Midi and MP3 Files: Durufle Requiem and Opera Choruses
(See instructions near the bottom of this page in order to listen to the files on an Android phone or tablet, an iPhone, an iPad, or Apple computer.)
- 2023-Spring-Bass.zip - Bass Midi files.
- 2023 Spring MP3 Bass.zip - Bass MP3 files. (hosted on Google Drive - Click the download arrow and then if necessary select "Download Anyway")
The Bass Midi files and MP3 files are also hosted in three folders on Google Drive. The "2023 Spring MP3 Bass" folder has all the rehearsal files in MP3 format. The other two folders have the midi files.
The Durufle Requiem has the following midi files:
- 01 Introit Bass
- 02 Introit F9 Bass
- 03 Kyrie Bass
- 04 Kyrie F16 Bass
- 05 Domine F24 Bass
- 06 Sanctus F48 Bass
- 07 Agnus Dei F68 Bass
- 08 Lux F75-78;F79+4m Bass
- 09 Libera F81-84;87-93 Bass
- 10 Libera F95 Bass
- 11 Paradisum F101 Bass1
- 12 Paradisum F101 Bass2
The Other has the following midi files.
- Wedding M55 Bass
- Brindisi M60-76114-194 Bass
- Polovtsian M91-134 Bass
- Polovtsian M171-210 Bass
- Polovtsian M267-298 Bass
- Polovtsian M345-360 Bass
- Polovtsian M380-419 Bass
- Polovtsian M467-500 Bass
- Polovtsian M547-End Bass
Download the files for your voice part and unzip. (If your computer does not already have a program to extract the files, free unzip programs are available - see bottom of this page. Actually, on a Windows PC, you can use the default player to listen to the Midi and MP3 files inside a zip file without extracting them. Simply open the zip file in Windows Explorer and double-click on the one you want to hear.) Your voice part is heard in one channel. Everything else (other parts, accompaniment) is in the other channel. (Additional comments are at the bottom of this page.)
Note: On a Windows PC both Midi files and MP3 files can be played using Windows Media Player. Right-Click on the file you want to play, select "Open with", and choose "Windows Media Player." To change the tempo (the play-back speed), Right-Click on the player window and select "Enhancements" and then choose "Play speed settings." Click and drag the slider to the speed desired. (You can also move that little window out of the way so you can easily access it anytime.) Note: You can also use this technique to change the speed while playing the audio CD tracks.
You need a midi player to listen to the midi files. You may use the default midi player that comes with your computer. However I recommend vanBasco's Karaoke Player. It is a free midi player that allows you to easily change the tempo (speed up or slow down), mute unwanted channels, emphasize channels, and repeat sections.
Using vanBasco's Karaoke Player
- Download the program.
- Install. When installing you can choose to have the vanBasco player be the default player for all midi files (recommended).
- Running the program. It will run immediately after installing and present you with a confusing assortment of windows.
- Close the "Tip" window.
- Close the "Playlist Window".
- Close the "Introduction" window by RIGHT clicking on it and choosing close.
- Close the "Piano" keyboard window. Arrange the three remaining windows as you like. I like to have the "Midi Output" window at the top, the main "vanBasco's Karaoke Player" window below and to the right, and the "Control" window below and to the left.
- You can close or open these extra windows by clicking on the little buttons at the bottom of the main "vanBasco's Karaoke Player" window.
- To exit the program click the "X" in the upper right hand corner of the main "vanBasco's Karaoke Player" window. The next time you run it all the windows will be just like they were when you exited the program.
- Playing a midi file.
- If vanBasco is your default midi player just double-click on the desired midi file. This is the best way. If you did not select this at install time, you can RIGHT-click anywhere in the main "vanBasco's Karaoke Player" window and choose "Setup". Then select the "Misc" tab and choose "Select All" in the "Associated file types" section.
- Next best is to just "Drag and Drop" the file onto a shortcut to the vanBasco program "vmidi.exe".
- You can also try vanBasco's "playlist" approach. This is nice for listening to several files one after the other.
- The "Control" window has a slider to change the tempo as you listen. Very nice!
- In the "Midi Output" window you can mute any (and all) channels by clicking on the red buttons on the left. To emphasize a channel click a blue button on the left. The (blue) channels you select will stay louder and all the others will be not as loud.
- One slight problem that may occur is that some instruments have a sustained sound that continues. As a result if you pause or reposition the slider while that type of instrument is playing a note, that note will play forever until you click Stop. If you have this problem go to the Options menu (click the little note in the upper left corner) and choose Setup. On the Midi tab put a checkmark for "Reset on Pause". This should help.
- 7-Zip - FREE program
Using an Android phone or tablet
- An Android device may be able to play a midi or mp3 file without any extra software. However, for midi files consider going to the Google Play Store to install the (free) "Midi Sheet Music" program. It allows you to change the tempo and has some other options.
- Access this web page from your Android browser and then click on the "Midi files and MP3 files" link at the top of this page. From there open the desired folder and select a midi file and download it to your Android device. It will probably be in some "Download" folder. On my Android device it is in "/sdcard/Download/".
- Now you can open the "Midi Sheet Music" program and browse to where you downloaded the midi file and play it.
- You can also listen to the individual MP3 files without downloading them.
Another option for an Android phone or tablet is as follows:
- From the Play Store install the (free) "File Manager" app (by File Manager Plus). (The icon for the app is a folder with a large "F" in the middle.) This app allows you to play both Midi and MP3 files without having another player. And it can access and play files inside a zip file without unzipping it.
- Open the new "File Manager" app and select "Downloads" (or wherever you put the Midi or MP3 files) and open the desired folder and choose a file to listen to. (Probably the MP3 file will sound better.)
Using an iPhone or iPad
- You need an app to play midi files. I recommend installing the "Learn My Part" app that costs $4.99 from the Apple App Store. More information about this program is available here.
- Access this page from your iPhone/iPad browser and then click on the "Midi files and MP3 files" link at the top of this page. From there open the desired folder and select a midi file and then choose Open in "Learn My Part". After doing this it will appear in the "Learn My Part" Midi file list and you will not have to download that midi file again.
(For a more detailed discussion about various options for listening to midi files on various devices look here. Another option for listening to midi files is the Choral Music Tutor.)
Using an Apple computer
- You need a program to play Midi files. I recommend installing the "MIDIPlayer X" program that costs $1.99 from the Apple App Store. More information about this program is available here and here.
- You can probably listen to MP3 files without installing additional software.
Problems or Questions?
If you have any problems or questions you may email me (Paul Fretz) at firstname.lastname@example.org