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Musica, Dei donum optimi

Musica, Dei donum optimi

Product Number: 1.3506

Composer: Barnett, Carol

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The composer writes: "When asked to write a work for The Rose Ensemble's 20th Anniversary Season, I looked for a text that would resonate with this special occasion, perhaps something to help 'crown' the May Day celebration. But I kept coming back to music: 'Music, gift of the highest God,' music with the power to 'untune the sky,' music that refreshes and gives us strength, 'affording solace to all.' "
 
The music begins mysteriously with the John Dryden text split among the voices and ending with Alleluias. A sort of scherzo section follows, concluding with a declamation, "The dead shall live, the living die, and music shall untune the sky." Then follows the setting of the Latin text of the title. The music is challenging, the textures interesting and varied. Duration: 4:30

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Product Number 1.3506
Composer Barnett, Carol
Text Author Dryden, John
Voicing & Instruments SSAATTBB Chorus (divisi) unaccompanied
Season General
Character/Topics Creation/Nature, Hope/Assurance, Lament/Grief/Sorrow, Music
Difficulty Moderately Difficult
Language of Text English, Latin
Historical Period 21st Century
Choral Series National Collegiate Choral Organization Choral Series
Recording Credits Performed by The Rose Ensemble/Jordan Sramek. May 1, 2016, Ordinary Concert Hall (St. Paul, MN). Used by permission.
Publisher Galaxy Music Corporation

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