07. June 2018 · Comments Off on More Vocal Music · Categories: ACappellaAnyday™, vocal

A Worshiper and a Man by Timothy C. Takach and CORO Vocal Artists

(**Careful … after the song ends there’s an annoying bit of noise! You might want to turn off your speakers!)


The livid lightnings flashed in the clouds;
The leaden thunders crashed.
A worshipper raised his arm.
“Hearken! Hearken! The voice of God!”

“Not so,” said a man.
“The voice of God whispers in the heart
So softly
That the soul pauses,
Making no noise,
And strives for these melodies,
Distant, sighing, like faintest breath,
And all the being is still to hear.”

– Stephen Crane

06. June 2018 · Comments Off on Just Sing! · Categories: ACappellaAnyday™, vocal

I do not have a good singing voice. But I sing, and my heart always hurts a little when my students say they don’t sing at all. I think it helps us with our oboe playing. Besides, it brings great joy! Not every choir is perfect. But o join in song with a group is really a wonderful thing.

You can see that these young men are so into what they are doing. I love it!

And now goodnight.

Jay Giallombardo: Sure on this Shining Night
Diocesan Boys School Choir

09. March 2018 · Comments Off on Hard Times Come Again No More · Categories: ACappellaAnyday™

Okay … turn up the volume. Blast it out, if you’d like, as the Swingle Singers sing Hard Times Come Again No More.

Let us pause in life’s pleasures and count its many tears,
While we all sup sorrow with the poor;
There’s a song that will linger forever in our ears;
Oh! Hard times come again no more.
‘Tis the song, the sigh of the weary,
Hard Times, hard times, come again no more.
Many days you have lingered around my cabin door;
Oh! Hard times come again no more.

While we seek mirth and beauty and music light and gay,
There are frail forms fainting at the door;
Though their voices are silent, their pleading looks will say
Oh! Hard times come again no more.

There’s a pale drooping maiden who toils her life away,
With a worn heart whose better days are o’er:
Though her voice would be merry, ’tis sighing all the day,
Oh! Hard times come again no more.

‘Tis a sigh that is wafted across the troubled wave,
‘Tis a wail that is heard upon the shore
‘Tis a dirge that is murmured around the lowly grave
Oh! Hard times come again no more.

James Deignan: Et Innocentum (from Hildegard von Bingen’s Rex noster pomptus est)
Luther College Nordic Choir; Andrew Last, Conductor

Our King stands ready
to accept the life-blood of the Innocents.
Let angels sing and sound praises
while the clouds grieve over that same blood.

However the Tyrant is suffocated
in heavy sleep by his own malice.

And the clouds grieve over that same blood.

Glory to the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

As the clouds grieve over that same blood.

21. February 2018 · Comments Off on Let My Love Be Heard · Categories: ACappellaAnyday™

Jake Runestad: Let My Love Be Heard
UNT A Cappella Choir

A Prayer
by Alfred Noyes
Angels, where you soar
Up to God’s own light,
Take my own lost bird
On your hearts tonight;
And as grief once more
Mounts to heaven and sings,
Let my love be heard
Whispering in your wings.

17. November 2017 · Comments Off on Why This Appeals So Much To Me · Categories: ACappellaAnyday™

First, they sing well. I like the arrangement. I can understand every word.

But mostly? Look at this group: it’s not all just heavily made up young people. It’s a group of singers of ALL ages and many different looks.

I especially love the variety of ages … being [ahem] a woman of the older generation. (If you are younger you won’t know how bizarre it is to write that: inside I still feel like a kid. Time is weird.)

The group, “Greg is Back” is from Germany, in case you wondered.

20. October 2017 · Comments Off on VOCES8 · Categories: ACappellaAnyday™, Listen, vocal

I’m sure I’ll feature this Voces8 video on my Sunday Morning music soon, but I’m just so darn excited to know I’ll be hearing them live this coming Monday I have to share this now as well.

Because beauty.

VOCES8: Beati Quorum Via – Charles Villiers Stanford

“Blessed are those who walk undefiled in the name of the Lord.”

12. August 2017 · Comments Off on Underneath The Stars · Categories: ACappellaAnyday™

I’ve frequently enjoyed the group VOCES8. They are now saying goodbye to one of their own: Emily Dickens solos in this version of the work, and I assume it may be her final recording with them.

VOCES8: Underneath the Stars

15. July 2017 · Comments Off on Goodnight! · Categories: ACappellaAnyday™, Goodnight Music

Daniel Hughes: Irish Blessing
The King’s Singers, The Choral Project and the San José State University Choraliers

(The opening with The King’s Singers seems to be something else, having looked at the score to Hughes’ work, but I don’t know what it is: perhaps it’s an intro he wrote to go with his Irish Blessing, but I’ve no clue.)

14. July 2017 · Comments Off on Turn Up The Volume! · Categories: ACappellaAnyday™, vocal

Really … this is gorgeous!

Josquin Desprez: Nymphes des bois
Cappella Pratensis

From Wikipedia:”Nymphes des bois, also known as La Déploration de Johannes Ockeghem, is a lament composed by Josquin des Prez on the occasion of the death of his predecessor Johannes Ockeghem in February 1497. The piece, based on a poem by Jean Molinet and including the funeral text Requiem Aeternam as a cantus firmus, is in five voices. In the first of its two parts Josquin cleverly mimics the contrapuntal style of Ockeghem. This chanson is one of Josquin’s best-known works, and often considered one of the most haunting and moving memorial works ever penned.”

English translation

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord,
and let perpetual light shine upon them.

Wood-nymphs, goddesses of the fountains,
Skilled singers of every nation,
Turn your voices, so clear and lofty,
To piercing cries and lamentation
Because Atropos*, terrible satrap,
Has caught your Ockeghem in her trap,
The true treasurer of music and master,
Learned, handsome and by no means stout.
It is a source of great sorrow that the earth must cover him.

Put on the clothes of mourning,
Josquin, Pierre de la Rue, Brumel, Compère,
And weep great tears from your eyes,
For you have lost your good father.
May they rest in peace.