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played off each other. The dynamics went from loud and fast so soft and slow, and there were many
different moods felt through the piece. The next song sung by the Meistersingers was my favorite of the
entire night. I tried so hard to focus and write notes, but I found myself with my eyes closed and chills all
over my body. They begin by singing the same verse, one part after another, and they gradually Malloy 4
crescendo. This a capella piece really moved me, and it made coming to the concert worthwhile. The
piece “Entreat me not to leave you” was written by Dan Forrest, who is still alive today. The director
announced that the choir performed this piece in Sun Valley in early October with rave reviews. The
composer is from Salt Lake City, Utah, and he is very young. However, this song was brilliantly placed
within the line up and it is obvious why this piece came with rave reviews. The following song is another
one that I can’t type out, but it was written by the Russian Orthodox Church after the Revolution of
1917, where the making of music was completely prohibited. The piece was written by Alexandre
Gretchaninoff and came from the Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom. When all parts came together,
the melody was perfected by the rising and falling of voices. I wrote that although this piece was
performed a capella, it seemed as if their voices came together so well, there was an instrument playing
alone. The next song by Georgy Sviridov is written in Russian. It is yet another religious message;7
however, it was my second favorite song of the night. Excuse my Russian, but I wrote in my notes that,
“the bass voice kicked serious ass.” He made the entire piece for me by providing a strong foundation.
The ease with how they changed dynamics also made this piece phenomenal. “Allelujah” was repeated
over and over much like the two songs mentioned above with the repeated “Allelujah”. The final piece
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This note was uploaded on 01/12/2014 for the course MUSIC 100 taught by Professor Bartonmoreau during the Fall '11 term at Boise State.
- Fall '11