T HAS BEEN and continues to be my belief that mixing “real voices” for the Watershed rehearsal videos sounds better than having just my voice singing all the parts.
The following videos allow for an “Apples to Apples” comparison:
Do you agree Version B sounds a lot nicer? Please let me know your thoughts in the Watershed combox on Facebook. 1
A true choral sound—which is what composers usually had in mind—requires a minimum of three (3) voices per part. That means the minimum number of voices for SATB is twelve singers. We cannot manage something like that for these rehearsal videos…but maybe some day! Father Carlo Rossini probably had a point when he demanded five singers on each part. Even the world’s greatest four (4) singers singing SATB cannot replace a choir sound.
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1 While I do not have personal a Facebook account, pertinent comments are forwarded to me by a CCW volunteer.