Learning resources

You can get help on the internet to learn choral parts. We generally recommend Cyberbass.com, which has synthetic instruments playing your part loudly and other parts quietly.

Choralia is excellent in that it renders your part in a robot voice; not very expressive, but it really helps you find your way.

learnchoralmusic.co.uk is a non-commercial site run by volunteers. It may be a bit more clunky in use, but you can download files and use them offline (you have to pay for that at Cyberbass). However, this site downloads “midi” music files, and you will probably need to find a “midi player” app for your computer, smartphone or tablet. There’s more help with this at the site’s help page.

Singers: if you’ve found a midi app which works well, please let us know.

A singer has drawn attention to the output of Musicwoofer on Soundcloud. These seem to be real performances sung by soloists, with the volume turned up on the voice of your choice. Good stuff. It’s a very well-built-and-debugged site, too. Worth searching.

Help with this term’s music

You can get help with learning this term’s music (Spring 2022) on the following websites:

Fauré Requiem (OUP edition, ed John Rutter) on Cyberbass

Five Mystical Songs on Choralia (we are doing the antiphon only)

For midi files, click on the link, and then Ian recommends choosing the loudspeaker button for ‘Emphasised voice and other voices’ for your chosen voice part.

Choralia has the great advantage that the words are pronounced as well, after a fashion. Again, right-click and ‘Save target as’ to save the midi file on your PC (which doesn’t always work). See the “Links” page for other midi sites.

John Fletcher music
Click on the link and then click Login, and enter your username and password. You can register with John Fletcher’s website for free to gain access to out-of-copyright works – just follow his instructions.

Then when you’ve logged in, do a search under composer name to find the piece you want, click on that link, and you will see the midi files listed according to voice. Click on each individual link to listen to your voice part – best to choose MP3, which you might like to download to your PC or MP3 player (right-click and “Save target as” or similar).

Do you know anything better?

If you’ve got any more suggestions of good sites for practising either of these pieces, let us know and we’ll share them here.