What we accomplished in the rehearsal on—
Tuesday, October 10, 2017—
“Gloria”—at tempo, both German and English, with the instrumental transition going into the “Amen”
“Verleih”—at tempo, both German and English, counting through the transitional sections
“Dona Nobis Pacem”—reviewed in sections to pay attention to small details and then ran
Tuesday, October 3, 2017—
“Gloria” – “Amen”—at tempo, transitioning in after the immediately preceding instrumental interlude
“Verleih”—just reviewing sections, both German and English
Luther motet – “non moriar”—both Latin and English
“How Lovely Shines”—all of it, with attention to detail
Praetorius—“Mighty Fortress” settings, particularly the triple meter challenge at the end of verse 3
Reviewed—“Es ist ein Ros” (had been new the week before)
Tuesday, September 26, 2017—
Introduced one more short thing: “Es ist ein Ros entsprungen” (Praetorius's greatest hit, which is also a Christmas piece)—reading it in both German and English.
Reviewed—in detail for precision in counting, diction and articulation in both German and English:
“Gloria” (without the “Amen”)
“Verleih uns Frieden”
Reviewed—focusing on dynamics: “Sheep May Safely Graze”
Reviewed for articulations and sense of dance: “Mighty Fortress”—all four settings
Tuesday, September 19, 2017—
Rehearsed in sectionals:
“Dona Nobis Pacem” from the beginning through the bottom of page 4. Then together we reviewed and sang the entire piece.
“Gloria”—“Amen” section—then we put it together, but not at performance tempo
Introduced—focusing on counting and diction:
“How Lovely Shines”—from measure 41 – measure 73. Then we read through the final verse with the J.S. Bach setting. And then reviewed the entire piece together.
Luther Motet, “Non moriar” (inside the now defunct Praetorius round)
Praetorius round - "Non moriar" - mostly memorized
We also had a number of announcements:
We solicited volunteers to house and feed the Frostburg University singers the weekend of the concert. I'll send out the sign-up form in an informational email before the next rehearsal.
We had the forms for the coffee orders.
We started handing out the complimentary tickets (everyone gets 1) and we encouraged people to buy as many as well!
We reminded people to sell ads!
Tuesday, September 12, 2017—
Rehearsed in sectionals:
“Dona nobis pacem”—bottom of page 4 to the top of page 6 (reviewed that together to the end).
Introduced, focusing on counting and diction:
“Verleih uns Frieden” (now inside the revised Praetorius round we gave out last Tuesday)
“Gloria”—except for the ending “Amen”
“How Lovely Shines”—first verse
Reviewed all of the “Mighty Fortress” settings, focusing on special articulations and counting in Praetorius, verse three.
Tuesday, August 29 and September 5, 2017—
Learned the Praetorius round
Luther motet with Latin
Bach setting of “Mighty Fortress” as well as verses 1 and 3 of the Praetorius settings
“Sheep May Safely Graze”—2nd set of words (Psalm 23 paraphrase)
Last page of “Dona Nobis Pacem”