February 5th, 2009


first piano rehearsal, Brahms' Requiem

Maestro Ignat said the choir was "beautifully prepared." Go us!

Finally, we know what he wants on those cutoffs in the first movement--full value. Also, he gave us some breaths. More erasing old breaths and adding new breaths--eventually this score is going to have holes worn through it from different interpretations. I've used it with three different conductors.

I really liked Ignat's explanations of Brahms' use of dolce and espressivo, which made a lot of sense. Probably no one will care except yhlee, but his opinion is that in this piece, dolce is meant as a more "innocent" unaffected sound and espressivo as a marker of more intensity and color. Which totally matches the feel of the music when Brahms uses those words.