This is a performance of my most recent choral work, O Gracious Light. This is somewhat of a reading session but also a full performance. The choir was only given a few days to prepare the work, as well as the works for 7 other composition majors at my school. This limited time line is due to the fact that this was the end of the semester and the choir just finished performing their own last concert. The performance is far from perfect but it is pretty good giving the difficulty and time constraint of the concert.
Despite the lack of time, the performance itself shed light on to what could be improved upon. Their are some things that I know if given more time to rehearse would sound better, and other things that were just too hard to get right. I saw this first hand in rehearsals but also one can hear it in the performance. The choir and the director have all expressed interest in performing this piece again, even putting it on a short list for upcoming repertory. I would like to improve this piece greatly so it would be more accessible to learn and produce the best sound from the choir. This is where I would like a second opinion from y'all.
What do you think could be changed around in the music to ensure a better performance and sound? What are things that just need more rehearsal time? And what can be added to help aid the performers in some of the more difficult sections (with out a piano).
Let me know what you think.
There are two things that were added to the music during rehearsals that is not in the score. In measure 20, the basses sing in octaves "and our" on C and A with the sopranos. This was done to help them better hit their pitches after the rest.
In measure 62, the men hold the word "light" instead of continuing the aleatoric chant texture. Do you like this or would you prefer they kept saying the text?
Here is just the audio for those who just want to listen