This was a very encouraging rehearsal: we sang through a lot and picked away at some tricky corners and some joins between movements.
WE SANG THE OPENING BARS OF THE KYRIE WITHOUT COPIES AND THIS IS WHAT WE WILL DO IN THE CONCERT!
We covered the following movements:
Both Kyries, Cum sancto, Et resurrexit, Sanctus (inc Plenisunt coeli) and Osanna
All of the STANDS/SITS were written in – please make sure you have them marked in if you missed this rehearsal.
Please note that there are two versions of the solo aria Et in Unum sanctum. We will be performing Variante zu 3 which starts on page 135. I suggest you clip together pages 126-134 so you bypass the first version!
Osanna – Remember that after the solo Benedictus which follows this (p228), you REPEAT THE OSANNA. After finishing the repeat you sit again and the solo Agnus follows (page 233)
A general point which was troubling me a little was the vowel sounds – mainly the ‘a’ vowel in words such as pax, sancto & sanctus, dexteram, sabaoth and terra. Remember these must be pronounced ‘ah’ with the cheeks lifted to prevent them sounding too dark. THEY MUST NEVER SOUND LIKE CAT!
The inconsistencies (and often wrong) in pronunciation are most noticeable when voices are heard alone at entries eg pages 100/101 and 207, so take care please.
What we will do on 06.12.17
- Practise the joins between movements – making sure we are confident with new keys and starting notes etc
- Reset our vowel sounds!
- Kyrie opening, Glorias, et in terra pax, Gratias, qui tollis, both Credos, Et incarnatus, Confiteor at least!
Very many thanks – this really is the home straight and the Service Station is in sight!