Christmas music that doesn’t suck #9: My choir!

December 22, 2011 at 6:52 pm (Music) (, , , , , )

Remember how I was complaining the other day when I was complaining that there were no good, professional recordings of Pinkham’s Christmas Cantata on YouTube? Guess what, somebody recorded us singing it at our concert! It’s not a professional recording, but at least it’s a professional choir.

Hope you like us! (And no, you can’t really see me, I’m all the way on the other side.)

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Christmas music that doesn’t suck #7: Pinkham

December 16, 2011 at 7:02 pm (Music) (, , )

In honor of tomorrow’s concert at St. James Cathedral, I’m posting (like yesterday) a piece we’ll be doing.

This is at least the second time I’ve done Pinkham’s Christmas Cantata, but I can’t remember where I did it before. Boston? Paris? Maybe my first church in NY (the one that fired me), as I recall the director had been a student of Pinkham’s.

Anyway, it has three movements and they are really great, and there is brass. The Gloria (3rd movement) is probably the best-known. Unfortunately I couldn’t find a professional recording of it on YouTube, but at least this one has a nice tempo.

The cool thing about this movement is the way the refrain is so catchy and traditional sounding, then the verses kind of come out of nowhere. Also cool is the brass during the last round of Glorias. They are pretty held back until then.

Hope to see some of you tomorrow night at St. James!

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