Big Crescendos

200 Reasons To Love A Cappella

Reason #164: Big Crescendos

When I review a cappella shows, it’s not unusual for me to highlight groups that show care in planning and precision in executing their dynamics. These are groups that aren’t afraid to go soft and small, and by the same token don’t hesitate to flip switch to build up to a monster swell of sound.

A part of what’s great a big crescendo is it transcends technical knowledge. A completely casual fan may not know what’s happening when a crescendo hits, or have the vocabulary to name it, but when it’s done right, you can rest assured that she or he will feel it—a build of excitement and emotion to accompany the surge on stage. 

I love it!