Non vos relinquam orphanos (Charles H. Giffen), SSAB, SATB, ATBB
  • CHGiffenCHGiffen
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    When I published Non vos relinquam orphanos/"I will not leave you comfortless" at CPDL on April 20, 2011, little did I know that just 46 days later on Sunday June 5, 2011, it would be sung at Christ Church Cathedral in Montreal.

    For a piece written in octatonic mode, this seemed a remarkable feat, but made me realize that it is much more singable than I thought. It helps that the initial two-part motif in the upper two voices is subsequently repeated, in inversion, by the two lower voices, and then, finally, both the motif and its inversion are combined in a double canon.

    The text underlay includes both the Latin original and and English translation.

    I have recently revoiced the original key piece as SSAB, and have transposed it downwards by three semitones for SATB. Scores for these, and the ATBB version (also at CPDL) which is down another three semitones, are attached here, along with an MP3 sound file for the new SATB version.
  • WendiWendi
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    Oooh thanks. I'm always looking for SSAB stuff.
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  • JulieCollJulieColl
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    Thank you for this lovely and intriguing music, very suitable for this time of year. Somehow it calls to my mind the phrase "vagaries of the wind." It also reminds me of The Lamb by Sir John Tavener.
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  • JulieCollJulieColl
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    Charles, just wanted to let you know I downloaded the SATB version and showed it to my son who loves tinkering around with scales and chords, and we were amazed at the chords and harmonies, esp. the final Amen and Alleluia.

    This verse keeps coming to mind when I hear this piece:

    "The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit."
    John 3:8.
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  • Ben YankeBen Yanke
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    A Giffen piece will do that to ya.
  • CHGiffenCHGiffen
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    Thank you Julie. I think you captured my own mindset in the composition of this piece.
  • CharlesW
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    Charles, you are too danged talented. I almost hate you - LOL.
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  • WendiWendi
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    I'm just grateful over here.
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  • francisfrancis
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    CHG

    That is a very innovative piece. I can see why people are grabbing it up. Mystical and beautiful. Did the choir record it? We would all love to hear it! Bravo!
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  • CHGiffenCHGiffen
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    francis ...

    Thank you! Unfortunately the piece has not been recorded, to the best of my knowledge. But that may be remedied this autumn, if I can put together the right group for a recording session of some of my works.