Ubi Caritas is sung a capella – no piano accompaniment.
This post is divided into four sections:
- Explanatory Comments
- Audio Player
- Download Links
- Pronunciation Guide
About the Recordings:
Remember, these recordings are designed to teach you your notes. They do not reflect how your part will be sung in performance with all the various markings, stylistic interpretations, director’s conducting, etc.
All the parts are recorded at a strict 52 bpm, which is the initial metronome marking, ♩=52, as indicated in your music. (Refer to the CHINDIA post if you don’t understand.) Keep in mind that the tempo does vary in this piece, but your recordings stay at 52 bpm throughout for learning purposes. Fermatas and ritardandos are ignored as well.
This piece has changing meters. Be careful when reading your music to be aware of what the time signature is in any given measure. We have 3/4, 4/4, and 5/4 in just this one piece alone, so you may have 3, 4, or 5 beats in each measure. If you find yourself missing or gaining beats while listening and following along in your music (especially during rests), chances are good that you need to correctly read which time signature you’re in. If you do get lost, it’s super helpful to write down, in pencil, the beat numbers in the measures you’re confused with.
Also, the recordings do not include dynamics changes so that you can hear your notes more clearly while listening. In other words, it’s the same volume level from beginning to end. But, keep in mind for performance that there are many different dynamics (volume changes) throughout the piece.
For sopranos, measures 52 and 54 have split parts. You should be able to hear the first and second soprano parts played simultaneously in these measures, so pick out your parts accordingly. Since there are only two measures in the entire piece with a soprano split, the soprano recording has both parts played together. If you can’t hear your part, ask for assistance in class.
The following SATB recording (all four parts together) should be used for practice only after you’ve thoroughly learned your part using the individual part recording. The purpose of it is to practice singing your part while hearing all the other parts at the same time. If you consistently get lost singing to the SATB recording, then go back to the individual part recording and review the problem areas.
Ubi Caritas – SATB:
Ubi Caritas – SATB (all parts together)
Underlined syllables receive the stress/accent.
U – bi ca – ri – tas et am – or, De – us i – bi est.
oo-bee kah-ree-tahs eht ah-mohr deh-oos ee-bee ehst
Con – gre – ga – vit nos in u – num Chris – ti a – mor.
kohn-gre-gah-veet nohs een oo-noom kree-stee ah-mohr
Ex – sul – te – mus et in ip – so ju – cun – de – mur.
ehk-sool-teh-moos eht een eep-soh yoo-koon-deh-moor
Ti – me – a – mus et a – me – mus De – um vi – vum.
tee-meh-ah-moos eht ah-meh-moos deh-oom vee-voom
Et ex cor – de di – li – ga – mus nos sin – ce – ro.
eht eks kohr-deh dee-lee-gah-moos nohs seen-cheh-roh