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Sunday, February 23, 2014

Follow up to Spem in Alium

There are a couple videos from the performances of Spem in Alium from yesterday.  One of them is posted on Fr. Z's blog:


This is a short video which includes snippets from all three performances.

Here is a video of the third and final performance of the day.

The choir who put this on is Chorus Sine Nomine (http://www.facebook.com/thechorussinenomine), but the people who showed up to sing this massive work represented groups such as Collegium Cantorum, the Suspicious Cheese Lords, Illuminare, Chantry, and others, and various parish choir and cathedral choir directors and members.

It was a phenomenal experience, and I hope to sing it again!  There are 7 more baritone lines to learn, as well as 8 bass lines, and 8 tenor lines.  I might have to learn them just for the heck of it.  :)

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Life goal accomplished today

Today was a memorable day, and it will go down in history as one of my favorites.  I accomplished a life goal today.  Under the direction of David L. from St. John the Beloved Catholic Church, I and nearly 100 people sang the motet Spem in Alium by Thomas Tallis.  The motet is a masterwork, which displays the genius of the man, and provides no small challenge to even professional musicians to pull off well.  It is written for 40 individual voices, divided into 8 choirs of soprano, alto, tenor, baritone, and bass.  My line was choir 5, baritone: out of 40 voices, I was voice 24.

All I can say is wow!  It was an absolute blast!

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Inspiring Quote for February 18th, 2014

    Accept responsibility for your life. Know that it is you who will get you where you want to go, no one else.

― Les Brown

Thursday, February 13, 2014

MP3 collection fail

I just made the worst discovery I had never hoped to make. I have lost my entire collection of King's Singers MP3's that I had ripped from my albums. Drat...

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

I have a lot of reading to do...

The top three books are for my next certification, and the bottom two are "just because" books.


Thursday, February 06, 2014

Inspiring Quote for February 6th, 2014

    Tomorrow is the most important thing in life. Comes into us at midnight very clean. It's perfect when it arrives and it puts itself in our hands. It hopes we've learned something from yesterday.

― John Wayne

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Inspiring Quote for February 4th, 2014

    Some people wonder all their lives if they've made a difference. The Marines don't have that problem.

― Ronald Reagan