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In Paradisum


Joachim
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A little something for the funeral liturgy.  Dedicated to a dearly departed.  Melodic material borrows from plainchant melodies.

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I feel like this could use another part with a faster pulse to keep it from feeling draggy in the first section.  Some sort of basso continuo line on organ could give it a little structure without drawing too much attention to itself, if that was something you were interested in exploring.  That would also help hold the pitch steady, which would be helpful for such a long a cappella piece with such a low bass part.  Some minimal instrumental support would make sure the key doesn't shift so much that the basses have trouble hitting their lowest notes.  Splitting the basses into bass I and bass II is also a possibility, to give those with a more baritone range a more comfortable time.  You have created a very soothing and meditative piece here.  

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Very nice and restful introduction with beautiful harmonies!

After a while, the first part becomes a little bit too 'dragging,' but this is fine since you start a new, more energetic section.
The end sounds a bit abrupt. I think you can do a lot more with the material in the middle part.

I am looking forward to a live recording!
 

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Thanks for those comments, guys!  I have indeed been considering whether the opening section might be slightly too demanding for your average choir, since it indeed puts a bit of a strain on the basses and is rather demanding pitch-wise throughout.  I'll have a look at it when I get 'round to it.  Thanks again!

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