My Favourite Bars

Now, I know GCCS tend to favour Dram on Woodlands Road, but that’s not the kind of bar I’m interested in here, nooooooo….   I mean THIS kind of bar…


…which is actually Bar 43 of Lauridsen’s “O magnum mysterium”.

So why is this one so special to me?  Well, it is the second of 2 bars (the other being Bar 39)  where the harmony slips momentarily into a parallel universe, where everything is very close, but never touching…. a bit like this:

Three Points 1939?40, cast before 1949 by Henry Moore OM, CH 1898-1986
Three Points 1939  by Henry Moore

It is both agonising and exquisite – and I would recommend you give it a listen, preferably with at least a few bars either side, to give it some context!  And as coincidence would have it, we will be singing this bar, bar 39 and a good few more, in our Christmas concert on the 12th December, so come along and see if you can spot it!

After the Christmas concert, I’ll be looking at favourite Bars in Handel’s Messiah, but if you have a favourite bar that you’d like to share with us, please get in touch.  I’m looking forward to checking out your recommendations!

More practice aids

I just received this via email from Brian, and thought I’d turn in into a follow-up blog post to my last one. So, here’s Brian on where to find note bashing tracks for our current material:

“For those of you who, like me, are mere mortals that don’t sight sing and generally need help learning the voice part, here is a list of where I found helpful audio files. There may well be other sites available of course, but here are the links I use. You can download what you want…

Ding Dong Merrily on High, Willcocks
A Spotless Rose, Howell
I Saw Three Ships, Willcocks
We Wish You A Merry Christmas, Warrell
Music, When Soft Voices Die, Parry
Glory to the Christ Child, Bullard

Right click on the file you want and click “save link as” and save it to your computer or to your phone if connected, and hey presto, sorted. If you don’t want to or cannot download, you can always just listen on line, of course.

Hodie Christus Natus Est, Carter: I drew a blank on voice part files, but there are You Tube videos.

On Christmas Night, Chilcott
To download, use a similar method to the one outlined above for the John Fletcher site.

Lobet den Herrn, alle Heiden, JS Bach: Available on John Fletcher site, but if you don’t know how to use midi software to slow down the speed, you might find you tube vids helpful – there are slowed down versions on you tube.

Hope this helps.