Vocal Line – Hyperballad and Pendulum

It’s been a while since I posted any of the  Danish choir Vocal Line’s work. Whether it’s their covers of other artists songs such as Björk’s Hyperballad which you can hear below or their singing of new choral music such Morten Kjær’s – Ørehænger "Soulful Scandinavia" series the standard of singing is always extremely high.…

Thomas Weelkes (1576–1623): The Ape, The Monkey and The Baboon

Weelkes was best known to contemporaries as a madrigalist and published several volumes. The  Ape, the monkey and the baboon was one of his last compositions and was published in 1608 in Ayeres or Phantasticke Spirites for Three Voices. It’s surprisingly difficult to find good recordings of it but this performance by The Alley Barbers…

Ode To The Treble Clef – MusicK8.com

Bill Belongia has animated this fun ’50s rock ballad by Karl Hitzemann, the lyrics of which tell your singers that the treble clef is an old-fashioned "G" and that it curls around the "G" line on the music staff. It also states the names for the line notes and the space notes when the treble…

Stephen Paulus: Loving-Kindness – Taipei Male Choir

The American composer Stephen Paulus was born in 1949 and studied composition at the University of Minnesota with Paul Fetler and Dominick Argento, his music is often influenced by romanticism and this neo-romanticism can be heard very plainly in Loving-Kindness sung hear by the always excellent – Taipei Male Choir conducted by guest conductor Craig…

Wednesday Earwig: Bohemian Rhapsody A Capella – YouTube

Whenever I tell people that Queen’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ is a superbly written exmple of a capella music there’s a certain sort of musical snob who immediately displays their ignorance by plastering a sneer on their face. The fact that it’s such a remarkably well-written piece of music is why choirs the world over do cover…

Henry’s Eight: Salve Regina

One of the recordings of the Salve that I use for reference is the performance of it by ‘Henry’s Eight’ a very versatile English a cappella group who formed in 1992 while its then members were choral scholars at Trinity College, Cambridge. They restructured themselves in 1994 as a professional ensemble whose members are all…

Edwin Fissinger (1920-1990): Lux aeterna

Recordings of Fissinger’s music are now ludicrously expensive and very hard to come by even if you are prepared to pay US$99.99 for a second-hand CD (I’m not). So I was very glad to see his ‘Lux aeterna’ on the track list for Stephen Layton and Trinity College Choir Cambridge’s recent CD of late twentieth…

Stephen Paulus: Hymn to the Eternal Flame

The American composer Stephen Paulus was born in 1949 and studied composition at the University of Minnesota with Paul Fetler and Dominick Argento, his music is often influenced by romanticism in 2005 he worked together with Michael Dennis Browne to created the oratorio ‘To be Certain of the Dawn’ commemorating the sixtieth anniversary of the…