De Profundis : for SSATBarB voices and chamber organ
by Paul Stanhope (2017)
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De Profundis : after Martin Luther, for SSATBarB voices and chamber organ / Paul Stanhope ; text from Psalm 130.
Library shelf no. 783.16525/STA 1 [Available for loan]
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De Profundis : after Martin Luther, for SATB chamber choir and organ / Paul Stanhope ; text: Psalm 130 (excerpt).
Version: This product features the SATB Choir with organ version of this work
Library shelf no. 782.5525/STA 2 [Available for loan]
Based on Martin Luther's hymn, 'Aus tiefer not schrei ich zu dir' this De Profundis setting, commissioned by The Song Company as one of a number of responses to Lutheran chorales, looks backwards from Bach in its use of early music techniques. The piece uses such devices as mensuration canon (where a melody is sung simultaneously at different speeds), retrograde passages (where the tune is sung in reverse from the end towards the beginning) as well as antiphonal textures and free chant sections. Such ancient techniques are beautifully flexible and can also be used in new ways, complemented by clusters of accumulated pitches outlined in the voice parts and sustained by the chamber organ. Although I derived most of the pitch material from the hymn's melody (with occasional modal alterations) a more overtly chorale-like style is suggested in a brief climactic moment before the re-iteration of the opening canonic texture, releasing to free melodic cascades and soft whistling to create a ghostly effect.
Instrumentation: SSATBarB solo voices, chamber organ.
Duration: 5 min.
Dedication note: Dedicated to Antony Pitts and members of The Song Company.
Commission note: Commissioned by The Song Company.
The composer notes the following styles, genres, influences, etc associated with this work:
Related to Martin Luther's hymn 'Aus tiefer Not, schrei ich zu dir'.
- Has as subject/About: Spiritual and Sacred Music
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