Sight Reading Sacred Choral Music (Tavener - Song for Athene / Music from Princess Diana's Funeral)

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    Aug 02, 2014 4:48 PM GMT
    The stepping to turn the casket caught my attention.
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    Aug 03, 2014 6:14 AM GMT
    Stephen,

    Are you saying that the recording was of a group that was sight-reading Tavener? If so, that's an extraordinarily good chorus.

    Do you have a special interest in Tavener and other composers of the Tudor era, or were you just struck by the video clip of Diana's funeral?
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    Aug 03, 2014 6:44 AM GMT
    RPearson saidStephen,

    Are you saying that the recording was of a group that was sight-reading Tavener? If so, that's an extraordinarily good chorus.

    Do you have a special interest in Tavener and other composers of the Tudor era, or were you just struck by the video clip of Diana's funeral?


    Hi.

    Oh, the way the video is allows one to read the sheet music as we did in choir practice and in performance.

    Other choirs required us to sing without sheet music.

    This video allows those who watch it to know what people in the choir see.

    This Tavener isn't of the Tudor era. I remember when I went to Barnes & Noble once to find more music by Tavener, I saw the Tavener you're speaking about. No, the Tavener of this composition died, I think within the last one or two years.

    I did eventually get a CD of the modern Tavener.
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    Aug 03, 2014 7:01 AM GMT
    Okay, I did it. I watched the first video all the way through as if I were in the choir room of a church. I was in the tenor section marveling at what the basses had to do--doing my part more than competently. How wonderful to hear this performed in the choir room.
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    Aug 03, 2014 7:12 AM GMT
    A church where I sang
    (There were pews when I was there.)

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    Aug 03, 2014 11:39 PM GMT
    That's a beautiful church. Where is it?

    Sounds like you've had some great experiences singing in choirs. I haven't done it since college.

    I tried out for one chorus after college, but the try-outs required candidates to sight-read a piece by Dave Brubeck with dotted-eighth-note rests. My ability to read time signatures is nowhere near that good.

    I knew that there were two composers named John Tavener. I listened to only a few bars of the recording before writing the last post. It becomes abundantly clear by the repeated dissonance in the phrase "Give rest O Lord to your hand-maid who has fallen asleep" that this is not the Tudor Tavener.
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    Aug 04, 2014 2:03 AM GMT
    The church is the next block north of the Waldorf-Astoria on Park Avenue in Manhattan.
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    Aug 04, 2014 2:08 AM GMT
    The sanctuary choir at Marble Collegiate Church is excellent.

    The sanctuary choir at St. Bart's (pictured above), in my experience, has performed some creative pieces that expand the psyche/soul.

    Both are excellent professional choirs.