Here are All of Us rehearsal tracks for basses. 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: email@example.com. Thank you and enjoy--Sue
Note that the basses are always singing the bottom notes on the bottom line. Baritones will sing the upper notes. Most often there are two notes; when there's just one note, it's sung by both parts. There's a special case on p. 20-22--see below for details.
Also, a note about the final two pages: they divide into Choir 1 and Choir 2. I'd like basses to sing Choir 1, which you will hear on the first recording below. Potential confusion: The second recording has the Choir 2 part. I'd like you to sing Choir 1.
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. Basses will sing the lowest line. (Baritones will sing the upper and middle lines.)
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.
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.