Monday, October 16, 2017

Choral Cacophony #9 - It's all Latin to me...

Stained Glass window, St. Bartholomew's - "The Governor General's church" -  Ottawa
Working on our most popular piece of Sacred music, Missa Brevis, by Antonio Lotti, Pierre gets into the Nitty Gritty of a Latin Ditty.

Choral Cacophony podcast #9  focuses on a few vocal peccadilloes from sections of this lovely Mass.

Chapter 1 - Pierre reminds us of some latin pronunciation - the choir gives it a try.
Chapter 2 - Working on an internal sound for the first vowel in Sanctus - listen for the S sound together.
Chapter 3 - listen for Pierre's voice modelling the proper dynamics and vowel sounds. He sings different parts - even the sopranos!
Chapter 4 - Pierre reminds us often of the proper sound quality by demonstrating. Hosanna section.
Chapter 5 - Pierre corrects the O sound and tells a teacher's anecdote.
Chapter 6 - Improving the sound of Sanctus - a bit of voice theory -  BTW, Pierre is a tenor.

Sanctus from Missa Brevis - Antonio Lotti
If you've ever wondered about Latin pronunciation for singing - yes, it is different! More on those differences in a later Podcast :)

Below, is our most recent live concert version of Missa Brevis. Enjoy!

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