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June 05, 2020


Thank you for sharing this beautiful music.

To smile or not? Perhaps not, but what about changing facial expression? The matter is less obvious when one is singing in the choir; isolated on one's own, one is more exposed. I'd never considered this before and eventually realised that the beauty of a legato line can often bring about a simultaneous hint of appreciation. That is allowed isn't it?

The Palestrina drew me back to last Monday's Skyped lesson, devoted entirely to detail in Pause from Schöne Müllerin. V was dissatisfied with my "ee" sounds and Skype allowed her to squeeze her own mouth into the requisite shape: teeth exposed and slightly apart, mouth width shortened perhaps a couple of centimetres. Your "ee" sound gets quite a work-out in the Sicus and, needless to say, your embouchure was exemplary. I should add hastily I never expected anything other.

Thank you Beth, it's certainly a new experience to see and hear a choir in this manner. Sitting in a church or concert hall, part of an audience, is so different that the two occasions can't even be compared. Focusing on individual singers in the Zoom animated 'collage' is very interesting in itself but, for me, somewhat distracts from the music. If I close my eyes it helps but then it's like listening to a record. In any case, it's beautifully done and I much appreciate your posting this.

I wonder if this method of presenting a choral performance to listeners sitting at home will become more prevalent after the coronavirus restrictions are all gone.

Those were beautiful. As a viewing experience, in some ways more moving than a video of you all together in one place would've been.

Yes, thank you Beth. I listened to parts of each with my eyes closed as the videos seemed somehow too personal, but this also gave them their charge, as Dave said.
I liked the appearance of the cat halfway through the Stanford piece!

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