Artistic Director Derek Stannard writes about the challenges of singing Bach’s magnificent motets, one-on-a-part.
Most people are familiar with what a choir is – a group of individuals coming together, blending their voices, and unifying their sound. The sound of an individual is melded happily into the greater sound of the group.
Chamber music, on the other hand, is a group of soloists, all performing at the same time! Bach wrote his motets not for a chorus, but for a chamber ensemble, a group of individual voices. In Bach’s lifetime, he never would have performed his motets with more than one person per part. This is the chamber equivalent to being a soloist in an opera. You are fully responsible for your own part, and there is no one to lean on. This can be scary!
However, for a group of musicians who crave a challenge and like a musical adrenaline rush, this can be one of the most exciting ways to sing. Each voice represents one part, which is on equal footing with every other part being sung. There is no room for error. This type of challenge is exactly what the spectacular singers of Auriel Camerata crave, and indeed, a challenge at which they truly excel.
As you listen and experience this remarkable music, you will feel a connection to each voice, to each individual line, and know that each person worked diligently to make their brick, their part of the foundation, as strong as it could be.
I hope you’ll join us for a great evening of invigorating music!
Biber: “Rosary” Sonatas
Saturday, November 7 2015 • 7:30pm | St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 58 Third St. Troy NY
Guest Conductor Dr. William Jon Gray (Music of the Baroque, Carmel Bach Festival) leads Auriel Camerata in a performance that includes the Bach motets “Lobet den Herrn”, “Komm, Jesu komm”, “Jesu meine Freude” and the virtuosic “Rosary” Sonatas by Heinrich Biber, played by rising young Baroque violinist, Juan Carlos Zamudio.
Tickets: $25, $15 for students with ID at the door
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