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Unformatted text preview: was written as a folk song and focused mainly on four soloists. The melody is repeated Malloy 3
several times by a leader while the chorus of women sustains a harmony in alternation. The chorus
mainly sang oohs and aaahs behind to soloists. The piece had clear points of rising and falling, especially
with the chorus. The next song originated in Jordyn, where there is also a strong choral tradition. This is
written in the style of traditional Georgian choral music. I noticed this piece incorporated more sounds
than words. The altos really shined through in this piece, whereas the sopranos were dominant in almost
all the other arrangements. As I review my notes, I wrote that I wasn’t sure if I liked this piece of music,
and I noticed that they may have changed keys in the middle of the song. The dynamics weren’t as
prevalent in this piece as they could have been. For the last two songs, there lies a deep tradition in
choral music where a leader teaches the history of culture through song. The theme of a melody
repeated over and over, simple drones underneath, and calling back and forth are all major
characteristics of this genre.
After all of these beautiful songs, there was finally a brief intermission. When the concert began
again, the Meistersingers took the stage with six songs. The first being “Haec dies” composed by
William Byrd. This piece is highly religious, with it being a quote from the book of Psalm. This is familiar
because much of the music we have studied originated from the church. The song was a capella and the
parts weaved in and out of each other. Right in my notes, I wrote, “The men held their own - high five!”
Hallelujah was repeated several times, which brought me back to Handel’s “Messiah” with the chorus
of hallelujah is repeated, as well as “Alleluia” by Pérotin. The next song was also religious and was also
performed a capella. It was one of my favorite pieces, and...
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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