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Monday, July 14, 2014

Chorale Preludes in Modern Settings Movement 3

This is the 3rd movement of a 15-20 minute composition for a four-part flute ensemble at an intermediate (early high school) level. The piece is called "Chorale Preludes in Modern Settings" that would have five to eight short movements where each movement would be based on a hymn or hymns and would use the hymn in a creative manner, rather than just a chorale-like setting. The music would still be mostly tonal and lyrical. Each Chorale Prelude can be performed individually and the composition short work equally as well in a church or concert setting.

The required instrumentation is at least 3 flutes plus a 4th flute, alto flute, and/or bass flute as these three instruments play the same line. There is also an optional piccolo part that mostly doubles the first flute an octave higher in spots.

Christ, the Lord, Is Risen Today is the chorale that I used for this movement. An eight measure introduction that has a triadic melodic idea echoed by a slightly syncopated idea sets up some of the major elements used in this setting. Measures 9 - 20 has a diminutive version of the tune. This is followed by an interlude in imitation. At measure 35, the key changes and the triadic motif from the introduction is combined with fragments of the tune. The key changes again at measure 43 as the previous section's ideas are restated. Measure 51 brings the listener back to the original key and treats part of the closing phrase of the him sequentially before modulating to F major at measure 59. The concluding section uses the tune in a more straight-forward manner but it is accompanied by the syncopated rhythmic motif from the introduction. The tune phrases are divided between the high and low instruments. The ending uses a surprise deceptive cadence before concluding.

I export my Sibelius Music Notation file as a movie (new to version 7.5). I also use Noteperformer software for the sounds. These are sample sounds, but the software also includes an algorithm that reads ahead in the music and phrases the music according to context, therefore making the realization closer to live performance. I  upload these videos to youtube and embed the video for each movement. I hope that this technology allows the reader to have an easier experience and a more realistic performance. To see and hear what I have discussed, go to http://www.cooppress.net/Chorale_Preludes_blog.html

As always, your comments are appreciated.
Dr. B

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