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The Mikado - Chorus Practice

The Durham Savoyards, Ltd. will present The Mikado, March 28-31, 2019, at the Carolina Theatre, Durham, N.C.

Pitti-Sing, Pooh-Bah, Ko-Ko
Photo: Joe Cohn, 2010

Choral parts are sung, with accompaniment and principal parts played on a computer-generated piano sound. Constantly full dynamics and mostly steady tempos are used for pitch-drilling purposes.

For each number, listen at first and sing along with the sound file for your individual part until you are confident. The part file includes your choral part played prominently, along with accompaniment and principals' vocal lines at lower volume. Then try the Tutti file to see if you can hold to your part when all choral parts are singing at full volume. Work back and forth between part and Tutti as needed.

Change Tempo slider: You can slow the tempo of the playback by sliding the light blue knob on the above "Change tempo" slider to left and right along the track. Tempo begins at 100% at the right end and changes by 1% increments to a minimum of 50% at the left end. Note that slowing the tempo introduces distortion into the audio playback. (Supported in Firefox, Chrome, and Opera web browers.)

Page numbering corresponds to the G. Schirmer edition (ed. Bryceson Treharne).

How would you like to access the sound files?

Online: Find the excerpt you wish to hear, and in that row click the or button for your choral part or for Tutti. It will play in the audio player at the top of the page next to the menu. (Or click the down arrow ↓ to play directly in your browser, bypassing the above audio player.) button denotes the most comprehensive Tutti recording of the number.

Act I

# Pg Excerpt Time Tutti Soprano Alto Tenor Bass
1. 14 If You Want to Know Who We Are 2:24
2. 23 A Wand'ring Minstrel I 1:54
3. 23 Our Great Mikado, Virtuous Man 2:51
5. 49 Behold the Lord High Executioner 2:44
5a. 56 As Some Day It May Happen 2:18
6. 63 Comes a Train of Little Ladies 2:03
7. 69 Three Little Maids (abridged) 0:31
8. 77 So Please You, Sir, We Much Regret 1:57
11. Finale Act I - Excerpts:
104 Opening: With Aspect Stern and Gloomy Stride 2:04
108 The Threatened Cloud Has Passed Away 2:49
117 Your Revels Cease! Assist Me, All of You! 0:38
121 Thy Heart Unbind, Give Me My Place 0:14
123 Thy Doom Is Nigh, Thy Knell Is Rung 0:25
125 For He's Going to Marry Yum-Yum 0:42
131 He Is the Son / O Ni! Bikkuri Shakkuri To 0:41
132 Ye Torrents Roar! Ye Tempests Howl! 2:33
104 Finale Act I: Full Length 13:39

Act II

# Pg Excerpt Time Tutti Soprano Alto Tenor Bass
12. 140 Braid the Raven Hair 2:56
16. 165 Mi-ya Sa-ma 2:42
17. 172 A More Humane Mikado 1:51
18. 180 The Criminal Cried 2:48
24. 222 Finale Act II: For He's Gone and Married Yum-Yum 2:00

Soprano and Alto parts sung by Ann Marie Thomas. Tenor and Bass parts sung by Alan Riley Jones.

Download the sound files to your computer

If you wish, you can download an individual MP3 sound file from the above table by right-clicking its down-pointing arrow (↓) and selecting Save link as... or Save target as... from the pop-up menu.

To download all the MP3 recordings for a part, click the button corresponding to your choral part below. You will also need the Tutti zip file. Besides the sound files, each zip file contains one or more playlists for playing relevant groups of individual recordings in sequence.

Click one of the following buttons to download the .zip file for your chorus part.

Also download the Tutti .zip file. You will need this set of files too.

In a some cases, the Tutti file stands in place of a part file for unison singing. Playlists in the part .zip may be missing one or more numbers if the Tutti download is omitted.

For more information about saving and unzipping these downloads, please read Tips for Downloading the Practice Files. Use your browser's "back" button to return here.

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