MIDI as a choral resource. What and Why

MIDI as a choral resource. What and Why

MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) standard was created as early as in 1982, aiming to get all the manufacturers of electronic instruments to use the same code. Thus, a piece played with a Fender electric guitar, for instance, could be played on a computer...
The silence of the choirs post COVID-19

The silence of the choirs post COVID-19

The most pessimistic scenarios place choir activity among those at greatest risk in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Their activity is developing and their reality is based on their members singing together and sharing air at less than the considered safe distance....
Virtual Choirs in times of confinament

Virtual Choirs in times of confinament

No doubt virtual choirs already existed before 2020 but, as all the other virtual options, especially when it comes to artistic representations, we have had to see ourselves locked up and in need to really take advantage of them. There has been a sudden avalanche of...
Verdi: a Requiem mass beyond beliefs

Verdi: a Requiem mass beyond beliefs

Verdi’s Messa da Requiem was first performed in 1874, “per l’anniversario della morte di Alessandro Manzoni XXII Maggio MDCCCLXXIV”. The impact on its premiere responds to its powerful message, and also shows the groundbreaking nature that comes by when people compare...
Choral players: Alto

Choral players: Alto

Halt! What is it about that deep but sensual, powerful, but subtle voice that unsettles us in that way? Ladies and gentlemen, let me introduce the contralto (alto). The situation can be like this. You were a listener without further pretensions, then Amy...
Choral Players: Soprano

Choral Players: Soprano

“I have a soprano voice.” You only have to say this to gain people’s admiration, although the voice’s owner sings just like Florence Foster Jenkins. Before we go forward, please let me clear (my throat) first since I need to make clear (indeed) a couple of...
Instructions on how to sing

Instructions on how to sing

Julio Cortázar proposes some resounding instructions on how to sing:  «Begin by breaking all the mirrors in the house, let your arms fall to your side, gaze vacantly at the wall, forget yourself. Sing one single note, listen to it from the inside. If...
Music Curiosities: Chirigota or Murga

Music Curiosities: Chirigota or Murga

Each country has its music folklore, but if music associated with Carnival worldwide is carioca samba, there is a composition in Spain that resonates by itself: the chirigota or murga.  This word conveys energy and life and applies to...