I’d be grateful if any experienced choral directors or singers would share their views on this question:
In wordless vocal passages, do you particularly like or dislike:
c) “oooo” (rhymes with “who”)
Thanks for sharing any insights.
I think it’s less a matter of preference than on what the composer wants in terms of message, rhythm, color, balance, dynamics, etc. Meredith Monk’s works show that this is one of the most under-appreciated and under-explored areas in modern choral composition.
Hope that helps!
Michael A. Gray
Thanks for the reply. I understand that what the composer wants is the main thing, but I was just wondering if any performers had strong positive or negative feelings about seeing any of these options that they have to sing.
A related question: notation books list two options for notating humming: 1) put “hum” as staff text and leave the lyrics line blank, or 2) have no staff text annotation but put “mmm” (usually in italics) in the lyrics line. It seems to me that 2) would be clearer, but I wonder if singers have a preference.
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