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Is there no repertoire for me?



PRHumphrey
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Apr 21, 2010, 12:49 AM


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Is there no repertoire for me?

I've come to singing somewhat late in life (mid-60s) by joining a male-voice choir. I'm searching for pieces for my voice and not finding any. I sing an octave below baritone or half an octave below bass - middle C is my upper limit. Well, I might be able to manage a few Ds on a good day but E is out of the question. Can anyone here suggest suitable material?
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Peter


PRHumphrey
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Jun 21, 2010, 5:35 PM


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Re: [PRHumphrey] Is there no repertoire for me?

Looks like I'll just have to grin and bear it.
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Peter


oliverbarton
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Jun 22, 2010, 8:23 AM


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Re: [PRHumphrey] Is there no repertoire for me?

If you're talking of choral repertoire (given that this is a choral site), there is all that Russian Orthodox music that relishes having sub-basses singing an octave below the basses. Rachmaninov's Vespers, for example, with that amazing descending scale down to a low Bb. Basses who can do that audibly are precious indeed.

Alternatively, if you are after solo repertoire, given that transposition is so easy using electronic keyboards, why not simply transpose standard baritone repertoire, say, down a fourth or a fifth. I have a recording of Robert Lloyd singing Winterreise extraordinarily low, for example, and it works. With transposition you can sing anything you like. Even the Queen of the Night's arias if you're feeling utterly outrageous!


PRHumphrey
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Jul 9, 2010, 11:17 AM


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Re: [oliverbarton] Is there no repertoire for me?

I wish I was in a league to be able to consider such music - I still have a long way to go yet, though.

Thanks for the suggestions, Oliver.
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Peter


ghpro
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Jul 25, 2010, 8:35 AM


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Re: [PRHumphrey] Is there no repertoire for me?

Have you checked out Barbershop? See www.singbarbershop.com for more info. A chat to someone in a local bbshop chorus might help you.


PRHumphrey
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Jul 25, 2010, 11:28 AM


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Re: [ghpro] Is there no repertoire for me?

That's a thought - thanks. I'll look into it.

I've seen Cottontown Chorus in action: they have a very fine bass.
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Peter