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Organ Arrangement - help

  • Posted by: --Ebykm 04:23, 28 July 2008 (PDT)

I've been looking for organ/descant arrangement for J.B Dykes' "I Heard the Voice of Jesus say", tune "Vox Dilecti", couldn't find it anywhere.

Can anyone give a hint where these are available ?. Vox Dilecti sample, Psalm 32


Explain this style of musical notation?

  • Posted by: Vaarky 17:36, 22 July 2008 (PDT)

Can anyone explain the notation style that uses d" to indicate which D someone can sing relative to middle C? Can't effectively Google for d". Thanks.

  • Posted by: Choralia 00:44, 26 July 2008 (PDT)

I've found a cross-reference for this notation in the "Abbreviations" section of the score of "Messa da Requiem" by G. Verdi, page VIII, The Chicago University Press/Ricordi edition. Please follow this link. I hope it can help.


  • Posted by: Vaarky 04:17, 26 July 2008 (PDT)

That's perfect--many thanks!


See the fairly comprehensive Wikipedia article - the system referred to is known as the Helmholtz system of naming notes. I remember it from an organ keyboard (of 61 notes, 5 octaves), with the lowest octave C - B, the next octave c - b, the next octave (starting at middle C) c' - b', etc.

  • Posted by: Vaarky 09:16, 27 July 2008 (PDT)

I know it's unrealistic to ask editors uploading music to indicate voice ranges someday, and it wouldn't benefit enough people to be worth the effort of setting it up, but golly gee it sure would be cool to use such a system (or another) to make voice ranges searchable on CPDL (full range and average note). I love scores that show that info at the beginning. It is somewhat limiting to have to say that a piece is SSATB versus SAATB, or SATTB/SAATB. This is not a serious request or suggestion, just a "wow, wouldn't that be cool for the CPDL of twenty years from now when cars fly and robots do all the coding humans don't want to?"

Name of this song



Can somebody please tell me the name of this Bach song?

cd with this track?

It says in the description that it is the Bach Cantata: "Eine Feste Burg." But i think description must be wrong, It didn't sound like this track.

Any help appreciated

  • Posted by: Vaarky 06:23, 23 July 2008 (PDT)

I don't know it personally, but a friend who sings a lot of Bach wrote: "It's the opening chorus to Bach Cantata #30, "Freue dich, erloeste Schar." It's apparently being sung by a quartet instead of a full chorus, and the conductor seems to be in a hurry."