The concert I will be attending is Rutgers Newark Chorus on December 6th, 2017. I will begin to write previews of each song that I can find on the internet. In my paper, I will go in-depth on historical background and elements of each piece.
“Fa-Shu- Ha” by Yu-Shan Tsai has a very slow and meditative tempo. It’s a calming choral piece from what I can hear and the piece begins with a division of male and female singers, then both singing in harmony, accompanied by a piano. It’s fairly a simple piece. I believe this stems from Han Chinese traditional music in Taiwan that is performed mainly by Holo (Fulao) and Hakka people, descendants of migrants from south-east China. According to research on the widespread Daoist religion in Taiwan, beiguan music in religious celebrations and Daoist ritual was popular on the island not later than the beginning of the 18th century. Nowadays Han Chinese traditional music can be heard primarily in the western plain of the central mountains and in some hilly areas. (Hsu Tsang-Houei)
I can immediately tell with “El Niño Perdido” by Joaquin Nin-Culmell, that there is imitation makes me wonder what period it was written in and for what audience. A “Good king Wenceslas” arranged by Leo Sowerby has a simple melody, its accompanied with an organ, and almost sounds like the lyrics of “Ring around the Rosey” could have gone with the melody. This piece is a Christmas carol.
“The Road Not Taken” by Randall Thompson has a piano accompaniment, but the recording emphasis the vocals and it sounds like most of the sound is coming from the chorus, as if they were the orchestra in this song. From beginning to end, both male and female are singing in unison. “Bidi Bom” by David Eddleman has an interesting start. It’s almost exciting and ignites your ears to listen attentively. There are a lot of vocal lines in this piece and the choir often divide into many parts. An interesting part is when the entire choir chants and erupts into the melody to end the song. “Ukuthula” by Andre van der merwe is what I’m excited about the most because it reminds me of The Lion King from the beginning. The harmonies are sweet and soft. It’s an acapella piece.
Overall, I’m excited about the concert because of how diverse the pieces are and the fusion between classical, cultural, and tradition of embracing the holidays are all being placed in one. The concert is being held at the Hahne’s Building, therefore the acoustics are going to be wonderful.
Hsu Tsang-Houei, et al. “Taiwan.” Grove Music Online. Oxford Music Online. Oxford University Press. Web. 5 Dec. 2017. <http://www.oxfordmusiconline.com/subscriber/article/grove/music/49502>.