Repertoire during the course in Middle Age and Renaissance music, autumn 2005
Rehersal files for "Spem in alium nuncuam habui" by Thomas Tallis
Thomas Tallis "Spem in alium" is composed for 40 voices grouped as 8 quintets (ensembles with S,M,A,T,B).
For efficient rehersal, certain files are required:
Example of rehersal file settings with vanBasco's Karaoke Player when Mezzo in Ensemble 3 is training her voice using:
- A partiture with all 40 voices (PDF-file) having 40 text-labelled staples.
- Each ensemble has their own scores (PDF-files) as 5 text-labelled staples and with the remaining 7 ensembles as 7 staples without text.
- Two versions of each NWC- and MIDI-files. The NWC ARR and MIDI ARR files are Örjan Larssons arrangement for 35 voices.
- Each ensemble has their own MIDI-file with the individual 5 voices on 5 separate channels (1-5 for S,M,A,T,B, respectively) and the other 7 ensembles on 7 separate channels (7-9, 11-14).
- The MIDI sound for the own quintet is "Grand Piano", but for the remaining quintets "Contrabass".
- The Midi-files are arranged for rehersal with vanBasco's Karaoke Player.
- For navigation in the MIDI-files, channel 6 ("Wood Blocks") have a text showing bar-number - which could be displayed with vanBascoKaraokePlayer.
- MIDI channel 15 is a "Reed Organ" for rehersal purpose.
- To fit current choir configuration, the original voices SATBarB has been changed to SMezzoATB.
- Due to the current choir limit of 35 voices, additional files for the combined ensemble 1+ 5 are added (PDF-scores still lacks).
Unfortunally, there is a "bug" in van Basco's Karaoke Player:
- Increased "Grand Piano" Sound Volume of her voice ( Midi Channel 2)
- The Pitch lowered a halftone (to match the renaissance pitch of a=415Hz rather than a=440Hz)
- Play-speed: 79 % of nominal speed during the initial rehersal.
- Start rehersal at about Bar Number 42 ( by dragging the Time Line Navigator in Pause Mode).
- For demonstration the sound of ensemble 6 is swithed off.
In reality, the Mezzo should switch off HER sound (midi channel 2) during late rehersal.
The "Channel Contents List" show the order in which the separate channels has been entered, and NOT the order at which they appears on the "Output" display.
Thus, despite ensemble 3 is played on midi-channel 1-5, the program displays S1, M1, A1, T1, B1, and NOT S3, M3, A3, T3, B3.
Normally, I enter the voices in a proper order, but to re-arrange the 40 voices requires 320 re-arrangment steps (8 ensembles*40 tracks) - which is a considerable job!
NWC-, PDF- and MIDI-files