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Items by Richard Bloesch

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Comment: Re: recommended Brahms Requiem scores
In Kiersten Honaker's posting, she quotes Brahms (by way of Leonard Van Camp) saying "Joachim will be glad to take care of that", meaning that Joachim (the great violinist and Brahms's friend) would be happy to supply an English translation of the German text of the German Requiem.  Apparently noth...
Comment: Re: Methods for Practicing Rhythm
I agree with Mr. Hunt that Kodaly was an important composer of choral music.  Certainly his "Psalmus Hungaricus" and his "Budivari Te Deum" were two of the most significant large choral works of the 20th century. One could also add his "Missa brevis" (in both versions--accompanied by organ only, or...
Comment: Re: Great Choral Music by "Forgotten" 18th & 19th Century Composers
Concerning great choral music by "forgotten" 18th and 19th century composers, I feel I must mention the composer  Peter Cornelius, who lived from 1824 to 1874.  Although he counted Liszt and Wagner among his friends, he went his own way compositionally.  A number of his shorter choral works are s...
Comment: Re: What is the most perfect piece of choral music ever composed? Opinions, please.
Michael to the rescue.  As Andras Schiff has said: "There is Bach, and then there is everyone else."   Richard
Comment: Re: blew wrong note!
Hi Leonard,   Thanks for the memory.  As we speak, the old Hancher auditorium is being torn down.  The demolition should be complete by the end of the year (this includes, of course, the old Clapp recital hall).  At the same time, the new Hancher auditorium is gradually rising not too many yar...
Comment: Re: Choir standing
In our church the congregation stands for all hymns and, so naturally, the choir stands also (and ours is not even a highly liturgical church:  United Church of Christ).  I do think the choir helps very much in the support of congregational singing.
Comment: Re: Proliferation of excessive excess
After reading Jane McGovern's various posts, I really wonder whether she even likes, enjoys, or appreciates great music.  I wonder if she would agree that J. S. Bach's B Minor Mass and his St. Matthew Passion are great monuments of western civilization.
Comment: Re: Tres Epitafios
Carolyn,   All three Halffters (Rodolfo, Ernesto, and Cristobal) were born in Spain.  Rodolfo was the brother of Ernesto and the uncle of Cristobal.
Comment: Re: Experience with Vaughan Williams' Benedicite?
Benedicite by Vaughan Williams also works well accompanied by piano--if you have a good pianist and a good piano.
Comment: Re: What, if anything, can be programmed with "Carmina Burana"
I'm sure many more persons would agree with Jim Taylor than with me regarding Carmina Burana.  But where he finds Carmina to be "earthy and raw", I find the work to be rather sentimental and full of nostalgia for the presumed glories of a German past.  He says "what matters now is the work itsel...
Comment: Re: What, if anything, can be programmed with "Carmina Burana"
Jim Taylor's e-mail seemed to be a reply to my poor summary of Prof. Taruskin's NYT article about Orff.  I  would hope that everyone concerned with this discussion regarding Carmina Burana would read Taruskin's entire article, which is so easily accessible to all. It is an important article that i...
Comment: Re: What, if anything, can be programmed with "Carmina Burana"
Interesting that Lee Barrow should mention Richard Taruskin.  If you Google his name together with Orff you will find the New York Times article from May 6, 2001, titled "Orff's Musical and Moral Failings."  In it, Taruskin not only points out Orff's plagiarisms in "Carmina Burana" from Stravinsky...
Comment: Re: Extended SATB Choral Works for Holiday Season for University Choir
If anyone is interested in a traditional Christmas Lessons and Carols service, but with lovely carol arrangements accompanied by a small (but expert) instrumental group, please go to my son's webpage:  peterbloesch.com and look for  "Sing We Noel".  The work is available whole or in parts.  A r...
Comment: Re: Eric Whitacre conferences and Virtual Choirs
Thank you Kristina for your beautifully written comments.   Richard
Comment: Re: -er exercises
When I wrote that singers curl back the tips of their tongues to create what Don calls the "nasty errrrr" sound,  I was pretty much implying that the solution would be: don't curl back the tip of the tongue.  Don has put it best:  keep the tip of the tongue touching the back of the bottom front...
Comment: Re: -er exercises
I think John and I will continue to disagree about this.  In my opinion, the vowel sound in "bird" and "girl" has nothing whatsoever to do with the consonant "r".  This is a distinctive vowel sound, which is represented by the IPA symbol ɜ .   And it is thoroughly discussed in Madeleine Marsh...
Comment: Re: "handshakes of separation"?
Jerome is correct:  Schnabel studied with Leschetizky, who studied with Czerny, who studied with Beethoven.  The connection with Liszt is that Czerny was Liszt's only piano teacher.
Comment: Re: Mozart Requiem Tempo issues: Why so Slow?!?
  Regarding Mozart's tempo indications, one should also look for the following book:  "The tempo indications of Mozart", by Jean-Pierre Marty, New Haven, Yale University Press, 1988.  I know we have it in the Univ. of Iowa library, and I'm sure it's in many other university and college librar...
Comment: Re: Top 20th/21st Century Spanish Composers
Dear Hope,   Please look at the three Halffters:  Ernesto Halffter (1903-1989), Rodolfo Halffter (1900-1987), and Cristobal Halffter (b. 1930).   Richard
Comment: Re: Beethoven 9 - German pronunciation
To Bruce, regarding the post from Claus-Ulrich:  It isn't enough for someone to be a native German speaker.  See the post from Richard Allen Roe.   Richard
Comment: Re: What sets classical music apart from pop music?
Re: David York:  Yes "Tunes matter."  Among the so-called "classical" composers, none had greater melodic gifts, in my opinion, than Schubert.   Richard
Comment: Re: What sets classical music apart from pop music?
Although I understand where Lucy is coming from, I think there is some danger in her view that one should resist categorizing music of various composers or judging various types of music since "variety is the spice of life."  I would just point out that most people would agree that the music of M...
Comment: Re: Messiah-Vowel on "Purify"
Edward,   "Foot" and "book" both have the same vowel sound.   I would like to clarify one thing I said earlier.  Someone had posted the idea that it was unfortunate that the melisma in "And he shall purify" was on the syllable that contains a diphthong.  This is not a problem, since one si...
Comment: Re: Messiah-Vowel on "Purify"
If I could make just one more point about "purify", I would say that it would be more accurate to spell it (without IPA symbols) "pyoorihfah(ih)" with "oo" standing for the sound in "book" and "ih" standing for the sound in "sit."  The sound "ih" is a more accurate sound for the fade-out sound in...
Comment: Re: Faure Requiem Orchestration
Bob,   I think you are incorrect about the Rutter orchestration of the Faure Requiem.  We did his version of the Requiem, and it is quite clear that a solo violin is required in the Sanctus.  Also, it's true that a good synthesizer sound can be used to substitute for the harp, but if one ha...
Comment: Re: Church Hymnal - Need Recommendations
Our UCC congregation decided to use the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) hymnal  in its ecumenical version (Hymns, Psalms & Spiritual Songs), Westminster/John Knox Press, and we have been very happy with our decision.  You should get a copy and give it a look.  
Comment: Re: Faure Requiem Orchestration
And you can substitute piano for the harp part
Comment: Re: Looking for Choral Works based on late 19th-century American poets/authors
I believe no one has mentioned the large choral work by Rachmaninoff "The Bells", a setting of a Russian translation of Edgar Allan Poe's poem of the same title.  The composer supposedly considered this to be his best work.   Richard Bloesch
Comment: Re: choral orchestral work with no soloists
"Toward the Unknown Region" by Vaughan Williams comes to mind.
Comment: Re: Pronounciation of "our"
Hi David,   Sorry to be so late in replying.  You make some very good points.  But, since you're a native Californian, you may not be aware of the problems that midwestern choral conductors face when confronted with singers who sing ugly midwestern American "r" sounds before consonants and ...
Comment: Re: Pronounciation of "our"
May I just (again) put in a plug for the old standby Madeleine Marshall's book " The Singer's Manual of English Diction."  It may have been superseded in some respects by other books, but not in most of the basics. It annoys me that people feel they can make up their own diction rules when these ...
Comment: Re: Cascades of voices, rising ever higher
Although it is not a sacred work, Poulenc's "Figure Humaine" surely qualifies, if one thinks of its last movement, as the voices intensify and move higher and higher, culminating in a solo soprano singing an E above high C on the word "Liberté".   Richard Bloesch
Comment: Re: ACDA Transparency
In  the above paragraph titled "Featured Articles in Choral Journal" only one sentence is devoted to interest sessions: "Interest sessions for ACDA conferences follow a similar procedure."  I can't believe that is strictly the case.  Does it mean that a panel judges submitted topics without kno...
Comment: Re: Famous for a single piece
I hate to disagree with John, but the fact is that the Requiem in honor of Rossini, which Verdi suggested should be composed by 13 Italian composers (each composing a different section), was, in fact, completed in 1869, but it was not performed.  Verdi later used his section, the "Libera me", as ...
Comment: Re: Pronunciation of "Angel"
I thank Donald McCullough for his posting.  When I studied with Madeleine Marshall, she always made it clear in her teaching (although she did not do so in her book) that the neutral vowel is not always the same vowel sound in every word.  What she did state clearly was that the neutral vowel ap...
Comment: Re: Haydn Creation
John, are you suggesting that Shakespeare should be translated for modern audiences?  My advice is to be bold and sing the English that Haydn intended.   Richard Bloesch richard-bloesch@uiowa.edu
Borrowing request: string parts needed
Item: Christmas Day Composer/Arranger/Edition: Holst Starting: Dec. 13 For: Nov. 20 -- Dec. 13 Copies: 2 first violin; 2 second violin; one viola, one cello, one bass Willing to rent: No   The orchestration for "Christmas Day" by Gustav Holst  is for full orchestra, but is dominated by string...
Comment: Re: How great is this piece?
 Hi David,   I have a few comments about the works you have listed.  First of all, you list five works by Dvorak (two of which you say don't seem great), but you leave out the one that would best fit your purpose, mainly the Te Deum.  I think you should give that a hard look.  The Janacek Mass ...
Borrowing request: looking to borrow string parts
Item: string parts to Holst's "Christmas Day" Composer/Arranger/Edition: Any edition Starting: Needed for a Dec. 13th service For: for about one month Copies: We will use 3 first violins, 2 second violins, 2 violas, 2 cellos, one bass Willing to rent: Yes   We have  choral parts to Gustav Hol...
Comment: Re: Tips for Memorizing
 I think it is important always to keep in mind that major choral works like the Beethoven "Missa soleminis,", the Verdi "Requiem," the Britten "War Requiem", Haydn's "Creation," Bach's "B Minor Mass,", etc. should not be expected to be memorized. Furthermore, one should not assume that performance...
Comment: Re: United States Secretary of the Arts.
 I'm surprised that no one has mentioned that fact that we already have a National Endowment of the Arts, which is an independent agency of the US government.  It has been financed annually at the rate of around $180 million (at the high end) to a current rate of around $155 million.   Richard Bl...
Comment: Re: music written in memory of someone the composer knew personally
 Recent postings about works written in response to the deaths of specific persons have mentioned the Howells "Requiem" as a memorial to the death of his son Michael who died on Sept. 6, 1935.  Admittedly the facts surrounding the composition of this work are hazy at best.  As far as I have been ...
Comment: Re: Initial "h"s Yea or Nay?
 Sorry, I misspelled Bühnensprache in my last message.  I could also have written Bühnendeutsch.   Richard richard-bloesch@uiowa.edu
Comment: Re: Initial "h"s Yea or Nay?
This is a reply to both Charles and John.  Charles first:  Madeleine Marshall always stressed that it is perfectly OK for people to speak in any sort of regional English they prefer.  When they sing art songs or opera in English, however, they should try to use a standard, neutral English that so...
Comment: Re: Initial "h"s Yea or Nay?
 According to Madeleine Marshall, "sure" is one of those diphthongs and triphthongs ending in the neutral vowel.  It is composed of the vowel as in "full" plus the neutral vowel, which replaces the "r".  Another often mispronounced word that has the same diphthong as "sure" is "poor" (not pronoun...