Humor in Handel: Music Markings

MH Sing in Canadian

Jerry insists that “sorrows” be sung with closed vowels. He called on the soprano from Windsor to demonstrate for us.

"I love what the tenors do here; they're so pleased with themselves!  So glad to be wicked."

“I love what the tenors do here; they’re so pleased with themselves! So glad to be wicked.”

Glorrrrrry doesn't sound the same as glow-rih, sadly.

Glorrrrrry doesn’t sound the same as glow-rih, sadly.

*holds up wine glass*  True story.

*holds up wine glass* True story.

MH Disdain

The sopranos were requested to sing "in a manner more alto...dian."

The sopranos were requested to sing “in a manner more alto…dian.”

MH Fabulous

MH Text painting

“We don’t need too much text painting here.”  Text painting, for the uninitiated, is when the music expresses what the words are saying. …it’s funny because in our attempt to sing very very softly, we sounded like a mortal wound kept us from projecting.

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