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Curwen hand signs: Where to find them



Dear Listers:

Thank you for your help!! This is a compilation of websites containing
Curwen hand symbols. First is a list of websites that were emailed to me.
Following that are the actual messages I received.

Denise Richardson
Assistant Director, GHS Choirs
Denise_Richardson(a)Gilbert.k12.az.us
480-497-0177 ext. 273

THE WEBSITES
http://cnet.unb.ca/achn/kodaly/resources/curwen.html **(See David Topping's
message about this site)**
http://busboy.sped.ukans.edu/~ccm/erin/curwenphoto.html **(This one was
recommended the most!)**
http://courses.wcupa.edu/frichmon/kodaly/index.html
http://spider.georgetowncollege.edu/music/larue/music315/Curwen%20Hand%20Signs.html

The following websites are retail sites to buy posters with the hand
symbols on them:
Iris Enterprises (a) http://www.irisenterprises.net/ or tel/fax:
248-324-0759
or 28360 Kendallwood Dr., Farmington Hills, Michigan 48334-2629
Music in Motion (a) http://www.musicmotion.com tel. 1-800-445-0649
Music Treasures (a) 1 800 798 8613 & www.musictreasures.com
The Choristers Guild
Friendship House $7.95 for large poster, Catalog #544
www.friendshiphouse.com
tel. 1-800-791-9876
West Music (a) www.westmusic.com (Each 7" x 11" card has one hand sign.)
www.clarus.com
THE MESSAGES
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There used to be one, but it's not responding today. The address was:
http://cnet.unb.ca/achn/kodaly/resources/curwen.html
I was only able to view it by going to the "Web archive" site, at:
http://web.archive.org
and entering that whole address in their "Wayback" box.
Peace,
David Topping
ChoralNet Manager
*****
Perhaps some of this information might be useful. This was from a previous
ChoralNet compilation.
Lee Thomas
Director of Choral & Vocal Music/Adult Programs
Unitarian Universalist Church of Asheville
Asheville, NC
--------- Forwarded message ----------
From: "Blake Leister"
To: choralist(a)lists.colorado.edu
Date: Sun, 01 Sep 2002 08:11:33 -0400
Subject: Curwen Hand Signs Posters Compilation
Message-ID:
Dear Listers,
Here are your suggestions for where to get large posters of the Curwen Hand
Signs:
Patti DeWitt
1323 Sand Stone Drive
Richmond, TX 77469
(281)238-0902 Fax: 413 793-2538
www.pattidewitt.com
Iris Enterprises (a) http://www.irisenterprises.net/ or tel/fax:
248-324-0759
or 28360 Kendallwood Dr., Farmington Hills, Michigan 48334-2629
Music in Motion (a) http://www.musicmotion.com tel. 1-800-445-0649
Music Treasures (a) 1 800 798 8613 & www.musictreasures.com
The Choristers Guild
Friendship House $7.95 for large poster, Catalog #544
www.friendshiphouse.com
tel. 1-800-791-9876
West Music (a) www.westmusic.com (Each 7" x 11" card has one hand sign.)
www.clarus.com
Xerox and enlarge
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I actually decided to make a transparency of a small sheet that I had then
blow it up on a piece of paper with the overhead projector and then trace.
If you have 30 minutes to do this, it was very easy...and cheap. Plus, I
could literally make them as big as I wanted to! I tell the kids it is a
photograph of a giant using the hand signals!
Thanks again Choralist!
Blake Leister
Dawson Elementary
blakeleister(a)hotmail.com
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Here is a site that I found with the Curwen chromatic solfege! I hope this
will help!
http://busboy.sped.ukans.edu/~ccm/erin/curwenphoto.html
Stephanie Meeks
Music Ed Major at Univ. of North Texas
stargazer2123(a)yahoo.com
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Here is a site with pictures of the signs
http://busboy.sped.ukans.edu/~ccm/erin/curwenphoto.html
Lee Thomas
Director of Choral & Vocal Music/Adult Programs
Unitarian Universalist Church of Asheville
Asheville, NC
*****
do a search with Curwen Hand Signs...there must be 10 sites which show you
everything........
Brent Miller
NJ ACDA
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this is just diatonic, but you can ask the owner of the site for more.....
http://courses.wcupa.edu/frichmon/kodaly/index.html
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Try
http://spider.georgetowncollege.edu/music/larue/music315/Curwen%20Hand%20Signs.html

Aline
Oh, by the way, the site I just gave you only includes the fi, ta and si.
All other chromatic notes are done by adding the other hand in front as in
a ti symbol in front. You would essentially only need them for the
di and ri as fi, ta and si take care of the others.
Aline
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My understaning is that Curwen did not create hand signals for all of them.
Here are the ones I know. There are probably varieties of same.
For di, ri, and li, use the regular hand signal and raise the pinky
finger.
For se, and me, lower the pinky.
fi - turn FA upside down so thumbe is pointing up
si - use SOL and raise the thumb
te - is Ti pointed downward
le - is LA turned upside down
ra - is RE pointing downward
I hope that helps.
Greg A. Lapp
Centennial High School
Lappers2(a)aol.com
Bakersfield, CA
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I did a search on google and found this site:
http://busboy.sped.ukans.edu/~ccm/erin/curwenphoto.html
I hope that helps!
Sarah Koenig
BME Student-Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music
Berea, OH
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Check the choraltalk archives. I posted an identical query a few months
ago and got lots of responses.
Unfortunately, they are on my school computer which is out of operation at
this time. By now you have probably had a lot of response to your inquiry,
but this is the site I found the hand signs in chromatic scale, descending
form with each illustrated by a picture in colour.
http://busboy.sped.ukans.edu/~ccm/erin/curwenphoto.html Hope you are able
to connect OK.
Robyn
Australia
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The Kodaly Society of Canada has the chromatic handsigns.
Their website is http://cnet.unb.ca/achn/kodaly/resources/curwen.html
Good luck
Donna Cianciosi
Music Specialist - Barclay House
Methodist Ladies' College
Claremont Western Australia
AUSTRALIA