Just a friendly reminder to start working memorization now, and some tips to help you. First off, if you need someone to play/sing other parts I’m sure everyone in the choir would be willing to help you but specifically ask one of the board members. We’d be more than glad to help you out. Below are translations for our two German pieces. They can aid you in memorization by making the musical ideas easier to memorize, not just pitches and rhythms. Also helpful for the audio learners out there is youtube. Be careful to use recordings that are as close as possible to our tempos/moods, and watch out for bad diction. No sense in learning in the wrong way. Look for good recording like the recording that you’ll find of Christus is you scroll down a bit! Thanks, Bronfman! If you can’t find recordings on youtube, talk to Bronfman (btw, his whole iTunes library has been enabled for sharing so if you’re in the music building when his computer is on, look it up).
Great work in rehearsal today everybody. Selig had some gorgeous moments in it. Making music in this ensemble is exhilarating! Imagine what we can accomplish in these last three weeks. I am very excited about this concert! I know its going to be hard work until then and a taxing evening when we get there, but I can’t wait to sing and create with all of you!
Selig, from Revelation 14:13.
Selig sind die Toten,
Blessed are the dead,
die in dem Herren sterben
who in the Lord die
von nun an
from now on.
Ja, der Geist spricht
Yes, the Spirit says
sie ruhen von ihrer Arbeit,
they rest from their labor,
und ihre Werke folgen ihnen nach.
and their works follow them after.
Here is the translation for Jauchzet, taken from Psalm 100 (all thought not exactly word-for-word as above, generally each new line of text is set with a new musical idea and you should be able to figure it out yourself).
Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth!
Serve the Lord with gladness;
come before his presence with rejoicing!
Know that the Lord is God.
He has made us, and not we ourselves,
to be his people and the sheep of his pasture.
Enter into his gates with thanksgiving
and into his courts with praise.
Give thanks to him; praise his name!
For the Lord is kind,
and his mercy is everlasting,
and his truth endures for ever and ever. Amen.