Wandering from pitch

Basil (Brother) Basil

Abstract


Several writers have expressed their views in this Journal about a natural phenomenon: the wandering from pitch of their singers. I have also before me a leading Church Music Magazine in which a writer is at pains to give devices to overcome this difficulty especially with child choirs. From a long experience with choral groups in several countries, my own views are at variance with almost every writer on the subject. It may even come as a surprise if I say that African singers, even children or a whole congregation, can keep pitch when they are accompanied (by the harmonium, for instance, provided they can hear it enough); and that any musician who can transpose, or has a transpositor keyboard, could obviate the tendency in his singers. I do not find it a problem. But a few simple rules should be observed.

Keywords


Choral music -- Instruction and study -- Africa ; Musical pitch ; Africa -- Music

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.21504/amj.v2i1.530

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