Sacred Prelude, Op.15a [SIMPLIFIED VERSION]

Little, J. D. (2018) Sacred Prelude, Op.15a [SIMPLIFIED VERSION]. [Performances]

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A natural rubato is felt throughout this haunting, single-movement work for string orchestra. 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.

Note: There is the option for all parts to play the entire work con sord. (with the exception of the final violin solo – from bar 146); but the work should always be played as expressively as possible, throughout.

OPUS 15A IS A SIMPLIFIED VERSION OF OPUS 15, MORE SUITED TO AMATEUR STRING ORCHESTRAS, AND/OR WHERE REHEARSAL TIME IS VERY LIMITED. (The key signature is made more straightforward in this version, and various ossia and doubling options are also made available.)

ISMN 9790720209272

Publication Type: Performances
Additional Information: Arranged by Anthony Weeden in collaboration with the composer (from Jonathan David Little's earlier string quintet version). Premiere: 8th March, 2018, Chichester Cathedral, by Strings of the University of Chichester Symphony Orchestra, conducted by the composer. Premiere performance video recorded by kind permission of the Dean and Chapter of Chichester Cathedral, and of the performers.
Uncontrolled Keywords: string orchestra, sacred prelude, plainsong, anthem, fantasia, amateur string orchestra,
Subjects: M Music and Books on Music > M Music
Divisions: Academic Areas > Conservatoire
Media of Output: Sheet Music (physical and digital sheet music distribution)
Event Title: Gala Concert 2018
Event Location: Chichester Cathedral
Event Dates: 8th March 2018
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Depositing User: Jonathan Little
Date Deposited: 02 May 2018 12:24
Last Modified: 02 May 2018 12:24

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