Friday, May 28, 2010

The Mermaid's Song

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This is Haydn's The Mermaid's Song. Like Pieta Signore, this piece also caps at a high G. Unlike Pieta Signore, the higher range was easy to swing in and out of in this piece. My greatest struggle was the runs. We did "belly laugh" exercises to help me gain the active elasticity that the runs require. The voice has to be allowed a lot of freedom. It reminds me of the last workshop I did with Clayne Robison when he said that the thing that makes classical singing so alluring is that the singer is always on the precipice of losing control. I thought a lot about that concept as I worked on this piece. And you'll notice that in my efforts to balance on that razor edge, my voice does get out of control sometimes.

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