Never one to let us sit back and relax, choral director Sally has decided that over the next few months we should attempt something very challenging.
Vocalise, Op. 34, No. 14, is a piece of music by Sergei Rachmaninoff. It was composed and published in 1915. Initially it was written for soprano and tenor with piano accompaniment. There are no words; instead it is sung using one vowel (singer’s choice!)
It was dedicated to soprano Antonina Vasilievna Nezhdanova, who was an amazing Russian opera singer.
Over the years it has been transposed into various keys to allow other singers and choirs to perform and enjoy the piece within their range.
Tenor Mike sent me a link to a wonderful choral version which I include here.
The Pet Shop Boys song Happiness is an Option uses large sections of the Vocalise score underneath the spoken text! I include it here too…in case you don’t believe me.