It's that time of year. To-do lists are getting longer, but days are getting shorter. And for us, in the choir, we're preparing for our favorite time of year. And that means a lot of music: special music for Christ the King Sunday, Advent evening service, and of course both Christmas Eve services (with carol sing to start off the festivities).
This past Sunday, we sang Jean Berger's masterful The eyes of all in service, and because of the line "...and thou givest them their food in due season...", we are all now experts on the finer points of do vs. due.
This coming Sunday, we'll sing the first of several selections from Handel's Messiah: "And the Glory of the Lord". We'll be joined by local pro musicians on oboe and cello, but rest assured we are still toiling on the details to get it just right. If pronunciation was our task last week, this week it's undoubtedly emphasis -- that is, preserving the natural emphasis of the text in music. When you speak, you naturally emphasize certain words or syllables: "And all flesh shall see it together" sounds like "and all FLESH shall SEE it toGEther". But singing the same text in such a way doesn't come nearly as naturally, and it's a big part of what we work on together as an ensemble.
On to rehearsal!