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Sojar Voglar
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This is one of my recent choral pieces. It is gentle, easy-going piece in simple tonal language with some extended harmonies. Not much else to say about this music. Just listen and comment if you have time. Thanks!

 

 

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Between the cluster chords and the freely repeated text sections, this reminds me a lot of Whitacre's "Cloudburst."  I like that it's all very accessible note-wise.  Anyone who has a group that can tune well should be able to put it together very quickly for a concert.  Beautifully done!  Thanks for the video!  

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Really lovely ending to this song! 
I get this is mostly about color, but I was expecting a place with wider range for texture and volume as a kind of textural climax, and I see your forte sections as a means to that end, but it's a bit of a limited range, in my opinion.
But that's possibly a personal thing only. Very good writing!

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Hi Sojar,

Lovely choral writing! I love the colors you get with the cluster chords and the free notation.

A couple of comments, though:

1. If I'm reading your score correctly, mm. 44-47 are the climactic moment of the piece. But, echoing @Monarcheon, there's an anti-climactic feel to them. Looking back to Hindemith's principle of managing tension through dissonance, a lot of the color chords fall into groups III and IV, but the climactic passage contains only group I and II chords, which are less dissonant (and in Hindemith's theory, less intense).

Here is a listing of Hindemith's chord categories, for reference: http://www.ux1.eiu.edu/~pdhesterman/old/analysis/hindemith.html

2. Rhythmically, the string of quarter notes starting m. 35 is unsatisfying after the rhythmically dynamic tenor/bass chant in mm. 23-32. It would add a lot of unity if a little of the rhythmic energy from the chant carried over into the next section, even if it's only in the form of a couple of dotted quarter/eighth pairs.

 

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