Yesterday I participated in a flash mob singing the Dona Nobis Pacem Chorus from the Bach B Minor Mass. A video of us will be released on YouTube on March 21st, Bach’s birthday, as part of the Bach in the Subways movement.
Our event took place on the downtown platform for the A train at West 4th Street Station. It was the best possible way to spend a Saturday afternoon. Thank you Harold Rosenbaum, who pulled this together! I just have one small suggestion for future flash mobs. We sang in voice part sections and we had a little bit of a problem which showed why this might not be the best way for groups to sing together. We were spread out up and down the platform and the sections couldn’t always hear each other. As a result the rhythm was a little jagged.
When you sing with all the voice parts mixed up, this not only forces you to really know your part, because you can’t count on being surrounded by a sea of voices singing your part, it’s a more glorious way to sing, to be in the harmony like that. You can hear all the other voice parts because they’re standing right next to you! This helps establish group rhythm. You’re more aware of what the other parts are doing and where you fit in.
I’m just nit-picking, though. Maybe the rhythm was perfectly okay overall and just the tiniest bit jagged where I stood. So thank you again, Harold Rosenbuam! I really had a fabulous time and wanted to sing it again and again. I could have happily sung the whole mass down there. I can’t wait to see the video!