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Alto rehearsal notes

As of October 29, 2019

2019 Fall Alto 1, Alto 2 Rehearsal Notes


1. An Advent Carol

Sept. 24

– All A-flats need to be higher.

– M11 – 13: “Watchmen” is “watchmin,” “night” is “nawt,” “cry” is “craw,” “deferred” is “deh- ferred.”

– M17: “Word” is “wahd.”

– M20: “One” is “wahn.”

– M20 – 22: No breath until after “wise.” “z” of wise on rest (beat 3).

– M23-26: No breath until after “rise.” Change “rise” to quarter note, quarter rest, “z” of rise on new rest (beat 2).

– M27, 28: Don’t breathe at comma. “Back” is eighth note, eighth rest.

– M30 – 34: Very quiet. No breath.

– M42: Super quiet.

– M44: Wait for the rest. “Then” is on the beat.

– M45: Watch the repeated C, B-flat.

Oct. 15

– All  A-flats should be higher.

– M12: Breath after “cry.”

– M28: Caution on the low note. Stress “look.” Vocal “K” on back.

– M31: “Count” is cawnt. No breath 33-34.

– M34. Unison A-flat, keep pitch up.

– M40: All altos and Sop2.

– M42: Get “th” of “then” out of the way. No scope. Super quiet.

– M44: Note time change to 3/4 timing. Three even beats in measure, don’t come in early.  

– M46: Note octive E, watch pitch. “My” is “mah.”

– M48: “way” is “weh” with “ee” on release.

October 29

– M28: More “k.”

– M34, 42: Very quiet unison.


2. El Noi de la Mare

Sept. 24

– Keep it light. Might help to note unison starting notes.

– M17, 18: Watch the repeated Cs.

– M18: Breath after “Mare?”

Oct. 1

– Scott went through the pronunciation. If you were absent, see Liz, Cyn or another member.

– Flip “Rs” once.

Oct. 8

– Pronounce “noi” like “boy.”

– M14: Keep C high. Breath.

– M45: Breath.

– M51: No breath.

– M53: Breath.

– M55: “Amb” the “b” is silent.

– M65: Change to half note, quarter rest.

– M77: Note we jump to bottom line.


3. In the Glow of the Moon

Sept. 24

– Dotted half notes are six beats: don’t lose count.

– M72: Breath before “a tune.”

– M73: “Tune” is “tee-oon.”

– M80: Super quiet.

– Should sound like a dream.

Oct. 1

– M51, 52: It is “THEE earth.” Earth is “eahth.”

– M53: “tune” is “teooon.”

– M59: “sigh” is “sawh.”

– M61: “With a kiss” – start “with” with “ooo” so as to not squeak the “wih.”

– M61: D-flat needs to be higher.

– M66: A1, hold the B-flat out full count, end with “sh.” Watch Jane, may be held.
Oct. 8

– Practice entry notes throughout piece.

– “Glow” is “glaw.” 

– M54, 55, 61, 62: Listen for D-flats in other parts. Practice the entrances.

– M62, 63: Listen for G- flats. Practice.

– “Whisper” is “hwispah”

– This section  gets quiet.

– M65, 66: A1s, hold on until we are cut off. There’s a hold over the note. Blend.

– M75, 77: Quick catch breath. No breath M76.

– M79: “P” on “deep”full count. Look ahead to M80, Alto lines split. A2s, move to lower line with D-natural.


4. Hark, I Hear the Harps Eternal

Sept. 24

– “Hark” is “hahk,” “harps” is “hahps.” No internal “Rs.”

– M1 – 4: No breath until “shore.”

– M4 – 8: No breath until “roar.”

– M4, 8, 16: Off on beat 2.

– Observe break marks in “Hallelujah.”

– M25 – 32: CynS, Amy, SusanA, sing upper A2 notes until M32. All alto 2’s sing lower notes.

Oct. 1

– Rhythmic and lyrical.

– Breaths: Measures 26, 28, 30.

– M32: Make 1/2 note a quarter note.

– M32- 40: All A1’s. M33, no breath. M34, breath  after “saintly.” M36, “rest” is quarter note, quarter rest. No breath after “singing” or “saintly.” Hold “blest” for full count, “st” on first beat of M41.

– M41: Alto 2 split: Anne, Angela, Judy. A1 split, same as M25.

– M45 – 48: A1’s, it might be helpful to mark the beats.

Oct. 8

– M49: Heavy and rhythmic.

– M54: Breath before “Glory.”


5. Maria walks amid the thorn


6. The holly and the ivy


7. Winter Solstice – I. at midnight…

Sept. 24

– M12 – 14: Listen to E’s in accompaniment to hear the E entrance.

– M20: Note unison entrance.

– M22: Note altos split.

– M66 – 73: No breath. Stagger.

– M70: “The” is “thee.”

– M83: Be ready for “there are.”

Oct. 1

– Watch diphthongs. Put less stress on intro words, i.e. “at,” “a”
– Note dynamics.

– M14: “At midnight” is “At MIDnawt.”

– M23: “Last” – change to half note, quarter rest.
– M68: Crescendo on “flags.” Stagger breath.

– M71: “Apricot” is “Ah-preh-cot.”

– M73: Pitched D on wind

– M74: “Clear” is “cleah.”

– M83: “Pray” is 1/8 note, 1/8 rest. Come in!

October 29

– M38: “T” of “night” on downbeat.

– M57, 58: High A-natural.

– M67: Accent “string,” not “A” in prior measure (same throughout score).

– M98: Strong “K” and rolled “R” in “crawl.”

– M102: “To-oo” the second “oo” is a quarter note, don’t rush.

– M107-113: Stagger breathing.

– M113: Watch, don’t rush, pace slows. 

– M116. Closed “M” (as throughout score).


8. Winter Solstice – II. These nights pass slowly…

October 29

– Might be helpful to note when we have unison with other parts.

– M12, 17: Etc… note key changes.

– M19: “Co” is “cooh.”


9. Berakhot

Oct. 8

– Please mark measure numbers.

– Hum is a long sound. Stagger breathing.

– M16: A2 on bottom. 

– M17 etc.: Observe dynamics. “sim” = same on similar phrases. Breath between phrases.

– M31: Breath.

– M38: Fade to nothing.

Oct. 15

– We went over the text to M64.

– M38: Ending “E” is same note as entrance is M46. Note the instrumental at the top of page 4.

– Breaths in measures 49, 51, 53. 55, 58, 63.

– M63: Cut off quarter tie.


10. A Ceremony of Carols – I. Procession

Oct. 1

– Smooth.

– P1, M1: “Hodie” is “oh-dee-eh.” Make C# very sharp.

– M5: All altos, Sops2 on lower notes. 

– M6: “Deo” is “deh-o.”


11. A Ceremony of Carols – 2. Wolcum Yole!

Oct. 15

– Long “o” in “wolcum.” “Cum” same as “bOOk.” “cuhm.”

– M19: “Sall” is “sahl.”

– M21: and throughout, accents, hit and back off.

– M32: Sing out.

– M35: “Yole” and “Wol” are the same note.

– M38: Put “m” of “cum” on beat 2

– M40: Vocal “K” sound on “Can” – sound important.

– NOTE octave C’s in M43 and 47.

– M43, 47, 54:  Off on beat 2. Keep pitch up.

– M56: pppp. Super quiet.

– M62: “Are” is “ah.”

– M68: Sing “good” in the right place.

– M70:  No vibrato.

– Breaths: M73, 75.

– M77: note ffz. Hit, back off. Then crescendo. 

– M80: Cutf off 1/8 note.

– M81: Accents. 


12. A Ceremony of Carols – 3. There is no Rose

Oct. 15

– Watch carefully for all releases.

– M4: Care with C note. No vibrato.

– M5: No breath.

– M6: Check E natural.

– M12:  C to B- flat, don’t slip to B-natural. Higher b-flats throughout. 

– M14: Higher G.

– M16: Don’t push or overachieve on triplets. Quiet energy. Super quiet.

– M21: Higher E flat. 

– M23: mf.

– M26: Note unison D-flat.

– M28: Blend with Sop2 on the A-flat, they take the lead. Back off. mp. Breath.

– M31: No breath.

– M39: Watch E-natural.

– M46: Breath after “-mus.”

– PRACTICE M43 and 48

October 29

– M3: Don’t slam “there.”

– M4: “Vertu” is “veh-too.”

– M6: “Jesu” is “Gee-zoo.”

– M10,11: Please mark those two rests so not to enter in early.

– M28: MP. Breath.

– M33: “Gau” is “gah.”


13. A Ceremony of Carols – 4a. That yongë child – solo

14. A Ceremony of Carols – 4b. Balulalow – solo


15. A Ceremony of Carols – 5. As dew in Aprille

Oct. 1

– “I sing” is “Ah sing.” Make it mf instead of f.

– “Makeles” is “may-kal-less.”

– M9: super quiet.

– M12: off on quarter note. Use more air when singing “he” on the E-flat.

– M15: “moder” is “maw da.”

– M16: “Was” – change tied half note to quarter note, quarter rest with “s” on rest. “Dew” is “deooo.”

– M25: “bour” is “boweh.”
– M30: “Flour” is “flah.”

– M40: No breath.

– M48: “Goddes” is “Gawds.” 

Oct. 8

– M10, 11, 12: Stress and back off.     

– M25: “Bour” is “bah”


16. A Ceremony of Carols – 6. This little Babe

Oct. 8

– No diphthongs and no inner R’s.  

– “Wise” is “wahs.”

– M10: No breath.

– M12: ShaKe.

– M14: No breath.

– M53: Breath.

– M55: “Pight” is “piet.”

– M61: “Guard” is “gawd.”

– Generally, all “ah” sound in words.

– M64: “Joy” is “joe.”

– “Boy” is “bah.”


17. A Ceremony of Carols – 7. Interlude


18. A Ceremony of Carols – 8. In Freezing Winter Night

Sept. 24

– Very quiet where marked, no vibrato, note accents, back off on other notes to achieve accent.

– In general, reduce volume. ff = mf.

– All A-flats need to be higher. Tune to center of note.

– “Behold” is “bih-hold.”

– M13: Even softer.

– M18: A bit more volume. Gentle.

– M1: Reduce volume.

Oct. 1

– M26: “Stable” is  “steh-ble.”

– M29: Change “state” to 1/4 note 1/4 rest.

– M31: Breath after “pomp.”

– M33: “T” on beat 3.

– M35: Breath after “poor.”

– M36: “LIV” not “live.”

– M37: Delete quarter tie on “wear.”

– M40: Breath after “heaven”

– M41-42: No breath.

October 29

– M17: Breath after “bed.”

– M22: Breath after “shroud.”

– M26” Fp on “sta” of “stable.”

– M43 to end: Breath between phrases.


19. A Ceremony of Carols – 9. Spring Carol – solo


20. A Ceremony of Carols – 10. Deo Gracias

Sept. 24

– “Deo” is “deh-oh.” Note accent over “deh” of “deo.”

– M9: “ibounden” is “a-boon-den.”

– In general, reduce dotted quarter notes at end of phrases to quarter note, add eighth rest, put end of word on the added eighth rest. Example, M12: Reduce “bond” to quarter note, eighth rest, put “d” of “bond” on the rest.

– In general, eighth notes at end of phrases are short. Example, M32, “book.”

– M14: “Winter” should be “wintah.” No internal Rs.

– M26: Accent on “an.”

– M28: “tok” is “took,” “k” on beat 2.

– M40: “Ne” is “neh.”

– M45: “had-de” is “had-deh.”

– M49: “heve-ne quene” is “hev-neh queen.”

– M51: “Time” is “tahm,”

– M53: “ta-ke” is “ta-kah.”

– M54: “Moun” is “mun.”

Oct. 8

– “Deo” is “DEH / O.” Don’t sing “day.”

– M7: Change to quarter note, 1/4 rest, same as in all “gracias” (change to 1/4 (last) note).

– M14: Just one “winter.” Don’t sing an “S.”

– M16: Crescendo.


21. A Ceremony of Carols – 11. Recession

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