As some of you know, I write music in my spare time, and post some of it to my website. As this is not a music forum. I don’t generally talk about it much here, but I just finished a piece that I thought might be of interest. Last fall, I had intended to do an instrumental setting of the Introit for Gaudete Sunday in Advent, but as the date approached more quickly than progress on the piece, rather than rush it I put it on hold. This is not that piece, but I came back to the idea of following the structure of an Introit (albeit with the psalm and Gloria Patri merged/overlaid). It’s in F major, but the slow tempo and touches of the relative key of D minor render it more contemplative (and perhaps even a bit melancholy) than cheerful. It would probably be suitable for a student orchestra to play, as none the parts (including the soloists) are very demanding technically; professionals might consider this too easy to bother with. Here it is: Introit

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3 comments on “Introit

  1. Well, well! Another TERRIFIC work, Glornt!

    You probably would not hear it yourself, since you’re the composer, but I can tell you for sure that THAT is truly “Southern” Catholic music! It hit me that way straightaway!

    I like very much your schema for the voicings and agree with your preference for the viola.

    Nicely, nicely done.

    I’m going to forward your link to John Vennari and to another friend in Buffalo who is working with a few other professionals (organ and voice) trying to drum up some fresh interest in traditional music in the diocese there. John’s children are already very accomplished violinists and violists.

    Keep it up!

    • Thanks for the kind words. You are of course correct in assuming that I don’t really hear a Southern accent in my music (although I do take it as a compliment!), or even an American accent, for that matter, as my main musical influences are a bunch of old Euros.

      As for forwarding this to anyone who might be willing to perform it, please do! I’d love to hear this played by real instruments (as opposed to these digital samplings, nice as they are). There are some subtleties that just cannot be captured using digital instruments, particularly phrasing and dynamics; some of the solo instruments’ entrances and exits are supposed to be more gradual than I was able to make them here.

  2. Very nice; thanks for finding this. I hadn’t heard of this composer before, but before doing a search, correctly guessed that he was British (one of the old Euros included in my reference above is Ralph Vaughan Williams).

    About the two songs below, I would hope never to hear either one at Mass. The first of the two is of course misnamed, but a nice song sung by a pretty voice; reminds me a bit of Enya. I’ll probably give a listen to some of her other songs. The second one is okay, but sounds more suited to a Renaissance Fair than anything else. I don’t mean this as an insult; some of my stuff is also modal (Nota Brevis, Untitled Prelude and its unfinished companion piece, etc.). I’m even working on a salsa instrumental — but I wouldn’t want that played at Mass, either.

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