Sanctus meets Microsoft.
Mary; Phyllis also found it.
Monday, December 28, 2015
If you're unable to read the words on the image:
- Everyone should sing the same piece.
- Take your time turning pages.
- Do not worry if you do not have perfect pitch – you may find singing less stressful without it!
- The right note at the wrong time is the wrong note.
- The wrong note at the right time is still a wrong note.
- A wrong note sung timidly is still a wrong note.
- A wrong note sung with authority is an interpretation.
- A true interpretation is realized when not one note of the original remains.
- If you happen to sing a wrong note, give a nasty look to one of your neighbors.
- If everyone gets lost except you, follow those who get lost.
- If you are completely lost, stop everyone and start an argument about repeat marks.
- Strive to achieve the maximum notes per second – that way you at least gain the admiration of the totally incompetent.
- If a passage is difficult, slow it down. If it is easy, speed it up. Everything will work itself out in the end.
- Markings for slurs, dynamics, ornaments and breathing should be ignored. They are only there to embellish the score.
- When everyone else has finished singing, you should not sing any notes you may still have left.
Sunday, December 27, 2015
Saturday, December 26, 2015
The Nativity scene from the Cathedral. Our next Mass is at St. Peter Canisius on Sunday, January 10 for the Baptism of the Lord, generally considered the end of the Christmas season. I suppose it will be a little less surprising if it snows this time when we're there, considering how our prayers for snow are being answered. May it continue!
We'll also be singing the following three Sundays, so January will be a busy month, unlike last year.
Enjoy the week off from rehearsal this Tuesday. For rehearsal on Tuesday, January 5, 2016, each of you must bring at least one new bass singer, whether he wants to be there or not.
Friday, December 25, 2015
Like me, my sisters Anne and Mary were born and raised in Baltimore (or, as the natives call it, "Bawlamer"). For fun, they sing a "Bawlamerese" version of "O Holy Night" which I post here as an example of just about everything Kathy tells us not to do pronunciation-wise when singing either chant or polyphony.
For comparison's sake, here's my very talented niece Abby (Mary's daughter) singing the same carol.
I sang this in my church choir when I was a soprano. No, that wasn't last year.
Wednesday, December 23, 2015
Less than two hours after we finished our final rehearsal before our 11:30 AM Christmas Mass at the Cathedral, a swarm of earthquakes struck just a mile or so from where we rehearse. Hope that's not God judging our effort!
Sandy and I felt the biggest tremor, a 4.4, all the way in northern Sparks. Did you feel it?
(Photo credit: Alice 96.5)
Tuesday, December 15, 2015
You know the old saying, of which the image above is a derivative: "Your mother does not work here. Please clean up your own mess." I don't know about you, but that wouldn't work with my mother; she'd gladly make me clean it up!
Friday, December 11, 2015
Baltimore Ravens placekicker Justin Tucker is a devout Catholic. He and the Ravens have been having a difficult season on the field, but at Baltimore's Basilica of the Assumption, he nails "Ave Maria" in a benefit performance for Catholic Charities. He says singing this was more nerve-wracking than kicking any game-winning field goal.
Now we just need to get him out here. Maybe Reno native and former Raven Chris Carr could talk him into it? Then there's that little problem with his availability on Sundays from August to January.
Sunday, December 6, 2015
Friday, December 4, 2015
Introit: Puer natus est
Kyrie, Gloria, Agnus Dei: Missa Lauda Sion (Palestrina)
Credo III (mp3)
Offertory: Tui sunt coeli, Angelus Ad Pastores Ait (Gabrieli)
Sanctus: Mass VIII
Communio: Viderunt onmes, Silent Night
Recessional: Adeste Fideles/O Come All Ye Faithful
Thursday, December 3, 2015
Introit: Gaudete in Domino
Kyrie (no Gloria), Sanctus, Agnus Dei: Mass XVII
Credo III (mp3)
Offertory: Benedixisti, On Jordan's Bank
Communio: Dicite, Veni O Sapientia
Recessional: Veni, Veni Emmanuel/O Come, O Come Emmanuel
We continue to succumb to the "bug" that has been ravaging the choir this season. Our latest victim has been Kathy, who gave her best the other night in rehearsal despite having the crud herself; she doesn't get sick days. She wore gloves when passing out the music and St. Michael's Hymnals as if she were exploring a storage locker on Storage Wars. All I can say is keep taking your zinc and vitamin C, get your rest, and stay home if you're sick (once you've told Kathy).