Sunday 5 June 2011
Chant Tour Days 5 & 6
I have a friend who has a list of things she'd like to achieve, which has over the years included parachuting and running the London marathon twice. I have more modest ambitions which have included taking my car on a car ferry. I have now achieved this impressive feat, by driving to the Isle of Wight. (Round of applause please.)
Anyway the main object of this journey was chant and so off we set on Friday. This was another Candy initiative, btw. We sang Mass with the monks at Quarr and learnt about chant from the choirmistress at St Cecilia's as well as going to Compline at Quarr and Vespers at St Cecilia's.
Some things we leant.
Say the words and then sing them. Especially good when the text is syllabic. (Which is also what was said by Dom Saulnier at Solesmes.)
Where the text is set mainly syllabically with a few melismas, the melismatic notes should be lighter and a little faster.
Quliismas may be thought of as stepping over a puddle. IE the notes before and after the quilisma carry more weight than the quilisma itself.
Avoid causing the music to stop at the end of the first phrase of 'Veni Sancte Spiritus.'
Thank you to Candy, Quarr and St Cecilia's.
Clare, as ever, took great photos showing the sky to be a deep blue.
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