Well, friends–here we are, one week post concert, and it is quote time. As always, I would encourage you to go back and read The Quoteable Floyd from previous semesters (I, II, and III), as I always do. The truth is that I’m a quote junky, and Floyd is ridiculously quotable. He can’t help himself. He teeters on a fencepost between incredibly wise and hilarious.
So without further adieu, I give you The Quotable Floyd. Spring, 2014.
From the Mozart…
Long notes should not be crescendoed. I know for a long time that was Choral Gospel, but don’t do it.
I like when Mozart is irritating and brilliant at the same time.
We won’t go allegro con spirito; we’ll go allegro breathe-a-lot-o.
It’s very important that it be unmushed.
When you get to the second note, just shake a little.
That’s a G! Good for you!
In the orchestra, you are the trombones!
Breathe in exact tempo.
Choral music is a constant stream of cues.
If you don’t do it well, it’ll sound like you did it well.
It’s almost as if Mozart said, “What are the notes we can leave out? Give them to the Altos!”
Altos, that’s not a melody; that’s an accompaniment.
We are the choir that sings “Ni.”
Keep it bouncy.
Try it and see if it fits.
The third pasus has a little Barbershop in it!
Those are rhythmic eruptions.
Only sing a normal sound.
It’s a G-sharp, but it’s spelled with an A-flat.
This time, make different mistakes.
From the Faure…
That “L” was better. We lost a couple of pitches along the way, but the “L” was better.
I don’t want that word in the room. [I think the word was “in,” which, of course, is not pronounced the same in English as in Latin.]
You’ve got the note–it’s right in your voice.
Don’t grab it between the bars.
It’s got to be round without any edges to it.
Oh! Some of you noted the dynamics!
When you see an Amen, slow down.
If you like accidentals, you’re going to love this piece.
Don’t miss your “us.”
And suddenly, BOOM–there you are!
And out of nothing comes a sudden noise.
Try less hard in the fast department. Try less fast.
There are times in choir when you should not search for an answer.
If you don’t do it, it won’t do what it needs to do musically.
The piano is moving some other melody. Don’t go with it.
Let the dot step back for a moment.
We don’t want a big hole at that point.
Make sure your air is expelled.
Mark that in: Sing real purty there.
And, as an added bonus, I give you the final pre-concert quote:
If I make a booboo, make it right along with me; it’ll sound like it’s supposed to be.