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1636Pennsic 40. music

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  • Erlandr Nordenskald
    Apr 11, 2011
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      Hello all.
      I have been working on putting together a program.
      I'm sitting on a few things but I am VERY hesitant to do them... and why is this... LACK OF MEN.
      And I'm talking music here.

      1) Spem in alium (Thomas Tallis)
      40 parts
      Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bari, Bass. 8 each.
      So, that would mean a minimum of 24 men or at least 16 for the Bari and Bass parts. That's putting ladies on Tenor which would NOT be preferable.

      2) Ecce beatam lucem (Alessandro Striggio)
      This motet can be done with a few different voicings. 10 choirs of 4 voices each. 5 double choirs.. that sort of thing. It's the same voicings as the mass, however we are NOT doing that ... I'm sticking with the Motet thank you.

      Now, I need to get some recordings of this,,, look over the parts and ask the opinions of those who will be participating.

      Is it possible to reach into our home groups and bring in more men? I'm not worried about covering ladies parts.. never am.. but we can't take on a 40 voice piece with limited men.

      Perhaps I can offer up something enticing.... right now I can't think of what that might be, but I can try. Perhaps if each participant brought in a male voice... that would make it work.

      A promotional campaign on how the Choir is looking to do this monumental work and needs male voices... perhaps just for the 40 voice piece...

      So I'm looking for your suggestions.. and ideas.

      Now, for the rest of the program, I am thinking of adding some Robert Jordan Madrigals to have some fun with and maybe my 2 favorite Josquin's El Grillo and Scaramella just for fun.


      Thanks

      Erlan
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