In Dulci Jubilo
The rehearsal sound files for individual parts can all be obtained from this link.
This piece is full of word painting and the expression marks are essential to bring this out.
I’ve very slightly rearranged the words for musical effect and have added the English words next to the Latin at times where explaining what the Latin means would help understand the music and also gives a different rhythmic possibility to complement the rhythm of the Latin.
This is quite a light piece as befits the traditional carol. Whenever there is "joy" or "glory" there is the appropriate climax; the "draw me unto thee" sounds like a chant to me; the "Father’s caring" and "new born’s mildness" is very gentle. The "deeply we were stained" is in the low registers; "but thou has for us gained heavenly joy" takes the choir out of the doldrums in to the bright light; The "oh that we were there" is very joyful and is an overlapping set of similar phrases all on the same chord with the piano hypnotically repeating the same bar while the choir passes the phrases around; "There the bells are ringing" has the classic descending bell theme, whilst "nova cantica (a new song)" is, of course, a new tune. The piece ends with a climactic longing on "oh that we were there."
I’m always keen to get feedback, particularly if you’re playing any of the larger chamber or orchestral pieces or singing anything I’ve written for choir. I’d particularly like to hear any recordings or see videos! There is no charge, copyright or performing rights issues - feel free to copy and perform for free, just don’t pretend you wrote it! I get many printed downloads my music, so it must be popular, but rarely any messages. So don’t be shy, I’d love to hear from you as feedback is very important to a composer, both to hear what it is people like and critical comments on what doesn’t work or you think could be improved - both kinds of feedback are very helpful.
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