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Items by David Monks

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Announcement: O Magnum Mysterium
A Christmas Motet, SATB with divisi.   Score   http://www.scoreexchange.com/scores/160406.html        
PDF Document: O Magnum Mysterium
Announcement: Star of my Heart - Christmas Carol
It's a Christmas Carol.  The Score is on Score Exchange, and here below is a recording of it being sung by Le Choeur d'Alzonne in December 2011.   I hold all rights, but a simple email gets around this.  Hope you like, and consider for inclusion in a Christmas concert    
Comment: Re: French pronunciation of Latin
Here in the Languedoc, my choir invariably sings Latin in the Italianate way.  Par contre, a choir I used to sing with chose to sing French choral music of the 17th century with a French pronunciation.  My understanding is that this is how the music was sung in its time.  Even so, it sounded odd...
Announcement: Star of My Heart TTBB
I have just put up a TTBB arrangement of my original (SATB) Star of My Heart carol.   Any male voice choirs interested?   http://www.scoreexchange.com/scores/144419.html
Comment: Re: Choral music w/optional handbells
Perhaps the following might be of interest.     http://www.scoreexchange.com/scores/104668.html   The choir/handbells balance is not too good on the MP3, but you can make up for this by listening to the SATB version on it own.
Comment: Re: FOr Male Voice Choirs
Jeff   Thanks you for your comments/   here is a link for downloading Scorch.  As you know, it is free.   http://www.sibelius.com/cgi-bin/download/get.pl?com=sh&prod=scorch   Good luck.   BTW, Monks is my family name.  I am not 'a monk' .  LOL       David
Announcement: Attention Male Voice Choirs - Crux Fidelis TTBB
I have just published on Score Exchange a TTBB version of my original (for mixed voice choir) Crux Fidelis.   Here is a link to it   http://www.scoreexchange.com/scores/143059.html
Announcement: FOr Male Voice Choirs
I have just published on Score Exchange a TTBB version of my original (for mixed voice choir) Crux Fidelis.   Here is a link to it   http://www.scoreexchange.com/scores/143059.html
Comment: Re: Standing up - yes, standing up
Standing (or not standing) falls into two different categories, those of the conductor and the chorister.   As a conductor, I can easily stand for two hours.  My community choir baulks at it - and so would I.   The difference is that the choral director has the liberty to shift position from ...
Comment: Re: From France, please need help with repertoire - adult choir
Salut Carlos,   je suis, moi aussi, chef de chœur(et compositeur)  dans le sud de la France. Bien sûr c'est un grand espace, mais peut-être nous ne sommes pas trop loin l'un de l'autre. Alors, si la proximité permettait, il pourrait y avoir des possibilités de coopération entre nous p...
PDF Document: Crux Fidelis SATB
Comment: Re: Proliferation of excessive excess
I agree with much of Jane's sentiment right up to the last two paragraphs which is where the core of Jane's argument seems to lie:   It would be nice to be part of a congregation where music plays no part. That actively doing things which benefit communities, volunteering at homeless centres,...
Community Forum Post: Stockpiling Compositions
I have just re-read the thread on the Corpus Christi competition.  The competition rules required that any submission should be unpublished.  The definition of unpublished was discussed in some depth and I really don't feel there was a general consensus on the definition as understood by those ru...
Comment: Re: Contrast for Competition? 76 Trombones and Old McDonald Had a Farm
Hello Alan,   76 Trombones is fast and exhuberant, full of vitality and pretty uninhibited.  Old McDonald is playful and comedic.  Is that enough of a contrast?  Perhaps for a competition the answer would be no.  Much depends an the types of arrangement and the opinion of the adjudicator/s, ...
Comment: Re: Catalan/ spanish composer (Christmas) repertoire for Boys Choir wanted
Hei Winnfried,   Jeg håper du finner det du leter etter   David
Comment: Re: Job Interview Request
Hello Jaon,   I would suggest that you state that this is somewwhat unusual, and ask what it the thinking behind it.  What exactly is the interview panel looking for?  If you don't know this, you are unlikely to give them what they want.  And if they are just asking because they don't know wh...
Comment: Re: Choral Composition Competitions?
Hello Alex,   Thank you for coming back so speedily with your reply.  I fear that I have to agree with what Paul Carey says. Please understand that I say this in the kindest way possible.  But even the revised wording is too inadequate.  And it in no way addresses the questions of pricing, ...
Comment: Re: Low notes in a composition
To update my previous posting,   I consulted with the choir that is going to premiere my arrangement (to which I referred above).  Their altos 2 have absolutely no problem in singing the low E.  So, no need to transpose.     David Monks Le Chœur d'Alzonne France  
Comment: Re: Choral Composition Competitions?
Regarding William Copper's posting above, tne point he highlights, regardless of the generous prized,  gave me cause to pause.   I assume that in the event of a piece being chosen for publication there would be a sale price attached to it.  But I don't recall reading this, or whether the comp...
Comment: Re: Low notes in a composition
Hello Carlos   Working for female (or indeed male voices) does impose limitations of range that are best respected.  Although, that said, and in contrast to what Dan Gawthrop has said, I have never found a women's choir whose 2nd altos could not manage the low F with fair comfort.  But any lowe...
Comment: Re: Catalan/ spanish composer (Christmas) repertoire for Boys Choir wanted
I recommend    Fum, Fum, Fum.     http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZpU1FRY1_Ho   El Cant dels Ocells   http://www1.cpdl.org/wiki/index.php/El_Cant_Dels_Ocells_(Carol_of_the_Birds)_(Michael_Gray)     El Noi de la Mare.     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fs7nR4cY7ho     All ...
Comment: Re: music for christmas
Hello Indira Catherine,   If you like this one   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MIuAO8mBrbk     you will find it at   http://www.scoreexchange.com/scores/104669.html   It is free, but please write to me for printdown     David Monks Alzonne Choir France  
Comment: Re: Eric Whitacre conferences and Virtual Choirs
Hello again, Jayson,   let me quote you:   "Forgive me if I sound a bit naiive, but I still don't see a real problem with the idea of a choir being regulated by the work of audio engineers."   The problem lies here, specifically with the words " ...the idea of a choir being regulated".  ...
Comment: Re: Eric Whitacre conferences and Virtual Choirs
Hello Jayson,   I think that Melinda, Fabio and Jerome have very succinctly put their fingers on the significant factors that differenciate a real choir from a virtual manipulation of sound.  (Thank you Melinda for explaining the process.)   There is a point that occurs to me - a question,...
Community Forum Post: Are we properly dead yet?
The last interactive posting on this Community was on 25th January.  That's three months ago.   I think we probably are past our last gasp.
Comment: Re: April Is In My Mistress Face, July
This site on the pronunciation of Shakesperean names gives JOO-ligh or JOO-lee.  The pronuncuiation is given by an American voice.  Note the change of tonic stress in either version.   http://www.e-shakespeare.org/names.html   I think one may assume that the London/ Court pronunciiation is ...
Comment: Re: Elijah Pronunciation Help . . .
Hello Nancy,   Thank you for that clarification.  It is reassuring to know that, all unknowingly, I was holding to what Jester Hairston himself thought.   To be perfectly honest, I was coming at this with a bit of an agenda.  It is something that perhaps has not hit in America, but I have en...
Comment: Re: Elijah Pronunciation Help . . .
This is a good question.  I have often come across a tendency to pronounce 'J' as 'zh' (as 'J' in French) when singing.  But how would you pronounce the title of Mendelssohn's oratorio?  I imagine with a very definite English 'J'.  My rule is this, unless there is some very good reason to use a...
Comment: Re: Composing and Arranging: Insights for conductors, composers, and choristers
Hello Donald,   Just getting around to catching up on postings in this thread - most of the day spent getting pulled this way and that to free a trapped nerve - I exagerate, slightly.  I feel better, somewhat, but not quite my old self yet.   You have said so much more clearly what I was tr...
Comment: Re: Composing and Arranging: Insights for conductors, composers, and choristers
HI Chris,   Your last sentence contains an essential truth.  Stanford is one of my favourites,  perhaps because I had to pass his house every morning on my way to my office.  But I first encountered his much neglected part songs in the mid 1960s.  From there it was on to his choral services i...
Comment: Re: Choral Composition Competitions?
Hello Sarah,   You may find some useful information at the site of the Association of Irish Choirs - http://www.aoic.ie/utility_links/home/   The Cork International Choral Festival does commission pieces, so it would be worth looking at their sites too.   From time to time choral compositio...
Comment: Re: Composing and Arranging: Insights for conductors, composers, and choristers
As a student of music way back in the late 1950s and into the 1960s, I did the usual study of 'theory', including harmony.  Then at short notice I found myself studying in Italy for two years.  My music there was limited to attending organ concerts by Fernando Germani.  After that it was back to ...
Comment: Re: IPA - Why do we recreate the wheel every time?
My small choir, in a backwater of rural southerm France has no problem approaching music in French (naturally), Occitan, Spanish, Catalan, Russian, Hungarian, German, Irish, English, Italian, Latin, Church Slavonic,   English, Swedish, Norwegian - and probably one or two I have omitted - Oh yes, ...
Announcement: SATB Setting of Animula Vagula Blandula
My setting of the Emperor Hadrian's (supposed) last poem is not published on Score Exchange   http://www.scoreexchange.com/scores/135830.html   It'sworth a look (I hope) and it's free.   Animula Vagula Blandula, Hospes comesque corporis, Quae nunc abibis in loca, Pallida rigida nudula N...
Community Forum Post: SATB Setting of Animula Vagula Blandula
My setting of the Emperor Hadrian's (supposed) last poem is now published on Score Exchange   http://www.scoreexchange.com/scores/135830.html   It's worth a look (I hope) and it's free.   Animula Vagula Blandula, Hospes comesque corporis, Quae nun...
Community Forum Post: SATB Setting of Animula Vagula Blandula
My setting of the Emperor Hadrian's (supposed) last poem is not published on Score Exchange   http://www.scoreexchange.com/scores/135830.html   It's worth a look (I hope) and it's free.   Animula Vagula Blandula, Hospes comesque corporis, Quae nunc abibis in loca, Pallida rigida nudula ...
Comment: Re: In search of avant garde SATB acapella for collegiate student-run choir
You could try Pekka Kostiainen's 'Jaakobin Isot Pojat'   What about Michael McGlynn's compositions - check Anúna on Google.   I should add Knut Nysted's work too.   Or have a look at some of my stuff on Score Exchange.       David Monks Cheour d'Alzonne France
Comment: Re: Who is qualified to teach show choir
Would some kind soul explain what exactly is a show choir, please.  I assume, but may be wrong, that is it a choir rhar specialises in songs from the musicals, perhaps with an emphasis on shows such as those by Rogers and Hammerstein - i.e. popular music, but not necessarily pop.  But does it go ...
Comment: Re: Eric Whitacre conferences and Virtual Choirs
I have no problem at all, Fabio with your definition of choir as a  "group of people that produce *vocal music singing in the same place, in the same time".   To go beyond this is problematic.  I fear, for present times at least, you may over-define, and I am not at all sure that this clarifie...
Comment: Re: Eric Whitacre conferences and Virtual Choirs
The subject of VCs has been popping in and out of my mind since this thread began.   For those who favourVCs, fine.  Enjoy them.   But it seems to me that pleasure that is got out of singing alone and consigning one's effort to the hands of another to be electronically processed is a very so...
Comment: Re: Eric Whitacre conferences and Virtual Choirs
I think it is pertinent to ask what is the historical definition and purpose of a choir and choral singing.   Whatever the beauty of the musical thought, a virtual "choir" is nothing more than technology tweaking the voices of individuals who have never sung together, and likely never will.  The...
Comment: Re: Pared-down choral tour?
Hello again Marcia,   I see that I responded to a similar question some time ago.  Here are the bullet points I made, and they are probably as valid as ever:   David Monks on June 28, 2011 3:41am Some pointers start planning very early - about a year ahead, i wo...
Comment: Re: Pared-down choral tour?
Hello Marcia,   A lot depends on where you wish to go.  I cannot speak for America, but you seem to have managed very well on your own initiative with the tour of the Missions.   Going to a place like Europe is entirely another matter.  There are many different customs and languages. ...
Comment: Re: The "new" Battle Hymn?
    In 2012 and 2011 my choir had American choirs perform as our guests in the small Languedoc village of Alzonne.  As a trinute to their coming, and to welcome them, I made an arrangement (with descant) of America the Beautiful, and before handing over the platform to the visitors, the...
Announcement: New SATB/SSAA Publication
My Beloved Spake (verses from Song of Solomon) is now published in the Library of the Composers Community of ChoralNet.   Here's a link:   http://www.choralnet.org/paint/408666/My+Beloved+Spake.pdf
Comment: Re: "American Music"
There is an arrangement (with descant) of America the Beautiful at   http://www.scoreexchange.com/scores/89084.html   It might be of interest.
PDF Document: My Beloved Spake
Comment: Re: Age-Old Mystery of Intonation and Key in A Capella Music...
Sorry Andrew,   I cannot say I have really heard a significant difference, beyond that which would follow naturally from something like tessitura.  The higher the tessitura (within reason, of course) the brighter voices seem to become.  Timbre too plays its part in defining difference.  Th...
Comment: Re: Age-Old Mystery of Intonation and Key in A Capella Music...
I've been a choirmaster for about 40 years; mainly mixed choirs, but also SSAA and occasionally TTBB.    The one big thing I have learned is never to make an issue out of pitch "loss".  To do so is to create a sense that it is something almost inevitable - a self-fulfilling curse.  My pres...