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:
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!
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…
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.
If, like me, you’re struggling with that particular piece of JSB, you might want to have a look at this – I have stumbled across this on good old youtube (whatever did we do before the internet, I ask you?):