Under the introduction of my friends, I learned about Xiangyang Wind Choir (later renamed Xiangyang Wind Choir), and that the head of Xiangyang Wind Choir is the dean of the Conservatory of Music, Hubei University of Arts and Sciences, and a well-known music professor and conductor in Xiangyang.
At the end of 2015, I participated in the routine rehearsal of the chorus for the first time. At 7 p.m., the classroom was basically full of people. At about 7:20, a man of about fifty years old and not very tall came in. Quiet in the classroom, my friend whispered, this is Mr. Chang. His expression was solemn, his hair was slightly bald, and he was curled and combed behind his head, bringing his own artistic style. He sat down at the podium and began the rehearsal. It was probably the last lesson of the year. I did not practice singing for two hours that night, but summarized the whole year's work in the group. Because I just went there, what Chang said has not been too impressed. Only remember the following dozens of League members, quietly and sincerely listened to Mr. Chang's speech. During this period, some members of the group were late, or came out of the classroom to answer the phone and went to the bathroom. He criticized them on the spot. I can't help beating drums in my heart. The teacher is so strict. The big professor is really a big professor.
It's half a year since I joined Chang's rehearsal again.
Most of our choirs are music enthusiasts who lack basic knowledge of music theory, but Chang believes that to do a good job in chorus, we must base our knowledge on vocal music and build our chorus with professional standards. Therefore, the first half hour of rehearsal two hours a week is mainly to learn basic music theory knowledge and pronunciation training. "Mouth shape should be kept yawning. When comrades eat beef noodles in the morning, they put an egg in their mouth to feel it." "Inhale quickly and deeply. Experience the inspiratory state of female comrades when they are wronged and sobbing." "Exhale light, even and long, Guan Yunchang's cousin! Remember that!" "In treble, it's not the throat, it's the stomach, it's the breath. It's like pulling a spring. The higher you pull it down, the higher you pull it up." It is in this way that the scientific voice becomes the conscious of the league members when they are taught again and again in a shallow and light way. In order to improve the professional level of the team, Mr. Chang organizes the assessment of the league members himself, and resolutely withdraws them. He asks the new league members to take part in summer training, and to assess and issue certificates. He also promotes the five-line spectrum to enhance their pronunciation. These powerful measures are not recognized by all members of the League. For team stability, ideals and even perfectionism, he will make some compromises and concessions. Despite all the difficulties, specialty has become the norm and even a culture of our team.
In the eyes of Mr. Chang, chorus is an art. He treats every rehearsal as a work of art. He often said that the same piece of jadeite, only carefully carved out is a fine work, is a work of art, otherwise it is just a crude product. Sometimes, I think I have sung very well, but often the teacher still can correct and debug one syllable by one word, even one lip. "The first word is heavy, so let's blow it out as light as a candle." "The tone of this sentence is not right. It needs to be brighter." "This long voice station is unstable. It's a little bit off the back." In this way, www.zuowenla.cn Teacher Chang carved every piece of his works with rigorous attitude and full of enthusiasm. He disapproved of participating in foreign competitions under immature circumstances. I guess he felt that it was not responsible for the team, but also disrespectful of art.
To be honest, I am not a hard-working student. I am very sorry for the teacher's teaching. Sometimes, the arrangement of a piece of music for two or three months can not meet the requirements of Chang's teacher, such as the rhythm of intonation, the cohesion of voice parts, and the expression of emotion. He gets irritable and his temper gets bigger. Whoever is caught singing incorrectly will be criticized. "You, and you, with a flat mouth, how to sing?" "One person's voice is not right, not in a straight line!" "Female High 6 is low, again!" "The voice is not soft, this is not the voice I want!" Listening to the members of the old regiment, Mr. Chang began to sing chorus in 2009, in order to create a professional amateur chorus that can represent the level of Xiangyang. Up to now, nearly ten years ago, the group has trained a number of members to walk in batches. The Choir still remains in a state of poor foundation, weak foundation and unstable personnel. "Ten years, a few decades!" Words can feel his deep frustration and helplessness, and even the idea of giving up. But next class, he will appear in front of the members on time. Wind, rain and bad weather will come, meetings and business trips will not come in time for dinner, cold and fever will come with a nose.
With the passage of time, I can understand Mr. Chang more and more, understand his severity, his anxiety, his persistence. Because chorus in him is not only a profession, an art, but also a career. As he himself said, he was willing to be an ascetic monk for the cause of Xiangyang's chorus.