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#16 MusicMatters!

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Posted 25 April 2017 - 12:35

I spend some time yesterday looking into the life of the fabulous singer Paul Robeson. What a voice! I have a record of him singing "Ma curly headed baby" and "Mah Lindy Lou"...I just adore his natural, effortless expression. There is such colour and depth to his voice. its lovely to discover a new to me singer like that! 

His life story is also staggering! Such a gifted and principled person. I've only watched 10 minutes of a documentary and read up on wiki, but already I understand he gave everything to his beliefs and for his desire for equality and civil rights for all people. Some very tragic elements to his life, but thats how it goes unfortunately. I'll need to do more research and listen to a lot more records. Hes fascinating! 

 

This morning, I returned to Quiters "Blow, blow, thou winter wind"...The way it is broken up into contrasting sections reminded me of "Ma curly headed baby". I always feel this technique adds charm to a piece. I understand it will need to be sung with a lot of luster but for the moment, I'm just delicately going through it and trying to get inside the songs meaning. Will report back once I'm drawn a few conclusions. But it is beautiful to sing, and is such a great vehicle for expressive diversity  :wub:


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Posted 27 April 2017 - 19:13

Last night I finished watching the documentary on Paul Robeson. it was very engaging and pretty thought provoking! Musically speaking, his voice and interpretative skills are legendary. I must get my hands on some more of his recordings!!

I also had a quick look at Barbers "The Crucifixion". I've known "The Monk and his Cat" for years but as I've sung it quite a bit, I'm a bit tired of it now. So, it was nice to find this other Barber song on the Rep. list. Its very short but full of dramatic, emotional elements. I love the way the melody weaves around in slightly unexpected but very Barberish ways. :rofl:

I'm thinking of combining this piece with Song to the Seals and In haven as a mini set for the exam. Song to the Seals is a funny piece for me. Every time I go back to it, initially I get allowed with the pitch of "Sings" and "Lures" but then within a half hour, I can't get it out of my head. Typical!!

That E vowel is tough at that height, especially when you want to sing it softly. Its like my voice is battling against me, but that's the passaggio for you. It certainly is improving....a touch of patience required on my part :blink:

Not sure I'll use them for the exam, but they are a challenging joy to sing :D


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Posted 27 April 2017 - 21:08

Barber is a lot of fun, I find. I have his 65 songs, but as I am mostly a pianist, I don't use the book much, as his accompaniments are very challenging. The Monk and his Cat is a great song. I love the whole cycle it is from.
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