Music Report 1: A Russian Portrait: Boise State University Fall Choral Collage

With many different genres from many different time

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Unformatted text preview: ndel, “With Cheerful Notes” had a few characteristics that stood out. First, the four parts were split up, and they seemed to sing the same verse over and over at different times. I noticed that the higher male voice sounded a bit off, and the blending of all voices was not as together as many it should have been. The interesting thing to me was that this piece was not like the other pieces I have studied by Handel. Others I have heard by him are either instrumental or included a religious tinge. The following song was written in russian, so I can’t type it out;7 however, it is a russian folksong, often performed as dance music. The pamphlet explains that much of Russia’s national identity is linked to its rich folk song tradition. In these pieces, dancers take turns dancing in a circle, and they move faster as the music goes in order to show off. I really liked this piece because it was sung a capella and it was wonderful to see the singers come together without an accompanying instrument. My notes say that as the song continued, it picked up speed;7 but, the singers were able to maintain clear diction. The next four songs were performed by the Vox Angelis singers. “Laudate pueri Dominum” was performed in another language and originally composed by Felix Batholdy- Mendelssohn. The interesting thing about the Vox Angelis singers is that is was a group of all female singers. I wrote for this piece that the singers aren’t all focused on the same thing, but they blended almost perfectly, the sound was soothing and melodic, and the crescendos and decrescendos were executed very well. The next piece was “Miss Mackenzie” and was written by Dwight Bigler. This piece was written in the 20th century and was very slowly paced throughout. It was nice to hear a song in english, and be able to close my eyes and picture a story about an elderly woman finding a youthful spirit within herself. The tune was somber, not happy or sad, almost like the old woman found peace with her life and reminisced on happy days. The sixth song originated from Estonia, where there is a strong choral tradition. “Lauliku lapsepoli...
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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.

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