Thursday, March 24, 2011

Spring Is Here?

It's hard to tell.

It's still cold and, for the third year in a row, we are having an immense amount of rain. It is dark, gloomy, and very wet.

This makes feeling the passage of time considerably harder and makes deadlines rush up on you in a startling way.

April 5th begins the rehearsals for Purcell's "Indian Queen". I am the alto soloist and I have quite a bit of music to learn. Actually, I am almost there with the learning aspect; that's never really an issue. The real issue here is memorisation. I have to memorise all of this!

I can't remember the last time I actually had to memorise my music. I know that I often do memorise, just from working intensely on a piece, but I always have the comfort of holding the music in my hands during the performance; even if I never look down at it.

My music, although incredibly familiar and becoming more and more polished, is not yet memorised.

But there is still a couple of weeks before the first rehearsal. :-)

1 comment:

  1. We have full sun and still snow -- melting finally. Hoping for above zero when we go for a walk later. We did get so much rain a week ago that the farm nearby was completely flooded! The poor cows were all on high ground inside the open barn.

    I tend to memorize automatically but then again I've been singing in our choir so long, that most of the songs are somewhere deep in my memory and just need a jog to get them out -- this leaves only 3 or 4 each season that are new.

    I fear our new members have a daunting task -- Pete likes us to look at the audience -- not the books, too.