excellent taste in trapdoors (newredshoes) wrote in metaquotes,
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How exactly does one "stand briskly with verve"?

Your choir director is in no way more crackheaded than byzantienne's. Here is an email sent out to her listhost regarding an upcoming performance of Handel's Messiah:

Stand BRISKLY with verve on the downbeat of measure one "And the Glory of the Lord". PAGE 11

Sit together QUIETLY WITH CONVICTION on the downbeat of the second measure of the bass solo following "And the Glory" on the word "Thus." PAGE 19

Stand on the last chord of the alto recitative after "God with us" chink, chink [V to I] You stand on the I chord BRISKLY TOGETHER/JOYFULLY! PAGE 41

Remain standing for the bass recitative and aria. Bring your music down to your side in your right hand with a finger turned to the next chorus as the bass stands. Imagine that you are one of the people, who walked in darkness in anticipation of the miracle of Christ's birth.

Remain standing until "Glory to God". PAGE 68. Bring your music down to your side in your right hand.

Sit with energy TOGETHER immediately after "Glory to God". Page 73

REMAIN SEATED DURING THE 5 Minute pause after "His yoke is easy."

Stand on cue before "Behold the Lamb of God." PAGE 91

Sit together emotionally as I cut off the orchestra whole note of the last measure of "Behold the Lamb of God." PAGE 94

Stand together quickly on the first measure downbeat of the tenor recitative "All they that see him." Ready to taunt and challenge! PAGE 114

Sit gently together on the first measure downbeat to the tenor recitative "Thy rebuke hath broken his heart." PAGE 122

(THIS ONE'S HARD.)
Stand enraged (without knocking your chair) on the downbeat to measure 38 of the bass aria "Why do the nations furiously rage together?" PAGE 155 before "Let us break their bonds asunder."

Remain standing through the tenor aria until the "Hallelujah" chorus. Bring your music down to your side in your right hand. PAGE 171

Sit on cue after the "Hallelujah Chorus." PAGE 180

Remain seated until measure 7 of "Since by man came death." Stand suddenly on the downbeat of the measure 7 Allegro. PAGE 186. Remain standing until the end. . Bring your music down to your side in your right hand until "Worthy is the Lamb."
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