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:036 Opus: Invocation

Year of composition
Moderate (Grades 4-6)
3 minutes
Classical music
Instrumental parts
Not available

INVOCATION was written to be just that. The Houses of Worship where I have had the privilege to worship all have had a few minutes set aside to pray for others. Some of them allow for congregants to speak aloud prayer requests. Either way I have written INVOCATION to be an introduction to this aspect of the service. The text is from Psalm 88; the opening lines making it available to most Houses no matter the denomination. The first iteration is for soprano solo (this could also be performed by a tenor). It should be rather free flowing, some liberties with the rhythm could be acceptable. The second iteration is a modified repetition for SATB choir. Finally, the solo soprano and choir perform their respective (more or less) parts together (note, in the final verse the soloist is indeed a soprano, no tenor substitutions here). For all intent, this is a diatonic work and should not pose difficulty to a choir that regularly performs four part music. If the choir has enough voices there are some optional notes at the end for splits which thicken the final cadence. But that is in question as the four parts without the optional notes probably works just as well and maybe better. I have been vacillating between this posted version and another with an ever so slightly modified rhythm in the opening. Both seem to work so I flipped a coin and chose what you see. The mp3 uses an oboe for the solo and 4 horns for the choir parts. Having lived with this file I believe that the piece would work very nicely as a concert opener with the very same instrumental arrangement as this file.

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