Vive in Deo : SATB choir
by Clare Maclean (2007)
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This piece sets a collection of inscriptions from Christian graves in the Roman catacombs from the first three centuries C.E. The music uses plainsong-like melodies with motifs derived from pigeon calls, a reference to the dove which was a Christian symbol of the Holy Spirit, peace and love. The pigeon calls are those of the spotted turtledove, an Asian species introduced to Sydney, the North American mourning dove and the rock pigeon, found in most parts of the world.
The music also uses several fragments from Brahms's Intermezzo in E minor, op.119; the opening of this piece sounds to me like a group of pigeons cooing in counterpoint, as they often do. I remember my father playing this piece in my childhood, and this reference is my own musical inscription to his memory.
Instrumentation: Unaccompanied SSAATTBB choir.
Duration: 8 min.
Commission note: Commissioned by St Louis Chamber Chorus.
First performance: by St Louis Chamber Chorus — 11 Nov 07. Holy Family Chapel, Sisters of St Joseph Mother House, St Louis MO, USA.
Performances of this work
11 Nov 07: Holy Family Chapel, Sisters of St Joseph Mother House, St Louis MO, USA.. Featuring St Louis Chamber Chorus.
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