Monday, March 31, 2008
At the beginning of the year, when I first looked at my Verdi Requiem score many things came to mind: "how will I learn all the parts?" "This is very long." But the main thought that kept wondering in my head was: "I can’t believe I'm singing one of the greatest compositions ever written." As a Women’s Chorale member, I felt confident that learning the Verdi Requiem was not impossible, rather it was going to be more of a journey to build up greater musicianship.
The preparation that the students do on their own its only half of the work that it takes in order to perform a master work. This week, as I walked in to rehearsal I felt tired and sleepy, and hungry…but once I stood in the riser I knew that is was “show time”. I had to give my peers that positive energy that it takes in order to be an ensemble. And as our conductor Maestra Janet Galván reminded us on Friday “we are only as good as our weakest singer.”
There are other important aspects to take into consideration when learning the Requiem, like Verdi’s use of strong rhythms, sublime melodies, and dramatic contrasts. All of these qualities make it a lot more challenging for the performer to learn the parts properly. But it is not learning the pitches and rhythms, nor learning the dynamics that will make this performance a great experience; it is the detail and the sophistication of our work and the work of our conductors that will always be remembered in my mind.
Friday, March 21, 2008
My name is Elizabeth Teucke and I have been asked to share my experience with you as Ithaca College takes the stage at Lincoln Center in Alice Tully Hall. I am a sophomore Music Education and Performance Major with an emphasis on French Horn. However, I also participate in the Ithaca College Chorus, which means I have the honor and privilege to make music from both the vocal and instrumental standpoint.
The Ithaca College Choral Union consisting of the Chorus, Woman’s Chorale, and Choir along with the Ithaca College Symphony Orchestra will be performing Giuseppe Verdi’s Requiem. A requiem is a funeral mass that would be traditionally found in the Roman Catholic Church. Verdi’s original intent was to create a collaborative work in honor of Gioachino Rossini and wrote what became the last movement, Libera Me. This project was never completed, but after encouragement from friends and the death of the Italian novelist and poet Alessandro Manzoni, Verdi completed his Requiem.
I’m excited to fill you in on the rehearsal process as well as the performance itself. Thank you for reading, and I hope you will enjoy hearing about the School of Music’s exciting performance opportunity.