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Items by Matthew Abernathy

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Forum message: Faure Requiem - Rutter ed.
Hello,   I'm looking to do a performance of John Rutter's edition of the Faure Requiem this fall but only using organ and chorus. My question is regarding the Sanctus, Aguns Dei and Libera Me: what do I do about the other parts needed in those movements? I can only afford an organ, so is it pos...
Forum message: Technical Aspects in Britten's War Requiem
I've been doing a lot of work on Britten's War Requiem for an upcoming audition and I had a question regarding the Dies Irae section. I find that the 7/4 tempo is too fast to subdivide,but if you do it as one larger pattern, it has a tendancy to get out of control.  I'm wondering what the best...
Comment: Re: Choral Accompanying
Ron,   You are absolutely right....I am 'behind the eight ball' as a piano player. I never realized its importance (coming from a non-musical family) until I was already in college. Ultimately, my goal is to be a conductor, but I have noticed that many conductors are also proficient piano pla...
Comment: Re: Opera Conducting
Hi Nancy,   Thank you so much for your help and advice. I'll admit...I did not start piano until about a year-and-a-half ago, so my skills are certainly not up to par, but it is something to work towards! I'm also glad that you made the distinction between choral and opera conducting; I assum...
Forum message: Opera Conducting
Hello,   I am looking into graduate school (although perhaps a few years too early as a Sophomore) and I was wondering if any schools offered programs with a choral emphasis, but a significant portion of time devoted to orchestral conducting OR a program with a Dual M.M. in Choral and Orchest...
Forum message: Choral Accompanying
Hello,    I am a sophomore undergraduate looking to improve my piano skills particularly in regards to accompanying choruses and opera coaching and I was wondering what things I could do to better my accompanying? My plan (thus far) is to really work sight reading by using Bach chorales. I a...