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Tue, May. 31st, 2005 10:33 pm
Renaissance and Beyond!

Just a thought for the day: It's sad that wisdom and knowledge are not always taught hand-in-hand.

Tonight, I went to fedupgirl's concert at St. Mary's Cathedral. The first thing I noticed was that the architecture was really nice. The Corinthian columns outside were particularly well done. Anyway, the concert itself was very well done.

There were actually two choirs (and an organist) that performed - the Women's Chorus and the Madrigal Choir (which fedupgirl is a part of). The women's chorus was good and had some outstanding soloists, but lacked in blend and, in a few cases, balance. They still did a really good job, though and I enjoyed it.

The Madrigal Choir was very good. The bass section blended very nicely and the altos were balanced as well. Overall, each section did nicely to balance each other out. My only notes were that one of the tenors was sticking out a bit (an operatic singer, as I was told later) and the sopranos were a little flat at times. Aside from that (and needing a little more pronounciation on the German piece), they did very well.

After the first song, I started taking out my pen and underlining some pieces that I might want to look into, either for my own enjoyment or for potential pieces for Warner's choir. These were what I underlined:

  • O frondens virga by Hildegard von Bingen

  • Tota pulchra es by Maurice Duruflé

  • Vere Languores by Tomas Luis de Victoria

  • Prélude, Fugue et Variation, Op. 18 by César Franck (organ piece)

  • Cantique de Jean Racine by Gabriel Fauré (organ and choral piece)

  • Weep, O Mine Eyes by Bennett

  • I'm going to see if I can't find sheet music for some and recordings of all. As I said - overall, I enjoyed it a lot. I've been invited to return tomorrow night for a different performance, but at this point, I need to seriously look into whether or not I can. I'd certainly like to, so I'm not closed to the idea. I just have to figure out if I can and how I'd make it there. My mom was kind enough to drive me to this one, and she enjoyed it as well, but it's unlikely that I'll be able to get her to drive to a second one in a row, which means Tri-Met for me.

    Also, the director of the Madrigal Choir (at the insisting of fedupgirl) has requested to take a look at my Kyrie. So, I'll probably get it to fedupgirl, fairly shortly, to pass on to her.

    Speaking of my Kyrie, they recorded it at the Spring Concert and I haven't yet heard back whether or not it's come in yet. I'm looking forward to hearing it, since every time it's been performed, I've been in the ensemble, so I've never heard it outside of singing it.

    Well, I'm going to sign off now, since I have work at 8 AM tomorrow. Have a happy last day of May... or rather I hope you had a happy last day of May... something like that...

    {edit: Oh, and I bought a few new pairs of pants for which I can kindly thank ASWPC for providing the funds to do so.}

    Current Mood: artistic artistic
    Current Music: "Prélude, Fugue et Variation, Op. 18" -César Franck