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Derek J. Wilcox

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Derek conducted 'Chela', the Cambridge Georgian Choir, from September 2002 to 2009, is still a prominent member of the choir, as well as taking a leading role in 'Buska', the Cambridge male voice Georgian choir, and is pleased to be able to share a little of the beauty of some of the music that they sing with you here on the web. Georgian harmony is based on the cycle of fifths, so some of the harmonies that are produced by Georgian choirs may sound 'out of tune' until you become accustomed to them. The sound you will get from this website is a poor replacement for actually hearing a Georgian choir singing.

In order to download the scores on this site, you will need to have downloaded "Sibelius Scorch", the free software which lets you view, play, customize and print Sibelius scores on the Internet. To do this, go to this page, and follow the instructions:

http://www.sibelius.com/products/scorch/index.

"Since I find myself in need of funds, I have sadly had to add a minimal charge for use of my scores; however, photocopying is encouraged!! Despite the fact that there is a copyright sign at the bottom of each score, I hereby give everyone permission to use them as much as you like, so please feel free to spread the word about Georgian music to everyone! Enjoy sampling the music here, and if you would be interested in more information, do drop me a line! My e-mail address is: derekjwilcox@hotmail.com, and I would love to hear from anyone about anything to do with Georgian music.

Two more things: when you open a score, there is a sliding scale above it that looks like a volume control. This controls the speed at which the music will be played back to you. Also, just to the right of that is a little stave with two flats; this allows you to adjust the key of the whole score, and thus the pitch at which it will be played back to you.

Finally, don't panic if you wanted to use a score and it appears to have 'disappeared'; it is simply being improved and will be back on the list as soon as possible; if, for example, it is the weekend, and you need it as soon as possible, drop me a line and I will be happy to let you have a .jpg copy before it appears on this site.

All of the scores on here have been produced by me, so enjoy your time here, drop me a line if you'd like to and do spread the word!"

Derek :o)

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A collection of traditional folk, church and urban songs from Georgia. Revised and expanded edition. Introduced by Edisher Garakanidze Song notes and translations by Joseph Jordania Edited by Joan Mills at the Centre for Performance Research assisted by colleagues, friends and family members of Edisher Garakanidze