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Items by Allen H Simon

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Comment: Re: Query re music on saints' names
Assuming you aren't considering pieces named after saints (St. Nicholas mass, Saint Patrick's Breastplate) or whose text was (allegedly) written by them (Prayer of St. Francis), here's what springs to mind:   Britten, Hymn of St. Columba Mendelssohn, St. Paul Tippett, The Vision of St. Augustin...
Comment: Re: Work beginning "I saw him standing as a shadow" - Moore
Here in the USA, it's #9. It's only 37th in England, but of course it's an Irish name and subject to a number of variant spellings.
Comment: Re: Work beginning "I saw him standing as a shadow" - Moore
Vasari Singers has it on one of their CDs. According to the liner notes Philip Moore was employed at Canterbury Cathedral -- perhaps they can contact him for you, or they might have the piece in their files. Even more promising, this person claims to be his agent. Google is a wonderful thing.
Comment: Re: Work beginning "I saw him standing as a shadow" - Moore
Could it be this piece? If not, maybe you can tell us more, because "Moore" is such a common name, and you don't really know the title. SATB? A cappella? What kind of piece was it? How did you hear about it? Do you remember any more of the lyrics?   This choir seems to have performed it, or somet...
Comment: Re: Church Choral Music Database
On the other hand, $399 seems like a lot to avoid half an hour of database setup. Douglas, there are many other threads on ChoralNet on this topic. Try searching for "database" and see what turns up.
Comment: Re: Uniforms Inventory
High school? College? Church? Community? Threshold? Preschoolers?   School board? Board of directors? Board of elders?   Tuxedos? Dresses? Choir robes? Show-choir outfits? Suits of armor? Marching band auxiliary? Cheerleaders? Chippendales?   Frequency of performance? Length of time choir h...
Comment: Re: Selling original choral works online
You should join ChoralNet's Composer Community, where many of the participants have faced these issues and this topic has been discussed extensively.  
Comment: Re: Gather us in
This George Matheson poem was set to a hymn by Edward Dearle. Maybe the piece you're thinking of was an arrangement of this hymn?
Comment: Re: Fugue Independence
I assume what you mean is that they lose confidence when they no longer have the support of hearing the beats spoken out loud to help orient them. I can think of several ways to ease the transition from count-singing into words: Speak the text in rhythm without pitches. This might be especially use...
Concert: St John Passion
First Lutheran Church of Palo Alto, CA, presents Bach's St John Passion in the original 1724 version today, Palm Sunday, April 13, 2014, 4:00pm.   First Lutheran Church choir  Katherine McKee, director Colby Roberts, Evangelist Frederick Matthews, Christ Claire Kelm, Jacque Wilson, Thomas Ha...
Comment: Re: Selling Concerts CD's for Fundraising
To expand on a point Tom mentioned, you can bypass HFA and go to the publishers directly. It takes more time, but you avoid minimums and extra fees, and they can't stop you. If you fill out the proper notification and pay the statutory fee, the publisher is legally obliged to issue the license (t...
Comment: Re: access and use policy for church audio equipment
This is not a music problem; it's a failure of community which needs to be addressed by the church council. All the property you describe belongs to the church corporation, so it's up to the governing body of the congregation to decide who can use it when. Under no circumstances should any parishio...
Comment: Re: Coronation Mass- just strings?
If you only have strings, why not perform a different Mozart mass, such as the Missa brevis in Bb, which only calls for string accompaniment?
Comment: Re: Digital Choral Music Publication
You put this in the "legal" category, but I don't think there are any legal impediments to digital downloads of choral music, just the inertia of incumbents in the business who are more comfortable with their prior business model and are worried that switching to digital would lead to increased shar...
Comment: Re: Advice in finding a new music director?
What would probably be most helpful is to have somebody local who is experienced in the profession (but who's not going to apply for the job) advise you on the process. Your most likely hire would be a young hotshot, so somebody who conducts an established chorus in the area might be willing to hel...
Comment: Re: Best Music Notation software for SATB that's not over the top?
FYI, "free" in this case means "free while it's in beta, until March 15, after which we'll charge a monthly fee [subject to change at any time], which if you don't pay you'll lose your scores, which are saved in the cloud. In the meantime you're required to register your personal info on our websit...
Comment: Re: In praise of the sun
Hymne au soleil by Lili Boulanger, for mezzo solo, SATB chorus, and piano or orchestra
Comment: Re: looking for source
http://lmgtfy.com/?q=pilgrim+song+ryan+murphy
Comment: Re: Early Music/ Renaissance Music
I'd start with the text. Since there are no tempo markings in Renaissance music, it's not self-evident what the mood of a particular piece is supposed to be. But composers then were very particular about suiting the mood of of the music to the text, and suitable tempi will suggest themselves from th...
Comment: Re: Audition Advice
You could, however, realistically ask that they not post the video publicly, e.g. on YouTube.
Comment: Re: Schubert Mass No.4 in C Major: Tempo
Step 1: throw away any reference which says some tempo word corresponds to such-and-such a metronome marking. Those aren't even very useful for laymen, and should be anathema to serious musicians.   Your ear is the right guide to tempo, not research (let alone a survey on ChoralNet). I could tel...
Comment: Re: Ash Wednesday suggestions wanted
Purcell's "Thou Knowest, Lord, the Secrets of our Hearts" is an Ash Wednesday staple at my church, easy SATB, modest ranges, can be a cappella.
Comment: Re: Performance rights to Beatles song arrangement
Copyright law section 110(4) does have an exception for free performances in which no performers get paid (and there's no admission charge or all proceeds to go charity), but that's a pretty rare event, and I don't see why you're assuming it's the case here. Don't your accompanists get paid? Conduc...
Comment: Re: excess rental fees
Lots of composers are perfectly capable of typesetting their own music, and most typesetting software allows for the automatic creation of instrumental parts. Like anything else, it requires some editorial judgment to do well, which some composers have more of than others, but there's no technical r...
Comment: Re: excess rental fees
The original question had to do with orchestrally-accompanied works, since it was the rental cost of the instrumental parts causing the outrage. Most self-published and independent publishers do primarily church anthems or small keyboard-accompanied (or a cappella) works, where the pricing discrepan...
Comment: Re: Performance rights to Beatles song arrangement
Mr. Cox is not correct; buying the music does NOT give you performance permission, which must be negotiated separately. Since 2000 ASCAP has handled the publisher performing rights for most Beatles songs, so your ASCAP license should cover that, but the songwriter royalties (isn't this confusing eno...
Comment: Re: excess rental fees
Agree. Everytime somebody whines that choirs do too much Bach and Beethoven and other old stuff, I point out this is one reason why. You pay literally ten times as much for modern pieces than for comparable pieces in public domain, and like as not the parts will be hand-written, full of mistakes, an...
Concert: SF Bay Area: A Jazzy Little Christmas
Soli Deo Gloria (Allen H Simon, conductor) presents A Jazzy Little Christmas, accompanied by the Dan Zemelman Trio, Dec. 7-8 in Palo Alto and Alameda. The program includes new arrangements of familiar carols and features Bob Chilcott's "A Little Jazz Mass." Tickets are $26 (general) and $21 (studen...
Comment: Re: GUEST BLOG: "Today’s Prelude - Church Chit-Chat" Thomas R. Vozzella
This isn't really about the music. Even the organ isn't playing, there should be silence for meditation, not gossip. During some seasons (such as Advent or Lent) preludes could be omitted in order to encourage a meditative silence.    The bad thing about this is that it's asking for a change in ...
Comment: Re: Judiciously graded repertoire ideas for newly-acquired choir!
You say you want "targeted" repertoire advice, but you haven't really said what your target is. You listed a bunch of large masterworks; do you want to do more of those? More difficult ones? (Mass in B minor, Poulenc Gloria, Symphony of Psalms?) Or are you trying to get off the beaten track (Cantata...
Comment: Re: Stick Time: What Part of "NO CELLPHONES" Don't You Understand?
The real question is, how do you enforce it? Pretty much every concert has an announcement telling people to turn off their phones, so that isn't enough. People tune it out, just like the oxygen-mask announcement on airplanes. I went to an ACDA division convention a few years ago in which every sing...
Comment: Re: Messiah Kalmus "urtext" parts
You want speedy? IMSLP is your best bet. Download 'em and print 'em, no charge, no delay. And you can check for any discrepancies yourself.
Comment: Re: song about fly buzzing
Maybe you are thinking of Green-Stemmed World by Carolyn Jennings? It's actually a collection of five short insect songs.
Comment: Re: Filemaker users for choral library and a template?
Since only you know what fields are present in your existing database, it would be difficult for someone else to create a FM template for you. The good news is that once the data is imported you will be able to tweak the fields after the fact (e.g. rename them, change their format, etc.) so you don'...
Comment: Re: Permission to Arrange vs Mechanical License
When in doubt always look at the law itself. Here's a quote from the copyright law, section 115(a)2: A compulsory license includes the privilege of making a musical arrangement of the work to the extent necessary to conform it to the style or manner of interpretation of the performance involved, b...
Comment: Re: Payment for Choral Arranger
This is a gray area in the law. When you make a recording, permission to arrange is (by law) explicitly included in the mechanical license, but only implied in performance licenses. Of course, composers in theory could put any conditions they want on performance licenses, but in practice they don't....
Comment: Re: Payment for Choral Arranger
Whose idea was it for the arrangement to be made? If the choir requested it, then payment would be expected upon completion, whether or not the arrangement is ever performed or even duplicated; usually these details are spelled out in advance. If the composer decided to write it on their own, then t...
Comment: Re: CHARPENTIER MESSE DE MINUIT
The Concordia edition is dreadful. They have taken many movements which are written with eighth notes and renotated them as dotted-eighth-sixteenth pairs (their interpretation of notes inégales) and other editorial changes with no indication. This might lead to serious conflicts if you're mixing it...
Comment: Re: Pronunciation of Adam Lay Ybounden
Just for the record, Adam lay ybounden is in Middle English, not Old English. Furthermore, the text first appeared during a significant change in pronunciation in English called the Great Vowel Shift, so there's no definitive "correct" pronunciation — most likely it was pronounced significantly di...
Comment: Re: Major work for Mothers Day
A Magnificat is probably your best bet. Perhaps the Bach? If that's too challenging there's one by Vivaldi, or you could do the "Pergolesi" Magnificat, although that's strings only, or other settings by Pachelbel, Charpentier, etc. Here's another resource.
Comment: Re: Mechanical License question
In the USA, the mechanical license rate is set by law, and there is no minimum. Furthermore, if you fill out the proper notification and pay the statutory fee, the publisher is legally obliged to issue the license (that's why it's called a compulsory license) within a reasonable time. More info: ht...
Community Forum Post: Can we memorize?
A recent ChoralBlog entry featured a fictional letter from a choir singer encouraging their director to require memorization of their repertoire, providing perfectly valid reasons about expression, ensemble, and so on.   Revealingly, though, the letter was signed "Your student". School choirs whi...
Comment: Re: Program works for chorus and winds with Laud to the Nativity(Resphigi)
I've done it on a program including Anders Öhrwall's Gaudete, which calls for three unspecified instruments.
Comment: Re: Title: Help! Conductors/composers: Ordering music via mobile devices
I would never browse for music on a phone, and I have trouble imagining many others would either. It's too important to look at scores or samples, and with the small screen you can't see enough.   My wife often browses for music on her iPad, but it isn't really necessary to have a dedicated versi...
Comment: Re: Using an iPad for conducting
I think it's safe to say the legal aspect of this specific use has not been tested in court, nor do any laws address it specificially. There is some precedent in terms of copying single pages for convenience of page turns for pianists, but whether that would apply in this case is uncertain. A more r...
Comment: Re: 501(c)3 status
IRS publication 557, which describes the requirements for 501(c)(3)s, references member dues 30+ times, taking them for granted as a normal part of nonprofit operations. Here's a brochure which gives an overview of the application process. I wouldn't rely on hearsay in this case; see if somebody has...
Comment: Re: Literature for chamber choir with orchestra
Second Fern Hill; I just performed it and performers and audience both loved it! It calls for harp and a handful of winds as well as strings. Challenging mezzo-soprano solo with big range. About 20 minutes.   There are actually three orchestrations of this work; the one I'm describing is the me...
Comment: Re: Rarely performed pieces
Also: Charpentier, le Reniement de St. Pierre (small oratorio with continuo)
Comment: Re: Rarely performed pieces
You didn't mention accompaniment, but presumably at least you're expecting to use basso continuo. I'd be tempted to recommend the grand motets of Michel-Richard de Lalande, but most are with orchestra (at least strings), and unless your singers are very strong you'd probably have balance problems. ...
Community Forum Post: Summer events
Seems like most community choirs follow the academic year, starting in September and giving their final concerts in May/June. For children's choirs, this kind of makes sense, but I'm not sure why adult choirs do it, other than force of habit.   But some groups have special summer events, ranging ...