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Antiphon for God the Father

Digital Sheet Music [PDF]: Score

Antiphon for God the Father : [eScore] / Becky Llewellyn ; text by Hildegard of Bingen, translated by Barbara Newman.

by Becky Llewellyn (2019)


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As Hildegard of Bingen's music and plainchant antiphones are usually heard only in Latin, Becky was inspired to bring English translations to music lovers when she discovered Barbara Newman's Symphonia. Her translations of this Antiphon bring a new vibrancy to the spiritual world of Hildegard, our first woman composer whose works, words and melodies, are a taproot for women composers today. In this three-minute piece, Becky places the mezzo-soprano as the prophetess singing Hildegard's orginal melody set to an almost regal procession of worshipful strings. The strong work provides a startling example of Hildegard's vision of God and love to provide strength and light for our world whatever century we live in.

Becky arranged this Antiphon for string quartet and mezzo-soprano from her 1990 chamber orchestra piece, O, Wonder! This version has the strength of the original in a smaller scale.

Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 digital (PDF) facsimile score (4p. -- A4 (portrait))

Difficulty: Advanced

Duration: 3 min.

Dedication note: For Charlotte Kelso and the Bronzewing quartet
Commission info: Commissioned by Kelvyn Prescott for his wife Ruth's funeral in February 2019

The composer notes the following styles, genres, influences, etc associated with this work:
Gregorian chant, Plainchant, Hildegard of Bingen

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