Nick VanErpChoirMr. Neisen12 January, 2018Dr. Jeffrey Ames One of Dr.
Ames choral pieces that he wrote is called In Remembrance. He wrote that song in response to two students at the school he was teaching at had died in a car accident over Christmas break. The two students, an older brother and a younger sister had moved to the school only that year, and neither of them had many friends.
But the sister would hug her brother every day when she saw him during school. When Christmas break was over and kids were coming back to school, word had gotten around that the the two siblings had passed away during a fatal car accident during the break. Dr. Ames wrote the song In Remembrance for the two student whose lives had been lost. I chose this piece because I have performed it in Carnegie Hall and here in Battle Lake. I know the background of the story when Mrs. Peterson told us what the song was written for and what it was about. This song is written in SSAATTBB according to JWPepper.
That means that the song has two soprano parts, two alto parts, two tenor parts, and two bass parts. I sang bass 2 during the performance of this song, and I really enjoyed singing it because it built up and up and up and then it sounded super duper freaking cool because we were so loud and sounded so good. The song has a french horn accompaniment that sounds really cool when played with the choir. It’s kind of a sad slow song that hits you right in the feels if you get what I mean, I remember seeing many moms in the audience cry at our concert because the song was so full of meaning that even people who did not know the actual meaning of the the song were crying.https://www.sheetmusicplus.com/title/in-remembrance-sheet-music/5808839 The second piece I chose to write about is call Gloria Fanfare.
The final piece I want to write about is called Let Everything That Hath Breath. I chose this one because it seemed like a good song Dr. Ames had wrote, was Bible related, and was also one of the few I could actually find that he had composed.
But the song can be sung in SATB so their is one soprano part, one alto part, one tenor part, and one bass part. So all of the sections would be singing together in four part harmony. This song is a peppy song that sitting in church would get all the old church ladies singing and dancing, something I wish would happen at my boring church. All the ladies there do not even like move or even sing good because they are actually pretty bad. But if we got the right people singing during church everyone would like it a lot. The starting words of the song are “Sing unto the Lord a new song” which just right away shows that when Ames wrote this song he was feeling his faith flowing through him since this passage is also from the Bible (Psalm 96:1). The song only seems to have a piano accompaniment with it from the video I watched ( https://vimeo.
com/111995681 ) I think that the music I chose to dig into a bit and to write about all have different characteristics in how they were written, why they were written, and who they were written for. Some were sad, slow, and gonna make Jimmies grandma cry in the back of the auditorium when it is being sung. While the others were more peppy and got people moving around and sounded like the kind of Harlem church choir with all the super “Praise The Lord” ladies all clapping and yelling and shouting and having fun. I remember working under Dr. Ames while in New York and he made those boring as all heck four hour long rehearsals actually enjoyable because he was always smiling, kept things interesting, and I sat next to my boy Graesen from Texas who was a super chill dude.
All in all I like Dr. Ames works and I kind of hope we would sing one of his songs sometime.