The solemn opening Persichetti calls a ‘chorale,’ but it's definitely a chorale filtered through Stravinsky.
The slow playing of the melody, which is a pop song that nobody will recognise, is done by the winds and strings; they also play in slow fourpart harmony, like a chorale .
It's not a huge piece, more a quiet reflection starting from the chorale and developing a certain drama midway through, with a moment of inspired clarity at the end, as high chords soothe away the preceding tensions.
Shaw (and every other conductor so far) has problems with shaping the final chorale , rushing both the climax and the closing diminuendo.
As the group's mission statement states, ‘the Eastern Youth Chorale is a movement of young people pursuing musical excellence,’ and their aim is to groom young singers for the adult chorale .
Depending on the student's learning style, a teacher might ask a student to play the chord while naming the next chord in the chorale .
Rhythmic values are quarter, eighth and half notes, and only the major finger pattern is used in the first chorale .
Together the chorale perform a wide repertoire of classical music from Bach, Handel and Vivaldi as well as traditional spiritual and Filipino pieces, several a cappella works and well known songs of praise.
One chorister, who had previously sung in both the choir and the chorale formed a point of connection between groups, but there was little, if any, direct interaction.
In addition to his work at WOI Radio, Compton sings in his church choir, assists with Iowa State's Chamber Singers student chorale and serves as organizer/agent for an a cappella men's vocal group, The Music Men.