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Isä meidän / Elliott Gyger.
by Elliott Gyger (1994)
Isä meidän (1994) is a simple setting of the Lord's Prayer, written at the request of a Finnish-speaking bride for her Sydney wedding. The key challenge for a composer setting a text in an unfamiliar language is to try and uncover the "music" of the language itself. Finnish is a gift to singers with its crisp consonants and profusion of long, bright vowels, but from the composer's point of view its consistent first-syllable stress necessitates a very particular approach to shaping phrases. My setting introduces each of the four parts in turn with a version of the same melody, but transposed into a different key and recast to fit different lines of text. Stability arrives only in the final section, with the reappearance of the melody in its original key, sung by a solo soprano.
Published by: E.C. Schirmer  — 1 score (5p. -- Non-standard page size)
Duration: 3 mins
First performance by Contemporary Singers — 24 Sep 94. Campbell St Presbyterian Church, Balmain
Includes program and performance notes, biographical notes on composer, pronunciation notes, and English translation.
Text : the Lord's Prayer, translated into Finnish.
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