Monday, November 12, 2007

Barbershop Quartet

Barbershop quartet singing is four guys tasting the holy essence of four individual mechanisms coming into complete agreement.
~Meredith Willson

Barbershop music
From Wikipedia

Barbershop harmony, as codified during the barbershop revival era (1940s-present), is a style of a cappella, or unaccompanied vocal music characterized by consonant four-part chords for every melody note in a predominantly homophonic texture. Each of the four parts has its own role: generally, the lead sings the melody, the tenor harmonizes above the melody, the bass sings the lowest harmonizing notes, and the baritone completes the chord. The melody is not usually sung by the tenor or bass, except for an infrequent note or two to avoid awkward voice leading, in tags or codas, or when some appropriate embellishing effect can be created. Occasional brief passages may be sung by fewer than four voice parts.

Barbershop Harmony Society

The Barbershop Harmony Society, legally and historically named the Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barber Shop Quartet Singing in America, Inc. (SPEBSQSA), was the first of several organizations to promote and preserve barbershop music as an art form. Founded by Owen C. Cash in 1938, the organization quickly grew, promoting barbershop harmony among men of all ages. As of 2004, more than 30,000 men in the United States and Canada are members of this organization whose focus is on a cappella music. The international headquarters was in Kenosha, Wisconsin fifty years before moving to Nashville, Tennessee in 2007.

The 2007 International Contest and Convention was held in Denver from July 4 to 7 with fifty quartets and thirty choruses contending. The Quartet Quarter Finals, Quartet Semi-Finals, Association of International Champions (AIC) Show, Chorus Contest, The Bank of America Collegiate Contest, and the Quartet Finals were all webcast live.

The quartet champion for 2006 was Vocal Spectrum

The quartet champion for 2007 is Max Q

Denver 2007 BHS
Vocal Spectrum "Scarborough Fair" with the Gas House Gang

When Vocal Spectrum sings “Good Vibrations”
they are AMAZING!!

I hope you enjoy the performance as much as I did!

Denver 2007 BHS
Vocal Spectrum "Good Vibrations"

Denver 2007 BHS-
The quartet champion for 2007
Quartet Finals~ Max Q "Here's to the Losers"

Denver 2007 BHS-
The quartet champion for 2007
Quartet Finals~ Max Q "Somewhere"

Denver 2007 BHS-Second Place for 2007
Quartet Finals~ OC Times "Surfer Girl" and "Fun Fun Fun"

Denver 2007 BHS- Third Place for 2007
Quartet Finals~ Storm Front "Don't Fence Me In"

Denver 2007 BHS- Third Place for 2007
Quartet Finals~ Storm Front a parody of "Bright Was the Night"

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Blogger Jamie Dawn said...

For a second there, I misread and I THOUGHT it said that Barbershop quartet music was homophobic.

I've heard many a quartet in my day. Back when I was just a lass, we'd go to the Oakland Auditorium and hear gospel quartets. It was lots of fun! I have some great memories from those times.

November 12, 2007 5:59 PM  
Blogger Rachel said...

I love these!! They all have such wonderful harmony!!

November 12, 2007 9:55 PM  
Blogger kenju said...

I'll definitely come back tomorrow and watch the videos (it's too late to do it now). We have a friend who sang in a barbershop quartet when we met him 38 years ago, and now he sings in a gospel trio. I love barbershop music!

November 12, 2007 11:29 PM  
Blogger Jim said...

You did good again, Raggedy!

I had a friend (he has died) who worked with me at NASA who did that and was a member of the SPBQA here.
My brother-in-law in Tennessee was in a quartet also until he left town to go back to school.

I have been kicked out of a church choir, way back. The director didn't want me to sing as he said I had a 'bad ear.'

Stay Cool! :-)

November 13, 2007 11:40 AM  
Blogger Ralph said...

I'm not a big music person but I have heard a couple barbershop quartets that even I thought were amazing.

November 13, 2007 12:26 PM  

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