This page will list useful resources for the choir, such as MIDI or audio files for practice.
Ein deutsches Requiem by Johannes Brahms
Dr McGuire has prepared a Google Docs file with extremely useful links to YouTube videos of individual parts and to German pronunciation. Click here to view the file.
MIDI files are here on John Hooper’s wonderful website: http://www.learnchoralmusic.co.uk/Brahms/German-requiem/german-requiem.html
Noteworthy Composer files are here on the NWC-Scriptorium website: https://nwc-scriptorium.org/classb.html#Brahms
Here is a PDF of the German lyrics with English translation by our chorister Hannah Goller who is also helping us with pronunciation. Thanks, Hannah!
Performance by Seraphic Fire
Dr McGuire recommends listening to this fine performance by a small vocal group with 4-hand piano.
Rehearsal Arts Study Files
Choristers might find this product from Rehearsal Arts a help with learning the Brahms.
You can purchase individual part tracks, all sung by professional singers, so you get the melody, the rhythm, AND the German words, with your particular part much louder than those of other parts.
There is a price for these (about $25 USD for a whole part), but choristers may well find it worth while.
Here’s the website link: https://rehearsalarts.hostasaurus.com/Brahms_Requiem_14.html for those interested. (Note: it seems that downloading the purchased product should be done on your computer rather than on your phone or tablet. Use iTunes or similar to get them on your phone).
German Pronunciation Guides
YouTube: Slow Reading
Native German speaker goes slowly through the words in Brahms’ Requiem, with the printed words.
YouTube Faster Reading
Faster reading, also with words shown, which is useful for practicing once you feel more confident.
There are a number of software packages available which can help in learning scores. Here are links to a couple of those we recommend:
Noteworthy Composer/Player (Windows)
Noteworthy Composer is a music notation program for Windows computers. It is able to import MIDI files and generate visual music scores with which you can ‘sing along’, watching the notes highlight as the piece plays. The full version is reasonably expensive (US $49) but there is also a free Player program which can play back existing files.
MuseScore (Mac OS)
MuseScore is a very similar package to Noteworthy Composer, but for Apple Mac computers. There is a free version which is quite fully featured, but they also offer a ‘Pro’ account for a monthly fee.
The best part of MuseScore is that there are player apps available for smartphones and tablets. These can be very useful to be able to play back your part while on the go! It can be slightly tricky to get scores onto your device, however. The easiest way is to upload them to their website and access them on your device from the same site.