Assigning parts from other voices
Date: March 12, 2016
Over in Choral Discussions is a thread about asking parts to sing in places in addition to their own parts.
How do composers feel about this?
In my own writing, I can think of one example where I would be very glad for basses to help out the tenors in any choir where the former outnumbered the latter.
From page 8 measure 82, tenors sing the tune in canon with sopranos but could get overwhelmed by too many basses. I don't like resorting to 'composer's notes'.
In a second example, tone-quality matters.
From measure 6 to 9, two parts sing the same pitches, but the lower voices will be nearer the top of their range and will sound slightly more energetic.
I believe that conductors geerally spot these nuances without having to spell them out. Is that your experience?
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