celeste part from Blessed Mary (w/ celeste obbligato)

Duration
3 minutes
Genre
Modern classical music
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BLESSED MARY� is a short, anonymous 15th century English poem inspired by lines from the well-known Latin verse �Ave Maris Stella�. I have composed an satb choral setting with celeste obbligato on the text. In my setting there is a purposeful juxtaposition between the simple and pure, diatonic singing of the ecclesiastical text by the chorus and the skepticism and plaintive searching for understanding suggested in the chromatic celeste solos. The struggle between skepticism and ecclesiasticism is a common theme throughout Christianity. My short Carol tries to suggest the possibility of an accommodation: that by giving voice to the skeptic the convictions of the faithful can be strengthened and one, indeed, can enrich the other through the mutual exchange of ideas. JAG

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