Sacred Prelude, op.15 : (Stile antico) for string orchestra
by Jonathan David Little (1984, this version: 2015)
Performance by Jonathan David Little from the CD Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 85.
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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.
Library shelf no. 784.7/LIT 2 [Not for loan]
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.
Year: 1984, this version: 2015
Instrumentation: String orchestra.
Duration: 11 min.
Difficulty: Medium — Some high viola and soft solo violin I passages
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).
Performances of this work
9 Nov 16: featuring Jonathan David Little.
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