I have a question regarding reading music. I’ve no idea what category I ought to put it in
I can read music without a problem normally and have sung in choirs before joining this one in France. However, I have started to hit a problem…
The choirmaster frequently changes bits of the score and always gives the change in what sounds like tonic sol-fa. An example from last night was when he changed a note in the alto part to A-flat (judging by my neighbour’s amendments) but he called it “la moll(e?)” so my question is - according to UK things I’ve read “do” changes with the key signature of the piece (rather complicated when the music keeps changing key, I would have thought). Is that the case in France as well or has it been rationalised further? If I know, I have a chance of translating what he says (slowly) into the musical notation that I know
I did wonder whether the French used the key of C as Do but the example the choirmaster was talking about actually started out in the key of C so that didn’t help me with the question of whether Do moved or not. I assume this is just a singing phenomenon? Perhaps I need to try talking to fellow singers in the choir who abviously read music and ask them, but I do feeel rather daunted by the complexities of the language involved here
Does it? I don’t think you can see or infer that from those examples, because none of the staves has a key signature – so all of those examples are in the key of C. The G in the first example is Sol because it’s the fifth degree in the scale of C; the Fs in the second (though I’m familiar only with the first of the two example staves) is Fa because it’s the fouth degree, again in C.
@vero, or indeed @JaneJones, do you never have a key signature with sharps and flats like these examples
Après une introduction jouée à l’orgue (ou au piano), le chœur entre pupitre par pupitre. À la quarantième mesure, après un pont instrumental, une partie centrale modulante intervient en la bémol majeur (puis si bémol mineur), où l’œuvre atteint son plus haut niveau expressif. Par un retour lent et solennel, la pièce évolue ensuite vers son caractère initial mais transfiguré.