Music for Choir (and Classical Music Archives)

Hey all,

Right now I am learning two new pieces for the Carnegie Mellon Repertory Chorus: “How lovely is thy dwelling place” (English translation of “Wie lieblich sind deine Wohnungen”) from Brahms’s Requiem and “O Magnum Mysterium” by Nancy Galbraith. Because we learn all of our music outside of class, I have been tying to find a way to do this effectively. Other than moving my 45 minute solo practices to about an hour with half an hour dedicated to those two (or more) I also wanted to listen to what “How lovely” should sound like.

When I became a member of NPR they gave me 6 months access to Classical Music Archives which is a members-only music site with tons of downloadable music (with some restrictions, some DRM stuff). I found a midi of “How lovely” which has helped me a lot, but in the past I have found major classical artists recordings of just about anything I wanted to listen to. They also have instrumental, though that not really my thing.

They only include music which is in the Public Domain so with some files you have a lot more creative freedom than anything you get from iTunes.

Anyhoo, I love them and they make my life easier. I hope you have a great day!

Inspirational quote:

How lovely is Thy dwelling-place

O Lord of Hosts,

O Lord of Hosts,

Thy dwelling-place,

O Lord of Hosts,

For my soul,

it longeth, yea, fainteth

it longeth, yea, fainteth

for the courts  of the Lord;

my soul and body crieth out

my soul and body crieth out

yea, for the living,

yea, for the living God

How lovely is Thy dwelling-place

O Lord of Hosts,

Blest are they,

O blest are they that dwell,

that dwell within Thy house;

they praise Thy name evermore,

they praise Thy name evermore,

they praise Thee,

they praise Thee,

praise Thy name evermore!

How lovely, how lovely, is Thy dwelling-place

–From “Requiem” by Johannes Brahms

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