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De Profundis : for SATB chamber choir and organ

by Paul Stanhope (2017)

De Profundis


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De Profundis : after Martin Luther, for SSATBarB voices and chamber organ / Paul Stanhope ; text from Psalm 130.

Version: This product features the Sextets: 2 Sopranos, alto, tenor, baritone, bass - with accompaniment version of this work

Library shelf no. 783.16525/STA 1 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

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.

Work Details

Year: 2017

Instrumentation: SATB Choir, organ.

Duration: 5 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

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'.


Performances of this work

22 Jun 2017: at Forward & Bach (St James' Church (King Street)). Featuring The Song Company.

17 Jun 2017: at Forward & Bach (The Independent Theatre). Featuring The Song Company.

15 Jun 2017: at Forward & Bach (Christ Church Cathedral (Newcastle NSW)). Featuring The Song Company.

13 Jun 2017: at Forward & Bach (Deakin Edge). Featuring The Song Company.

10 Jun 2017: at Forward & Bach (Yellow House Gallery). Featuring The Song Company.

23 Jun 2017: at Forward & Bach (Wesley Uniting Church, Forrest). Featuring The Song Company.

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