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Items by Robert M. Copeland

Results: 21
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Comment: Re: 'Minor' major work for Christmas Eve
Goes past the 10-min. mark, but my absolute favorite in this category is Respighi, Lauda per la nativita.    (Laud to the Nativity).  5 instruments, as I recall, plus choir of course.  
Comment: Re: Exciting extended sacred works from 20th-21st Century composers
In the Beginning--Aaron Copland Le Roi David--Honegger Cantata--Stravinsky War Requiem---Britten Auschwitz Oratorio---Penderecki St Luke Passion---Penderecki.  (May exceed your capacity---It's a huge work.  Shattering.) Lauda per la nativita del Signore---Respighi   Just a few of my favor...
Comment: Re: Armenian Mass?
I'm really curious about this.  The Armenian language has its own alphabet and does not use Cyrillic.  Maybe Yardumian had to write it in Cyrillic script for some Soviet reason; in any case, is the language of the text Armenian or Russian? (Or transliterated Latin??)  How did you conclude, fr...
Comment: Re: turot eszik a cigany
Just Google "Hungarian language" and you'll find a list of sites which can help you.  For example, there's one called Omniglot, which also includes links to a number of other resources for Hungarian.  According to them, Hungarian is a heavily inflected language; a noun may have as many as 238 fo...
Comment: Re: Negro Spirituals in "White" Churches
Dear Jonathan:   Both you and your pastor need to read Andre Thomas's book _Way Over in Beulah Lan'_ (Heritage Music Press, 2007).  Heritage is a division of Lorenz.   It's a book rich with historical and musical insights and information, and with encouragement from Thomas, Anton Armstr...
Comment: Re: Choral music for the MTV generation
Magnificent!  Creative photography awa wonderful performance.  It should indeed appeal to the MTV generation.
Comment: Re: Brahms Requiem
Having wrestled with this question for forty years of teaching in small colleges, I've come to the conclusion that we have to decide what is the purpose of a given performance.  If it's to please the crutics and the purists, nothing less than full orchestra will do.  If the purpose is to expose ...
Comment: Re: Conducting THE LAMB (by Tavenver)
I've conducted it before and am currently doing it again.  I love this piece!  I think Jerome's comments in his first paragraph are right on, and pretty well capture what I do.  I would respectfully differ with his paragraph two, however.  When I introduce the piece I have the whole group sing...
Comment: Re: Do altos quite often sing the tenor part if their voices are too low for alto.
In my experience, it's rare but has good precedent.  For one example, look to the Ospedale della Pieta in Venice, where Vivaldi was music director off and on for many years.  He wrote music for the girls and some of it (e.g., Lauda Jerusalem, Magnificat) includes Tenor and even Bass parts.  Rob...
Comment: Re: The Best not-so-well-known major works
Many great ideas here.  Let me list a few that I have done and love in addition to the above. (You might not consider all of these to be "major works," but they're not just anthems either.) Mendelssohn, Christus.  (Just a fragment of an unfinished oratorio, but has some lovely music, includi...
Comment: Re: One of those days!
Interestingly enough, my ensemble on Wednesday (27th) was exactly that way.  (I see them only on Mon & Wed.)  Phase of the moon?  Allergies to falling leaves?  And yes, I even raised my voice at them, which I never do.   Bob
Comment: Re: Choral Songs of "Relationships Gone Awry"
In the 60s (?) there was a wonderful set of four short pieces called "Love Lost," by Paul Sjolund.  But the last time I checked they were POP.  A couple of them stick in mind yet:      Bill was ill;      in his delirium      he talked about Miriam.      This was an error,...
Comment: Re: Perfectionism
What to do about choir members who are perfectionists?  My choir contains about 2/3 non-majors, and it's never going to achieve the technical perfection of an all-voice-majors choir, or a choir that rehearses 5 days a week.  But they sing musically---expressively; they work hard at it and ...
Comment: Re: Looking for large a cappella sacred choral works of 20th/21st C.
Aaron Copland, _In the Beginning_
Comment: Re: Smarter copyright terms
1)  If a lecture is delivered orally only, then it is not "fixed in a tangible medium of expression" and is not protected by copyright.  But if it's taped or video-recorded, then it is "fixed . . ." and is protected.  The effort to claim professors' rights in student notes is pretty far-fetched, ...
Comment: Re: Helping someone match pitch
I think this came from Howard Swann; in any case, I've used it with success.  Take the student to a piano,  play a pitch within his comfortable range, and ask him to sing it.  He probably can't.  But when he sings a pitch, find that pitch on the piano and have him sing "his" pitch with the piano...
Comment: Re: Secular repertoire at church-affiliated institutions
Yes; we do it as an intentional statement that "all of life is life in the presence of God."  God cares just as much about our music of recreation, work, romance . . . as about our music of worship.  In the spring repertoire, I often have over 1/3 "secular" repertoire.  It has the added advantage...
Comment: Re: Treble choir & bagpipes...really
Don't do it!  I speak from experience in Scotland, and as a bagpipe lover and choral director.  Even a single bagpipe can drown out a  choir, and the singers will yell themselves hoarse trying to out-sing the blessed thing.  The only way it will work without hurting their voices is to have the b...
Comment: Re: stretches before conducting
Elizabeth Green's textbook _The Modern Conductor_ includes several limbering-up exercises for conductors.  I teach them to my Advanced Conducting class and use them myself and find them very helpful.  They flex the whole arm, lower arm, and wrist, which get a lot of use in conducting.   Bob Copel...
Comment: Re: Recording a chorus: Studio versus concert venue
I've done both with my choir, and not been particularly happy with either, frankly.  The choir is 50-60.  The local studios we've gone to have been small, with low ceilings, and in one we actually had to have singers in two different rooms.  I have yet to find a studio with a decent and well-tune...
Comment: Re: Copyright not so bad . . .
1. I believe Martin is absolutely right about the justifiability of copyright.  (BTW: I don't get paid to say this, but the pieces he produces are wonderfully done! )  They are some of the best on the market.  And having talked with him at conventions, I know how hard he works to promote the...