Here are All of Us rehearsal tracks for baritones. Be sure to let me know if anything seems amiss or if anything else would be helpful. I can also email or Dropbox you files if you prefer. I am also happy to talk you through anything that is not clear, so don't hesitate to email me: firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you and enjoy--Sue
The score labels the bottom line the "bass" line. I am calling the upper notes on that line the "baritone" part, and the lower line the "bass" part. So baritones are singing on the bottom line, but singing the upper notes. If there is only one note, it's sung by all baritones and basses. There's a special case on p. 20-22--see below for details.
1. Part-prominent recording. If you only listen to one thing, this is it. (The singer is a professional who has a business making rehearsal recordings.) Note the chorus starts at about 1:14 into the track, page 6 in the score.
2. A second part-prominent recording, sung by my good friend Nathan Hall, a local composer. The first one is a more "singerly" vocal model for your ear, but this one is a bit faster, lighter, and more playful, and might be a nice change of pace. It starts where the chorus enters on p. 6. Use either or both of these as suits you.
3. and 4. A short "bonus" track focusing on p 20-22, m. 71-79. This section, which we'll call the "dancing" section, has three lines. Baritones will sing either the top or the middle. (Basses will sing the lowest line.) You pick--I think some people might prefer the middle line for range reasons. The first part-prominent recording above has the middle line, and the second has the upper line.
This section is not hard once you know it but it takes time to unpack it on the page and it will suck rehearsal time if people don't come in prepared. Please spend time with this section.
4. A short "bonus" track focusing on the Choir 2 part on p. 23-24, the last two pages. Choir 1 is the default line for most people, and that is sung on the part-prominent recordings. Choir 2 is optional--it is a fun part. If you would like to sing the Choir 2 part, please get solid with it before the first rehearsal. The first part-prominent recording has Choir 1. Nathan's version has Choir 2.
5. A spoken version, a bit faster than actual tempo. I thought it might be helpful in memorizing text. The text has a lot of words that perhaps don't stick in the brain easily, particularly the chorale sections, p 11-12 and p 14-17. It will take a bit of time to get the words down--thank you in advance for that.
6. The full performance. This is directed by the composer, Craig Hella Johnson, featuring his chorus, Conspirare.