In Celebration of the Human Voice - The Essential Musical Instrument
These are all the a cappella releases and additions.
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Review: The Elora Festival Singers, conducted by internationally acclaimed director Noel Edison, is one of the most exciting of contemporary choirs. Their disc of Eric Whitacre's choral music (8.559677) was nominated for a GRAMMY in 2010. Now they turn to the art of the Christmas carol, a genre covering a variety of styles,6305c both popular and refined, each piece expressing religious sentiments and beliefs. The music ranges from much-loved settings to new works, from polyphony to more straightforward melodies, in a recital stretching from the Middle Ages to the music of today.
Songlist: Once in Royal David's City, My Dancing Day, What Child Is This, A Boy Was Born,, The Holly and the Ivy, Who is He in Yonder Stall, Nesciens Mater Virgo Virum, Away in a Manger, Ding! Dong! Merrily on High, O Holy Night, Adam Lay Y - bounden, Ecce Concipies, Rocking, Gabriel's Message, I Wonder as I Wander, There is a Flower, Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming, The First Nowell
Review: One of Germanys best-loved classical performers joins forces with a legendary close-harmony group for a winter-themed album to bring warmth to the dark months of the year: Albrecht Mayer & The Kings Singers. The pairing of probably the worlds most famous and accomplished oboist, with the UKs celebrated vocal ensemble The Kings Singers is a heavenly musical partnership. The interplay of colors, melodies and harmonies between these performers enchant and delight in Baroque, classical and seasonal favorites. Mayer, the oboist with the magical tone, is renowned for the sublime singing quality of his playing. On Let It Snow the tone of his oboe blends magnificently with the silky sounds of a group that has been entertaining audiences across the globe since 1968. This specially chosen mixed-genre program is woven around the theme of winter: snow, ice, fireplaces, sleigh rides, Christmas, New Years, Chanukah.
Songlist: Let It Snow, Adagio, Baby, It's Cold Outside, She Moved Through The County Fair, Aleih Neiri, Winter, Es Ist ein Ros' entsprungen, Jingle Bells, What Child Is This?, Sinfonia, The Wild Wood Carol, Frhlingstraum, Srnade d'hiver
Review: The King's Singers explore the folk songs and melodies of the world in a new program entitled Postcards. "In our travels we have amassed a wonderful collection of folk songs and popular songs from numerous countries, many of which we use as encores when we visit," said KS, "The influences and sources are extraordinarily far-ranging, and each song has its own local characteristics. To celebrate the diversity of music that we perform and the numerous countries we visit each concert season, we have recorded an album of some of our favorite folk songs from around the world."
Songlist: Feller from Fortune , Tico Tico no Fuba, Es dunkelt schon in der Heide, Star of the County Down, My love is like a red, red rose, Jeg gik mig ud en sommerdag, Vito, Contigo Aprendi, Zai no yao yuan de di fang, Suo Gan, Egoli, Baylere, Little David play on your harp, Esti Dal, Mein kleiner gruner Kaktus, Arrirang, Pokarekare Ana, Oak and the Ash, Nel blu dipinto di blu (Volare), Tuoll on mun kultani, Botany Bay, Pasional
Review: There Is No Rose explores a wealth of repertoire drawn from the compositional output for female voices, from a wonderful group of British composers. The first part of the CD celebrates the centenary of one of the most prolific British composers of the 20th century, Benjamin Britten, while the rest of the program includes such gems as an incredibly moving setting by Tarik O Regan of a poignant poem by Anglican priest-poet Mark Pryce, a world-premiere recording of the haunting Coventry Carol set for four-part female choir by Lionel Salter, and Elgar s The Snow, a real showpiece for Les Sirenes and one of the works that secured their place in the Grand Final of Choir of the Year 2012!
Songlist: A Ceremony of Carols, Sweet was the Song, The Song of the Woman, The Oxen , Bring Rest, Sweet Dreaming Child , The Coventry Carol, Jesu, Thou the Virgin-Born, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, A Lullaby for Becky, The Snow, Deck the Halls, Tomorrow Shall be my Dancing Day, A Merry Christmas
Review: One of our favorite barbershop quartets of all time sing holiday classics in their own inimitable style. Christmas never sounded as good!
Songlist: It Came Upon A Midnight Clear, The Little Drummer Boy, Once in Royal David's City, Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, What Child Is This?, Silent Night, You're A Mean One, Mr. Grinch
Review: If you're a choir director looking for an authentic contemporary sound from your choir, this DVD shows you how to work with the three essential components: choir, soloists, and band. Jeannie Gagne and other contemporary music experts discuss and demonstrate techniques in contemporary styles such as rock, folk, country, and jazz. Jeannie Gagne is a vocalist, experienced choir director, co-creator of the hymnal "Singing the Journey", songwriter/composer, author of "Your Singing Voice", and Berklee College of Music professor in both contemporary and classical singing.
Songlist: The choir's role: support or lead, Making the transition from classical to contemporary styles, Vocal production, Rhythm and movement: putting it in the body, The five rhythm options in contemporary music, Having fun and taking chances, Getting off book: connecting with the audience, Choosing soloists who can tell the story, Recruiting from the choir: experience and encouragement, Microphone technique, Listening and imitation: knowing the genre, Developing an individual sound, Vocal coaching demonstrations, Baring the soul - singing from the heart, Band instrument configuration and the band as timekeeper, Music styles: finding the right musicians, Band charts: sheet music vs. lead sheets, Band rehearsal sessions, Putting it together with choir and soloists
Review: The holiday season generally abounds with similar-sounding releases, but the year 2014 brought an unusually fresh crop including this release from the vocal quartet New York Polyphony, excellently recorded by BIS at a boychoir chapel in Princeton, New Jersey. The group follows the common procedure of including music from the Middle Ages to the present day, but they push the boundaries at each step with a distinctive sound that flirts with, but does not adopt, the textures made famous by the Swingle Singers. This has a revelatory effect in Philippe Verdelot's Gabriel Archangelus, a work that does not sound like much when dutifully sung by a cathedral choir. Many pieces are grouped by Christmas subtheme -- Annunciation, Epiphany, Advent, and Nativity -- and the program is cannily put together to show ideas refracted through the music of various periods. For many, though, the chief attraction will be the impeccably close harmonies of New York Polyphony, and that kind of sheer skill rarely coexists with such programming sophistication. An ideal gift for someone who likes a cappella, small group polyphony.
Songlist: Veni Emmanuel, Adam lay ybounden, Gabriel archangelus, Gabriel archangelus, There is no rose of swych vertu , There is no rose (based on the tune Hereford) , There is no rose, Nesciens mater, O pia virgo, Nowell: Out of your sleep, Nowell: Arise and wake, 5 Carols, Sleep Now, O Magnum Mysterium, Quem pastores laudavere, Quid petis, O Fili?, Un flambeau, Jeanette, Isabelle, Bethlehem Down, Magi veniunt, O Little Town of Bethlehem
Review: The 2 CDs that come with this Music Minus One vocals pack feature complete versions with example vocals, plus separate background tracks. Songs featured in this pack inspired by singer/actress Kristin Chenoweth include: Going to the Dance with You - How Long Has This Been Going On? - If You Hadn't But You Did - My Funny Valentine - Nobody Else But Me - Taylor the Latte Boy - You'll Never Know - and more.
Songlist: If You Hadn't But You Did, How Long Has This Been Going On?, My Funny Valentine, Hangin' Around With You, The Girl in 14G, I'll Tell The Man in the Street, I'm a Stranger Here Myself, Nobody Else But Me, Nobody's Heart Belongs to Me/ Why Can't I, Going to Dance With You, You'll Never Know, Taylor the Latte Boy, ,
Review: Eight Cole Porter favorites are presented in this package which is designed to provide the at-home singer with an actual professional setting. The CD features orchestral interludes and instrumental solos typical of a live club performance, retaining the natural performance flow of an actual performance with an accompanying rhythm section or orchestra.
Songlist: Night and Day, You Do Something to Me, Just One of Those Things, Begin the Beguine, What Is This Thing Called Love?, Let's Do It, Love for Sale, I Get a Kick Out of You
Review: Nine Irving Berlin classics for male vocalists are presented in this package which is designed to provide the at-home singer with an actual professional setting. The CD features orchestral interludes and instrumental solos typical of a live club performance, retaining the natural performance flow of an actual performance with an accompanying rhythm section or orchestra.
Songlist: Cheek to Cheek, Steppin' Out with My Baby, Let's Face the Music and Dance, Change Partners, Let Yourself Go, Say It Isn't So, Isn't This a Lovely Day, This Year's Kisses, Be Careful, It's My Heart
Review: Experiencing the Jacks live at a trendy South of Market club in San Francisco first turned us on to the power and glory of a hot group that could move and thrill an audience onstage with only mikes in their hands. Since then the guys, Nicholas Girard, John Pointer, Elliot Michael Robinson, Deke Sharon & Austin Willacy have had big fun touring, recording, meeting and performing with other groups and always growing their fan base. The aptly named "Pollen" is a fascinating experiment that involves some of our all-time favorite groups, for example Australia's Sweeps Champs The Idea of North, England's The Swingles, and BR6 from Brazil. The Jacks wrote songs, arranged them, performed them live and "noodled with the arrangements," then recorded the songs, added some parts and sent the recordings to their guest artists and "told them to go crazy, then we added complimentary parts of our own." The only caveat: "Everything you hear is a human voice, but sometimes we mess with it." Ten amazing tunes, some of our favorites are: "Crazy," with The Idea of North; "Quiet Moon," with BR6; "This Life" with The Swingles; "Confessional," with Canada's Cadence; "As It Falls Apart" with MICappella, Singapore; "Your Love" with Maybebop, Germany; "Get What You Need" with Cluster, Italy; "Talk2Me" with Postyr Project, Denmark; "Wo Ai Ni" with Voco Novo, Taiwan and Freeman, China; and "Got What You Wanted" with Exit, Korea and Kaichiro Kitamura, Japan. Writing credits for these wonderful vocal collages go to Austin for "As it Falls Apart," "Crazy" and "Got What You Wanted;" Nicholas for "Your Love;" John for "Get What You Need," "This Life" and "Confessional;" Elliot for "Talk2Me;" and Deke for "Wo Ai Ni" and "Quiet Moon." In a cappella poker five Jacks, drawing some of the best international kings, queens & aces in the deck, makes every track of "Pollen" a stone winner. You don't want to miss this one!!
Songlist: As It Falls Apart, Your Love, Get What You Need, Talk2Me, Crazy, Wo Ai Ni, This Life, Got What You Wanted, Confessional, Quiet Moon
Review: Augment your sight-singing curriculum with this supplemental exercise book that directly correlates to levels one and two of Alfred Music's popular Sing at First Sight method. Every melody in this reproducible resource appears in both treble and bass clef, and the Data CD includes digital files of the entire book for printing and projecting. More Melodies! is highly effective when used on a routine basis after each of the sequential lessons, as needed for additional drill to master challenging concepts, or as a general review following the completion of the original textbooks.
Songlist: Level 1, Unit 2, Level 1, Unit 3, Level 1, Unit 4, Level 1, Unit 5, Level 1, Unit 6, Level 2, Unit 1, Level 2, Unit 2, Level 2, Unit 3, Level 2, Unit 4, Major and Minor Key Signatures, Curwen Hand Signs
Beyond The Sea
Review: Pride of Orange County, CA, Lead Sean Devine, formerly of the much-beloved Alley Cats, Tenor Shawn York, Baritone Patrick Claypool and Bass Cory Hunt of OC Times rose quickly in the Barbershop Harmony Society's International Quartet standings, placing 18th in 2004, 5th in 2005, 2nd in 2007 and finally winning Gold in 2008! Since then the group has been touring nationally and internationally extensively, finally pausing long enough in LA's The Greene Room for Marc Greene to work his magic on their aptly-titled third album, "The Road." There are 13 classic, feel-good tunes here, some of our favorites are Fats Domino's soulful hit "I'm Walkin'," Elvis Presley's "Good Luck Charm," Brian Wilson's poignant anthem "In My Room," The Tune Weavers' "Happy Happy Birthday Baby," Bobby Darin's hit "Beyond The Sea," Josh Turner's "Why Don't We Just Dance," Lennon & McCartney's "If I Fell," a sweet "Just My Imagination/My Girl" Medley, and Bob Dylan's "Wagon Wheel." Top-drawer arrangements, pitch-perfect harmonies, unbelievably soaring closing chords - the Times has it all. Want to listen to one of Barbershop's all time best do their stuff? Hit "The Road!"
Songlist: I'm Walkin', Good Luck Charm, What's Your Name?, All I Do Is Dream Of You, In My Room, Happy Happy Birthday Baby, Beyond The Sea, What Don't We Just Dance?, If I Fell, Just My Imagination /My Girl, Wagon Wheel, From The First Hello, One More Chance
Praise To The Lord
Review: Nearly two decades after releasing their first a cappella album - a perennial fan favorite and instant bestseller - the Dove Award-winning trio regroups for a recorded celebration of harmony and hymns. Heritage songs of the faith such as, "Come Thou Fount," and modern inspirational hits like, "The Prayer," and, "You'll Never Walk Alone," couple with the production artistry of southern gospel darlings Michael English and David Phelps, creating another vocal-only hit for the incomparable sibling singers.
Songlist: He's Everything To Me, You'll Never Walk Alone, When I Go Away, Fairest Lord Jesus, Praise To The Lord, Shut De Do / Three Little Birds, Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silent, Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing / Fill My Cup, Lord, The Prayer, If Ever We Needed The Lord Before We Sure Do Need Him Now
Review: Tom Gentry, one of the foremost barbershop arrangers, has given us this playful, welcoming creation. It captures the spirit and character of the song. Note that the downbeat of measures 48 has a short note to emphasize "Don't Grouse". The soaring harmonies and special treatments for individual parts are a delight to the ear. Sing it with joyous mirth!
Songlist: Consider Yourself
Review: Written by the Beach Boys this classic Christmas song reached number 3 in the charts in 1963. This arrangement is in an easy swing, with a variety of interesting harmonic and rhythmic figures. Keep the tempo steady and take care to sing the syncopations accurately and you'll have a lot of fun singing this vintage Beach Boy tune!
Songlist: Little Saint Nick
Review: Ed Waesche, one of the Society's most popular and prolific arrangers, borrowed the tag from Renee Craig's arrangement of this classic song. There is probably no greater influence on the world of barbershop music and performance than the inimitable Renee Craig and this is a great example. Measures 26-26 as sung by Platinuum are a bit challenging for the bass, so their version is placed at the end of the arrangement as an option.
Songlist: What'll I Do?
Review: Made popular on Toy Story 3 = Awesome this humorous piece simultaneously ridicules and celebrates user-generated content. The lyrical main theme rolls around in vibrant familiarity, always rocking between the major keys of C# and E. This tension between genuine and mock exuberance is the central irony of the piece.
Songlist: The Facebook Song
If You Were The Only Girl
Review: After two decades of being out of print, this legendary recording by the 1989 BHS International Quartet Champions, The Second Edition is once again available, and it sounds better than before! Digitally remastered from the original reels, this groundbreaking recording is a must have for every barbershop enthusiast. If you have one of the original pressings, you're gonna want to have this new release because the sound is clearer and better than you could have imagined! It was in the fall of 1987, that the quartet began this recording, and finished and released "Second Edition 1" in the spring of 1988. They were the first barbershop quartet to offer a recording in the digital CD format. Enjoy The Second Edition classics such as The Darktown Strutters' Ball, Mistakes, Just ACottage Small (By A Waterfall), The Longest Time featuring Doug Harrington, Hello My Baby, Brahms' Lullaby and more.
Songlist: The Darktown Strutters' Ball, I'm Sitting On Top Of The World, Mistakes, Bill Bailey, Won't You Please Come Home?, Just A Cottage Small (By A Waterfall), Doin' The Raccoon, The Longest Time, If You Were The Only Girl, Hello My Baby, What'll I Do?, Almost Like Being In Love, Brahms'
Review: The Best of Two Worlds is the epitome of the stars literally aligning. In spring 1989 both The Second Edition and Growing Girls began planning a joint concert called The Best Of Two Worlds. To each group's thrill, The Second Edition won the 1989 BHS International Quartet Championship in July, and the Growing Girls were crowned the 1989 SAI Queens of Harmony in October, less than two weeks prior to the debut concert. Shortly after the premiere concert, The Second Edition and Growing Girls recorded The Best Of Two Worlds. This recording was only ever released on cassette tape... until now! Digitally remastered from the original reels, and for the first time available on CD! Enjoy Growing Girls favorites; Kungstradgarden Blues (Royal Garden Blues), Goody Goodbye and Sommarpsalm (Hymn to Summer), and The Second Edition favorites; Lullaby In Ragtime, Rain Medley, My Old Kentucky Home and more! Also features both groups singing together on songs like Let There Be Peace On Earth! And, Included for the first time, a never before released bonus track featuring two singers from each group!
Songlist: Hello My Baby, Kungstradgarden Blues (Royal Garden Blues), The Church Bells Are Ringing For Mary, Lullaby In Ragtime, Sweet Georgia Brown, Goody Goodbye, Misty, Rain Medley, Sommarpsalm (Hymn To Summer), My Old Kentucky Home , Let There Be Peace On Earth, A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square
Review: Brothers, Sing On!: Conducting the Tenor-Bass Choir by Jonathan Palant is a welcome addition to the choral pedagogy literature addressing the training of male singers. An ideal resource for choral directors, teachers-in-training, singers and choral enthusiasts, this practical volume explores the challenges and rewards of working with evolving adolescent-through-adult male singer. In addition to his own valuable insights, Dr. Palant includes interviews with over two dozen seasoned vocal music educators.
Songlist: A History of Men's Choral Singing, Anatomy of the Male Voice, The Product: Choral Tone, Intonation, Parts and Placement, The Adolescent Male Voice, Categorization to Maturation, Programming and Repertoire Selection, Auditions, Warm-Ups, Sight-Singing, Recruiting, Fund-Raising, Travel, Sample Programs
Review: Whether you're a karaoke singer or preparing for an audition, the Pro Vocal series is for you. The book contains the lyrics, melody & chord symbols for fifteen hits. The CD contains demos for listening and separate backing tracks so you can sing along. The CD is also enhanced so Mac and PC users can adjust the recording to any pitch without changing the tempo! Perfect for home rehearsal, parties, auditions, corporate events, and gigs without a backup band.
Songlist: Silent Night, Jingle Bells, All I Want For Christmas Is You, Christmas (Baby Please Come Home), Ave Maria, Feliz Navidad, Blue Christmas, Cold December Night, Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas, A Holly Jolly Christmas, I'll Be Home For Christmas, It's Beginning To Look Like Christmas, Santa Baby, Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town, White Christmas
Review: After being crowned 2009 Barbershop Harmony Society Quartet Champions, Crossroads has become one of the most sought-after a cappella foursomes in the world, performing in Germany, France, Finland, the U.K., Spain and all over the United States. First coming together as a group in 2007, Tenor Fred, Lead Mike, Bass Jim and Baritone Brandon found that they shared a genuine friendship rooted in faith, family, harmony and a love of great music. And that has given them the opportunity to share their music with audiences all over the world! "The Simple life," their 3rd album, features 11 finely crafted and arranged tunes. Some of our favorites are the Ella Fitzgerald renditions of the title track, "Give Me the Simple Life" and the sultry lament "Angel Eyes;" the Deep River Boys' 1941 version of the 1876 song "My Grandfather's Clock;" Michael Buble's hit single "Hold On," Lerner & Lowe's classic "Gigi," Ron Miller and Orlando Murden's "For Once in My Life," the traditional hymn "Rock My Soul;" Cole Porter's "Blow, Gabriel, Blow" and Robert Lowry and Mrs. A. S. Hawkes' deeply moving "I Need Thee Every Hour." "The Simple life" is a powerful collection from one of Barbershop's most talented and beloved champions, Crossroads.
Songlist: Give Me The Simple Life, Angel Eyes, My Grandfather's Clock, Hold On, Children, Go Where I Send Thee, Gigi, A Word On My Ear (I'm Tone Deaf), For Once In My L1fe, Rock My Soul (In The Bosom of Abraham), Someone Like You, Blow, Gabriel, Blow, I Need Thee Every Hour
Review: These great collections let men sing four-part a cappella harmony with a professionally recorded barbershop quartet. The books include TTBB parts and the CDs feature full performances. Just turn on the CD, open the book, pick your part, and sing along!
Songlist: Do You Hear What I Hear?, (There's No Place Like) Home For The Holidays , I'll Be Home For Christmas, It's Beginning To Look Like Christmas, Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!, Little Saint Nick , We Need A Little Christmas, White Christmas
Review: This is the last recording under the direction of founder Pamela Cook who passed away rather suddenly in the fall of 2013. Considered one of the top girl choirs in the world and have won over 20 1st place prizes in international choral competitions.
Songlist: Aurora, Summer Song, Stay Awhile, Spanish Suite, El Viaje (The Journey), Astralucia, Algun Otro Sitio, Symphonie Lumiere, Beautiful Peace, In My Dreams
Review: Voces8 make an extraordinary debut on Decca with Eventide. Eight young singers forming one perfect sound add a contemporary edge in stunning original arrangements from plainchant to Paul Mealor and from Saving Private Ryan to Emeli Sande. The album evokes the magical space between day and night, a time for unwinding, for finding the calm and solace we all seek. Eight perfectly-blended voices interwoven with haunting melodies for solo cello, harp and saxophone provide an immersive sonic experience which will soothe, beguile and inspire.
Songlist: Te Lucis Ante Terminum, Festal, Hymn To The Fallen, Reflexionem, Where I Sleep, The Seal Lullaby, Second Eve, Quanta Qualia, Underneath The Stars, Locus Iste, Corpus Christi Carol, Benedictus, Os Iusti, Steal Away, Ave Maria, O Magnum Mysterium, Te Lucis Terminum, Pentecostal Tone
Review: Ray Charles (not the more familiar R&B recording star, but longtime arranger and vocalist for Perry Como and his "Perry Como Show"), knew quite a lot about entertainment and how to put together a vocal ensemble and get the most out of them. This re-release is a bright, sweet, sincere collection of pop tunes and Broadway hits, as innocent, upbeat, schmaltzy, silly and entertaining as mainstream variety shows were in the mid-to-late 60's.
Songlist: Misty, These Foolish Things, Embraceable You, Goodbye, Vieni, Vieni, Tell Me That You Love Me, Volare, Non Dimenticar, Traveling Down A Lonely Road, Ferryboat Serenade (Funiculi-Funicula), Nina, East Of The Sun, No Voce, Na Chittara,, Woodpecker Song, Summertime In Venice, Santa Lucia, My Old Flame, Paradise, For All We Know, Soft Lights And Sweet Music, I'm Over Here, Don't Blame Me, My Ideal
Review: The King's Men (the men's voices from King's College Choir) release a new album of close harmony arrangements. Produced in-house at King's, the album features previously unrecorded pop and jazz arrangements written for the group by current and former choral scholars. The songs range from classics such as 'Swing Low, Sweet Chariot' and 'Old Man River' to more recent hits such as Carly-Rae Jepson's 'Call Me Maybe'. The group was helped by new Assistant Director of Music and former 'Swingle Singer' Ben Parry, who coached them in the art of close harmony singing.
Songlist: Get Around, Swing Low, Sweet Chariot, Wonderwall, A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square, Forget You, Never Had A Dream Come True, September, Tears in Heaven, I Want It That Way, Minnie The Moocher, Call Me Maybe, Old Man River, Every Time We Say Goodbye, I Want You Back
Review: One of the most powerful live performers of her time, Nina Simone mixed jazz, blues, soul, classical and more to create a genre all her own. This book features authentic transcriptions in the original keys of 23 Simone classics in voice with piano accompaniment format: Feeling Good - He Needs Me - I Loves You Porgy - I Put a Spell on You - It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing) - It Might As Well Be Spring - Little Girl Blue - My Baby Just Cares for Me - Solitude - Willow Weep for Me - Work Song - Young, Gifted and Black - and more.
Songlist: If I Should Lose You, Work Song, Solitude, He Needs Me, Night Song, Lilac Wine, Young, Gifted And Black, Take Me To The Water, If You Knew, Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye, Feeling Good, For All We Know, Children Go Where I Send You, I Loves You, Porgy, It Don't Mean A Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing), It Might As Well Be Spring, Little Girl Blue, Love Me Or Leave Me, My Baby Just Cares For Me, Something Wonderful, The Twelfth Of Never, Willow Weep For Me, I Put A Spell On You
Review: This remarkable DVD presents a systematic approach to improving the sound of choirs of all ages, types, and stages of development. From vocal warm-ups to rehearsals to culminating performances, this DVD provides a step-by-step guide to help choral ensembles to reach their full potential. Many different standing positions are demonstrated and the numerous factors involved in deciding which position to use are discussed. Dr. Charlene Archibeque demonstrates unique placements that work in varied rehearsal situations, including standing, sitting, using risers, and dealing with a flat floor. She also explores the most effective positions for performance situations, taking into consideration the acoustics of the venue, the strengths and weaknesses of the choir, and the repertoire to be performed.A focal point of is the demonstration of the decision-making process involved in the place- ment of individual singers within a section. Blend, balance, intonation, musicianship, and aural skills- as well as strength of each voice and timbre of each singer-are factors that affect these decisions. Unique "before and after" comparisons, suitable for showing to singers, highlight the contrasts prior to and after voice matching and/or positioning of singers for specific repertoire.The powerful effects of capturing each singer's innate expressiveness and imagination are displayed via contrasting examples of engaged and unengaged singing. This DVD, with its unprecedented combination of explanations, graphics, and singer demonstrations, offers a unique and valuable resource for both conductor-teachers and singers.
Songlist: Rehearsal Formations, Performance Formations, Placement of Individual Singers, Visual Aspects of Impactful Performances, Developing Expressivness, Acoustics, Blend and Balance, Intonation, Aural Skills, Strength and Timbre of Each Voice, Includes:-, Graphics, Charts, Singer Demonstrations
Review: Here are authentic vocal piano arrangements - all in their original keys - of 11 popular songs from Chris Mann, the classically trained singer who propelled to fame in the second season of The Voice. Titles: Always on My Mind - Ave Maria - Cuore - Falling - Longer - My Way - Need You Now - On a Night like This - Roads - Unless You Mean It - Viva La Vida.
Songlist: Ave Maria, My Way, Always On My Mind, On A Night Like This, Viva La Vida, Need You Now, Falling, Cuore, Unless You Mean It, Roads, Longer
Review: At the heart of every vocal group is the music it performs. This often means writing its own arrangements of popular or traditional songs. This book is the long-awaited definitive work on the subject, wide ranging both in its scope and in its target audience - which spans beginners, music students, and community groups to professional and semi-professional performers, vocal/instrumental songwriters, composers, and producers - providing genre-specific insight on a cappella writng. The tone of the book is instructive and informative, yet conversational: it is intended to stand alongside any academic publication while remaining interesting and fun. Dubbed "the Father of Contemporary A Cappella" author Deke Sharon has firmly established himself as one of the leading vocal harmony talents today having arranged over 2,000 songs which are published worldwide. Deke was vocal producer on NBC's "The Sing-Off" and served as arranger, on-site music director and vocal producer for Universal's "Pitch Perfect" movie. A Cappella Arranging is a good textbook - and a "good read" - for every vocal arranger, whether amateur or professional; every vocal music classroom, and any professional recording studio. We highly recommend this book.
Songlist: Basic Arranging in 10 Steps, Principals in Arranging, What is Arranging?, The Arranging Sprectrum, Discovering Your Toolkit, Transcription, Five Myths About Music Making, Vocal Conventions, Song Selection, Listening to the Original, Listening to Other Versions, Form and Conceptualization, Preparing Your Materials, Melody and Lyrics, The Bass Line, Background Vocals, Final Touches, Record / Rehearse, In Depth Analyses, Change Up and Clever Bits, Arranging For Other Vocal Formats, Vocal Percusion, Specific A Cappella Styles, Writing For Your Own Group, Writing Medleys, Breaking the Block, Final Thoughts
Review: Love Songs are a staple of most performing groups. Here are five different expressions of love, scored for mixed voices, in five-part SATB (div).
Songlist: Helplessly Hoping, How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You), I Can't Make You Love Me, So Far Away, True Colors