Thursday, December 23, 2010

To Sing Mozart's Requiem - モツレクを歌う



Upon my Messiah project coming to its end, I had made up my mind to sing Mozart’s Requiem as the next challenge for the year 2011. Requiem was the church music I had loved listening to since quite long ago. I clearly remember when I first saw its score I was amazed by the fact how far “avant-garde” this music was. Its melody lines were a kind of the simplest but so emotional and romantic, and not only that, its counterpoints stride further to weave the harmony by going off the track of normal keys. Until then, I hadn’t thought about it more than an enjoyably harmonic music, but the composition appeared far beyond the music of any age radically. I felt it something unusual, like the head is a church while the body was an opium grotto or a secret society.

It might be some challenge to quickly master singing the Requiem’s unique progress of notes, but I tried to be optimistic because I guess I had been soaked in Mozart’s music deeply enough to feel his style automatically somehow, and I started practically looking for choirs. Among some that plan a Requiem concert next year, there was one with the schedule to start in October and finish in February: the project orchestra and chorus of International Christian University students mainly and they accepted outsiders. Musashisakai was a bit too far from my area, but the period that burdens me would be a matter of a few months from a different point of view, and I dove into this situation in November. I sense the contrast here, the young people’s flexibility, and I am trying to make myself function in this circle of singing right now.

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