Tonal – too tonal really but an ironic twist to atonal=atonement. I started on it earlier in the year as a rest. It could almost pass off as the poor man’s Delius.
The Song of Songs is probably too big a work for someone of the scale of Bruckner let alone me but the first Chapter is within reach.
Unlike Penderecki who took a religious view and wrote a noisy, discordant setting I went more for a sedate love-song slant.
I planned a big orchestra but this fragment uses just a string orchestra, a string quintet, a couple of winds and a backing choir of sopranos and altos. Unfortunately the mezzo ‘la-lahs’ to the lyrics.
In the score I’ve hidden all unused staves except the voices and main strings.
The fragment ends at 1’55”. Beyond are a couple of bars of the next section – a more lively mood.
There’s still work to be done on this so please, if you can give it a listen and any comment, good or bad, would be appreciated. The score is a bit “first draft” so if you’re of a mind to pull it to pieces, please do.