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Revised and improved because it first seemed in 1991, the consultant positive factors new chapters on ornamentation and practice session ideas, in addition to up-to-date reference fabrics, net assets, and different new fabric made on hand in simple terms within the final decade.
The consultant is produced from centred chapters on functionality perform concerns corresponding to vocal and choral tune; quite a few kinds of ensembles; profiles of particular tools; instrumentation; functionality perform concerns; thought; dance; neighborhood profiles of Renaissance song; and guidance for administrators. The layout addresses the widest attainable viewers for early song, together with novice performers, musicologists, theorists, and educators.
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4. A melody with a single note above la in a sufﬁciently prominent position may adjust this single note to fa (sing it as Bb or Eb). Although on occasion a good idea for musica ﬁcta may arise spontaneously from within the ensemble, it is generally not only not useful, but On Singing and the Vocal Ensemble I 23 actually harmful to morale, to enter into discussions about these topics during rehearsal. Let the director’s decision stand, at least until the rehearsal is over. Most newer editions can be trusted to be more accurate than earlier ones, but performers should always read the introductory material to understand the underlying editorial premises.
When the singers focus on the words, which they will do under the tutelage of a language specialist, their ensemble will improve, the phrasing will become more purposeful, and the intonation will immediately begin to ring more true. ] Phrasing and Editions In music before Willaert, phrasing often tends to be a subjective decision on the part of the director. My own experience has been that for ﬁfteenthcentury music, especially, ﬁve self-discovered rules of thumb go a long way in helping a vocal ensemble know how to make sense of the many passages where there are few syllables to go with many notes.
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