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O Quam Felix Est : SATB choir

by Paul-Antoni Bonetti (2009)

O Quam Felix Est


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O Quam Felix Est / Paul-Antoni Bonetti.

Library shelf no. 782.55525/BON 3 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

In late 2007, I set off to Italy on an exciting journey to uncover the music of Baroque composers Carlo and Giovanni Bonetti, which was originally published in the mid 17th century. Following a successful journey, I began the process of transcribing these pieces into modern musical notation. I then wrote two pieces directly based on two of their pieces. The original Latin texts from their pieces were used as the basis for my own pieces,, and I incorporated melodies, harmonies and chord progressions used by Carlo and Giovanni Bonetti.

Within minutes of embarking on a crude translation of O Quam Felix Est I was utterly captivated by such gorgeous, beautiful and joyful text. And so, with a draft transcription placed upon the piano stand, I began to enter into the musical world of Giovanni Bonetti. Within minutes, little musical fragments, cadences, motifs and melodies would leap out the page and tickle my imagination. I then took these and twisted them into my own composition.

Work Details

Year: 2009

Instrumentation: SSAATTBB choir a cappella.

Duration: 13 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Commission note: Commissioned by Adelaide Chamber Singers.

First performance: by Adelaide Chamber Singers, Carl Crossin at Adelaide Chamber Singers (St John's Anglican Church (Adelaide)) on 9 Oct 2009

Performances of this work

9 Oct 2009: at Adelaide Chamber Singers (St John's Anglican Church (Adelaide)). Featuring Adelaide Chamber Singers, Carl Crossin.

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