The choir has been rehearsing selected movements from A German Requiem (to be sung in English) by Johannes Brahms for our end-of-year concert. So far we have done movements 2 (Behold all flesh is as the grass) and 4 (How lovely are thy dwellings). To quote from the Wikipedia article: “[The Requiem] is a large-scale work for chorus, orchestra, a soprano and a baritone soloist, composed between 1865 and 1868. It comprises seven movements, which together last 65 to 80 minutes, making this work Brahms’ longest composition. A German Requiem is sacred but non-liturgical, and unlike a long tradition of the Latin Requiem, A German Requiem, as its title states, is a Requiem in the German language.” It has been a much-discussed work. If you have a bit of spare time, you might want to read Ein deutsches Requiem: (Mis)conceptions of the Mass by Nancy Thuleen: it won’t take quite as long to read as it takes to perform the whole work!
This being a major classical work, it is well represented on the sites that offer choral training aids. Here is a link to the Choralia page:
And here is a link to the corresponding Cyberbass page:
And Barbie has now made her own piano-and-voice study recordings and put them in her Google Drive folder, here:
Anyway, after a hard evening learning from the rather pedestrian MIDI files (or Barbie’s rather more expressive recordings) why not settle down to an actual performance? Tom Broadmore found a couple of likely videos on YouTube, both from the same BBC Proms performance in Vienna in 1997. Here is the one I prefer (the music starts at 9:00 minutes):