October 1st, 2008

turtle

last night's rehearsal

Rehearsals continue apace for the Eric Whitacre concert. I discovered that my residual brusing and sore muscles from Sunday, when I pitched onto some concrete steps, actually affected my posture; I had a hard time sitting up and breathing deeply unless I thought about it. Am much less stiff today, thank goodness.

My favorite of the pieces to sing remains "Leonardo Dreams of His Flying Machine," because it requires turning on a dime every few pages; I also adore the way Whitacre integrated Renaissance styles in one section, then uses the choir for onomatopoeia, or whatever it's called when voices imitate sounds when they're not using actual words to do it. Hey, there're performances of it on YouTube and imeem! Some of them quite messy in places, though, and of course the sound's a bit tinny.

My other favorite is "Five Hebrew Love Songs," which is just gorgeous. And for me, "When David Heard" is the biggest technical challenge, as we have long, long phrases of repeated triplets in wide intervals at various volumes that are quite tiring, especially when it's loud, loud, anguished at the end.

I have the feeling I'm going to be falling over at the end of these performances, but it's worth it for such exciting music. Because of our hookup with the Bach Festival, and a gig with the Chamber Orchestra, the rest of the year is all Bach, and Brahms' Requiem in February. It will make me very, very happy to sing those things, especially my very first time singing Bach's B Minor Mass this spring.
turtle

Angsty YA Poll

Poll #1270462 Angsty YA

I like angsty Young Adult books.

Yes.
14(34.1%)
No.
1(2.4%)
Only when No Animals Die.
16(39.0%)
Maybe.
8(19.5%)
Clicky.
2(4.9%)

In an angsty alternate-world YA fantasy, I'd like these things:

Animals dying.
0(0.0%)
NO ANIMALS CAN DIE. People are okay to die.
1(2.4%)
Dead parent/s.
0(0.0%)
Dead sibling/s.
0(0.0%)
Caring, supportive parent/s.
0(0.0%)
Ticky.
0(0.0%)
An evil wizard friend who turns out to be, well, evil.
0(0.0%)
Horrible Physical Suffering.
0(0.0%)
Horrible Emotional Suffering.
0(0.0%)
Horrible Physical AND Emotional Suffering.
0(0.0%)
Finding a new friend! And bonding about angst.
0(0.0%)
Being betrayed by a friend and ending up in bad situation.
0(0.0%)
Being betrayed by family member and ending up in bad situation.
0(0.0%)
Doing something stupid and ending up in bad situation.
0(0.0%)
Suffering at end about to get worse SEQUEL on the horizon!
0(0.0%)

My favorite you-only-hurt-the-ones-you-love torture is:

losing a body part (already tm Turner and Wein)
0(0.0%)
losing family members
0(0.0%)
losing friends
0(0.0%)
losing entire village/tribe/household/etc.
1(2.4%)
losing magical abilities
0(0.0%)
recovering from physical torture
0(0.0%)
held captive for years
0(0.0%)
THE HORSE CANNOT DIE
0(0.0%)
alone and friendless
0(0.0%)
horribly betrayed by trusted teacher
0(0.0%)
amnesia
0(0.0%)
exile from all that is familiar
2(4.8%)
sold into slavery
1(2.4%)
stranded alone in a desert
0(0.0%)
ticky
0(0.0%)