Im Namen des Vaters und des Sohnes und des Heiligen Geistes. Amen. (30th June 2016)

Im Namen des Vaters und des Sohnes und des Heiligen Geistes. Amen. (30th June 2016)

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Doxology on fiddles

Wede, this is one of your finer themes or musical ideas. Tell me about your inspiration for this. It sounds like something out of the Appalacian Mountains or Irish lowlands (esp. because of the rendering with fiddles/violins). It seems more secular than liturgical. What are your plans for this "Sign of the Cross" or Doxology?

Richard Schletty | Schletty Design and Music | www.schletty.com

Doxology on fiddles

Hello Richard!

Sorry, only just seeing this comment. Thank you for the kind words and very thoughtful feedback.

Not sure I can put a finger on an inspiration for this. I am very keen on working in different languages and have enjoyed my experience in our choir here singing in German (we sing in several languages, but I was very moved by the experiences of learning to pronounce the words and sing in German; the way the songs make you "feel" their meaning as you sing), so I try to write some things in German although these are typically very simple, short things. That's all really, I have no plans for it. I hope that it is used by interested parties in ANY way that wish.

***I forgot to add, I am trying to learn more so I have been deliberately  listening (for some time now) to different types of music including Renaissance, Opera, in short name it, I try to listen to it, to analyse it. I have been very, very interested in chants for a while now and in music from the heart so it's all just been a mish-mash of praying, listening, praying again and trusting God to help me to dig deep. I hate listening to other people's work because I believe in making your own sound if it is there so sometimes all I listen to is a few seconds of a piece that is maybe about 5 or so minutes long then I stop it and move on. Two that I have played over and over again are

  1. Josquin des Prez, Ave Maria (virgo serena, motet) - we sang this in our choir two terms ago. Priceless.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qXMZoKofu7g
  2. O Maria Maris Stella https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ro2JTnfmjzA

They are just beautiful.

To God, Glory; to man, none.

Josquin des Pres – Ave Maria

Indeed! I sang the Josquin des Pres "Ave Maria" with Waltham Abbey Singers in May of 2009. A beautiful piece. How did we do? I sang bass.

Richard Schletty | Schletty Design and Music | www.schletty.com

Doxology on fiddles - Josquin des Pres – Ave Maria

Sublime. Fabulous. Well done! This arrangement is different from the one we used in our choir (we used the same arranegment as the one I posted earlier on in this post) however it is such a magical song, it is beautiful whatever the arrangement.

To God, Glory; to man, none.