Sacred Prelude, Op.15 [Full String Orchestra version]

Little, J. D. (2016) Sacred Prelude, Op.15 [Full String Orchestra version]. [Compositions]

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A natural rubato is felt throughout this haunting, single-movement work (initially composed in 1984 for string quintet as "Opus 1", and then newly arranged in 2015 for full string orchestra by Anthony Weeden - in collaboration with the composer - as "Opus 15").

The sound is reminiscent of that of ancient church music. Written in the stile antico, it opens with a “Plainsong”, then comes the main central “Anthem”. There is a brief reprise of the opening theme, before the work closes with a more emphatic “Fantasia” (where the sense of rubato becomes almost improvisatory). The work, as a whole, may be said to comprise a poignant “prayer” for strings.

Ideal duration is ca. 11 mins.

ISMN 9790720171678. ASCAP/MCPS Registered.

Publication Type: Compositions
Additional Information: REVIEWS [of the original string quintet version]: * "a beautiful serenade" - American Record Guide (USA), May-June 2012 * "yearningly lovely" - Music OMH (UK), November 2008 * "intensely ethereal" - Tempo (UK), January 2008 * "a work of beauty and sincerity" - conductor Robert Ian Winstin (USA), recording with string soloists of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra in 2006
Uncontrolled Keywords: string quintet, anthem, plainsong, fantasia, prayer
Subjects: M Music and Books on Music > M Music
Divisions: Academic Areas > Conservatoire
Media of Output: Print Music
Composition Type: String Orchestra
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Depositing User: Jonathan Little
Date Deposited: 23 Dec 2016 11:37
Last Modified: 22 Aug 2017 11:14

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