Musicianship for Singers: Advanced

Course Content and Repertoire

Musicianship for Singers at Advanced level focuses on adventurous and challenging repertoire in a diverse range of musical styles. Singers must be fluent and confident sight readers at Intermediate 2 level before starting this course.

Content

Singers will:

  • sing and sight read a range of rhythmic notation including irregular time signatures, including tuplets, sycopations and hemiola
  • read pitch notation beyond the 1600-1850 diatonic system, including Renaissance polyphony and 20th century treatments of tonality and reading diatonic music which modulates through chromatic chords
  • identify and sing music using chromatic harmony and intervals, and enharmonic shifts in music in 4-8 parts in open and short scores

Repertoire

At Advanced level, singers can expect to sight sing more complex chamber choir repertoire like Lauridsen Chansons des Roses; music for 6-8 voices like Vaughan Williams Mass in G Minor; pre 1600 repertoire using modal tonalities; post 1900 classical repertoire using non diatonic tonal organisation like Poulenc Gloria; and longer and fugal movements from Bach Magnificat and Passions.