February 20th, 2013

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Amen!

On the second night of "Messiah" rehearsal, we sang "Worthy is the Lamb," which includes the big "Amen" fugue. Whee! It was still as much fun as I remembered. Then we learned that two of the choruses we had been told were cut were now back in, so we did those, and reviewed some of what we'd done the first week.

It's lovely doing a piece that most people not only know, but know well; everything sounds good even the first time, and the style is already partially gelled. To use a writing metaphor, we're polishing and proofreading rather than drafting or doing a first edit. It's the kind of singing I can easily lose myself in; not lost in a vague way, but lost in a highly concentrated, focused way.

In keeping with the period practices, we're singing sans conductor. Matt will be playing continuo on organ, and giving us the occasional head nod or maybe a cutoff now and again if his hand is free. We've been joking that no one ever looks at him anyway, so it's a piece of cake. Actually, it is pretty easy, because this is a small ensemble and almost all of us have been singing together for a long time. Since we know the piece well, it's easy to feel it. Will be interesting to see how it goes with the orchestra. Hopefully, we'll be able to adjust quickly.

I can already tell this is going to be a magical performance.
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Reading Wednesday

Today I am finishing up a book for anonymous review, so I can't tell you what it is.

Earlier this week, I finished the new C.S. Harris, out in a few weeks, titled What Darkness Brings. These are the Regency-set mysteries with the twisty mytharc--well, there's no myth, but it makes me think of X-Files in structure--the mytharc is as compelling as, or more so, the actual mystery-of-the-week. Many excitements in this installment, but also some payoffs for us longtime fans. Here's the author's webpage about the series.

I started an urban fantasy by Sharon Shinn but I really didn't like it, so I stopped reading it. I don't think it was necessarily a bad book, just not my thing.