Brahms Notes 2-11-2007

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Subject: Brahms Notes 2-11-2007
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Ein Deutsches Requiem

Spots to check before next Tuesday’s Final Rehearsal (Feb. 13)

General Comments

1. If you have not yet marked your music from the marking sheet please complete this by Tuesday – I will need to check that everyone has this completed.
2. Please know what every German word means. Maestro Graf will ask this if he does not feel that the words are projecting with feeling.

3.	Be sure that all schwa syllables are carefully pronounced 
4.	Think before you sing the final note in a phrase – be sure it is in
tune and that you can hear the other parts
5.	Please get you head out of the score and watch the conductor at ALL

TIMES!

Section Measure - beat Problem

I (Selig sind)

Tutti 15 – and like places Very closed [e] on selig

Bass 22 - beat 3 pitch needs to be higher

Bass 24 - beat 1 pitch needs to be brighter and higher

Sop 29 – 1 start softer and bloom

Sop 31 – 1 place your voice carefully on the high A

Tutti 41 – 1 strong crescendo in this measure

Tutti 55 – and on sing with extreme joy – it is not yet convincing

Tutti 66 – onward close the [e] vowel more on gehen

Sop/Bass 112 – 4 sing pitch d higher

Sop 131 bloom on this note and make it clear not pushed

Tenor 145 – 2 sing this pitch (d) higher

Sop 147 – 2 sing this pitch (d) higher

II (Denn alles Fleisch)

Tutti 26 – 2 s for Gras is on 8th rest of beat 2 – NOT BEFORE

And like places And sing the s with staccato articulation!

Tutti 30 crescendo Menschen through the measure

Sop 77 – 3 higher on the f of lieven

Sop 80 – 3 higher on pitch d

Sop 107 – 3 higher on the Bb of dar

Sop 108 – 1 higher on pitch d

Sop 115 – 3 higher on pitch d

Bass 206-212 sing with more line – don’t hammer notes

Sop 225 – 3 think before singing this pitch – keep on high side

Sop 259 – 3 sing this pitch higher – don’t slide to it

Bass 283 – 4 sing with resonant forte projection

Sop/Alto 297 – 1 think about this pitch before you get there

Ten 305 closed [e] on ewige

Bass 309 closed [e] on ewige

Tutti 333-335 be sure to place syllables quickly on the beats

III (Herr, lehre doch mich)

Tutti 17 and like places roll the r of Herr

Sop 48 – 1 think this pitch before – it is usually out of tune

Tutti 85-86 make a dramatic crescendo here!

Alto 149 – 3 be sure of this pitch – it is still not correct

Fugue 173 – end be accurate about pitches and consistent tempo

Ten 175 f natural – d – b – g# - be accurate

Ten 176 – 2 c# needs to be higher

Ten 180 accuracy of this passage is still a problem

Sop 181 – 2 c# needs to be higher

Sop 183 final note of this measure is pitch e – many still are

still thinking d

Sop 192 this entire measure needs better accuracy

Particularly the low a of beat 3

Sop 193 higher on the f# and c natural

Sop 194 accuracy of notes on word Seelen

IV (Wie lieblich sind deine Wohnungen)

Ten 24 – 33 sing with more support – not weak

Sop/Ten 166 – 170 make the crescendo dramatic and pitch clear

V (Ihr habt nun Traurigkeit)

Sop 65 – 66 higher pitches on the f# or euch and the d of trösten

Alto 72 find your pitch on beat 4 pitch c

VI (Denn wir haben hie keine bleibende Statt)

Sop 44 – 1 higher on the c#

Sop 55 – 1 higher on the b natural

Tutti 60 close the [e] on warden

Tutti 69 – 70 pronounce [ts] with more emphasis on zu and Zeit

Tutti 82 – 104 don’t get behind the beat here!

Tutti 127 – 150 don’t get behind the beat here!

Sop 169 – 3 careful of the Eb – higher

Fugue 208 – 289 be accurate about pitches and consistent tempo

Sop 212 – 3 careful to sing F natural

Sop 226 – 3 careful to sing F sharp

Sop 242 watch this measure for accuracy

Sop/Alto 262 – 4 careful to find the pitch – E

Sop 337 – 2 sing this B natural very high

Tutti 344 – 3 watch quarter rest on beat 3

VII (Selig sind)

Sop 2 – 10 sing with line and tonal beauty – this is a very

important and difficult measure!

Tutti this movement tends to be on the flat side.

Work to give clarity to all pitches here!


Susan Scarrow, Chorus Manager

Houston Symphony Chorus

Jones Hall, Suite 102

615 Louisiana Street

Houston, TX 77002-2715

713-444-9221

chorus@Xsbcglobal.net


Ein Deutsches Requiem

Spots to check before next Tuesday’s Final Rehearsal (Feb. 13)

 

General Comments

  1. If you have not yet marked your music from the marking sheet please complete this by Tuesday – I will need to check that everyone has this completed.
  2. Please know what every German word means.  Maestro Graf will ask this if he does not feel that the words are projecting with feeling.
  3. Be sure that all schwa syllables are carefully pronounced
  4. Think before you sing the final note in a phrase – be sure it is in tune and that you can hear the other parts
  5. Please get you head out of the score and watch the conductor at ALL TIMES!

 

Section            Measure - beat           Problem

I  (Selig sind)

Tutti                15 – and like places     Very closed [e] on selig

Bass                 22 - beat 3                   pitch needs to be higher

Bass                 24 - beat 1                   pitch needs to be brighter and higher

Sop                  29 – 1                          start softer and bloom

Sop                  31 – 1                          place your voice carefully on the high A

Tutti                41 – 1                          strong crescendo in this measure

Tutti                55 – and on                 sing with extreme joy – it is not yet convincing

Tutti                66 – onward                close the [e] vowel more on gehen

Sop/Bass         112 – 4                        sing pitch d higher

Sop                  131                              bloom on this note and make it clear not pushed

Tenor               145 – 2                        sing this pitch (d) higher

Sop                  147 – 2                        sing this pitch (d) higher

 

II  (Denn alles Fleisch)

Tutti                26 – 2                          s for Gras is on 8th rest of beat 2 – NOT BEFORE

                        And like places            And sing the s with staccato articulation!

Tutti                30                                crescendo Menschen through the measure

Sop                  77 – 3                          higher on the f of lieven

Sop                  80 – 3                          higher on pitch d

Sop                  107 – 3                        higher on the Bb of dar

Sop                  108 – 1                        higher on pitch d

Sop                  115 – 3                        higher on pitch d

Bass                 206-212                       sing with more line – don’t hammer notes

Sop                  225 – 3                        think before singing this pitch – keep on high side

Sop                  259 – 3                        sing this pitch higher – don’t slide to it

Bass                 283 – 4                        sing with resonant forte projection

Sop/Alto          297 – 1                        think about this pitch before you get there

Ten                  305                              closed [e] on ewige

Bass                 309                              closed [e] on ewige

Tutti                333-335                       be sure to place syllables quickly on the beats

 

III  (Herr, lehre doch mich)

Tutti                17 and like places        roll the r of Herr

Sop                  48 – 1                          think this pitch before – it is usually out of tune

Tutti                85-86                           make a dramatic crescendo here!

Alto                 149 – 3                        be sure of this pitch – it is still not correct

Fugue             173 – end                    be accurate about pitches and consistent tempo

Ten                  175                              f natural – d – b – g#  - be accurate

Ten                  176 – 2                        c# needs to be higher

Ten                  180                              accuracy of this passage is still a problem

Sop                  181 – 2                        c# needs to be higher

Sop                  183                              final note of this measure is pitch e – many still are

                                                            still thinking d

Sop                  192                              this entire measure needs better accuracy

                                                            Particularly the low a of beat 3

Sop                  193                              higher on the f# and c natural

Sop                  194                              accuracy of notes on word Seelen

 

IV  (Wie lieblich sind deine Wohnungen)

Ten                  24 – 33                        sing with more support – not weak

Sop/Ten           166 – 170                    make the crescendo dramatic and pitch clear

 

V  (Ihr habt nun Traurigkeit)

Sop                  65 – 66                        higher pitches on the f# or euch and the d of trösten

Alto                 72                                find your pitch on beat 4 pitch c

 

VI  (Denn wir haben hie keine bleibende Statt)

Sop                  44 – 1                          higher on the c#

Sop                  55 – 1                          higher on the b natural

Tutti                60                                close the [e] on warden

Tutti                69 – 70                        pronounce [ts] with more emphasis on zu and Zeit

Tutti                82 – 104                      don’t get behind the beat here!

Tutti                127 – 150                    don’t get behind the beat here!

Sop                  169 – 3                        careful of the Eb – higher

Fugue             208 – 289                    be accurate about pitches and consistent tempo

Sop                  212 – 3                        careful to sing F natural

Sop                  226 – 3                        careful to sing F sharp

Sop                  242                              watch this measure for accuracy

Sop/Alto          262 – 4                        careful to find the pitch – E

Sop                  337 – 2                        sing this B natural very high

Tutti                344 – 3                        watch quarter rest on beat 3

 

VII  (Selig sind)

Sop                  2 – 10                          sing with line and tonal beauty – this is a very

                                                            important and difficult measure!

Tutti                                                    this movement tends to be on the flat side. 

                                                            Work to give clarity to all pitches here!         

 

 

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Susan Scarrow, Chorus Manager

Houston Symphony Chorus

Jones Hall, Suite 102

615 Louisiana Street

HoustonTX  77002-2715

713-444-9221

chorus@Xsbcglobal.net

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