Hello Bella Voce Singers!
I hope you are having a great summer so far!
The Star Spangled Banner has been posted here for you, and I will be sending out copies with some notes and markings in the next couple of weeks.
As you prepare, here are the part divisions I'd like you to learn. Some of you are singing very different voice parts than last year - I am aware of this! The splits for this may or may not be the same parts you will be singing all year, we will find out when we voice in September, but for now, please learn the part you have been assigned. Let me know if you have questions! This arrangment is in the key of C, so C is Do, and all parts are starting on "Sol-Mi-Do."
S1 - 11
Grace, Cailyn, Callie, Tehya, Lexy, Bethany, Danica, Tekla, Kate Beecher, Micah, Kiana
S2 - 12
Natalie, Seoyun, Leilani, Libby, Lua, Maiya, Kate McClellan, Lillian, Stella, Nicole, Samantha, Tianna, Solana
Alto - 12
Jack, Vanessa, Bella, Jaiden, Carter, Aurora, Carlie, Madison, Jonathan, Teagan, Jocelyn, Peyton, Rilee
Here are some director driven notes to write in to your music based on my own interpretation of the piece:
m. 4 – I have changed the half note on beat one to a quarter note, quarter rest. This will help us clean up the text, and prepare the breath for the next phrase.
m. 6 – Please mark a no breath between hailed and at (beats 2 and 3) – there is no comma in the sentence, so it doesn’t make sense to break here. We will crescendo slightly in that spot to help us continue the phrase.
m. 7 – Notice that the Soprano 2s and Soprano 1s come to a unison on beat 2 of m. 7 (-light’s) and the altos join at beat 3 of m. 7 (last). [See if you can find other spots in the music where this happens!]
m. 8 – I have changed the quarter note of beat two (-ing) to an eighth note, eighth rest so that we can get a breath for the next part of the phrase. Please write in “silent breath” at that spot.
m. 10 – see the notes for measure 6 – same thing applies at this spot, except that the word is stars.
m. 12 – I have changed the half note on beat one to a quarter note, quarter rest. This is not only for breath, but also to give the word “fight” some punch, if you will. Also note when reading through the text that o’er is a contraction of over.
m. 16 – I have changed the quarter note of beat two (-ing) to an eighth note, eighth rest so that we can get a breath for the next part of the phrase. Please write in “silent breath” at that spot.
pick-up (p/u) to m. 17 – (aka the last two notes of m. 16) – I would like to try to go from here to m. 24 (there) on one breath. If you cannot make that whole phrase in one breath, please circle the note in the line where you have to take a breath, and we will look at that to come up with another option!
m. 24 – I have changed the half note on beat one to a quarter note, quarter rest. This will help us clean up the text, and prepare the breath for the next phrase.
m. 26-27 – If you take nothing else away from these notes, make sure you have this one! NO BREATH between these two measures (spangled and banner)! This is the single most common mistake among singers of the national anthem. Star-Spangled Banner is the name of the piece, so we don’t want to sing “Star-Spangled *gasp* Ban-ner yet wave!”
m. 30 – end – for now, lets not have a slow down (ritardando) at the end. We will decide about this as a class later, but be ready to sing it without slowing down to start.
m. 32 – We will end on the first "brave." Change your note value on that note to a dotted half note, and put a fermata over the top of it. (Look at the director.)
OTHER HELPFUL NOTES:
F# = Fi G# = Si A-flat = Le E-flat = Me G-Flat =Se