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Hi all,

I would welcome comments on new piece 'Two Resolutions' for unaccompanied choir. This is the first of three pieces in a similar style that I'm hoping will be part of an album release next year, where the choir pieces will be interspersed with pieces for chamber strings.

Also I would love to hear from any choir-masters or choral singers on here, if there are any, whether this is actually performable in its current form - using the 'mmm' sound as per the demo track, is it possible to achieve enough volume and dynamic range?

Here's the link

https://soundcloud.com/samplehound/rich-townsend-two-resolutions-06...

Many thanks

Rich

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Serene and almost other-worldly. Very pleasant to listen to. My impression was that not much happens, and there is very little independent motion in the vocal parts that I could hear. That is not necessarily a bad thing of course, especially in a piece as short as this. Is it my ears or is there a quarter tone in the chord at 1:09, and then at the same point in the reprise later on?

Do you have a score to share? It might also help others answer your question about performability (I have little experience in choral singing).

Hi Rich, it's quite nice, in a modern vein. Breathing?

Gav

Thanks very much for your comments, Liz and Gav.

There isn't supposed to be a quarter tone there - it's probably a tuning problem! At the moment I don't have a score to share, I will be working on that soon. 

In terms of breathing, it's supposed to be continuous so the singers need to do staggered breathing.

best wishes, thanks again.

Rich

Hi Rich,

Very pretty arrangements. Just a few observations on this. Most triathlon runners would be "outta puff" in trying to hold some the lengths posted. If holding those kinds of long notes vocally you would almost need to rotate in and out with one group inhaling while the other group sings and visa versa. Of course then you get into issues with it all sounding even connected.

The ranges don't seem out of line for most vocalists. Should be within the comfort zone of most. 

Hi Tim, thank you very much! Yes, staggered breathing would be necessary for this piece.

Timothy Smith said:

Hi Rich,

Very pretty arrangements. Just a few observations on this. Most triathlon runners would be "outta puff" in trying to hold some the lengths posted. If holding those kinds of long notes vocally you would almost need to rotate in and out with one group inhaling while the other group sings and visa versa. Of course then you get into issues with it all sounding even connected.

The ranges don't seem out of line for most vocalists. Should be within the comfort zone of most. 

As a singer/chorister (Bass), it would really help to have a score to see where the breaks are. What size of choir are you looking at? Notewise, it sounds fine, but I'm not sure about the management of dynamics. 'mmm' sounds are not very easy to project, and low end  bass closed mouth sounds dissapear in reality.

Thanks very much Graeme, I will be producing a score over the next few weeks. I share your concerns about the dynamics and it's good that you can confirm that. 

Graeme Helliwell said:

As a singer/chorister (Bass), it would really help to have a score to see where the breaks are. What size of choir are you looking at? Notewise, it sounds fine, but I'm not sure about the management of dynamics. 'mmm' sounds are not very easy to project, and low end  bass closed mouth sounds dissapear in reality.

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