Anthem (from Chess) for Baritone

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Baritone part recording
Full choir recording

Hints: 

  • Key is D Major
  • Lowest note is B2 (low B), Bar 13
  • Highest note is D4 (top D), Bars 10, 18, 46, 59, “round” is not alone as a high note.
  • We have the tune for the 1st and 3rd section only, the rest is melody. The 2 tune sections are the same notes as each other.
  • Sections starting at bars 37, 53 and 57 and all G followed by 6 A’s, so there is a pattern there. 
  • Notes in the baritone standard octave, C3-B3 (the octave below middle C) are shown without the number, just C, D etc.
  • Each section is one big breath, but you can take small breaths at commas.
  • Don’t breathe where you see hyphens after/between words.
  • From section 6 onwards all the word sections start with G. 

Section 1: Bars 9-12: Tune

Nomannomadness,thoughtheirsadpowermayprevail
F#G A GF# GA D4F#EDD C#DE F#

Hints: 

  • Whole choir in unison. 
  • Same notes as bars 17-20. 
  • “nal” of “eternal” is same high note as “round” in bar 59

Section 2: Bars 12-16: Melody

Canpossess,conquer mycountriesheart,they risetofail
ED C#B2G F#EDED

Hints: 

  • “conquer my” is low B (B2), these are the lowest notes in the whole piece then we go up high for “countries heart”. 
  • Steady beat for “rise to fail”

Section 3: Bars 17-20: Tune

Sheiseternal,longbeforenationslinesweredrawn
F#G A GF# G A D4F#E DD C#DEF#

Hints: 

  • Whole choir in unison. 
  • Same notes as bars 9-12.

Section 4: Bars 20-24: Melody

Whennoflagsflew,whennoarmiesstood,myland was born
DEF#G#F#G#A EEF#E

Hints: 

  • First three notes for “When no flags” are the same notes as we just sang for “lines were drawn”

Section 5: Bars 24-28: Melody

Andyou ask me why I love her throughwars,deathanddespair
ABAGF#DF# A

Hints: 

  • This section is hard to pitch. “you ask me why I” is all the same note and lower than you think, don’t go up high like tenors. 
  • “And you ask me why I love her through wars” are the same notes as “And you wonder will I leave her, but how” in the next section. 
  • ‘wars’ is plural

Section 6: Bars 29-35: Melody

She is theconstant,wewhodon’tcare-andyou wonder will I leave her, buthow
GABAGABAG

Hints:

  • Need a big breath here!
  • “care-And” are the same note, A, with no breath

Section 7: Bars 37-40: Melody

Icross over borders butI’mstill-therenow
GAGAGF#

Hints:

  • You will hear tenors drop part way through “still” but we don’t do that
  • Don’t breathe and ‘still-there’, push through
  • 3 beats for “still”. It’s as long as “borders but”
  • Starts the same as bars 53 and 57

Section 8: Bars 41-44: Melody

Ah,Ah,AhAh
B A G A DG F# E F#E E F# G A A D4D E F# G F#

Hints:

  • The third “Ah” has the same top high note (top D/D4) as “round” bar 59
  • Breathe after the first 2 Ah’s, but go straight through the last 2 in one breathe

Section 9: Bars 49-52: Melody

How can Ileave her,where would Istart
GF#AA#

Hints:

  • “How can” both 3 letters, “where would” 5 letter alliteration
  • Jazz hands for “start”

Section 10: Bars 53-56: Melody

Letman’s petty nations tearthemselvesapart
GAG F# EG F#

Hints:

  • First 7 notes the same in next section and also at bar 37

Section 11: Bars 57-63: Melody

Myland’s only borders liearoundMyheart
GAB D4 C4#C4#A B C4# B A

Hints:

  • Need a very big breath! 
  • “Round” is that same highest note as in 3rd “Ah” and in the tune sections; top D/D4.