The desert shall rejoice - SSATTBB and violin, for Advent
  • Very much inspired by Vaughan Williams.

    A few things here and there might change, but here it is mostly done.

    Recorded with violin, viola, and MIDI. It was actually composed for my church's lessons and carols.

    Thanks Andrew Malton for providing me with the Anglican Breviary translation of Germinaverunt campi which I used here from my query: https://forum.musicasacra.com/forum/discussion/comment/235173#Comment_235173

    The 3rd Responsory of the (Ember} Friday of the third week of Advent: [The desert shall rejoice and blossom as the rose:] it shall blossom abundantly with the Flower that is the sweetness of Israel, for behold the Lord God will come with strong hand, And his reward is with him. V. Out of Zion hath God appeared in perfect beauty.
  • As a taste of what it actually sounds like, here's a snippet of the violin with choir. Not enough of the piece was on point for me to post the whole recording, but hopefully you get some sort of idea.
  • CHGiffenCHGiffen
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    There is a beauty to this that is impossible to describe - it's heavenly.
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  • Richard MixRichard Mix
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    I take it the viola is written on the same staff as the violin in the opening. One should not be put off a fine piece by apparently fiendish double stops, nor waste too much time trying to guess at a feasible scordatura!
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  • Thank you @CHGiffen! And thanks also for always leaving some kind of feedback on new work - it's quite encouraging.

    @Richard Mix, very much playable (and is being played) on just a violin in normal tuning! Just requires some third position double stops and one instance of left-hand pizz. I would say the hardest part is nailing the tuning on those fifths in m. 32. I, er, don't quite nail them in this recording!
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  • Richard MixRichard Mix
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    Blame my cello-goggles then ;-)
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