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Items by Michael McGlynn

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Comment: Re: Nine year old girl with vibrato
I'd be very careful about doing anything about it unless it sounds massively fake.   Yes - children pick up such quirks from TV rubbish talent shows, and yes, popular culture is currently in a phase of actually lauding insincere rather fake-sounding voices cloned one off the other. BUT vibrato is...
Comment: Re: Intonation in relation to vibrato?
Couldn't agree more Dennis. Excellent response. Anúna have a simple philosophy - vibrato is a natural by-product of a healthy, unforced, non jaw wobbly, face contorty, properly supported, unrestricted air releasing code of practice. It should sound natural. If it sounds "wobbly" then it is forced,...
Comment: Re: SSAA or SSA piece that will WOW audience
Self promoting as it is you might look at my arrangement of "Jerusalem". I believe it has a wow factor. Not sure exactly why - but look it up on YouTube. www.michaelmcglynn.com
Comment: Re: Meaning of the song "The Voice" By Brendan Graham
While Brendan is a very well read and intelligent man the song comes over very much in the vein of most Celtic generic songs. I admit to writin similar lyrics myself, and really they are only for atmosphereic effect - of zero literary merit. When non Irish choirs sing material like this THEY infuse ...
Comment: Re: When do I teach mixed and chest voice?
I always find these threads fascinating. I run a professional ensemble. It wasn't always so. In the beginning most of the singers I had were untrained. I've never used the words "chest" or "head" to my singers then or now. Maybe its because in the USA you have large scale academic institutions analy...
Comment: Re: Bass singing a tenor role...help!
Leigh - you could try not talking about chest or head with him at all. What is a "tenor note" anyway? Each voice is different, so the simplest way to address this problem might be to stop giving him information at all - other than to get him to take the focus off his face and on to his body. Stop hi...
Comment: Re: Choral music for St. Patrick's Day concert
Start here :-) www.michaelmcglynn.com www.anuna.ie
Comment: Re: blew wrong note!
Yes - happens all the time to Anúna in performance. In a recent performance we got 45 seconds into a piece that began with a soloist and she started to laugh because she knew it was about a third off. We just all laughed and restarted.   A performances has three elements - conductor, singers and...
Announcement: Song of the Wind / Amhrán na Gaoithe - new work by Michael McGlynn
I have just made my "Song of the Wind / Amhrán na Gaoithe" available from my website as sheet music HERE.   "Song of the Wind / Amhrán na Gaoithe" was commissioned in 2012 by Chanticleer, and is set for SSATBB [you can see a performance below by Anúna]. It explores a sound-world inspired by ta...
Comment: Re: Voice problems
Hi Lindsay,   Apologies for butting in, but your question is a clone of so many others I have heard.   It sounds like a simple issue to me. I wrote a blog about it in relation to myself here http://michaelmcglynn.wordpress.com/2012/01/25/finding-my-voice-again/ - I am not an expert in medical ...
Comment: Re: Women's Choir - French Christmas repertoire (especially multi-movement work)
You might try this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xolN0xgPNKM You can buy it from www.anuna.ie . We love singing it!
Announcement: Anuna International Choral Summer School June 19-22
We have updated our information on this once-in-a-lifetime summer school - see the links below.   It will take place in the beautiful surroundings of 22 Merrion Square, Dublin, Ireland between Wednesday 19th and Saturday 22nd of June. This year we are very pleased to include facilitators from ...
Comment: Re: Helping singers to not sing flat.
I'm a great believer in simplicity. If the singers can perceive that they are flat [simplest thing to do is get them to record the sections they are singing flat with their phones - then get them to listen to it back], then it can be easy to fix. This may sound flippant - but how I do it is that I t...
Concert: Premiere of new Michael McGlynn work at Florida Atlantic University
I am delighted to announce the public performance of my new work "Flowers Sunshine and Shadows" at University Theatre, FAU Boca Raton this coming Saturday April 20th at 7pm. This performance ends my residency as the Dorothy F. Schmidt Eminent Scholar in the Arts.   The work will be performed by t...
Announcement: Anuna International Choral Summer School
We are delighted to announce the official launch of our International Choral Summer School.   It will take place in the beautiful surroundings of 22 Merrion Square, Dublin, Ireland between Wednesday 19th and Saturday 22nd of June. This year we are very pleased to include facilitators from Irelan...
Comment: Re: Eric Whitacre conferences and Virtual Choirs
A "virtual" choir is self-explanatory.   Its a choir that is nearly a group of warm, breathing individuals exhaling and inhaling in the same space. Its nearly a profound physical experience. It is a celebration of the emptiness between us. The only relationship it has to choral singing is that th...
Comment: Re: Men's piece to rival Drunken Sailor
Awww - thanks Jaakko. I am flattered...
Comment: Re: A capella religious SSA
You could try this... not as easy as it seems :-) Anúna find it is worth the effort.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lMydR6G0U4o   Michael
Comment: Re: Searching for Marian poetry to write a choral setting
This one is universal... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Virgin%27s_Cradle_Hymn
Comment: Re: Ireland concert tour repertoire
Chris    General Irish audiences are brilliant. They are generous, love foreign performers, welcoming and know good stuff when they hear it. They love to experience something unusual [at our last concert here we did two pieces from the soundtrack of the video game Diablo 3 - went down hugely...
Comment: Re: WW I & WW II repertoire for choirs
I've set some things  - "Midnight" "When the War is Over" and "My Songs Shall Rise" - all are settings of poems by the great Irish poet Francis Ledwidge who died in 1917 in Belgium - wonderful texts... www.michaelmcglynn.com
Comment: Re: voice problems
Sounds like his breathing is wrong. Get him to breathe on his ribs, relaxing his shoulders and keeping his head down (ie don't let him raise his chin).
Announcement: New album by Anúna, Ireland's National Choir.
Anúna release "Illumination" - a 15 track album created especially for the 25th Anniversary of this ground-breaking and unique choral group. Director Michael McGlynn, composer of many successful choral works including the song "Dúlamán", has written a revealing BLOG about the CD. You can hear...
Comment: Re: "Hottest" New Choral Composers
Really? I will be amazed if I see or hear anything of mine at ACDA next year : )
Comment: Re: "Hottest" New Choral Composers
Amazing ensemble Barbara - hugely impressive...
Comment: Re: "Hottest" New Choral Composers
Well done Maria! Brilliant topic - and some pretty explosive answers, but not that explosive for those of us watching carefully as the oncoming revolution is pretty much unstoppable.. I have to say that I am a bit out of all this because where I come from [Ireland] there are no publishers, so I ha...
Comment: Re: iPad/tablet cases & holders for choral musicians
Thank you Abbie. Its like reading a post of my own...
Comment: Re: Hildigunnur Rúnarsdóttir CCMC ChoralNet Composer of the Month May, 2012
Excellent Hildigunnur! What an interesting work, and it deserves success, which I suspect it will get. Thank you for sharing it. Michael
Comment: Re: iPad/tablet cases & holders for choral musicians
Hi - I am a bit surprised to see some of the responses here. There is actually a composer's showcase on this very site that encourages people to download and use PDF/photocopies [for a fee] of living composers work. My own music [www.michaelmcglynn.com] has been available in this format since 2000...
Comment: Re: Gesualdo Madrigal Question
Yes : ) As we know Gesualdo paid for his music to be performed. As a composer I surmise that his reaction to his own compositions would be similar to my own - the over-indulgence of singers would take second-place to the accuracy of pitch. Gesualdo played with homophony, so again I would assume th...
Comment: Re: Gesualdo Madrigal Question
If it is the Peter's edition I would suggest ignoring most of the dynamics [and some of the notes, as I have seen some very odd "re-interpretations" by whoever did that one...] go to the urtext. Sing the music as relates to the line rather than isolating it as a dramatic exclamation. This is not e...
Comment: Re: Repertoire for Choir and Tenor Soloist
You could try some of my stuff for Tenor and unaccompanied choir [I'm  a tenor...] The Flower of Maherally - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LDK6_i4yweY&feature=results_video&playnext=1&list=PL64EE9FE759AF9722 Invocation - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xfGbbhQCSZw&feature=rela...
Comment: Re: Composers getting proactive
Excellent - from a seed grows a tree... an enormous leap forward for ChoralNet and one that should be supported as much as possible by choirs.
Comment: Re: "Double, double toil and trouble" Mantyjarvi
Are Sulasol not gone digital yet? Ay Caramba...
Comment: Re: Brad Burrill CCMC ChoralNet Composer of the Month
This is great jack. I'm sitting here in a forest in the Netherlands being introduced to colleagues so far away... brilliant feature! Should be on the main page of Choralnet.
Comment: Re: Saint Patrick's Day rep
www.anuna.ie www.michaelmcglynn.com ?   There is a nice "Danny Boy" here too, and as many complex harmonies as you could wish for to be seen and heard on YouTube too here http://www.youtube.com/user/brezairola all available in the STORE as sheet music. Happy St. Patrick's Day from Irela...
Comment: Re: Hildegard of Bingen to be canonized
I think it was Emily van Evera, not Emma Kirkby who featured on the CD.
Comment: Re: Bad Showchoir
The Wiggles did the moves for us once or twice and then we did them. The whole thing was a laugh from start to finish. People who entertain kids have to be exactly as they really are - and the Wiggles are exactly what you see. Loved doing it.
Comment: Re: Bad Showchoir
Wow! Will send this on to the Wiggles...
Comment: Re: Bad Showchoir
Well - the accent is Australian, and this is the biggest Children's group in the world. Anuna were asked in to do four songs with the Wiggles when they were performing in Dublin last year. The church is the only Byzantine style church in Ireland, Saint Bartholomews where we do our concerts on the ...
Comment: Re: Bad Showchoir
Yes - we are very proud of it indeed! We weren't miming either. Probably... You might also look at this.   </div> </div> <div>  </div>    
Comment: Re: Big Voice - A Documentary about Choral Directors
I did tell him where I got it : )
Comment: Re: Debussy 2eme Chanson de Charles d'Orléans
You might also consider the crossed out "Tenor Solo" being replaced by the Female solo part on the original manuscript...
Comment: Re: ACDA Moves Into Strategic Planning
Brilliant! Bravo. We watch from Europe with envy.
Comment: Re: choral background vowels- ooh, ah, oh??
We recently did some gigs with the Irish group Clannad who specialise in "mystical Celtic dawn of ancient toothpaste haunting" sounds, and I was gobsmacked when they informed me that the best background vocal was actually "uh". Well, it works for them and they have sold 5 million albums, so I supp...
Comment: Re: ACDA Chicago from another perspective
Tim - I think that some of these thorny issues are in very safe hands... I see a great future indeed for everyone. Beannacht leat as ucht do chuid oibre. Michael
Comment: Re: Google decision could benefit choral music
Excellent article - well spotted Allen. Thank you.
Announcement: The First Anuna Summer School - July 5-9, Dublin, Ireland
Anuna, Ireland's National Choir, inaugurate their first Summer School this July in Dublin, Ireland at the prestigious National Concert Hall. Anuna will be joined by an excellent international group of facilitators for this event, including Michael McGlynn [Anuna] and Matt Oltmann [Chanticleer] ...
Comment: Re: Found: Awesome Piece by William Hawley
Lovely piece Philip. Thanks for posting. Consono are a wonderful choir, and incredibly flexible. They recorded a piece of mine "Incantations" on their last album, and it sounded better, and I admit it, then our own version...
Comment: Re: Choral music for the MTV generation
Sadly, its all about the singers, as are most MTV style videos, and very little to do with the music itself. Looks like something produced by Universal Classics and Jazz. Videos only work when they are informed by an artistic vision - a combination of the visual and musical elements to create ...