Online Choir Practice #3: The Golden Sequence

This time we need to be really organised as the Zoom session is supposed to cut out at the 40 minute mark.

My plan is:

  • 2pm for greetings
  • 2.10 Victimae Paschali Laudes
  • 2.20 a round – Dona nobis pacem
  • 2.30 recap/finish Victimae Paschali Laudes

Victimae Paschali Laudes has also been called the Golden Sequence. Sequences developed in medieval times, probably an extension of the Alleluia. They are great fun to sing. They often lend themselves to singing antiphonally, with each side of the choir taking turns. This one especially has a bit of a conversation happening in it between Mary Magdalene and the Apostles.

And here’s a recording:

You can hear them alternate between choir and cantor/s – I’m not sure if they have two cantors or one in an echoey room.

I picked Dona Nobis Pacem as an easy round, but I’m open to suggestions if you’d like to sing something else.

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