Choir Memories

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Choir Memories

I was first introduced the composer Eric Whitacre in high school. The first piece I had heard by him was "Sleep" and I was so jealous of our advanced chamber choir because they got to sing it and I didn't. So keeping that in mind, I threw my all into my audition that spring and to my joy I made it. When I received my music, I was ecstatic to find "Sleep" in our repertoire for that year. That song challenged everything I had learned about music over the years. It put my voice to the test. And when it all came together, I got chills as the dissonances and harmonies melded together into this inspiring sound. I miss those sounds! The soprano one part was killer, and when I heard my voice mixed with the others to produce these stupendous chords, I felt elated! Then we also sang another piece by him "Lux Aurumque". Oh. My. Word! I thought "Sleep" was a challenge, this piece beat it. A few soprano ones were selected to sing this one part in the song where we had to sustain these really long notes (it was like forty beats all together). Only four of us were doing it and boy did we stagger breathe! I needed an iron lung!!!!!!!!!!! Both of these pieces brought me to respect the power of music. The speechless audience after our performances and the standing ovation confirmed it too. I miss singing these songs and finding them on Spotify tonight took me back a few years to the stage and my high school director drawing out those notes to the point I feared he'd lose half of us to oxygen deprivation. The audience so quiet, trying to hear the words we sang sooooooooo softly... Those were the days! Too bad our music department was dissolved after last year because the director left at my college. :(
I was so excited to find these songs I couldn't help but share my joy! And before I go, I think I'll leave you with a few words from "Sleep" (the hardest, most beautiful, dissonant filled part of the whole song I might add): :Then I surrender unto sleep/Where clouds of dreams bring second sight/What dreams may come both dark and deep/Of flying wing and soaring leap/As I surrender unto sleep/As I sur...render...un...to..sleep..."
This blog is rather long and tedious, and probably unimportant, but I couldn't help but share this. These songs made me love music more than words can say.
This redhead is out (finally)
Peace