Bitter Weeping

Jeremiah 31:15

For: Choir + orchestra
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Year of composition
Jeremiah 31:15
Difficult (Grades 7+)
10 minutes
Modern classical music
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Bitter Weeping For the 60 Million Children Legally Killed in the USA since 1973

A brooding atmospheric piece that combines traditional acoustic instruments with electronic synthesizers. The piece begins with a synthesizer playing a drone in the bass; its timbre slowly morphs as it “drones on”. Gradually the lower strings (Bass, Cellos, and Viola) enter; each playing a rhythmically distinct ostinato that goes in and out of phase with the other instruments. The basses and violas are doubled by a synthesizer to form a complex timbre. The static E Aeolian harmony and rhythmically displaced ostinatos impart an uneasy feeling in the listener. The addition of the bass drum adds a foreboding feel to the music. The Marimba and Vibraphone enter, each combined and layered with a synthesizer to form a compounded timbre, adding to the growing tension before the Soprano enters at the four and a half minute mark singing a paraphrase of the words of Jeremiah 31:15. At the same time a celesta double by a sampled toy xylophone enter adding the to uneasy sound world of the song. • Lamentation and bitter weeping • Rachel is weeping • She refuses to be comforted • for her children • for they are not • for they are no more.

The Vocaloid synthesizer by Yamaha was used to record the vocal line.

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