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Sacred prelude, op. 15 : (Stile antico) for string orchestra / Jonathan David Little ; arranged by Anthony Weeden in collaboration with the composer.
by Jonathan David Little (2015)
A natural rubato is felt throughout this haunting, single-movement work (initially composed in 1984 for string quintet as "Opus 1", and then newly arranged in 2015 for full string orchestra by Anthony Weeden - in collaboration with the composer - as "Opus 15").
The sound is reminiscent of that of ancient church music. Written in the stile antico, it opens with a "Plainsong", then comes the main central "Anthem". There is a brief reprise of the opening theme, before the work closes with a more emphatic "Fantasia" (where the sense of rubato becomes almost improvisatory). The work, as a whole, may be said to comprise a poignant "prayer" for strings.
Published by: Wirripang [979 0 720171 67 8] — 1 score 13p. -- A4 (portrait)) and 5 parts
Difficulty: Medium — Some high viola and soft solo violin I passages
Duration: 11 mins
The composer notes the following styles, genres, influences, etc associated with this work:
Historically-informed compositional style has been variously described as "Ecstatic Minimalism", "Archaic Futurism", and “Picturesque Archaism” – blending art music, folk/Celtic, and other sacred and secular musical influences, from as far back as the fourteenth century, with new and innovative textures and orchestration (sometimes also including spatial effects).
ISMN: 979 0 720171 67 8
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