choral background vowels- ooh, ah, oh??
Date: May 3, 2011
I am writing a piece in a slowish tempo and for awhile I will just have the text/melody in soprano voice. The other voices will be supplying some gently moving harmonies on ooh, ah, or oh. As a conductor which of these vowels appeals to you the most when you are making music? Are they all pretty much the same to you or do they seem quite different? As I start these other voices the sopranos will be on the downbeat with the word "soul" so I am tempted to use "oh", as it will (at least for a moment) match the vowel of the text word on that downbeat. I like that idea but am not certain it's of utmost importance. I'd love to see what you all think about composer/arranger vowel selection for passages like this. The piece is an arrangement of the carol "Gabriel's Message".
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