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All in all, it's beautiful work Simon, with some signature Godden harmonic trajectories which are becoming recognizable to me as a cogent and unique style. Honestly, some of the percussion felt intrusive to me, but I'm not sure why. It might be that I don't like percussion in general, or the manner in which it is mixed or produced in this instance. Anyway, I don't want it to sound as though I don't like the work - I do, and the thoughts on the percussion are probably more concerned with my personal taste than your composition's merit.
It's been quite a while but I finally got over here to listen to your 'Requiem(so far)'.
The mood and overall atmosphere of the piece is beautifully rendered. I feel the choral sections as they sit so well in the mix and I particularly like how the music is pushed along with its sympathetic pulse in the pizzicato bass, simple but effective. I found the balance in the dissonance at times a little jarring and wondered where the Beethoven(esque) string fragments came from but once introduced they really worked well for me.
I really enjoyed the mes-en-scene created by the music theatre of your Requiem.
Thanks for the share.