This afternoon Christine took us through some breathing techniques using imagery as a refresher from when she first took us through these, and Katherina Weyssin drew some diagrams for us showing how the lungs and diaphragm interact when we breathe - there's also quite a lot of good videos on YouTube, using a variety of methods, for those that want to explore this further; searching for "diaphragm singing" and "diaphramatic breathing" gets some good results .
Entries in the Ildhafn journal of Music
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Today Katherina led us, with Anna, William de Cameron, Caterine, and Fina singing.
Today's singing was run by Katherina Weyssin, and attended by herself, Caterine de Vantier, Anna de Wilde, and William de Cameron.
We mostly focused on singing some of the simpler stuff from our repertoire this week.
Singing today with Katherina, William de Cameron, Eleanor, and Caterine.
An excellent afternoon's singing.
We learned two new rounds, and revisited the Contrapunto Bestiale.
Canterbury Faire in 2013 was outstanding for a great deal of part-singing, both in formal classes and casual singing in the campsite or around the fire.
Some of the pieces we sang were:
An excellent session, with last-minute sewing.
- My love hath vowed
- Verbum caro factum est
- Il bianco e dolce cigno
- Dona nobis pacem
(See ildhafn.lochac.sca.org/music for details of each piece).
I've assembled those of our current songs that aren't covered in the Snogbook or Cantiones Secundae, and had them printed and bound, as "Ildhafn's extras". They're in my singing box, with copies of the songbooks above, and a plastic tenor recorder (for getting start-notes).
We had nearly our full complement of singers once again. Thanks for hosting it, Caterine.
We've returned to singing it in C, with both men and women on each line, and women singing an octave higher than men. I've updated the sheet music and sound files. William de Cameron has switched to the top line, and Christine to the bottom line. William de Wyke and Emrys learned this for the first time.
We're continuing to vary who sings which verse.
Another lovely session: long and intense, and very productive. Thanks for hosting it, Anna.
A warm-up song. We tried a somewhat unconventional arrangement of voices today: Anna singing the top (soprano) line alone, Christine and William de Cameron singing the middle (tenor) line, with Christine an octave higher than William, and Katherina attempting the bass line an octave higher than it is set, in the alto range.
It was a surprisingly pleasant setting of the song, as well as an effective warm-up.
Today we took a break from our Christmas shopping to make our first attempt at Gush forth my tears, a very pretty Holborne piece, that is more rhythmically challenging that the pieces we've tried as a group so far.
A pleasant warm-up, as always.
Il Bianco e dolce cigno is significantly harder than anything we've tried to date, but we made a good attempt on it.
We started with the rather intimidating process of checking our ranges, one by one, to determine who should be singing which part. We'll try again in six months or a year to see if our ranges have increased with practice. Thanks Anna, Caterine, Eleanor and William de Cameron for giving this a go! (William de Wyke and Catalina - we should try this when you are well).
Thanks, Caterine, for offering your house, since William and Catalina were not able to be our hosts today. We had a most productive session.
Done in the usual way, as our warm-up.
Eleanor's first time on this piece. We tried all three verses, quite successfully, and for the first time. Anna, Caterine and Eleanor on the top line, William de Cameron and Katherina on the second.
We managed a little singing as we finished sewing skirts, and even a new piece.
Laudemus Virginem, My love hath vowed, Contrapunto Bestiale alla mente.
St John's was full of music this year, both casual teaching and jamming, and rehearsed performances. Some of the pieces are listed below. Feel free to add more, if you can.
Contrapunto Bestiale alla Mente
(the Animal Noise Song)
By Adriano Banchieri, for five voices (2 sopranos, alto, tenor, bass). The first and last sections are "falala"s, and in the middle each line imitates a different animal.
We're using the sheet-music in the Big Lochac Snogbook (page 22).