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MUSC 0246 score reading requirements

If you wish to enroll in MUSC 0246, "A Cappella Ensemble Performance" you must be proficient in music reading to the extent that you can prepare music like that in excerpt below on your own, outside of class. Online resources to help you will be provided whenever possible. Class time is devoted to discussion of relevant topics, practicing relevant vocal technique or performance practice, and singing the music.

Early in the semester (possbily before), the class ensemble will look at a variety of possibile repertoire and choose about 12 things to sing. We will all prepare the music over the course of the semester, including some research of cultural contex and singing style.

The repertoire typically includes

  • folk music, from arrangements or arranged by the ensemble;
  • music of the Western canon, including Medieval, Renaissance, and modern or alt-Classical;
  • improvised music.

The course culminates in a public performance. Not all music studied is necessarily performed publicly.

Outreach and engagement, or, singing for people off campus and in schools and civic institutions for the benefit of the participants, hass great potential to be an important part of this course, so there will likely be performances outside of Middlebury.

Please contact Professor Buettner, buettner@middlebury.edu with any questions!

 If ye love me - Thomas Tallis

The link above opens a pdf sample from Renaissance polyphonic repertoire. This is not necessarily repertoire for the course, and does not demonstrate nearly the breadth of the repertoire we will sing. Rather, it is a reading sample to gauge comfort level with the printed page of music and show a typical format for publishing and reading vocal polyphony.

If Ye Love Me (first page excerpt)

This is the first page. The second page contains slightly more elaborate polyphony, but this page is a good demonstration of the typical vocal score format for some of the repertoire.

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