The Chorale is divided into four vocal parts, representing the vocal ranges of the singers. From highest to lowest these are: Soprano I, Soprano II, Alto I, and Alto II.
Below will be web references and audio files that can help you learn the music for this season. Watch this space as the semester progresses--we'll try to add more.
The recording of all parts together ("Tutti") should be helpful for everyone. For the individual voice parts:
- It should work perfectly for 1st sopranos.
- In our edition of the score,
- S2s MOSTLY sing the ALTO part given on CyberBass.
- Altos MOSTLY sing the TENOR part.
- Sometimes the parts played are an octave lower than what we will sing.
- In some places the S2s and altos switch. For those of you who read music or can at least follow the "ups and downs" of the notes, this will be obvious, and the resource can still be of use.
- MOSTLY, the bass part will be played in our concert by the strings.
Use this resource if it seems to help, and abandon fast it if it just confuses you.
The Importance of Consonants while Singing:
A very useful general resource, for training your ears to hear the intervals between notes (that is, the differences in pitches between the notes).
It lets you see notation of intervals and hear them and test yourself. The site also offers mnemonics for remembering intervals, beyond those that Kevin has already mentioned--you may find one that works well for you in the list. Don't forget to "click to hear other intervals" once you've absorbed the intervals that start with middle C.
For Mac owners, there is also a free program available that presents some of the same, and a useful quiz, in a different format:
If the entire concept of "interval" is new or confusing, you may find the top parts of this page enlightening: