Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Note bashing for Christmas Oratorio

Calling all choristers! Want to do some note bashing at home in preparation for the 22 November performance of Bach's Christmas Oratorio?

Here's just a wee reminder of this wonderful resource that Leslie Leong (bass) pointed out to us some time ago:

http://www.cyberbass.com/Major_Works/Bach_J_S/bach_js_xmas_orotorio.htm

I've used it - it's really awesome!!! Just wish they's slow down some of the fast movements so I could get my tongue around the words. It would have been nice if they had a slow version and an up-to-speed version of each midi (for each voice), at least of the fast choruses.

Only 11 sleeps to go until the big night!

1 comment:

daharja said...

Thanks again for posting this. That really is a useful site, and I've bookmarked it.

I've also been using a recording of the Bach to sing to, listening along on my Ipod with my score in hand.

This works really well, and is especially challenging because the recording I have goes along at a cracking pace!

Despite this, I actually find it easier to sing at a faster pace than a slow grind, because then you get the bigger picture of how everything fits together, and can start to work on the flow and feel of the work. When you grind along at snails pace it is just notes to me, I'm afraid ("what are all the little black dots?" hehe).

Despite the hiccups last night (I'd been at the beach all day and am claiming sunstroke for my stupidity), I think it will be an awesome concert.

As an aside, if anyone out there has any Oratorio flyers they haven't put up/given out yet, a great place to stick them is in your car window! That's where I'm putting one. Make sure they're seen! :-)