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10 My beloved spake, and said unto me, Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away.

11 For, lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone;

12 The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land;

13 The fig tree putteth forth her green figs, and the vines with the tender grape give a good smell. Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away.

 

 

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Hi pateceramics

I remember hearing some of your music from a while ago when I was active here, and from what I can remember it sounds like you've become quite the choral composer. Your score looks beautiful; as someone who doesn't write choral music, it's nice to see it laid out so clear and easy to follow. 

I really like your use of dynamics. You use the choir well, giving different voices their chance to stand out a bit. I think vocal music suffers the most from midi sound samples, and definitely doesn't do your piece justice. Are you part of a choir or do you know of one that would perform this? Anything written as clearly as your piece shouldn't be too difficult to sight read! I like the toying with the motifs at 35 too.

You actually sent me down a rabbit hole when I was looking up the lyrics haha. I don't go to church, but I'm fascinated with religion, especially really old texts. Admittedly I haven't read through Song of Songs all the way through, so it was cool to jump into for a bit. 

All in all, glad to see and hear that you're still around and writing! Great work, I look forward to more

 

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Thanks so much, Thatguy!  I'm glad you enjoyed it.  I usually sing with 3 different choirs, but it's a bit of a weird year.  Generally I just make scores available online with a demo and occasionally someone performs a piece if it fits with their concert theme. 

I had so much fun with the motivistic section at 35!  When this passage of text is set to music, composers often stop before they get to the part about the turtles.  Turtles aren't the most elegant creatures to compose about, I guess?  So I wrote something that would naturally need to go a little slower to represent turtle-ness,  (coordinating those alto and soprano parts means you have to slow down, but they are busy enough lines that the new tempo taken at the tenor and bass subdivision of the beat certainly doesn't feel boring) and turned it into the turning point for the mood in the piece.  At the beginning of the text the beloved exhorts the speaker to get up.  Things have been bad so long, the speaker don't have the will to try any more.  But by the time we get to the turtles, they've lifted their head, they can see that the storm is passing, and that someone else has stayed patiently beside them to help them to their feet. 

I do love the poetry of the Song of Solomon.  The line earlier in the text, "comfort me with apples, for I am sick with love," is just so lovely.  Time for you to do a setting of some of the text next?  Thank you so much for your comments!

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