In this episode we explore Barbershop Quartets. If you sing primarily in a classical chorus, like I do, you may not be as familiar with the ins and outs of Barbershop Quartets. So for this topic, I interviewed a close friend of mine whom I’ve known for decades, Chris Reichert. Chris has a lot of talents, but in the world of singing he’s a great interviewee because he’s made the transition from a capella singing to choral singing to Barbershop Quartet singing.
Here are some links to the full versions of the clips I included in this podcast. Go check them out and enjoy the full songs!
- The first ringing clip is 2 minutes into this YouTube version of No No Nora by “Four Voices.” As a bonus, it shows a running spectral analysis that highlights the amazing extra 5th tone created by the overtones.
- The other ringing clip is 2 minutes, 41 seconds into this full clip of Stars and Stripes Forever by Acoustix.
- The brief clip from Sure on This Shining Night, one of Barber’s Four Songs, comes from the Cambridge University Chamber Choir recording on the album Barber: Choral and Organ Works, directed by Timothy Brown.
- The Foolish Over You tag is one of many downloadable learning tracks available at Barbershoptags.com
- The women’s chorus singing barbershop style is a clip from the Sweetadelines.com YouTube channel, from the 2014 International Convention in Baltimore. That selection was for the 3rd place finalists, the Harborlites Chorus, about 3 minutes into the clip.
- When Chris talked about hearing amazing stuff at the Internationals, one of the performances he pointed me to was The Westminster Chorus, who won the 2015 International Chorus Championship. This excerpt is from their performance of Seize the Day, from the musical Newsies. Definitely go watch that, and then watch them do A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes.
- The comedic performances that Chris referred to was this performance by Main Street, whom he saw live at the International Competition. Check out the full performance of “20 years from now”, where they take several modern songs and “barbershop them” here.
- Even though the audio isn’t as good, I had to sneak in a Dapper Dan’s performance of Coney Island Baby. Do yourself a favor and just watch the whole thing with video, below, because I just love the physical comedy that they interject into their performance.