Intenderunt Arcum : SATB choir
by Paul-Antoni Bonetti (2009)
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In late 2007, I set off to Italy on an exciting journey to uncover the music of Baroque composers Carlo and Giovanni Bonetti, which was originally published in the mid 17th century. Following a successful journey, I began the process of transcribing these pieces into modern musical notation. I then wrote two pieces directly based on two of their pieces. The original Latin texts from their pieces were used as the basis for my own pieces, and I incorporated melodies, harmonies and chord progressions used by Carlo and Giovanni Bonetti.
Owing to the vociferous nature of the Latin text, much of Intederunt Arcum is rather strident, angular and rhythmical. However, this is contrasted with moments of splendour and triumph, as reflected through the text, and thus, the music also. Early on it became apparent to me that Carlo Bonetti had employed some very mischievous chord progressions in the context of harmonic practice of the Baroque period. From a scholarly point of view, this might be explained as being his way of illustrating or word painting some of the rather acerbic aspects of the text. In this spirit, I often reveled in some rather tasty jazz harmonies.
Instrumentation: Unaccompanied SATB choir.
Duration: 9 min.
Commission note: Commissioned by Adelaide Chamber Singers.. Commissioned by Adelaide Chamber Singers.
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