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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.

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. It begins at 1 (full tempo at the right end) and changes by .01 increments to a minimum of .5 (half tempo at the left end). Note that slower tempos introduce distortion into the audio playback. When you start a new selection or refresh the page, you may need to "nudge" the slider to reset the slowed tempo. (Supported in Firefox, Chrome, and Opera.)

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 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.)


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. 104 Finale Act I: With Aspect Stern and Gloomy Stride 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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