Archive for October, 2009

Rehearsal Music Can Be Found on YouTube

October 4, 2009

Music for two of the songs in A Midsummer Night’s Dream can now be found on YouTube. Unfortunately, I do not play the piano, but I’ve done my best to plunk out the notes—please rely on the sung versions posted below for a better sense of the actual rhythms of the songs. I apologize also for the singing as I’m currently fighting off congestion and a sore throat. (If any of you play the piano and would like to record cleaner versions for us, please let me know!)

I would like for all of you who are in the opening battle scene and the dream sequence that follows to work on the brief parts that are sung by the chorus in “Egeus Sings” The first passage comes near the midpoint. Right after Egeus sings “Knacks, trifles, nosegays, sweatmeats,” the chorus repeats that phrase four times. The second passage is at the very end of the song, when the chorus reprises the opening lines three times, growing softer with each repetition. You can find music to this song without the words here (after a brief introduction) If you feel your singing is so bad that it will detract from the performance, you can bow out, but I’d like you all to at least give it a shot. The parts are fairly simple.

Fairies can find your music here, under the title “Titania Sleeps.” It begins with a little bit of the piano (my apologies again) and is followed by singing. Obviously most of you will sing this at least an octave higher, which I tried to account for in the piano intro.

Please let me know if you have any questions. And, again, if you are instrumentally inclined, please let me know if you would be willing to record cleaned up versions of the instrumentals for these songs.