Woefully Arrayed, op.13 : "Crucifixus pro vobis"
by Jonathan David Little (2016)
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Woefully Arrayed, op.13 : or, Crucifixus pro vobis, an anthem for triple choir à 12 / Jonathan David Little ; with excerpts of text attributed to John Skelton.
Library shelf no. 782.55525/LIT 3 [Available for loan]
The score is marked, "Slow and Spacious", and "Maestoso (In Wonder)" - with the refrain becoming ever-more decorated on each return. Despite the subject matter, the mood of the refrain is more one of glory and awe, rather than mere dolefuleness. The intimate verses, by contrast, are marked, "Teneramente e sostenuto" ("Tenderly and sustained"). Abridged versions of Woefully Arrayed can be performed by commencing the work from either the Second or Third Refrain.
Instrumentation: Anthem for AATTBB Choir and 2 x SSA Soloists (or Choirs) – with optional Organ and Instrumental accompaniment (reinforcing and/or vocal part replacement): AATTBB Choir [Choir 1] (minimum 2 voices per line) (stage middle front) +SSA Soloists [or Choir 2, if doubling parts]* (stage left back, or left gallery) +SSA Soloists [or Choir 3, if doubling parts]* (stage left right, or right gallery)= 1. AAAATTTTBBBB + 2. SSA + 3. SSA; or minimum of 18 singers: 4 sopranos; 6 altos; 4 tenors, 4 basses (* If treating 2 & 3 as Choirs rather than Soloists, min.6 per choir = 2. SSSSAA + 3. SSSSAA: thus 24 overall – being effectively a 12-part ‘Triple Choir’)
Duration: 26 min.
Dedication note: Written to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the National Boys' Choir of Australia (founded 1964) and dedicated to the memory of Harold Bird, OAM (1922-2015)
Commission note: Commissioned with funds provided by Australia Council.
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).
One of three new works created under the auspices of a major Australian Government / Australia Council “Individual International Arts Project Award” (2015-2017).
Resonate article: Composing 'polychoral' music by Jonathan David Little
- In the form/style of: Spiritual and Sacred Music
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