Resources for "Sing Out, Davies!"

Welcome! We’re delighted you’ll be participating in the Sing Out, Davies! choral workshop on November 30, 2014, led by San Francisco Symphony Chorus Director Ragnar Bohlin.

Everything you need to know about the workshop is on this page. If you have questions, please contact Lolly Lewis, Community of Music Makers Program Administrator, at llewis@sfsymphony.org or (415) 503-5344.

 

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A NOTE ABOUT PART ASSIGNMENTS:

For this workshop, some of the music is divided into 6 parts, as follows:
WOMEN: High, Middle, Low
MEN: High, Middle, Low

And some of the music is divided into 8 parts, as follows:
Soprano 1 and 2, Alto 1 and 2, Tenor 1 and 2, Bass 1 and 2

Please look at your chorus resources email to find your part assignments.

 

         Warum ist das Licht gegeben dem Mühseligen?       

In six parts: high/middle/low for women and high/middle/low for men.
Sing your high/middle/low part as assigned

 

     HOW LOVELY IS THY DWELLING PLACE       

In four parts: please sing your regular part (soprano, alto, tenor, or bass)

 

             SILENT NIGHT             

WOMEN: sing high/middle/low as assigned
(in the last verse please sing your voice part 1 or 2 as assigned)
MEN: sing your voice part 1 or 2 as assigned

 

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Workshop Details and Logistics

  • Admission is by ticket only. All workshop participants should have a  PARTICIPANT ticket. If you invited guests to see you play at Davies Symphony Hall, they will not need a ticket. See below for more information for Observers. For any questions about tickets or registration, please call the Symphony Box Office: (415) 864-6000 (Hours: Mon-Fri, 10am-6pm; Sat, noon-6pm).

  • PARTICIPANTS: Plan to arrive at the Davies Symphony Hall entrance on Grove Street between Van Ness and Franklin, between 6:00 and 6:15pm. Doors open at 6:00pm. All participants will need to be seated on stage before the workshop begins promptly at 6:30pm.
  • During the course of the workshop, participants will be escorted to the various Davies Symphony Hall rehearsal spaces for sectionals, led by Chorus Mentors. Entry to the stage area is via a short staircase.  Wheelchair-accessible entry is available; if you need alternative access without stairs, please contact Community of Music Makers to alert us, and plan to arrive a little early and ask for assistance.
  • Paid parking may be available at the Performing Arts Garage (1/2 block from Davies Symphony Hall).
  • Participants will be provided with sheet music at the workshop.
  • Dress is casual; please wear comfortable shoes and clothing, and refrain from using scented products (hair spray, perfume, etc.).
  • There will be a break during the workshop, and workshop participants will be provided with coffee, tea, and cookies backstage. Restrooms are available during the break period, and participants may user their cell phones during this time.

  • OBSERVERS: Your seats will be in the Loge and First Tier sections of the audience. Please note that this is a working session and you may not be able to hear the instructions given onstage. Please enter through the Symphony Box Office on Grove Street between Van Ness and Franklin. Observers will be free to come and go (quietly) as they wish. Observers may exit to the lobby of Davies Symphony Hall to use their cell phones. Restrooms will be available for those in the Observation Loge.
  • Observers will be allowed to take non-flash photographs from the Loge, using silent hand-held cameras (no tripods please!). Please note that  audio recording and videotaping is not allowed.
  • Observers are not allowed on or backstage, or in the orchestra section of Davies Symphony Hall. We ask that observers respect the educational environment of the workshop, and engage in quiet observation throughout the evening.
  • The last hour of the workshop will feature a run-through of the workshop music. Observers may choose to attend the run-through only. Plan to arrive by about 8:45 as the run-through will begin at approximately 9:00pm.
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Listen to the Repertoire


Warum ist das Licht gegeben dem Mühseligen?

Movement 2: Lasset uns unser Herz

Performed by Norwegian Soloists' Choir, Grete Pedersen, conductor; courtesy of Naxos of America.

Movement 3-4: Siehe wir preisen

Performed by Norwegian Soloists' Choir, Grete Pedersen, conductor; courtesy of Naxos of America.
 

How Lovely is Thy Dwelling Place

Performed by St. George's Chapel Choir, Windsor Castle, Roger Judd, conductor; courtesy of Naxos of America.


Silent Night (sung in Finnish - we will sing in English)

Performed by Finnish Radio Chamber Choir, Timo Nuoranne, conductor; courtesy of Naxos of America.

 
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Additional Rehearsal Tools

TEXTS & TRANSLATIONS

Warum

Lasset uns unser Herz samt den Händen aufheben zu Gott im Himmel.

Siehe, wir preisen selig, die erduldet haben.

Die Geduld Hiob habt ihr gehöret, 
Und das Ende des Herrn habt ihr gesehen;
Denn der Herr ist barmherzig und ein Erbarmer!  

Let us lift up our hearts, together with our hands, to God in heaven.

Behold, we value them as blessed who have endured.
You have heard of the patience of Job, 
And the Lord’s conclusion you have seen:
For the Lord is merciful and has compassion!

Pronunciation guide

 

 

Maestro Bohlin discusses the rolled “R” in singing German

 

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PRACTICE TRACKS for INDIVIDUAL PARTS Professionally recorded rehearsal tracks by Matthew Curtis

 

Warum

Ladies HIGH


Ladies MIDDLE


Ladies LOW



Men HIGH


Men MIDDLE


Men LOW

 

How Lovely is Thy Dwelling Place

SOPRANO


ALTO


TENOR


BASS

 

Silent Night


Ladies HIGH


Ladies MIDDLE


Ladies LOW



Men HIGH


Men MIDDLE


Men LOW

 

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More about the Music: Suggested Reading & Listening

Fauré: Requiem

On disc: Charles Dutoit leading the Montreal Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, with soloists Kiri Te Kanawa and Sherrill Milnes | Laurence Equilbey conducting members of L'Orchestre National de France and Accentus with soloists Sandrine Piau and Stéphane Degout (Naïve) | Michel Legrand conducting the Philharmonia Orchestra and Ambrosian Singers, with Barbara Bonney and Thomas Hampson (Teldec)  |  André Cluytens conducting the Orchestre de la Société du Conservatoire de Paris and the Elisabeth Brasseur Chorus, with Victoria de los Angeles and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (EMI Classics, Great Recordings of the Century)

In print: Regarding Fauré, edited and translated by Tom Gordon (Gordon and Breach)  |  Gabriel Fauré:  A Musical Life, by Jean-Michel Nectoux, translated by Roger Nicols (Cambridge)  |  Gabriel Fauré, by Jessica Duchen (Phaidon)  |  Fauré and French Musical Aesthetics, by Carlo Caballero (Cambridge)  |  Paris:  A Musical Gazetteer, by Nigel Simeone (Yale) 

Practice tracks: More rehearsal tracks for major choral works are available for purchase at www.choraltracks.com

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