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Saturday, August 25, 2007

Conditor alme siderum

The schola is working on some Advent hymns, including Conditor alme siderum, better known in English as Creator of the Stars of Night. Father J., our director, advised us to lighten up in our singing, and that's what I've tried to do here.

Conditor alme siderum

8 comments:

Anna from Cincy said...

Woah... that does NOT sound like you. Not in a bad way, I'm just so used to your alto voice that the light soprano is a shock to my ears!
Very good! The support is there, and you are much more confidant in your voice. My advice to you this time, is to make sure that you don't get TOO bright. Where you are at now is fine, and good for lightening it up, but you Definetly don't want to go into the nasal area. (Not that you did too much) Try yawning a couple times before you start singing, and raising your cheeks while you are singing. When you yawn, it creates a huge space in the back of your mouth that you feel stretching. This is what it should feel like when you sing.
Awesome tempo! Chanting is done at the speed of speech and is not the same as regular singing. Great job at capturing that! This is your best so far.

Tracy said...

I thought that was beautiful!

Bridget said...

hey,
i saw your post below about readin the Secret Garden to your oldest. I was wondering, what age did you start reading chapters books aloud to her? My oldest will be 4 in December (I think your second is around that age?) and I was thinking about finding some simple chapter books to read to her. any suggestions? :)

Bridget

mrsdarwin said...

Bridget,

I think my oldest was close to four when I started reading Little House in the Big Woods to her. We went very slowly, and it took us a long time to finish because the chapters are long, but she enjoyed it. We've read Charlotte's Web, Trumpet of the Swan, and now Secret Garden. I find that it's a good practice to ask her to tell me what just happened in the chapter right after we finish reading it -- that way she retains a lot more of the plot.

mrsdarwin said...

Thanks, Tracy!

Anna -- I've been getting a lot of mileage from your suggestions. You should just move out here and give me voice lessons. :)

Anna from Cincy said...

Oh Mrs. D, that I would. That I would. Unfortunately, there is school. Maybe I should go to college in Austen?...

mrsdarwin said...

Austen is Jane. But you can go to college in Austin. I'm all for that.

Anna from Cincy said...

Well, I could take a course in Brittish lit, and study Austen in Austin...