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Tallis Scholars & Peter Phillips

Renaissance Sacred Music

I believe Tudor pitch was higher than A = 440, and therefore some degree of transposition up is required. Voices then were essentially the same as ours, but they were trained differently if they were trained at all, and we have problems in particular with the countertenor part which, as a matter of interest Lassus once described as ‘the part that often makes trouble for singers’ and wrote some experimental three-voice pieces leaving it out. To transpose some pieces but not others to suit ourselves is obviously a nonsense in theory, though in practice one might be wise to be pragmatic. But with good singers almost anything can be attempted. The Tallis Scholars are prepared to sing Gibbons's peerless Hosanna to the Son of David in E flat, rather than in C; we are also prepared to sing Tallis's colossal Gaude gloriosa in E flat, rather than C.

Jo-Michael Scheibe

Seating, Placement, and Vital Colors for Your Choir

An Approach to the Placement of Individual Voices
  • Choral Schools and Procedures
  • “Blend”
  • Weston Noble Approach
  • Voices—variables
  • Seating Your Choir
  • Voice Matching and placement


Prof. Dr. Jo-Michael Scheibe


  • Scan the piece: “Bird’s eye view”
  • Learn the notes: “Mosaic Technique”
  • Interpret/Polish
  • Make music: “Performance Level”

Prof. Mark Anthony A. Carpio

Programming and Interpretation Factors to consider in choosing a repertoire : Audience, Singers, Patrons/Producers

  • How do we choose what works to do with our choirs.
    • * Listen to concerts, recording albums.
    • * Look at the score and study it.
    • * Work with composers/arrangers.
  • Elements for Interpretation
    • * Text/Phrase
    • * Tempo
    • * Dynamic Level
    • * Color/Timbre
    • * Direction of the Music

Prof. Georg Grün

Das 19. Jahrhundert und die Romantik

  • Allgemeine Betrachtungen
  • Johannes Brahms und seine weltlichen Gesänge
  • Op. 42 “Drei Gesänge für sechsstimmigen Chor”
  • Op. 62 “Sieben Lieder“