17 March 2011

Here are my rehearsal notes. We are now singing through most pieces from start to end with fewer and shorter stops.

We have a concert this Saturday for the single adults' conference at the Oakdale building (by the Temple). Call time is 5:30.

The tentatively scheduled temple fireside on April 24th has been dropped from our schedule.

We ended rehearsal with a St. Patrick's Day party. Hopefully some pictures will get posted.

Sing3 - We worked on the entire piece. We worked on making our voices sound like band instruments (string bass, muted trumpet, tinny old-time radio drama music). This music is quite non-linear. That is if you try to sing page 2 then page 3 then page 4 etc to the end you will get it very wrong. So here is the flow by measure number.
11-17 + take 1st ending
11-17 + take 2nd ending
20-27 take D.S al Coda
11-17 take Coda
33-40 basses only
33-40 no tenors
33-40 all
43-50 take 1st ending
43-55 take 2nd ending
56-63 take 1st ending, tenor and basses only
56-64 take 2nd ending

Balm in Gilead - We worked on entrances at measures 11 and 12. We also worked on the key change at 28. Then we sang it all the way through a few times. I made notes to myself about breathing. For example, I marked an extra big breath in 28 because the next breath is in 35. Even with that, I didn't make it on the next run through, so I'll have to stagger breath.

Bring Him Home (men) - We sang through it all. Notes aren't the problem. Focus on dynamics and breathing. Also, we need to count so that we don't hold notes over the rests or cut off early.

Every Knee Should Bow - The only thing I wrote down was to put in a brief pause before the pickup to 50. However some reminders might be in order. The half note on -sus (in 16 and 22) is changed to a quarter note and the closing s falls right on beat 3. And in 18 and 24 the closing s in confess is attached to the next word so we sing "con-feeee sthat". We sing klawry for glory and Lawd for Lord.

This is the Christ - I marked no breath in 24 and the men sing ov instead of us in 51.

Hossana - The only thing I wrote down was that I need to work on the notes is some specific places. Perhaps there are others who also need to work on notes, but I'm not pointing fingers.