Apr. 16th, 2012

catchmyfancy: (dancer flexing)
Also pared down.

It's nice.  I like it.

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Apr. 16th, 2012 11:44 pm
catchmyfancy: (story of us)
Tonight was masterclass, and we were doing folk songs by Benjamin Britten.

For those unfamiliar with the concept, in masterclass, one person sings for everybody, and then the person taking the class - one of the three senior voice teachers - works on improving the piece with the singer for about 20 minutes.  Rinse and repeat for a couple of hours.

The teacher taking the class (who is incidentally my singing teacher for this year) likes to have a themed class so she can work on a particular genre and download her brain into our ungrateful and inattentive craniums where possible.

Of course, anything to do with Britten means even folk songs get complexAlso kinda interesting.

My teacher actually studied with Britten's partner, Peter Pears (that's Sir Peter to you, you grubby little soprano) when she was a young singer, and that's as close to the source material as you're gonna get in this life.

So we got into the style and how Britten puts most of the things you need on the page, even if you have dig around to find them, but then she did a Teacher Question: "what makes Britten and Pears so remarkable?"

Athoughts on stuff that might make any LGBT peeps feeling a little hope-challenged feel it more )
There was a point to all this, but I am still tired from seven hours' driving yesterday to sing in a concert, so it escapes me.

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