Did you know:
You collectively play at least thirty different instruments and speak nine languages?
Your collective lineages represent at least 14% of the world's countries. (Here's a map of those.)
Two of you were born in Germany, and between the rest of your birthplaces (another map!), you cover thirteen of the fifty United States.
That's pretty impressive for seventy-two people, and you've all yet to live the majority of your lives!
You are all amazing people and it's been such a blessing to have had the opportunity to work with you.
The Brahms is uploaded on the Choir .mp3s page. Check out the hemiola, especially in the piano part. (A very Brahmsy characteristic.) It's still tonight, Chorale kids, so I've not broken my word. ;) Also check out the link to the Raisin Brahms commercial I posted on May 15th. Very funny!
In other exciting news, I get to walk across the stage at Pacific U. tomorrow afternoon and get my empty Master's diploma case. Once everything is done at FGHS for the year, I'll be done with my classes at Pacific, and in August or September I should get my diploma in the mail. Whee! It has been a long year.
I really love all you students. If it weren't for each of you, I wouldn't have the motivation to finish this program, and it sure makes it easier to get out of bed, get on the bus, and walk from Pacific to FGHS every morning knowing that I get to work with some of the most awesome people there are.
Prayer of the Children is up now for Chorale. Hopefully none of the .mp3s sound like overdriven guitars this time...sorry about that, Women's Choir folks. The three offending .mp3s (soprano II, alto, and the whole score) have been re-saved and re-uploaded and don't sound like death any more.
Let me know if there are any problems.
I also uploaded an IPA transcription of the Debussy for Women's Choir (that's what you call it when you write something out phonetically, a transcription). There's also a word-for-word translation of the French underneath the IPA. (As an aside, I was surprised the alternate English text in the score was so close to the real deal. Sometimes translations are entirely poetic--words that go well with the existing tune rather than having any relation to the meaning of the song.)
I am not sure if it will display correctly on computers that don't have the IPA font installed. If the IPA shows up as a bunch of boxes or if it looks more like your cat walked across the keyboard than anything else, bummer. If you feel extremely motivated to have these fonts, you can get them (for free!) here. The download works for Windows or Mac OS X.
Happy practicing! Concert in nineteen days! :D
Women's Choir: The Debussy Beau Soir is available here. Chorale, I left my score at school over the weekend (wouldn't you know!?) so I'll do the Finale work tomorrow during prep, if all goes as planned.
These bonus two days off have been interesting. I did some reading on the history of the Carmina Burana both online and off--I have plenty to do, or I'd post more of it--but I found this image, straight out of the original texts, and would you look at the bottom of the image! It's "O Fortuna," which happens to be the most well-known movement, but hey. Pretty sweet.
Evidently the original collection of poems had some religious songs, love songs, drinking songs, moral songs (songs with a moral), satirical songs, and some religious plays.