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ROM-9601 The-Soul-Contemplates-the-Creator-In-the-Creation

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Catalogue #:ROM-9601
Duration:4' 45"
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Composer The Soul Contemplates the Creator In the Creation
"Splendid choral writing."

— Tom Manoff, The Register-Guard

Rebecca Oswald

The Soul Contemplates the Creator In the Creation

for SATB a cappella with divisi and boy soprano obligato

From an Oregon Bach Festival concert review by Tom Manoff, in the (Eugene, Oregon) Register-Guard , July 11, 2002: “Rebecca Oswald is not a showy composer, but she’s an honorable one. ‘The Soul Contemplates the Creator In the Creation’ is splendid choral writing. This unpretentious style isn’t calculated to impress the trendy set, but in terms of craft, it sure impressed me. Spend some time with the score, and you’ll find that inside the ‘simplicity,’ each voice has its own lyrical life. Oswald would win the prize for best choral writing in honor of Bach, if there were one.”

The Soul Contemplates the Creator In the Creation is the third in a choral set entitled Three Songs of the Soul. Jan Luyken (1649-1712), a native of Amsterdam, lived a secluded life as a poet, artist, and engraver. In this choral setting, the melodies and harmonies aspire to express the meaning and beauty of the poet’s metaphysical ideals. Lightly extended tonality develops throughout the piece via expanding and contracting harmonic progressions and modulations.


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