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Welcome to CHORVID-20, the international lockdown-choir!

Our next song will be Praetorius’ Es Ist Ein Ros Entsprungen.

I will upload the sheet music in early December.

We are singing each verse in a different language, including a first ever Russian stanza for this German classic. If you can write Russian and would like to secure your place in musical history, please take part in the writing competition. It could be your verse that we sing!

All you will need to do to take part is download the sheet music (copies are provided in Cyrillic and Roman script), sing your part to the click-track provided and submit your video.

If you don’t usually read music, recordings of each individual part (Soprano, Alto, Tenor and Bass), are provided to help you learn the tune of your line.

Practice singing along with the click track. You will need to listen to click track with earphones, because the only sound that you should record is your own voice. It is vital to stay in time and in tune with the Karaoke track.

When you feel confident, record yourself singing your part on your computer or your telephone.

Uploading your recording

When you are satisfied with the recording you have made, you can submit it in a file to chorvid20@gmail.com, or by WhatsApp to +4407811885585.

You can also use facebook to transfer your recording. When you have uploaded it, please contact Alexander.

The deadline for submissions is December 24th.

Your video or audio file may be too large to send via email. In this case, the easiest way to send the file is to upload it to online storage (google drive, dropbox, cloud etc.), and then send me a link to this place so that I can download it.

2 thoughts on “English

  1. I’ve been asked to provide context of the music itself. It is a 19th Century setting of what is known in Holy Orthodoxy as the ‘Hymn of Justinian.’ It refers to the prophecy of Zechariah. The text is as follows:
    “Glory to the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, now and forever and to the ages of ages. Amen.
    Only Begotten Son and Immortal Word of God,
    Who for our salvation didst will to be incarnate of the holy Theotokos and ever virgin Mary,
    Who without change didst become man and wast crucified, O Christ our God,
    Trampling down death by death, Who art one of the Holy Trinity,
    Glorified with the Father and the Holy Spirit, save us.”

  2. Thank you for sharing this beautiful work. You may also enjoy another virtual choir, done several years ago without even considering at the time that the virtual approach would one day be the only way to sing together during a lockdown. Tikey Zes, a contemporary composer and choir director in the Greek Orthodox Church in America, directs his arrangement of the communion hymn of Pascha, Soma Christou (Body of Christ), sung in Greek by Church musicians from across the USA: “Receive the Body of Christ; taste the fountain of immortality; Alleluia.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-V7Ap1sIenA

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