Resources

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.

I. Selig Sind, die da Leid tragen
II. Dein alles Fleisch
III. Herr lehre
IV. Wie lieblich
V. Ihr habt nun
VI. Denn wir haben
VII. Selig sind die Toten

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

Here’s a guide prepared by our native German-speaking chorister Hannah Goller. Thanks, Hannah!

YouTube: Slow Reading

https://youtu.be/Ilw_aW0ncz0

Native German speaker goes slowly through the words in Brahms’ Requiem, with the printed words.

YouTube Faster Reading

https://youtu.be/DxbvdwBwBhE

Faster reading, also with words shown, which is useful for practicing once you feel more confident.


Software/Apps

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.

Click here for the Noteworthy website.

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.

Click here for the MuseScore website