Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Music In Our Lives
Assignments for the week of 11/18/2013-11/22/2013
Complete Packet on Vocal Music
Essay Series will be assigned Thursday and is do Monday 11/25/2013
Chapter Test is Monday 11/25
Tuesday 11/26 will be Project Day with lots of stuff to do. 

Notes and Neurons: In Search of the Common Chorus

Check out this great video featuring Bobby McFerrin at panel discussion at the World Science Festival 2009. It was the first thing we watched to start Chapter 6 on Vocal Music because it is an interesting example of "audiation" or "the ability to think sound".  It also shows the power of the pentatonic (5 tone) scale.  Many of you also pointed out in class that it is also an example of "a capella" singing.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ne6tB2KiZuk.

Check out these great opera stars representing the 8 vocal registers:

Denyce Graves - Mezzo Soprano

Beverly Sills, Coloratura 
One of the greatest Coloratura Sopranos in history. Notice the high scales and flexible trills that she sings.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DQMEKLP8bD0

 Marian Anderson, Contralto
This is a moment from history that the text book discusses. Marian Anderson sings "My Country Tis of Liberty". Notice her beautiful, rich register is clear despite the age of the video (1938). Pay attention to the historical information leading up to her solo.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Le6RrH662I

David Daniels, Counter Tenor
The Counter Tenor voice is the highest male voice, that is sung in the female alto range. In this youtube clip, David Daniels is singing a piece by "Vivaldi"who 1678-1741 in Venice, Italy. 

Luciano Pavarotti, Tenor
Luciano Pavarotti was one of the world's greatest tenors. This piece was one of his signatures that he performed in his prime. It is called "Nessun Dorma",which is Italian for "None Shall Sleep".
"Nessun dorma" is an aria from the final act of Puccini's oper Turandot and is one of the best-known tenor arias in all opera. It is sung by Calaf, il principe ignoto (the unknown prince), who falls in love at first with the beautiful but cold Princess Turandot. However, any man who wishes to wed Turandot must first answer her three riddles; if he fails, he will be beheaded. Pavarotti died in 2007 at the age of 71.

Sherrill Milnes, Baritone 
This piece was made popular by cartoons from back in the days.

The piece he is singing, and that is parodied in the cartoon is called "Largo al factotum" which is an aria from The Barber of Seville by Giochini Rossini, sung at the first entrance of the title character; the repeated "Figaro"s before the final patter section are an icon in popular culture of operatic singing. The term "factotum" refers to a general servant and comes from the Latin where it literally means "do everything."

Samuel Ramey, Bass 
Samuel Ramey is a great example of a bass register singer. The piece in this segment is "Old Man River" from the show Showboat. Notice the dark, rich quality of his voice compared to the other male voices.
Crossover Singers:
Crossover singers, just to review, are artists who started their careers in the classical genres and switched over to popular music because it gives them more exposure to the popular culture audience.
Check out 2 will known crossover singers, Charlotte Church and Andrea Bocelli.

 Andrea Bocelli and Sarah Brightman, Time to say Goodbye


Charlotte Church, Tonight 




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