[cantabile] Meeting Reminder, Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Again, this is not a dropin group. This meeting is limited to and
compulsory for the people performing on May 1 at the Walk for Hunger.
We resume our regularly scheduled dropin group next week.

We have a lot of work to do at this rehearsal. Please come in time so
that we can be set up and tuned and ready to start playing at 7:45 PM.

Play list

The play order is as follows. Please have your music in order:

  • May music
    • Now is the month of Maying.
    • My love hath vowed she will forsake me.
    • Good Morrow, fair ladies of the May
    • Clear or Cloudy.
  • Swan songs
    • Silver Swan
    • Me, me and none but me
    • Il Bianco e dolce Cigno
  • Drinking Songs
    • Changeons propos
    • Vignons, vignons
    • Quand je Bois
    • Rounds
  • Babylon
    • Campian, Babylon Streams
    • Estans Assis
    • Billings, Lamentation over Boston

Recording

Ishmael recorded a lot of last week’s coaching session, and I found
it very helpful to listen to it. He dumped his recording to a
(1-track, 77 minute) CD, and Bonnie and I listened to it yesterday.

For those with good internet access, the track is a (humongous)
.wav file and a (large) .ogg file at
serpent.laymusic.org/~lconrad/audio/cantabile-0405. If
anyone would be helped by there being a .mp3 file, I can make one of
those.

If there’s someone without good internet access who would like to
borrow the CD, let me know. If there’s more than one person, making
copies of the CD before tomorrow’s meeting would be pretty easy.

Some random thoughts on listening to the CD:

  • The diction on “Clear or Cloudy” was indeed difficult to understand
    on the first time through, and less difficult after John’s coaching
    but still has a lot of room for improvement. If you’re driving or
    showering or walking along the street with nothing better on your
    mind, try speaking the words aloud as a “public speaker”.
  • At least with that recording equipment, I don’t think my voice is
    overpowered, so I withdraw my remarks about the group being top-heavy
    with cornettos and multiple soprano voices on the top line.
  • The startup of every verse of Changeons propos was
    embarrassing. We don’t have time to work on things like that
    tomorrow, so if there’s anything that seems to be working that way it
    gets cancelled. With all those rounds that we’re used to doing and do
    pretty well, we have the luxury of cancelling anything that we don’t
    sound pretty good on the first time through.

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