Antiphon for God the Father (mezzo-soprano with string quartet)
by Becky Llewellyn (2019)
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Performance by Charlotte Kelso, Bronzewing String Quartet from the CD Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 128.
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As Hildegard of Bingen's music and plainchant antiphones are usually heard only in Latin, Becky was inspired to bring English translations to music lovers when she discovered Barbara Newman's Symphonia. Her translations of this Antiphon bring a new vibrancy to the spiritual world of Hildegard, our first woman composer whose works, words and melodies, are a taproot for women composers today. In this three-minute piece, Becky places the mezzo-soprano as the prophetess singing Hildegard's orginal melody set to an almost regal procession of worshipful strings. The strong work provides a startling example of Hildegard's vision of God and love to provide strength and light for our world whatever century we live in.
Becky arranged this Antiphon for string quartet and mezzo-soprano from her 1990 chamber orchestra piece, O, Wonder! This version has the strength of the original in a smaller scale.
Instrumentation: Mezzo-soprano, 2 violins viola, cello.
Duration: 3 min.
Dedication note: For Charlotte Kelso and the Bronzewing quartet
Commission note: Commissioned by Kelvyn Prescott for his wife Ruth's funeral in February 2019
The composer notes the following styles, genres, influences, etc associated with this work:
Gregorian chant, Plainchant, Hildegard of Bingen
- In the form/style of: Spiritual and Sacred Music
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