No lessons this Friday and Saturday: I'll be out of town this weekend, Sept 20-21, singing concerts with Chor Anno in Vancouver
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Check out the info below to learn about this song, and print out the sheet music to play or sing it for yourself!
Hildegard of Bingen
Hildegard von Bingen was a saint, composer, poet, philosopher and scientist who lived 900 years ago. She was virtually forgotten for over 800 years, until the classical music world brought her music back to the forefront in the 1980s. Now she is one of the most famous female composers of Western classical music. Read more and listen below!
Musical of the Week
Oklahoma! is the first musical written by the team of composer Richard Rodgers and librettist Oscar Hammerstein II. It was based on Lynn Riggs' 1931 play, Green Grow the Lilacs. Set in 1906 in the territory that would soon become Oklahoma, it tells the story of farm girl Laurey Williams and her courtship by two rival suitors, cowboy Curly McLain and the sinister and frightening farmhand Jud Fry.
The original Broadway production opened in 1943 and ran for an unprecedented 2,212 performances, later enjoying award-winning revivals, national tours, foreign productions and an Academy Award-winning 1955 film adaptation. Rodgers and Hammerstein won a special Pulitzer Prize for Oklahoma! in 1944.
The larynx, commonly called the voice box, is an organ in the top of the neck of tetrapods involved in breathing, producing sound, and protecting the trachea against food aspiration. The larynx houses the vocal folds, and manipulates pitch and volume, which is essential for phonation. It is situated just below where the tract of the pharynx splits into the trachea and the esophagus.
Have fun sight-reading these folk tunes! Do you recognize them?
You've Got Rhythm!
Here are some exercises for rhythm practice - good luck!
Composer Spotlight: Hildegard of Bingen
Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179), also known as Saint Hildegard and the Sibyl of the Rhine, was a German Benedictine abbess, writer, composer, philosopher, Christian mystic, visionary, and polymath. Over 70 of her musical compositions are known, putting hers among the largest repertoires of medieval composers.
Below are some beautiful performances of her music, which is sung in the original Latin language. You might notice that it has the sound of "Gregorian chant," and is mainly sung by treble voices because Hildegard lived in a convent for most of her life and wrote liturgical music for the women there to sing.