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Singer Part Learning Recordings

Chord Perfect” Chorus Rehearsal Aids available free on YouTube

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Guide to Italianate Pronunciation

Used with permission of the author, Dr Thomas Bookhout

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Mozart Requiem Version

& Vocal Scores (SATB + piano)

 

The version of the Requiem that we will perform is the completion by Süssmayr, the most common completion of which many editions are available. We will be using different editions in the massed choir, as many singers will have their own score already.  I love the Barenreiter, Henle, and Peters editions because they are Urtext (original, minimally edited) and beautiful to read. The Schirmer edition is ubiquitous and quite serviceable.  I use the Bärenreiter full score; the orchestra uses Kalmus parts.

Available on Amazon:

Bärenreiter paperback ($20.31)

Peters Edition paperback ($11.95)

Kalmus ($11.72)

Sandstone Music Classical Collection paperback ($10.16) & Kindle ($6.77)

Schirmer ($5.95)

And there are "scores" more!

You may use a digital score and iPad.

Always have either printed or digital music with you at rehearsal,

but feel free to perform from memory!

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Movements

Of the fifteen movements, the choir sings twelve.

Three movements are entirely for soloists and orchestra, with no choir: 

Tuba Mirum

Recordare

Benedictus

In these movements, the choir's role is to remain engaged in the performance, discreetly focusing their and the audience's attention on the musical action.

In two pairs of movements or parts of movements, both for choir, the music and text are identical.

Quam Olim Abrahae

Osana

The music of the first two movements, aside from the orchestral introduction, is identical to the music of the last two movements; but the texts are different:

Requiem and KyrieLux Aeterna and Cum Sanctis

Several movements are fugal in texture and require of the choir assurance and clarity especially at the entry of the voice-parts, so that the audience hears the drama of the polyphony stereophonically or spatially.

Requiem

Kyrie

Quam Olim Abrahae

Cum Sanctis

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Mark Measures and Rehearsal Letters

 

For all movements in which the choir sings, we need both measure numbers and rehearsal letters. If your score does not have measure numbers, count the measures within each movement and mark the number of the measure either at the start of each system or every 5th measure. Each new movement starts over at m1. Introitus 48 mm; Kyrie 52 mm; Dies Irae 68 mm; Rex Tremendae 22 mm; Confutatis 40 mm; Lacrimosa 30 mm; Domine Jesu 78 mm;  Hostias (incl Quam Olim) 89 mm; Sanctus 38 mm; Benedictus 76 mm; Agnus Dei 51 mm; Communio (82 mm)

No need to mark measures for the 3 solo movements.

If your score is Kalmus/Schirmer, it has rehearsal LETTERS. If your score does not have rehearsal letters please write these into you score, so we are on the same page, so to speak, as the orchestra. Click on the adjacent "Brissler" pdf  to find the rehearsal letters that everyone we need to copy  into their scores.

Click on the pdf below of the Schirmer edition
to find rehearsal letters

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