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Repertoire Corner remains, I am afraid, rather infrequent, but I have some new music that I hope to review over the next few weeks, starting with Lin Marsh’s Serendipidy Solos   The Cuckoo Clock – Lin Marsh [AB(2)] I’m quite new to Lin Marsh’s work, but I’m pleased to say Read more…

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  [Introductory Remarks]     He Shall Feed His Flock – Handel [AB(x);LCM(x);TG(x)] Text. [Lyrics] [YouTube] * * * I Dreamt I Dwelt in Marble Halls – Balfe (Bohemian Girl) [AB(x);LCMMT(x);TG(x)] Text. [Lyrics] [YouTube]

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  Christmas is nearly upon us, so the next few repertoire corner posts will focus on some of the festive music available on the exam lists Sans Day Carol – Anon [AB(x);LCM(x);TG(x)] This song is a bright and jolly alternative to the Holly and the Ivy, and tells the story Read more…

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  This week’s songs are both full of joyful music and cheerful thinking – just what we need when the evenings are suddenly that bit darker. Funiculi, Funicula – Denza [AB(x);LCM(x);TG(x)] This is a bright and happy tune which requires a good measure of confidence to bring off. Time should Read more…

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  More songs of love this week, but this time they’re taken from two different cultural backgrounds. One is a traditional Antipodean love song, and the other strongly inspired by Russian musical traditions. Pokarekare Ana – Trad. New Zeland (arr. Sarah Class) [AB(3)] This traditional New Zeland song was made Read more…

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  Two songs on the “perils of love” this week.     Love Quickly is Pall’d – Purcell [AB(4)] This is a good introductory song for students who are beginning to tackle Baroque repertoire. Purcell incorporates quite a few vocal runs which should be practiced slowly at first to ensure Read more…

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  Two love songs this week…     Greig – Tø Brune Øin / Two Brown Eyes / Zwei Brune Augen [ABRSM 3(B); NC 2] This is a fairly simple song melodically, but still needs a good acting performance to ensure the meaning is clear to the listener. The opening Read more…

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  Welcome back to Repertoire Corner. This week, we’re contrasting two very different songs taken from the ABRSM Grade 2 list – both with more adult ideas in them than might first meet the eye.   Anon. English – The Coventry Carol [ABRSM 2(B), TG 2(B)] At first listen, this Read more…

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Apologies for not having posted this for the last few weeks – I have been quite busy recently and forgot about it :(… Two songs for young beginners this week. Traditional English – I Had a Little Nut Tree [ABRSM 1(A); Trad. Song] A gentle tune which would suit a Read more…

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Two lullabies for you this week. Both beautiful, but both very different. Reger – Maria Wiegenleid [ABRSM 5(B); TG Int.Cert.(B); LCM(5)] This song shifts frequently between major and minor tonality so the singer needs to be confident at adjusting between the two. The “chorus” element (“Schlaf kindline…”)of this song needs Read more…