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King of Choral Conductors-Robert Shaw

What makes Shaw’s work so special? I would say a glorious and pure choral sound that is never forced even at the highest volume, and a balanced blend that enables the listener to distinguish and identify the sections within the chorus. His ability to get 200+ singers to achieve these results is remarkable, especially during the softest most hushed moments in a piece. Finally, his rhythmic approach to diction makes for incredibly consistent clarity. Such diction can energize dramatic sections and/or make softer places spellbinding!

His life is fascinating tale, one that takes him from a minister’s family in southern CA to training radio pop choruses in NYC. Then suddenly switching gears to classical choral music and being noticed by the greatest maestro of the age, Arturo Toscanini. Eventually he moved on to Cleveland with George Szell and in 1967 proceeded to turn the Atlanta Symphony and Chorus into a world renowned organization.

That is a nutshell of his work and life. Let’s begin!
warm up time:

…and now some Beethoven. Who knew there was another Halleluia?

Here are some tricks of the trade in rehearsing Mendelssohn’s Elijah.

Some interesting background from his early days in NY

Two blissful selections — from Vivaldi’s Gloria

and Fauré’s Requiem

an opera chorus from Carmen

Broadway! Kiss Me Kate

a short clip on his commitment to civil rights

Same Train – a capella

Stephen Foster

We can’t leave out the Messiah!

The conclusion from Preparing a Masterpiece(Elijah). Begin @ 1:28:10

Tough act to follow, but for an encore here is the end of the greatest work ever composed!

Anybody make it through? Quiz on Friday. For those interested I am happy to loan out the Man of Many Voices PBS dvd. Highly recommended!

Next week – Music 101: 1400-1750
Cheers and stay safe!
Moby Pearson

 This is one in a series of online guided listening programs that replaced our in-person “Musical Salons” hosted by Moby Pearson. This one was created on 3/31/2020.

Explore the list of online Salons.

BMC Bravo SocietyThe Brattleboro Music Center relies on volunteers in the community who give generously of their time. We are pleased to honor the following for their help in recent months:
Becky Andrews, Jay Bailey, Tanya Balsley, Karen Becker, Nancy Bell, Mara Berkley, Lisa Bloch, Crager Boardman, Bob Bonneau, Michael Boylen, Jonas Breen, Laura Bryant-Williams, Deb Bunker, Tim Callahan, Rachel Clemente, Lisa Cox, Walter Cramer, Robin Davis, Corey DiMario, Sandra Feusi, Judy Fink, Elizabeth Fisher, Robin Flatley, Donna Francis, Rob Freeberg, Virginia Goodman, Lerna Gottesman, Bill Gottesman, Gary Graff, Lisa Harris, Freddie Hart, Jennelle Harvey, Shelli Harvey, Cal Heile, Lynn Herzog, Jenny Holan, Kate John, Steven John, Jim Johnson, Alyssa Kerr, Bruce Landenberger, Latchis Theatre, Dot MacDonald, Joe Madison, Sheila Magnuson, Raquel Moreno, Jill Newton, Kristin Outwater, Ellen Peters, Deb Pierotti, Jon Potter, Sabine Rhyne, Antje Ruppert, Alison Schantz, Sarah May Schultz, Ray Sebold, Liz Simmons, Dalit Sivan, Paul Eric Smith, Alan Stockwell, Travis Stout, Maggie Sullivan, Melissa Trainor, Leslie Turpin, Daniel Valerio, Betsy Williams, Pete Wilson, Amanda Witman, Ellery Witman, Avery Witman, David Woodberry, and Yellow Barn


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