O Quam Felix Est : SATB choir
by Paul-Antoni Bonetti (2009)
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.
Instrumentation: SSAATTBB choir a cappella.
Duration: 13 min.
Commission note: Commissioned by Adelaide Chamber Singers.
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