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This is an application of the "Ter sanctus," (thrice holy) often used in the Eastern Orthodox Church; it is also known as the "trisagion." I'm thinking of working out some more sacred motets in the near future. The piece itself is rather simple harmonically and texturally speaking, and this is intentional; I prefer it this way. These pieces could certainly be more complex and thorough, but I enjoy writing small, simple pieces with a sacred text. Anyway, I'd still love some feedback with all that said! 

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Monarcheon    246

It's really nice. I especially love the suspensions to a minor dominant chord you put it in to drive the feeling home. Although the use of chromatic parallel ascent and major cadences take away from that a little bit, in my opinion. I think you can play around with nonstandard bass notes a little more and mess around with the voice leading which has the potential to create a lot more gripping moments as opposed to standard ones. Nice!

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On 5/30/2017 at 7:06 PM, Monarcheon said:

It's really nice. I especially love the suspensions to a minor dominant chord you put it in to drive the feeling home. Although the use of chromatic parallel ascent and major cadences take away from that a little bit, in my opinion. I think you can play around with nonstandard bass notes a little more and mess around with the voice leading which has the potential to create a lot more gripping moments as opposed to standard ones. Nice!

 

Thanks, Monarcheon. I always appreciate your criticisms. I hope to play around with vocal writing a little more in the next month or so, so thanks for the suggestion!

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On 6/14/2017 at 5:23 PM, Luis Hernández said:

I'm back in here just to listen to it again. I really like it. Peaceful and beautiful. It'v moving. I 'd love listening to it sung by human voices...

 

Thanks, again, Luis. I'm really glad you enjoy it; I'd love to hear it performed as well, haha. 

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Beautiful to listen to! I love the voice leading and the harmonies you use - very emotional. I can definitely see this as part of a liturgical work. Out of interest, where can one find the text for these? I'm baptist and we don't do much of that stuff, but I've always found it beautiful and wanted to set some myself someday but I can't find the text anywhere! Cool music, definitely keep writing :)

Gustav Johnson

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On 6/16/2017 at 10:12 PM, Gustav Johnson said:

Beautiful to listen to! I love the voice leading and the harmonies you use - very emotional. I can definitely see this as part of a liturgical work. Out of interest, where can one find the text for these? I'm baptist and we don't do much of that stuff, but I've always found it beautiful and wanted to set some myself someday but I can't find the text anywhere! Cool music, definitely keep writing :)

Gustav Johnson

 

Thank you very much! I was actually researching different masses, as well as the Eastern Orthodox Church concurrently, leading me to choose this text. It is one of the renditions of the "Sanctus," which is used in the Eucharist. I myself am not devoutly Catholic/Christian (certainly not in a social manner), however I occasionally find comfort in parts of faith. Ultimately, you can find an abundance of texts similar to this throughout the Bible, (The Book of Psalms, for example). I usually write my own lyrics in English, and I translate them into Latin for aesthetic purposes, often. Anyway, thanks a lot for the comment, and good luck!

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