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Friday, February 10th, 2006
10:34 pm
Have you heard this song?
Does anyone know what this song is, and/or where it came from?

(a fragment of the refrain, sound): http://web.mit.edu/derrict/Public/Music/unknownsong_refrain.mid
(a fragment of the refrain, picture): http://web.mit.edu/derrict/Public/Music/unknownsong_refrain.png
(a bit of the piano solo intro, sound): http://web.mit.edu/derrict/Public/Music/unknownsong_intro.mid
(a bit of the piano solo intro, picture): http://web.mit.edu/derrict/Public/Music/unknownsong_intro.png

I ran into this song four and a half years ago, in some piano+voice songbook that a friend bought in Hong Kong.

I have no clue as to what the song is named, what it's about, what the original instrumentation was, when it was written, where it was written, who wrote it, etc..

I do however remember (1) the exact appearance of the first two bars, (2) the first phrase and plus a bit of the second phrase of the refrain melody, and (3) the refrain's left-hand pattern.

I also remember that the song was in B-flat major, but ended verses in an incomplete cadence in G minor, so that the refrain could begin noticeably in G minor and end up back in B-flat major. I loved this feature.

Interestingly, I later wrote my own song-without-words based on the refrain of this song.

cross-posted to bulby01, chordgasm, music_composers, musictheory, namethattune, songposting; this time, without bothering to type different combinations of these names corresponding to everything BUT the community noted

Edit: mentioned that the intro is instrumental, not sung.
Thursday, February 9th, 2006
10:46 pm
Thursday, June 30th, 2005
11:25 am
Perfect Pitch
Hi Guys,
I hope it's okay to promote this community. I just thought you might be interested.

Do you wish you had perfect pitch? DO you know someone who does? Do you want to know more about it? Do you ever question what it's like for people who have perfect pitch, people who can pull notes out of thin air? Well, if any of these things apply to you, or you are just feeling like joining, hop on over to
and see what the fun's all about!
Hope to see you there!
Friday, March 4th, 2005
10:30 pm
If anyone is looking for new group to listen to, I'd suggest trying to find recordings from the Szczecin Technical University Choir. They have 4 or 5 CDs out, and are currently touring the Eastern seaboard. This weekend, they're in the Tampa Bay area, singing with the Univ. of South Florida Chamber Singers. They combine the 16th century with the 20th, playing everything from those periods and in between. I just heard them at USF, and was amazed. They performed "Cloudburst" wonderfully.

St. Pete Palladium, Monday night, 7:30pm, $12 adults/$6 seniors & students, if anyone's interested.
Tuesday, March 1st, 2005
11:42 am
Yay newbies....

I stumbled across this community kind of by accident, actually. See, I've recently been slapped upside the head with the realization that Aaron Copland is a freaking amazing composer. I knew this... but now I KNOW it. (Fanfare for the Common Man on repeat....mmmm...) And so, when I added Copland to my list of LiveJournal interests, I was surprised to see that MORE people were into Copland.... And in lurking for a while, I realize that you are Whitacre fans too, AND choral music fans *YAYE!* and so maybe me being a classical music nerd ISN'T such a weird thing after all!

*waves* I'm Steph, I'm a music geek. And PROUD of it!

And I also have a question:
Is anyone else reduced to "OMGSQUEEEEEEE!!!!!!" mode when listening to Bach? (or, I suppose, [insert name of classical composer here])
See, that's how I get. Lalalalalala, happily listening to music (playlist on random), all of a sudden... BACHBRANDENBURGCONCERTO#2OMGSQUEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!! My father actually asked me what "hot new band" I was listening to, and if they were coming to the city and I found out I'd won tickets or something. I said, "No, dad, I'm listening to Bach."
His response: "................... *blink*................o_0????????"
I think I heard him mutter as he walked away, "my daughter has gone insane...."
I mean, squeeing over "music with rocks in" is one thing [to borrow from Terry Pratchett]. But squeeing over classical music or choral music? Please tell me I'm not a lone fangirl....

Current Mood: geeky
Thursday, February 24th, 2005
3:17 pm
American Symphonies...
Okay, guys, I'm working on a report on the "Top 10" Symphony Orchestras in the U.S. So far the ones I've gotten info on are: 1. Chicago Symphony Orchestra; 2. New York Philharmonic; 3. Cleveland Orchestra; 4. Los Angeles Philharmonic; 5. Cincinnatti Symphony Orchestra; and 6. San Diego Symphony. So I still need to come up with four more. What orchestras would you guys recommend? Truth be told, I live in backwoods Mississippi and don't get to go to the more metropolitan areas to visit orchestra venues very often. Help would be much appreciated! Thanks!
Saturday, January 29th, 2005
4:46 pm
Another Newb.
Hooray! A real choral community!
My name is Becca, and I am a Whitacre adict.
I'm a freshman at Columbia Highschool in Maplewood, NJ (the one that banned all the religious music from its Winter Concert, did anyone hear about that?). To my surprise, I got into my chamber choir, which is now my favorite class of the day.
Right now, we are working hard on Dies Irae (from Mozart's Requiem), and are going to perform it with the schools Special Dance troup (this group of AMAZING dancers who get togeather and choreograph all their own stuff, to really weird/good/random music, and then put on a spectacular performance in May). It will be amazing, we get long black robes and black hoods... ooooh I just cannot wait.

My major problem is that I cannot seem to find ANY good .mp3's of choral music!! If anyone could help, I would absolutely adore you forever.

Current Mood: artistic
Tuesday, January 4th, 2005
11:53 pm
the obligatory introduction

Newbie, yo!

Salut!  My name is Greta. I LOVE choir. I love anything that purely relates to music. I use the word "orgasmic" all the time in choir to describe O Magnum (yes! by Morten Lauridsen!). And seeing this community is named Chordgasm, i just had to join.  I am a soprano 2 and loving it. I will love to share choir music files with anyone in here willing. I am in the top choir in my school. I'm also in a exclusive-select chamber ensemble named Good 'Pellas. I'll be part of the all honors conference choir this spring. Not to forget, Eric Whitacre is God. A music genius! Cloudburst, Sleep, Water Night and Lux Aurumque are AMAZING.

Singing is life. 

Current repertoire:

Concert Choir

  • Sing me to Heaven - Daniel E. Gawthrop
  • O Magnum Mysterium - Morten Lauridsen
  • In Remembrance (from Requiem) - Eleanor Daley
  • Eg byrja reisu min - Icelandic hymn
  • Angus Dei - G. P. da Palestrina
  • Regem Natum - Jacob Gallus

Good 'Pellas

  • Alleluia - Ralph Manuel
  • Carol of the Bells
  • Coventry Carol - Dale Warland
  • I wonder as I wander - John Rutter
  • Silent Night
  • Jingle Bells (S.A.T.T.B.B.) - J. Pierpoint
  • Do you hear what I hear
  • Lullaby on Christmas Eve (St. Olaf Choir Series) - F. Melius Christiansen
  • Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas
  • Ding Dong! Merrily on High
  • Gaudete (S.A.T.T.B.B.)
  • Sing Joyfully - William Byrd
  • Lasciate mi morire! - C. Monterverdi
  • Weep, O mine eyes - John Bennet
  • The Road Home - Stephen Paulus

Honors all conference Choir

  • You stole my love - Walter Cecil Macferren
  • Wild mountian thyme - Jay Broeker
  • Annua Gaudia - J. David Moore
  • Praise His Holy Name! (Anton Armstrong choral series) - Keith Hampton


Current Mood: tired
Monday, October 11th, 2004
9:13 am
Hi, I'm from the King Philip Marching Band from Wrentham, MA and we just won BOA Regionals!!!!!
Saturday, August 28th, 2004
1:16 am
I got back our CD's from NYC today, and I got to hear my chorus do sleep again. If any of you guys wants to hear what a grammy award winning chorus sounds like doing Sleep by Eric Whitacre, IM me at


and I shall provide you with the best Sleep you ever heard.


Current Mood: accomplished
Friday, July 30th, 2004
4:39 pm
I REALLY love Prince. I haven't had the chance to hear all 25 of his albums (can you believe he's had THAT many freakin' albums??), but I think he's always been a very deep person when it comes to music, spirituality, and the human imagination in general.

Anyone on here ever heard the song "Under the Cherry Moon"? I'm sure that the people who know me really well have heard me go on and on about this song, but it's one of my all time favorites by him. The lyrics are simple, but they've got a deeper meaning to them, if you read between the lines.

How can I stand 2 stay where I am?
Poor butterfly who don't understand
Why can't I fly away in a special sky?
If I don't find my destiny soon
I'll die in your arms under the cherry moon

I want 2 live life 2 the ultimate high
Maybe I'll die young like heroes die
Maybe I'll kiss U some wild special way
If nobody kills me or thrills me soon
I'll die in your arms under the cherry moon

That's alright

Lovers like us dear are born 2 die
If they don't find us, what will we do?
I guess we'll make love under the cherry moon
I'll die in your arms under the cherry moon

Damn it...I want that song at my wedding.

And then, there's this song called "7" that just kicks all ass. It was soooo before it's time. I love how he can show colors through chords. I thought the only person who could do that was Eric Whitacre, but I've been shown that Whitacre got it from Prince. He's a genius.

All 7 and we'll watch them fall
They stand in the way of love
And we will smoke them all
With an intellect and a savoir-faire
No one in the whole universe
Will ever compare

I am yours now and u are mine
And together we'll love through
All space and time, so don't cry
One day all 7 will die

(Chorus repeats)

And I saw an angel come down unto me
In her hand she holds the very key
Words of compassion, words of peace
And in the distance an army's marching feet (1 2 3 4 - 1 2 3 4)
But behold, we will watch them fall

And we lay down on the sand of the sea
And before us animosity will stand and decree
That we speak not of love only blasphemy
And in the distance, 6 others will curse me
But that's alright (That's alright)
4 I will watch them fall (1 2 3 4 5 6 7)


[(Just how old)]

And we will see a plague and a river of blood
And every evil soul will surely die in spite of
Their 7 tears, but do not fear
4 in the distance, 12 souls from now
U and me will still be here - we will still be here

There will be a new city with streets of gold
The young so educated they never grow old
And a, there will be no death 4 with every breath
The voice of many colors sings a song
That's so bold
Sing it while we watch them fall--THIS CHORD RULES!!


([(Just how old)]
[(Just how old)]
[(Just how old)]

I could make love to his music for days on end...Meaning I'd have sex with the music itself...Ah, you get the point. :-)
Thursday, July 8th, 2004
9:37 am
Heretage festival of gold
Hi...yea...um...here is a pic of the NHS Tour Choir which won 3rd place in the nation for Heretage Festival of Gold in NYC. umm...I think we did really awesome...and this pic is really old like 3 months. This was at Riverside church. :) (-___-) I just got my scanner to work, so yea.

Oh oh...now Paradise Lost, the opera is over at Cal State Northridge, but you can check out both websites for it.

Ericwhitacre.com or paradiselosttheopera.com

Sunday, June 27th, 2004
8:11 pm
The University of Pretoria Youth Choir will be singing at the Bremen Choir Olympics 2004, representing South Africa. One of their competition pieces include Water Night by Eric Whitacre.

Wish us luck! :)

Current Mood: anxious
Saturday, June 26th, 2004
2:33 pm
Paradise Lost

Hi! Chris is new to this community...but Chris is a big fan of music.

Recently, I went to an opera, Paradise Lost, composed by Eric Whitacre, who happened to invite our school choir after he helped us out with one of his songs, Sleep, which happened to get us 3rd place in the heretage festival of gold. Anyways, to make the long story short, the opera he wrote was very exellent. He had his wife, Hila, play the main role, Extoceles, and she did really exellent. He also had some wierd signatures of his songs like Sleep in the lulliby Ahava and Pieta were singing to Extoceles after she was banished for touching the forbidden light.

If any of you wants to see the opera and live in the LA area, the opera is at Cal State Northridge. It is worth the 35$ seeing it.

Eric and friends He did grow out his hair and those are my friends Doris and Julie and some random girl.

Current Mood: ecstatic
Saturday, May 15th, 2004
12:09 pm
For interest's sake, the question I had posted before, about the 20th century composer, did indeed turn out to be Ligeti. [So many thanks to elevatemelater!!!] Cd was called "The Ligeti Project IV"

Also, yesterday I came across something called "Tibetan Overtone Chant," which is kind of around the same description of Ligeti's Requiem. Very, very cool. The overtones just seem to come out of nowhere. If anyone wants the recording, I could upload it somewhere for you.
Friday, May 14th, 2004
9:35 pm
Recently, I heard an extremely interesting album, and I was hoping perhaps someone could help me identify it. Haha~ Im afraid I only have a few points tha could maybe be used to name it, however.

Hmm... well, first of all, it was very much like a film-score, except one suited to perhaps some kind of hellish torture. *laugh* Seriously. There was a lot of droning and chanting. Hrm... tone clusters, dissonance, very much modal. I remember distincly hearing a contra-bassoon. It was choir and I think orchestral instruments in the back, but I dont recall it being a full symphony orchestra or anything of the type. More like a few choice instruments.

The CD case was... black on the back, the front I think was brown with a picture of the composer. Ahh, if only I could remember his name. I think... haha the first letter of his last name was an "L?" Kind of... german or russian sounding. *laugh*

Ughh I'm sorry I'm not much of a help, but I would be very very grateful if someone could perhaps give me a clue as to what this was? Or... perhaps something similar. Also, if I do ever find out what the album was, I'll make sure to post it, with a song if possible. It's definitely, definitely something to listen to.

Thank you so much!!! ♥
[cross-posted by the way, apologies~]
Monday, May 10th, 2004
12:05 am
Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen: Gustav Mahler
This is probably one of the most amazing choral pieces I've ever had the pleasure to sing. I believe it's divided into 4 seperate choirs, so there are 16 parts. It's a heartwrenching piece, yet it's also peaceful and beautiful at the same time. The original piece was to be performed by a soprano soloist with an orchestral background. In this version, the choir takes the place of the orchestra. The outcome is truly amazing.

Has anyone ever listened to or performed this piece? If so, what did you think?

Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen,
Mit der ich sonst viele Zeit verdorben,
Sie hat so lange nichts von mir vernommen,
Sie mag wohl glauben, ich sei gestorben!

Es ist mir auch gar nichts daran gelegen,
Ob sie mich für gestorben hält,
Ich kann auch gar nichts sagen dagegen,
Denn wirklich bin ich gestorben der Welt.

Ich bin gestorben dem Weltgetümmel,
Und ruh' in einem stillen Gebiet!
Ich leb' allein in meinem Himmel,
In meinem Lieben, in meinem Lied!

English translation:

I am lost to the world
with which I used to waste so much time,
It has heard nothing from me for so long
that it may very well believe that I have died!

It is of no consequence to me
Whether it thinks me dead;
I cannot deny it,
for I really am dead to the world.

I am dead to the worldy bustle of things,
And I rest in a quiet place.
I live alone in my heaven,
In my love and in my song.
12:41 am
i am so very excited to find more music geeks like myself! lol

i have the complete acapelle works of eric whitacre playing in my car CONSTANTLY. has anyone here ever heard of the American composer Morten Lauridsen? His most popular piece ("O Magnum Mysterium") has reached number one for choral literature sales in the United States. I went to Rome over the Christmas holiday and we sang that piece in St. Peter's Basilica!!! SOOOO exciting.
hope to have some wonderful conversations!!!!
Wednesday, April 28th, 2004
9:47 pm
Eric Whitacre is a god
nuuuughghhghghgh *orgasms* *dies in puddle* I just downloaded seven Eric Whitacre songs: Water Night (the one we're singing this year and I obsess over), Lux Arumque (the one the camerata sang two years ago and I obesses over/still obsess over), Sleep and With a Lily in Your Hand (the two that the camerata sand last year and i obsessed over...sense a pattern here? :p) cloudburst, equus and ghost train. Sleep is an orchestral version but it's brilliant anyway. Everytime I hear a Whitacre song I get gooseflesh all over and I feel like crying, but not. It's truly indescribeable. mmmmmmmmmmmmmm please tell me I'm not the only one....

Current Mood: indescribable
Monday, April 26th, 2004
2:15 pm
Hello everyone
I'm new here so I just want to introduce myself. I live in South Africa and sing in the University of Pretoria Youth Choir. We're singing Water Night by Eric Whitacre this year. It must be the most amazing and touching song I've ever heard or sung. The feeling I get each time we sing it is indescribeable. Anyway, this year most of our repertoire is based on overtones, which I think is great. We have a wonderful, young conductor who is *brilliant* and whom I lust over excessively. :p We're touring Europe in July and singing in the Choir Olympics in Bremen. The tour was nearly cancelled due to finances, but we found out yesterday that we're going to pull through. I'm ecstatic and very excited, since I've never been overseas before...anyway, I'm rambling. Just wanted to say that this is a great community! ^_^
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