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PERSPECTIVES ON ADVENT

DECEMBER CONCERT 2023

VOICE PARTS AND SPLITS NEW 9/25/23

LINK TO ACA REHEARSAL VIDEO YOUTUBE PLAYLIST 

MUSIC, NOTES, AND PERFORMANCE RECORDINGS IN CONCERT ORDER

Sing We Now of Christmas (Traditional French, arr. Kyle Pederson)

Sheet Music

Performance Recording

Rehearsal Recordings

NOTES: This will be performed by the small group only. 

Gabriel's Message (Joshua Shank)

Sheet Music

Performance Recording

NOTES: All splits as written except page one - use designated column in the splits document above. Solo quartet will be auditioned. Pronunciation guide for the Basque is on p. 15 of the score.

Translation of Basque (solo quartet): A young maiden was worshipping the Lord of Creation when an angel came down from the heavens to speak with her.

Christmas Lullaby from Songs for a New World (Jason Robert Brown, arr. Mac Huff)

Sheet Music

Performance Recording - a recording doesn't exist that has the sound I want for this piece, so here are two resources:

NOTES: Sopranos and Altos only using the 3-Part Split assignment. Mm. 9-23 may be auditioned for solo voice.

Lo-Nayda (The Power of Not Knowing) (Rabbi Shefa Gold)

Sheet Music

Performance/Rehearsal Recordings - this link has recordings for the two lines and both together.

NOTES: All singers learn the melody line. Tenors and sopranos also learn the harmony line. Other elements (drones, other harmonies) may be added.

Translation: We don't know how we will serve YHVH until we get there (Exodus 10:26)

 

Excerpt from Ave Maria (Joseph Jones)

Sheet Music

Performance Recording (midi only - our section ends at 4'24")

NOTES: We are only performing the first part of this work - to m. 55.

Translation:  Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.

Gitanjali Chants (Craig Hella Johnson)

Sheet Music

Performance Recording

Rehearsal Recordings:

NOTES: As written with bass split at end to be designated in rehearsal.

The Heaven's Flock (Eriks Esenvalds)

Sheet Music

Performance Recording

NOTES: All splits as written. 

Excerpt from King's Processional (Debra Morton)

Sheet Music

Performance Recording

Rehearsal Recordings:      

NOTES: Tenors and Basses only using the 3-Part Split assignment. We will likely end the piece at m. 26 and may add repeats.

Translation (to m.26)

The star glows with exceeding brightness.

Which show the birth of the King of kings

to whose coming the prophecies of old had pointed.

We Three Kings (J.H. Hopkins, arr. Darmon Meader)

Sheet Music

Performance Recording

Rehearsal Recordings:

NOTES: Splits as marked.

INTERMISSION 

Hodie Christus Natus Est  (Giovanni Gabrieli)

Sheet Music

Performance Recording

Rehearsal Recordings - this link provides a link to a file with all parts

NOTES: The piece will be sung antiphonally. We will split into two equal-voiced SATB choirs - use designated column in the splits document (linked at the top of this page.) 

Translation:

Today is Christ born; 

today the Savior has appeared; 

today the Angels sing, 

the Archangels rejoice; 

today the righteous rejoice, saying: 

Glory to God in the highest.  Alleluia!

Rise Up Shepherd and Follow (Andre Thomas)

Sheet Music coming soon

Performance Recording

NOTES:  coming soon

Joseph (Timothy Takach)

Sheet Music

Performance Recording

NOTES: No splits. Tempo will be quite rubato at times. 

Kuka Nukkuu Tuutussasi (Anna-Mari Kähärä)

Sheet Music

Performance Recording

NOTES: Splits

  • Use 3-Part split for rehearsal letters A - E. Usually with 1 on top staff, 2 on middle, and 3 on low.

  • Exception at Letter B, Part 3 take middle line and Part 2 take bottom line.

  • At Letter E - Part 2 split to high/low octave as comfortable. 

  • At Letter F - use Kuka Nukkuu 6-part split (designated column on splits document)

    • Part 1&2 - 2nd line​

    • Part 3 - 4th line (top)

    • Part 4 - 3rd line

    • Part 5 - top line

    • Part 6 - 4th line (bottom)

  • At Letter G - use Kuka Nukkuu Letter 6-part split (designated column on splits document)

    • Part 1 - 1st line (top note)

    • Part 2 - 1st line (middle note)

    • Part 3 - 3rd line

    • Part 4 - 1st line (bottom note)

    • Part 5 - 2nd line

    • Part 6 - 4th line

Translation: 

Who is sleeping in thy cradle? Pain is sleeping in my cradle.

Like a river under mountain, Like a stream in darkest deeping.

In thy hands what art thou hiding? In my hands I nought am hiding.

All my longings and desires, All my weird and wondrous musings.

Oh but had I in my cradle, Blueness of the eyes beloved

Like a dark pond in my cradle, Like the light of all the heavens.

Sleeping star within my cradle, Heaven on my knee a-slumber, Tiny sun upon my bosom.

The Three Kings (Healey Willan)

Sheet Music

Performance Recording

NOTES: Tenor and Bass will use the 3-Part Split assignment except for the last two measures. Sopranos and altos will have a custom split - use designated column in the splits document (linked at the top of this page.)

Angels We Have Heard On High (Traditional French, arr. Matthew Culloton)

Sheet Music

Performance Recording

Rehearsal Recordings

NOTES: This will be performed by the small group only.  Voice parts are designated on the splits document above.

Stables (Peter Mayer, arr. Jason Shelton)

Sheet Music

Performance Recording - a recording doesn't exist that has the sound I want for this piece, so here are two resources:

NOTES: The opening verse may be auditioned as a solo. Mm. 72-74 - Bass part divide (not T/B as marked). 

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