July 2010

SBO Staff • August 2010ChoralNew Products • August 17, 2010

Everything We Needed to Know About Business, We Learned Playing Music

Everything We Needed to Know About Business, We Learned Playing Music, by Craig M. Cortello of La Dolce Vita Enterprises, is a compilation of interviews with 32 CEOs and business leaders who played music as a child or adolescent and view that experience as a definitive one in preparing them for success. The nine common lessons learned, attributes developed, and insights gained are identified, discussed, and illustrated through the experiences and personal accounts of the research participants.

The Zoom H1 Handy Recorder

Weighing in at about two ounces, Zoom’s H1 recorder delivers clear 24-bit/96 kHz stereo recordings suitable for music, interviews, lectures, recitals, band practice, and more. The H1’s two onboard microphones are configured in an X/Y pattern.

The H1 also features a newly designed user interface that places all its functions at the touch of a button. Zoom included access to the track marker, auto record, low cut filter, level, and volume controls with onboard buttons and no menus.

The H1 can accommodate up to 32GB microSDHC memory cards, providing over 50 hours of recording time. The recorder is powered by a single AA size battery, which provides up to 10 hours of continuous operation. H1 users can purchase an H1 accessory kit that includes a windscreen, AC adapter (USB type), USB cable, adjustable tripod stand, soft carrying pouch, and mic clip adapter.

Bach’s Choral Music: A Listener’s Guide

Bach’s Choral Music: A Listener’s Guide introduces the general listener to a genre of music that is allegedly supposed to be “difficult.” Author Gordon Jones provides a vivid biographical sketch of Bach’s life and times and then takes on the question “What is a cantata?” guiding the listener systematically through fugue, recitative, and aria. The author chooses 30 of Bach’s 200 church cantatas that are likely to be performed live and explores them in detail. The book is accompanied by a 75-minute CD featuring complete tracks from five of the finest cantatas.

Denon Pro’s Solid State Audio System

The DN-F400 Solid State Audio Playback System from Denon was designed to deliver dependability in critical applications where the audio runs continuously or must be triggered at a moment’s notice. From schools, theme parks, and shopping malls to hospitals, hotels, airports, and train stations, the DN-F400 is suited for use in public facilities requiring continuous-playback, repeated-programmed audio messaging, or quickly triggered announcements.

The optional RC-F400S Remote Controller features a large LCD display and ergonomically designed control panel, including 20 hot buttons for instant playback of audio or sound effects. When used together, the DN-F400/RC-F400S solid-state audio combo is an alternative to sound FX playback systems and CART players, CD, or MiniDisc units for radio, television, sporting events, theater, and other real-time performance applications.

With the DN-F400’s use of the SD and SDHC card formats, users can store up to 999 files per 32GB card, and each department can have its own school system content-approved cards that keep their particular audio files ready to play at the touch of a button. And the large LCD display on the RC-400S remote control allows users to clearly name up to 20 files and assign them to hot buttons that will instantly start each audio file from the beginning, every time.

New Titles From Choristers Guild

“Winds Through the Olive Trees,” composed by Timothy Shaw, is an anthem that depicts images from the first Christmas night and proclaims the familiar song of the angels, “Gloria in excelsis deo!” Voicing: SAB, piano, optional C treble instrument.

Composed by Nancy Raabe, “For the Colors of the Rainbow” offers praise and thanksgiving for creation, friendship, music, and can be used in any general service or service with thanksgiving themes in unison and piano
“Comfort Ye My People” is a gospel setting of the 17th century hymn text by Johannes Olearius, is suitable for Advent services and features a soprano solo.

New From Carl Fischer’s Part-by-Part Series

“Black is the Color of My True Love’s Hair” is an Appalachian folk song, arranged by David Lantz III for SATB voices with keyboard and is suitable for high school level and abve. This folk song is often heard in concert, but this particular arrangement by David Lantz has be referred to as one of the richest. Lantz passes the melody between the different voices and provides harmonies and color with the piano accompaniment.

iKEY RM-3 Rackmount SD/USB Recorder

iKEY Audio’s RM3 rack-mount digital SD/USB recorder is a single-space (19″ 1U) digital media player/recorder that can be added to any rack setup. It is suitable for club and mobile racks, DJs and musicians to record their sets, restaurants, houses of worship, schools, home studios, broadcasting, meeting lecture halls, and any permanent install situation.

The RM3 features a large, full-color LCD screen and a front panel jog wheel. It has several input/output options: two 1/4″ line inputs on the front to record any vocals or instruments, as well as a combo XLR/1/4″ stereo jack and stereo RCA inputs on the rear. There are also front and rear MIC inputs, two balanced XLR outputs, and a stereo RCA output for pass-through ability. Media can be monitor through the 1/4″ headphone/line output provided on the front of the RM3, which has its own dedicated volume adjustment. AC adapter, USB cable, and 1GB SD memory card are included.

The RM3 records directly onto SD cards up to 4GB, SDHC cards up to 32GB, and any supported USB storage device of unlimited memory capacity. Users can record in MP3 formats up to 320kbps, or in WAV format with 44.1kHz/16-bit quality.

James Whitbourn’s Luminosity

British composer, conductor, and writer James Whitbourn has released his latest CD, Luminosity and Other Choral Works. The texts on this new recording feature settings ranging from ancient seers to the modern luminary Desmond Tutu. They are performed by Commotio, an Oxford-based chamber choir which specializes in contemporary choral repertoire.

Conducting Choirs

Conducting Choirs is a three-volume textbook series published from Roger Dean Publishing. The first volume is intended for those beginning their study of conducting, and for those who may have some training but who wish to build their basic skills. The companion second volume is a compilation of musical examples for use in developing gestural fluency, especially appropriate as a classroom tool for collegiate conducting courses. The third volume is intended for those who have experience leading church, school, and community ensembles and who wish to broaden their abilities and knowledge. There is also a companion Web site to the printed texts that offers additional information.

Latest Series From Heritage Music Press

“Where Go the Boats?” Stevenson’s well-known poem and its vivid imagery are expressed through Cynthia Gray’s music and supportive accompaniment. A soloist is featured at the beginning of the work, a showpiece for treble groups of all ages.

Heritage has released “Sarasponda” as part of their Sing Out Series. Dave and Jean Perry’s arrangement of this Dutch folk tune features interplay between parts, a rhythmic, spoken middle section, and dynamic contrasts, this multicultural piece is reminiscent of the Perrys’ “Chumbara.”

“Let Freedom Ring” is also part of the Sing Out Series and features snippets of America’s national anthem sprinkled throughout the piano accompaniment and original melodies for the voices. With comfortable ranges, it’s a suitable choice for young singers.

Trophy Music’s Maestro-Lite Baton

Designed to make it easier for musicians and singers to see in dark situations and to create a visual effect on stage, Trophy Music’s Maestro-Lite features a sturdy Lexan polycarbonate shaft and a textured easy grip handle. The entire shaft is illuminated by LEDs that will last 100,000+ hours. The light concentrates at the tip, further allowing the ensemble to better follow the tempo. Includes extra batteries.

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