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 Hints and tips
Here are a few useful things to bear in mind:
As a performer, you have to communicate the meaning of each piece you sing. To do this, you must understand the words and background of the music. For your Red level ‘Repertoire’ target (see page 42), you have to collect some information about pieces that you sing in your choir. The worksheet opposite shows the type of questions you need to answer for each piece. If you are unsure where to find out about music and composers, talk to your choir trainer.
 Putting the information together
Make copies of the worksheet opposite so that you can do this activity with several pieces. With your choir trainer, choose a piece you have learned with your choir and fill in a worksheet for it. Gather as much information as you can – you may want to make notes on a separate sheet too. When you have collected your information, use it to write some programme notes (see page 32).
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For some pieces, you may not find an answer to every question. For example, it’s not always possible to name the composer – the music may be anonymous or traditional. But you may find other details, such as the name of the arranger.
If the author of a text is unknown, look for other facts about it, such as when or where it was written. Is it a poem, a prayer, part of the Bible?
Was the piece composed for a particular event, or written with a group of people or a soloist in mind?
Are there any interesting facts about the life of the composer?
Think about how the music, the text and the mood of the piece are linked. Use your knowledge of music theory knowledge to help you with this (for example, time signature, key, tempo, number of parts, etc.).
Do some research about the five choral composers below and match the names to the facts. The first letters of each name will spell the surname of another composer. Find the full name and dates of that composer.
The hidden composer’s name is: The hidden composer lived from:
wrote 104 symphonies.
was born in 1825.
died in 1988.
wrote The Crucifixion. wrote a 40-part motet.
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Module C: Repertoire
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