Central Composers Alliance Works by David Fisher http://www.composersalliance.com/ Founded in 1995, the Central Composers Alliance, whose Patron is Sir Richard Rodney Bennett, was formed to promote the works of members of the Composers Guild of Great Britain who are resident in, or have close connections with, Central England. David Fisher Composers Classical Music David Fisher http://www.composersalliance.com/images/shops/161.jpg http://www.composersalliance.com/composers/index.cfm?composer=161 David Fisher The Gift to Sing: Alleluia! - David Fisher http://www.composersalliance.com/composers/work.cfm?work=1452 A work for choir and organ which has been written for the final concert of the 40th Anniversary season of the superb Leicestershire Chorale and their eximious conductor Tom Williams. It is written in memory of Wanda G Davies, a founder member of the Chorale, who sang with the choir for 38 years. The composer was himself a founder member of the Chorale which was formed by Music Advisor Peter Fletcher, under the benevolent and inspired guidance of the then Director of Education, Andrew Fairbairn. Peter Fletcher [later Principal of the RWCMD] was to oversee the Formation of a Special Adult Choir in Leicestershire . It was announced that this special choir should consist largely of keen and able singers teaching in Leicestershire. Peter wanted to bring teachers together, many of whom were one person departments schools at all key stages. Part of its stated aim was to provide a high level performance outlet for teachers and to provide, through performance and the experience of covering a considerably larger repertoire a stimulus for choir singing in Leicestershire . Forty years later it has maintained that ethos although is not now a choir of educationalists. The Gift to Sing is a poem by an African American James poet James Weldon Johnson and it fuses those words [see below left] with the sixth verse of Psalm 150. It is to be premi red by Leicestershire Chorale under Tom Williams with David Cowen on the organ at St Aidan s Church, New Parks, Leicester on 30th June 2018 and will feature in a concert in St David s Cathedral in late July. Sun, 29 Apr 2018 00:00:00 GMT http://www.composersalliance.com/composers/work.cfm?work=1452 David Fisher Benedicat Domino - David Fisher http://www.composersalliance.com/composers/work.cfm?work=1428 Written for the popular series of A Countertenor s Christmas concerts held at Evangelische Versoehnungskirche, Ehrenfeld in Cologne, Germany by Joachim Diessner von Isensee and his remarkable set of soloist friends and guests. On this occasion [December 11th 2016] the soloists are Joachim Diessner [countertenor] and Bhawani Moennsad [mezzosoprano]. The organist was Markus Belmann and the violinist Vassili Voronin. The words are taken from the Selden manuscript [Selden MS. B.26 f. 24v & Selden MS. B.26 f. 25] at the Bodleian Library, Oxford. The English translation is by the Rev. J. O Connor. The call for a violin to enhance the piece came as a late request but it was nice to be given the opportunity to write for a violinist as assured and beautifully-toned as Mr. Voronin, especially as the two soloists are so well matched as well. David ex progenie, Nata fuit hodie Virgo mater gracie Vite restoracio. Ex spina rosa nascitur In qua fructus gignitur Per quem mors destruitur Et datur salvacio. Natus es de virgine, Sine viri semine Patrit compar Domine Regans sine termino. Cujus fuit passio Omnium redempcio. Nostra ergo concio Marie cum Filio Benedicat Domino. <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/HFnymW6WbI8" frameborder="0" gesture="media" allowfullscreen></iframe> Thu, 01 Dec 2016 00:00:00 GMT http://www.composersalliance.com/composers/work.cfm?work=1428 David Fisher Ach, mein herzlieben Jesulein - David Fisher http://www.composersalliance.com/composers/work.cfm?work=1427 Written for the popular series of A Countertenor s Christmas concerts held at Evangelische Vers hnungskirche, Ehrenfeld in K ln, Germany by Joachim Diessner von Isensee and his remarkable set of soloist friends and guests. On this occasion [December 11th 2016] the countertenor soloist is Arnon Zlotnik with Joachim Diessner [countertenor] and guests Ute Eisenhut [soprano] and Bhawani Moennsad [mezzosoprano]. The organist was Markus Belmann and the violinist Vassili Voronin. This version of the carol is a reworking of Balulalow, written in 1983 as a companion piece to Mary Laid Her Child with a prominent soprano solo dedicated to Jacquelyn Parker [later a singer at Glyndebourne Opera]. Transposed down a fourth and with an accompaniment of violin [optional] and organ or solo organ. Although written in German with words by Martin Luther [from Vom Himmel hoch], the score has alternative words in modern English and the medieval translation by James, John and Robert Wedderburn. Each verse is introduced by an increasing number of the accompanying singers before they join the soloist in the last verse. The range of the soloist is from F 3 to E5 although A3 to D5 are given as alternatives. Sat, 12 Nov 2016 00:00:00 GMT http://www.composersalliance.com/composers/work.cfm?work=1427 David Fisher The Spirit of the Lord is upon me - David Fisher http://www.composersalliance.com/composers/work.cfm?work=1410 <p><b>An anthem written for the ordination of Joachim Diessner at </b><b>Evangelische Vers&ouml;hnungskirche, Ehrenfeld, K&ouml;ln on July 3rd 2016. It is a setting of words taken from the book of Isaiah, chapter 61, verses 1-3 for mixed voice choir and an authentic instrument orchestra from the Baroque period. Although originally written for 3 oboes, Bassoon and single strings [Vln 1, Vln 2, Vla, Vlc &amp; DB], it is also available for modern orchestra with Fl, Ob, Cl and Bn in the woodwind].&nbsp;</b>&nbsp;<b>It is hoped that a German version of the anthem will become available in due course along with an organ accompaniment.</b></p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/ggm5TvPMFao" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=></iframe></p> <p><!--[if gte mso 9]> 0 0 1 5 33 Kingfisher Chorale 1 1 37 14.0 <![endif]--> <!--[if gte mso 9]> Normal 0 false false false EN-US JA X-NONE <![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]> <![endif]--> <!--[if gte mso 10]> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normalmso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:mso-padding-alt:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0cm; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Cambria; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-ansi-language:EN-US;} <![endif]--> <!--StartFragment--> <!--EndFragment--></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:12.0pt;mso-pagination:none;mso-layout-grid-align: none;text-autospace:none"><!--[if gte mso 9]> 0 0 1 5 33 Kingfisher Chorale 1 1 37 14.0 <![endif]--> <!--[if gte mso 9]> Normal 0 false false false EN-US JA X-NONE <![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]> <![endif]--> <!--[if gte mso 10]> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normalmso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:mso-padding-alt:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0cm; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Cambria; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-ansi-language:EN-US;} <![endif]--> <!--StartFragment--> <!--EndFragment--></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:12.0pt;mso-pagination:none;mso-layout-grid-align: none;text-autospace:none"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal">The performers at the&nbsp;premi&egrave;re&nbsp;were:</b></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:12.0pt;mso-pagination:none;mso-layout-grid-align: none;text-autospace:none"><!--[if gte mso 9]> 0 0 1 91 521 Kingfisher Chorale 4 1 611 14.0 <![endif]--> <!--[if gte mso 9]> Normal 0 false false false EN-US JA X-NONE <![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]> <![endif]--> <!--[if gte mso 10]> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normalmso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:mso-padding-alt:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0cm; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Cambria; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-ansi-language:EN-US;} <![endif]--> <!--StartFragment--> <!--EndFragment--></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal">Choir</b>: <b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal">Christine Albert</i></b>, <b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal">Vera Bongert</i></b>, <b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal">Ute Eisenhut</i></b>, <b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal">Suzanne Hark&auml;mper</i></b>, <b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal">Susanne Heydasch-Lehmann</i></b>, <b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal">Anja Meksem</i></b>, <b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal">Katrin Witzel</i></b>, <b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal">Petra Witzel</i></b> [Soprano]; <b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal">Birgit Bernhard, Cornelia Fricke, Carola G&uuml;nther, Anke Schaumburg, Barbara Siefker</i></b> [Alto]; <strong><em>J&uuml;rgen Buschmann</em></strong><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal">, Michael Diessner-Mayer, Tilman K&ouml;gel, Matthias Velten</i></b>, [Tenor]; <b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal">Thomas Griebel</i></b>, <b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal">Michael Kolvenbach</i></b>, <b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal">Thomas Lehmann</i></b>, <b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal">Till Mattes</i></b> [Bass].</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal">Orchestra</b>: <b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal">Katharina Wimmer</i></b>, &nbsp;<b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal">Janna Carl</i></b> [Violins], <b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal">Bettina Ecken</i></b> [Viola], <b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal">Martin Burkhardt</i></b> [Violoncello], <b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal">Thomas Heyn</i></b> [Double bass], <b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal">Ulrike Neukamm</i></b>, <b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal">Kirstin Linde</i></b>, <b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal">Peter Frankenberg</i></b> [Oboes], <b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal">Rhoda Patrick</i></b> [Bassoon].</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:12.0pt;mso-pagination:none;mso-layout-grid-align: none;text-autospace:none">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:12.0pt;mso-pagination:none;mso-layout-grid-align: none;text-autospace:none"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal">The text in English and Lutheran German version:</b></p> <!--[if gte mso 9]> 0 0 1 174 994 Kingfisher Chorale 8 2 1166 14.0 <![endif]--> <!--[if gte mso 9]> Normal 0 false false false EN-US JA X-NONE <![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]> <![endif]--> <!--[if gte mso 10]> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normalmso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:mso-padding-alt:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0cm; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Cambria; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-ansi-language:EN-US;} table.MsoTableGrid {mso-style-name:"Table Gridmso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-priority:59; mso-style-unhide:no; border:solid windowtext 1.0pt; mso-border-alt:solid windowtext .5pt; mso-padding-alt:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt; mso-border-insideh:.5pt solid windowtext; mso-border-insidev:.5pt solid windowtext; mso-para-margin:0cm; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Cambria; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-ansi-language:EN-US;} <![endif]--> <!--StartFragment--> <p class="MsoNormal">Taken from:&nbsp;<b>Isaiah 61:1-3</b></p> <p class="MsoNormal">The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,&nbsp;because the Lord has anointed me&nbsp;to preach good tidings to the poor;&nbsp;He has sent me to heal the brokenhearted,&nbsp;to proclaim liberty to the captives,&nbsp;and the opening of the prison to those who are bound,&nbsp;to comfort all who mourn,&nbsp;that they may be called trees of righteousness,&nbsp;the planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Taken from: <b>Jesaja 61:1-3</b></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Der Geist des Herrn ist &uuml;ber mir&nbsp;darum da&szlig; mich der Herr gesalbt hat.&nbsp;Er hat mich gesandt, den Elenden, zu predigen&nbsp;die zerbrochenen Herzen zu verbinden,&nbsp;zu verk&uuml;ndigen den Gefangenen die Freiheit,&nbsp;den Gebundenen, da&szlig; ihnen ge&ouml;ffnet werde,&nbsp;zu tr&ouml;sten alle Traurigen,&nbsp;da&szlig; sie genannt werden die B&auml;ume der Gerechtigkeit,&nbsp;Pflanzen des Herrn zum Preise.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><b>Photos:</b></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><b>[L] David Fisher with Joachim Diessner</b></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>[Below L] Image from the video</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>[Below R] Part of the orchestra and choir</strong></p> <!--EndFragment--> Sun, 03 Jul 2016 00:00:00 GMT http://www.composersalliance.com/composers/work.cfm?work=1410 David Fisher Song for St. Nicholas - David Fisher http://www.composersalliance.com/composers/work.cfm?work=1377 <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:16.0pt;mso-pagination:none;mso-layout-grid-align: none;text-autospace:none"><b>Written for the popular series of A&nbsp;<a href="http://www.actioner.de/veranstaltungen/1727197/konzert-a-countertenor-s-christmas-the-14th-season">Countertenor&acute;s Christmas</a>&nbsp;concerts held at&nbsp;<a href="https://translate.google.co.uk/translate?hl=en&amp;sl=de&amp;u=http://www.ehrenfelder-abendmusiken.de/termine/termine.html&amp;prev=search">Evangelische Vers&ouml;hnungskirche</a>, Ehrenfeld in&nbsp;K&ouml;ln,&nbsp;Germany by Joachim Diessner von Isensee and his remarkable set of soloist friends and guests usually including&nbsp;<a href="http://translate.google.co.uk/translate?hl=en&amp;sl=de&amp;u=https://de.linkedin.com/pub/ute-eisenhut/63/672/40a&amp;prev=search">Ute Eisenhut</a>,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.musicweb-international.com/classrev/2010/Nov10/Mattheson_7774552.htm">Melissa Hegney</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="http://www.tokafi.com/15questions/15questionsarnonzlotnik/">Arnon Zlotnik</a>. On this occasion the singers were Joachim Diessner and <a href="http://www.tokafi.com/15questions/15questionsarnonzlotnik/">Arnon Zlotnik</a>, guests <a href="http://translate.google.co.uk/translate?hl=en&amp;sl=de&amp;u=https://de.linkedin.com/pub/ute-eisenhut/63/672/40a&amp;prev=search">Ute Eisenhut</a>&nbsp;and <a href="https://translate.google.co.uk/translate?hl=en&amp;sl=de&amp;u=https://www.sirene.at/christine_albert&amp;prev=search">Christine Albert </a>with special guest, the mezzo <a href="http://www.moennsad.de">Bhawani Moennsad</a>. The organist was&nbsp;<a href="http://translate.google.co.uk/translate?hl=en&amp;sl=de&amp;u=http://www.orgel-information.de/Kirchenmusiker/a-e/belmann_markus.html&amp;prev=search">Markus Belmann</a>. </b></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:16.0pt;mso-pagination:none;mso-layout-grid-align: none;text-autospace:none"><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/x9H2yXNIe8w" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=></iframe></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:16.0pt;mso-pagination:none;mso-layout-grid-align: none;text-autospace:none"><em><strong>NEW! A version for Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Baritone and Bass is also available with an alternative additional Soprano 2 part.</strong>&nbsp;<strong>The three solos verses may be sung by upper or lower voice soloists or full sections.</strong></em></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:16.0pt;mso-pagination:none;mso-layout-grid-align: none;text-autospace:none"><b>This is one of several compositions featured in&nbsp;K&ouml;ln over the years &nbsp;but following, in particular, the very successful&nbsp;premi&egrave;re&nbsp;performances of&nbsp;<a href="http://www.composersalliance.com/composers/work.cfm?work=1019">&quot;The Christ-child&quot;&nbsp;</a>with&nbsp;<a href="http://www.emmakirkby.com/">Dame Emma Kirkby</a>&nbsp;and Herr Diessner in December 2012 <a href="http://www.composersalliance.com/composers/work.cfm?work=1221">&quot;Angels sing with pious mirth!&quot;</a>&nbsp;[SSAA + Organ] in 2013 and &ldquo;Nunc gaudet Maria&rdquo; in 2014. Two more of Fisher&rsquo;s earlier carols:</b>&nbsp;<b>&quot;<i>Mary Laid Her Child</i>&quot; [in a new arrangement for five upper voices] and &quot;<i>Mother Mary</i>&quot; were also performed.</b></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:16.0pt;mso-pagination:none;mso-layout-grid-align: none;text-autospace:none"><!--[if gte mso 9]> 0 0 1 36 210 Kingfisher Chorale 1 1 245 14.0 <![endif]--> <!--[if gte mso 9]> Normal 0 false false false EN-US JA X-NONE <![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]> <![endif]--> <!--[if gte mso 10]> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normalmso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:mso-padding-alt:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0cm; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Cambria; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-ansi-language:EN-US;} <![endif]--> <!--StartFragment--> <!--EndFragment--></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><b>PHOTOS: </b>the wallpainting <em>[left] </em>and the archways to the church <em>[below right] </em>were taken by the composer in <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Nicholas">St. Nicholas</a>&rsquo; original <a href="http://www.stnicholascenter.org/pages/myra-church/">church at Myra</a> in modern day Demre, Turkey. <a href="http://www.stnicholascenter.org/pages/who-is-st-nicholas/">Nicholas</a> was Bishop of Myra. The photograph of the wallpainting also appears on the score&rsquo;s cover.</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:15.0pt;mso-pagination:none;mso-layout-grid-align: none;text-autospace:none"><b>This piece for the fifteenth concert in the series is a setting of these Slavic words from the Greek Catholic (Byzantine) tradition:</b></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal">1.</b><i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal">&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</i><i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal">O who loves Nicholas the Saintly,</i></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-indent:36.0pt"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal">O who serves Nicholas the Saintly.</i></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left:1.0cm;text-indent:36.0pt"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal">Him will Nicholas receive,</i></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left:1.0cm;text-indent:36.0pt"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal">And give help in time of need.</i></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left:1.0cm;text-indent:36.0pt"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal">O Holy Father Nicholas.</i></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left:1.0cm;text-indent:36.0pt"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal">Nicholas the Saintly.</i></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal">&nbsp;</i></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal">2.</b><i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal">&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; </i><i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal">O who dwells in God&acute;s holy mansions;</i></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-indent:36.0pt"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal">Is our help on the land and oceans.</i></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left:1.0cm;text-indent:36.0pt"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal">He will guard us from all ills,</i></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left:1.0cm;text-indent:36.0pt"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal">Keep us pure and free from sins,</i></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left:1.0cm;text-indent:36.0pt"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal">O Holy Father Nicholas.</i></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left:1.0cm;text-indent:36.0pt"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal">Nicholas the Saintly.</i></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal">&nbsp;</i></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal">3.</b><i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal">&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; </i><i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal">Nicholas, tearfully we sinners,</i></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-indent:36.0pt"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal">Beseech you fervently in our prayers.</i></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left:63.8pt"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal">Help us in our tribulations,</i></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left:63.8pt"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal">And comfort ev&acute;ry Christian nation.</i></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left:63.8pt"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal">O Holy Father Nicholas.</i></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left:63.8pt"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal">Nicholas the Saintly.</i></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal">&nbsp;</i></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal">4.</b><i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal">&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; </i><i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal">Holy Saint, listen to our prayers.</i></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-indent:36.0pt"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal">Let not life lead us to despair;</i></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left:1.0cm;text-indent:36.0pt"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal">All our efforts aren&acute;t in vain,</i></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left:1.0cm;text-indent:36.0pt"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal">Singing praises to your name;</i></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left:1.0cm;text-indent:36.0pt"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal">O Holy Father Nicholas.</i></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><!--[if gte mso 9]> 0 0 1 108 622 Kingfisher Chorale 5 1 729 14.0 <![endif]--> <!--[if gte mso 9]> Normal 0 false false false EN-US JA X-NONE <![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]> <![endif]--> <!--[if gte mso 10]> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normalmso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:mso-padding-alt:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0cm; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Cambria; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-ansi-language:EN-US;} <![endif]--> <!--StartFragment--> <!--EndFragment--></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left:1.0cm;text-indent:36.0pt"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal">Nicholas the Saintly.</i></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left:1.0cm;text-indent:36.0pt">&nbsp;</p> Sun, 06 Dec 2015 00:00:00 GMT http://www.composersalliance.com/composers/work.cfm?work=1377 David Fisher Richard III: Out of the Deep - David Fisher http://www.composersalliance.com/composers/work.cfm?work=1303 <p><em><b style="color: rgb(13, 36, 51); font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 11px;">Richard III:</b>&nbsp;<b style="color: rgb(13, 36, 51); font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 11px;">Out of the deep </b></em><b style="color: rgb(13, 36, 51); font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 11px;">was first performed at Leicester Cathedral on the 13th June 2015 on the occasion of the Golden Jubilee of the Leicester Cathedral Old Choristers&acute; Association. It was performed by choirs of Leicester Cathedral, conducted by Chris Ouvry-Johns [Director of Music] and accompanied by Simon Headley [organist and Assistant Director of Music]. The solo bass singing the words of King Richard is Andrew Goodrich.</b>&nbsp;</p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/gqet9UAXmV4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=></iframe></p> <p><em><b style="color: rgb(13, 36, 51); font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 11px;">Richard III:</b>&nbsp;<b style="color: rgb(13, 36, 51); font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 11px;">Out of the deep</b></em><b style="color: rgb(13, 36, 51); font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 11px;">*&nbsp;</b></p> <!--[if gte mso 9]> 0 0 1 255 1455 Kingfisher Chorale 12 3 1707 14.0 <![endif]--> <!--[if gte mso 9]> Normal 0 false false false EN-US JA X-NONE <![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]> <![endif]--> <!--[if gte mso 10]> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normalmso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:mso-padding-alt:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0cm; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Cambria; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-ansi-language:EN-US;} <![endif]--> <!--StartFragment--> <!--[if gte mso 9]> 0 0 1 255 1456 Kingfisher Chorale 12 3 1708 14.0 <![endif]--> <!--[if gte mso 9]> Normal 0 false false false EN-US JA X-NONE <![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]> <![endif]--> <!--[if gte mso 10]> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normalmso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:mso-padding-alt:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0cm; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Cambria; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-ansi-language:EN-US;} <![endif]--> <!--StartFragment--> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-indent:36.0pt"><strong><i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal">Richard III: Out of the deep</i><i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal">&nbsp;</i></strong><em>is an anthem that has been written to include descriptive and symbolic references to King Richard in triplets, triads and intervals of a third contrasted with chords containing sevenths for King Henry VII. It opens with a fanfare [in which the date 1485 is created from like-numbered intervals] and his pre-battle phrase is sung by a solo baritone</em> <strong>[0&acute;25&quot;]</strong>.&nbsp;<em>The succeeding fortissimo organ part </em><strong>[0&acute;43&quot;] </strong><em>reflects the terror of the battle whilst combatants&rsquo; deaths are represented by otherworldly voices in the choir singing a well-known hymn tune</em> <strong>[1&acute;10&quot;]</strong> <em>that emerges from and contrasts with the overwhelming volume of the organ.&nbsp;</em><em>In the next section the organ plays the hymn melody</em>&nbsp;<strong>[2&acute;29&quot;]&nbsp;</strong><em>over which there is a setting of Psalm 130 in Latin and English which starts quietly and low in pitch and, what is almost a double canon between the Bass &amp; Alto and Tenor &amp; Soprano, this builds up in pitch and dynamics leading to the crux of the piece is the desperate cry of<i style="text-indent: 36pt;">&nbsp;</i>&lsquo;O Lord, hear my voice&rsquo;&nbsp;</em><strong>[3&acute;34&quot;]</strong>.&nbsp;<em>In the next two sections, the first</em>&nbsp;<strong>[3&acute;42&quot;]&nbsp;</strong><em>f</em><em>eatures the percussive chords which pervade the piece and the second</em>&nbsp;<strong>[4&acute;24&quot;]</strong>&nbsp; <em>in which the words from Jonah<b style="text-indent: 36pt;"> </b>underpin Richard&acute;s prayer in his fervent belief that his call to God has been answered. This is reinforced by the warm key of&nbsp;<i style="text-indent: 36pt;">B major</i> for the final verse</em>&nbsp;<strong>[5&acute;20&quot;]</strong><em>, in a centuries-old harmonisation, against which the rest of the prayer is set except for the final line.</em><em>&nbsp;<!--[if gte mso 9]> Normal 0 false false false EN-US JA X-NONE <![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]> <![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 10]> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normalmso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:mso-padding-alt:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0cm; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Cambria; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-ansi-language:EN-US;} <![endif]--><!--StartFragment--><!--EndFragment--></em><em>In the coda, the return of the &lsquo;terror&rsquo; music</em>&nbsp;<strong>[6&acute;11&quot;]&nbsp;</strong><em>brings back the opening theme which is sung by the choir for the first time. It steadily descends in pitch and volume and gradually breaks up as the final phrase of King Richard&acute;s prayer rises in hope&nbsp;</em><strong>[6&acute;52&quot;]&nbsp;</strong><em>only to be dashed as his voice finally joins the choral singing from beyond the grave.&nbsp;</em><strong>[7&acute;20&quot;]</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p> <!--EndFragment--> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>For this composition I chose the following words:</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><em><strong>&ldquo;God forbid I yield one step. This day I will die as a King or win&rdquo;</strong></em></p> <p><!--[if gte mso 9]> 0 0 1 24 137 Kingfisher Chorale 1 1 160 14.0 <![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]> Normal 0 false false false EN-US JA X-NONE <![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]> <![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 10]> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normalmso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:mso-padding-alt:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0cm; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Cambria; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-ansi-language:EN-US;} <![endif]--><!--StartFragment--> <!--EndFragment-->&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; (Spoken by King Richard before the battle and quoted in the &lsquo;<a href="http://www.historytoday.com/colin-hichmond/battle-bosworth">Spanish Letter</a>&rsquo; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;1st March 1486)</p> <p><b><i>Thy Word commands our flesh to dust,&nbsp;Return, ye sons of men:&nbsp;All nations rose from earth at first,&nbsp;And turn to earth again.</i></b></p> <!--[if gte mso 9]> 0 0 1 238 1361 Kingfisher Chorale 11 3 1596 14.0 <![endif]--> <!--[if gte mso 9]> Normal 0 false false false EN-US JA X-NONE <![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]> <![endif]--> <!--[if gte mso 10]> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normalmso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:mso-padding-alt:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0cm; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Cambria; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-ansi-language:EN-US;} <![endif]--> <!--StartFragment--> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-indent:36.0pt">(Verse [from &ldquo;<a href="http://www.lutheran-hymnal.com/lyrics/tlh123.htm">O God, our help in ages past</a>&rdquo;] omitted from both &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hymns_Ancient_and_Modern">Hymns Ancient and Modern</a> 1906 and Hymns Old and New 1996)</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><b><i>De profundis clamavi ad te Domine.</i></b></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><b><i>Out of the deep have I called unto Thee, O Lord hear my voice.</i></b></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-indent:36.0pt">(<a href="https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm+130&amp;version=KJV">Psalm 130</a>)</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><b><i>Watch therefore, for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.</i></b></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-indent:36.0pt">(<a href="https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+24&amp;version=KJV">Matthew 24</a>:42)</p> <p class="MsoNormal">[<strong>N.B.</strong> From this point to the end of the work, the following beautiful and penitential prayer from <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/people/king_richard_iii">King Richard III</a>&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.lambethpalacelibrary.org/content/annunciation"><strong>Book of Hours</strong></a><strong>**&nbsp;</strong>is incorporated into the texture of the work]:</p> <!--[if gte mso 9]> 0 0 1 72 416 Kingfisher Chorale 3 1 487 14.0 <![endif]--> <!--[if gte mso 9]> Normal 0 false false false EN-US JA X-NONE <![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]> <![endif]--> <!--[if gte mso 10]> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normalmso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:mso-padding-alt:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0cm; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Cambria; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-ansi-language:EN-US;} <![endif]--> <!--StartFragment--> <!--[if gte mso 9]> 0 0 1 55 319 Kingfisher Chorale 2 1 373 14.0 <![endif]--> <!--[if gte mso 9]> Normal 0 false false false EN-US JA X-NONE <![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]> <![endif]--> <!--[if gte mso 10]> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normalmso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:mso-padding-alt:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0cm; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Cambria; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-ansi-language:EN-US;} <![endif]--> <!--StartFragment--> <p class="MsoNormal"><b><i>Lord Jesus Christ, deign to free me, your servant King Richard, from every tribulation, sorrow and trouble in which I am placed... hear me, in the name of all your goodness, for which I give thanks, and for all the gifts granted to me, because you made me from nothing and redeemed me out of your bounteous love and pity from eternal damnation to promising eternal life. [Amen]</i></b></p> <!--EndFragment--> <!--EndFragment--> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-indent:36.0pt">(Adapted by <a href="http://www.r3.org/links/to-prove-a-villain-the-real-richard-iii/these-supposed-crimes/a-book-of-prayer/">King Richard III from a prayer </a>widely in use at the time)</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><b><i>I went down to the bottom of the mountains; the Earth with her bars was about me for ever: yet hast thou brought up my life from corruption, O Lord my God. When my soul fainted within me, I remembered the Lord.</i></b></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-indent:36.0pt">(<a href="http://www.sacred-texts.com/bib/kjv/jon002.htm">Jonah 2</a>:6-7)</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><b><i>The silent dead praise not the Lord,&nbsp;The grave no song can raise;&nbsp;But we will praise him evermore,&nbsp;Let all proclaim His praise.</i></b></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-indent:36.0pt">(from a Metrical version of <a href="http://www.kingjamesbibleonline.org/Psalms-Chapter-115/">Psalm 115</a>:17-18)</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><b><i>De profundis clamavi.</i></b></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><b><i>And turn to earth again.</i></b></p> <p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><!--[if gte mso 9]> 0 0 1 116 665 Kingfisher Chorale 5 1 780 14.0 <![endif]--> <!--[if gte mso 9]> Normal 0 false false false EN-US JA X-NONE <![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]> <![endif]--> <!--[if gte mso 10]> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normalmso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:mso-padding-alt:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0cm; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Cambria; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-ansi-language:EN-US;} <![endif]--> <!--StartFragment--> <!--EndFragment--></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="mso-pagination:none;mso-layout-grid-align:none; text-autospace:none"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal">** Up to thirteen books are believed to have survived today from King Richard III&rsquo;s personal library. That he should have a Book of Hours is not surprising as he was a devout Catholic and possessing a book with prayers and psalms with accompanying illuminated decoration was very common considering his status. King Richard&rsquo;s book was believed to been written in London in the early C15th and very likely made for a priest. Other prayers and devotional texts were added later possibly after King Richard acquired it.&nbsp;His personal supplication was adapted from a prayer that was widely used at the time in similar books of hours.&nbsp;Whilst his deep devotion did not prevent him from dying in a tragically violent way, his faith would have given him the courage to fight until the end.</b></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="mso-pagination:none;mso-layout-grid-align:none; text-autospace:none">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="mso-pagination:none;mso-layout-grid-align:none; text-autospace:none"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal">Images:</b></p> <!--EndFragment--> <p class="MsoNormal">[left]</p> <p class="MsoNormal">[a]&nbsp;<b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal">A page from King Richard III&rsquo;s &ldquo;Book of Hours&rdquo; featuring the Annunciation</b>.&nbsp;[b]&nbsp;<b>Detail from the Leicester Cathedral music sheet</b></p> <p class="MsoNormal">[below left &ndash; composer&rsquo;s copyright photos]</p> <p class="MsoNormal">[a]&nbsp;<b>&ldquo;Out of the deep&rdquo; &ndash; the excavated grave in <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leicester">Leicester</a>&rsquo;s <a href="http://kriii.com">King Richard III Visitors&rsquo; Centre</a> showing the position of the skeleton of the king</b>. [b]&nbsp;<b>The reconstructed head of King Richard III</b>&nbsp;[the muscles and skin were modelled by&nbsp;<strong><a href="http://www.ljmu.ac.uk/LSA/128537.htm">Caroline Wilkinson</a></strong>,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.dundee.ac.uk/admissions/staff_profiles/carolinewilkinson.htm">Professor of Craniofacial Identification</a>&nbsp;at the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.dundee.ac.uk">University of Dundee</a>]&nbsp;<b>in&nbsp;<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leicester">Leicester</a>&rsquo;s&nbsp;<a href="http://kriii.com">King Richard III Visitors&rsquo; Centre</a></b>.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><!--[if gte mso 9]> 0 0 1 88 502 Kingfisher Chorale 4 1 589 14.0 <![endif]--> <!--[if gte mso 9]> Normal 0 false false false EN-US JA X-NONE <![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]> <![endif]--> <!--[if gte mso 10]> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normalmso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:mso-padding-alt:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0cm; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Cambria; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-ansi-language:EN-US;} <![endif]--> <!--StartFragment--> <!--EndFragment--></p> <p class="MsoNormal">[below right &ndash; composer&rsquo;s copyright photos]</p> <p class="MsoNormal">[a] <strong>Leicester Cathedral spire with the laser-projected image taken after the Compline service to accept the remains of King Richard III to his final resting place. </strong>[b]<strong> The left side of the beautifully decorated pall over the coffin at the west end of cathedral. </strong>[c] <strong>The right side of the &nbsp;pall showing the replica crown and the C15th bible.</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><b style="color: rgb(13, 36, 51); font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 11px;">*</b>&nbsp;This is one of what is&nbsp;a series of &acute;portmanteau&acute; pieces&nbsp;[&quot;consisting of or combining two or more aspects or qualities.&quot;]&nbsp;which may be adapted to accommodate any natural or personal disasters or deaths caused by unforeseen events. The structure of the work allows for the incorporation of alternative material to suit the particular event being commemorated.&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p> <!--EndFragment--> Fri, 12 Dec 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.composersalliance.com/composers/work.cfm?work=1303 David Fisher Nunc gaudet Maria - David Fisher http://www.composersalliance.com/composers/work.cfm?work=1300 <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:12.0pt;mso-pagination:none;mso-layout-grid-align: none;text-autospace:none"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal">Written for the popular series of <a href="http://www.actioner.de/veranstaltungen/1727197/konzert-a-countertenor-s-christmas-the-14th-season">Countertenor&acute;s Christmas</a> concerts held at&nbsp;Evangelische Vers&ouml;hnungskirche, Ehrenfeld in&nbsp;K&ouml;ln,&nbsp;Germany by Joachim Diessner von Isensee and his remarkable set of soloist friends and guests: <a href="http://translate.google.co.uk/translate?hl=en&amp;sl=de&amp;u=https://de.linkedin.com/pub/ute-eisenhut/63/672/40a&amp;prev=search">Ute Eisenhut</a>, <a href="http://www.musicweb-international.com/classrev/2010/Nov10/Mattheson_7774552.htm">Melissa Hegney</a> and <a href="http://www.tokafi.com/15questions/15questionsarnonzlotnik/">Arnon Zlotnik</a>. On this occasion the quartet was augmented by the Australian mezzo, <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/au/album/wagner-operatic-chamber-music/id666442502">Suzanne McLeod</a>, which meant that, she replaced Melissa Hegney in this carol. The organist was <a href="http://translate.google.co.uk/translate?hl=en&amp;sl=de&amp;u=http://www.orgel-information.de/Kirchenmusiker/a-e/belmann_markus.html&amp;prev=search">Markus Belmann </a>and the glockenspiel/bell part was performed in the&nbsp;</b><b>premi&egrave;re by the trumpeter Joachim Bertsch.</b><b>&nbsp;</b></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:12.0pt;mso-pagination:none;mso-layout-grid-align: none;text-autospace:none"><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/RlY3MIhCIhU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=></iframe></p> <!--EndFragment--> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:12.0pt;mso-pagination:none;mso-layout-grid-align: none;text-autospace:none"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal">This is one of several compositions featured in&nbsp;K&ouml;ln over the years &nbsp;but following, in particular, the very successful&nbsp;premi&egrave;re&nbsp;performances of&nbsp;<a href="http://www.composersalliance.com/composers/work.cfm?work=1019">&quot;The Christ-child&quot;&nbsp;</a>with&nbsp;<a href="http://www.emmakirkby.com/">Dame Emma Kirkby</a>&nbsp;and Herr Diessner in December 2012 and&nbsp;<a href="http://www.composersalliance.com/composers/work.cfm?work=1221">&quot;Angels sing with pious mirth!&quot;</a>&nbsp;[SSAA + Organ] in 2013.</b></p> <p><!--[if gte mso 9]> 0 0 1 124 712 Kingfisher Chorale 5 1 835 14.0 <![endif]--> <!--[if gte mso 9]> Normal 0 false false false EN-US JA X-NONE <![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]> <![endif]--> <!--[if gte mso 10]> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normalmso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:mso-padding-alt:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0cm; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Cambria; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-ansi-language:EN-US;} <![endif]--> <!--StartFragment--> <!--EndFragment--></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal">This piece for the fourteenth concert in the series is a setting of these medieval words:</b></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal">Nunc gaudet Maria</b></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal">1</b>. Mary is a lady bright, She hath a Son of mickle might, Over all this world she is light, <b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal"><i>Bona natalicia</i></b><i>.</i></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal">2</b>. Mary is so fair of face, And her Son is full of grace, In heaven (may) He make us a place, <b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal"><i>Cum sua potencia</i></b><i>.</i></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal">3</b>. Mary is so fair and bright, And her Son so full of might, Over all this world He is light, <b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><i>Bona voluntaria</i></b><i>.</i></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal">4</b>. Mary is both good and kind, Ever on us she hath mind, That the fiend shall us not bind <b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal"><i>Cum sua malicia</i></b><i>.</i></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal">5</b>. Mary is queen of every thing, And her Son a lovely king; God grant us all (a) good ending; <b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal"><i>Regnat Dei gracia</i></b>.</p> <p><!--[if gte mso 9]> 0 0 1 87 501 Kingfisher Chorale 4 1 587 14.0 <![endif]--> <!--[if gte mso 9]> Normal 0 false false false EN-US JA X-NONE <![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]> <![endif]--> <!--[if gte mso 10]> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normalmso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:mso-padding-alt:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0cm; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Cambria; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-ansi-language:EN-US;} <![endif]--> <!--StartFragment--> <!--EndFragment--></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal">Nunc gaudet Maria</b></p> <p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><b>IMAGES:</b></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><b>Left [top]:</b></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left:36.0pt"><b>Cover design &ndash; the stained glass c</b><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal">over photograph by the composer [<i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal">Virgin and Child</i>, Germany 1515, situated in the Palacio de Pena, Sintra, Portugal.]</b></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><b>Left [bottom]:</b></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-indent:36.0pt"><b>The programme of music</b></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><b>Bottom Left [top]:</b></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left:36.0pt"><b>(from left to right) Markus Belmann </b>[organ]<b>, Ute Eisenhut </b>[soprano]<b>, Suzanne McLeod </b>[mezzo]<b>, Arnon Zlotnik </b>&amp;<b> Joachim Diessner </b>[countertenors]<b> </b></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><b>Bottom Left [bottom]:</b></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-indent:36.0pt"><b>Poster design</b></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><b>Bottom Right [top]:</b></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left:36.0pt"><b>(from left to right) Joachim Diessner</b> &amp;<b> Arnon Zlotnik </b>[countertenors]<b>, Suzanne McLeod &amp; Melissa Hegney </b>[mezzos]<b>, Ute Eisenhut </b>[soprano]<b>, Markus Belmann </b>[organ]<b> </b></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><b>Bottom Right [bottom]:</b></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><!--[if gte mso 9]> 0 0 1 98 561 Kingfisher Chorale 4 1 658 14.0 <![endif]--> <!--[if gte mso 9]> Normal 0 false false false EN-US JA X-NONE <![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]> <![endif]--> <!--[if gte mso 10]> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normalmso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:mso-padding-alt:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0cm; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Cambria; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-ansi-language:EN-US;} <![endif]--> <!--StartFragment--> <!--EndFragment--></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-indent:36.0pt"><b>David Fisher in rehearsal with Markus Belmann</b></p> Sun, 07 Dec 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.composersalliance.com/composers/work.cfm?work=1300 David Fisher The Singing Angels OR Angels sing with pious mirth! - David Fisher http://www.composersalliance.com/composers/work.cfm?work=1221 <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0px 0px 12pt; padding: 0px; color: rgb(13, 36, 51); font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 11px;"><b>Written for the popular series of <a href="http://www.actioner.de/veranstaltungen/1727197/konzert-a-countertenor-s-christmas-the-14th-season" style="padding: 0px; color: rgb(0, 83, 0); text-decoration: none;">Countertenor s Christmas</a> concerts held at Evangelische Vers hnungskirche, Ehrenfeld in K ln, Germany by Joachim Diessner von Isensee and his remarkable set of soloist friends and guests: Ute Eisenhut, Melissa Hegney and Arnon Zlotnik with </b><strong><a href="http://translate.google.co.uk/translate?hl=en&sl=de&u=http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Markus_M%25C3%25A4rkl&prev=search">Markus M rkl</a> </strong><b>on the organ. This is one of several compositions featured in K ln over the years but following, in particular, the very successful premi re performances of <a href="http://www.composersalliance.com/composers/work.cfm?work=1019" style="padding: 0px; color: rgb(0, 83, 0); text-decoration: none;">"The Christ-child</a>with <a href="http://www.emmakirkby.com/" style="padding: 0px; color: rgb(0, 83, 0); text-decoration: none;">Dame Emma Kirkby</a> and Herr Diessner in December 2012 and preceding "<a href="http://www.composersalliance.com/composers/work.cfm?work=1300">Nunc gaudet Maria</a></b><b>[SSAA + Organ/Piano] </b><b>in 2014".</b></p> <!--[if gte mso 9]> 0 0 1 2 12 Kingfisher Chorale 1 1 13 14.0 <![endif]--> <!--[if gte mso 9]> Normal 0 false false false EN-US JA X-NONE <![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]> <![endif]--> <!--[if gte mso 10]> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normalmso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:mso-padding-alt:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0cm; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Cambria; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-ansi-language:EN-US;} <![endif]--> <!--StartFragment--> <!--EndFragment--> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0px 0px 12pt; padding: 0px; color: rgb(13, 36, 51); font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 11px;"><b>Videos with the English and German text versions of the carol will appear here in due course.</b></p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 15px; padding: 0px; color: rgb(13, 36, 51); font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 11px;"><em><strong>Ah, dearest Jesus, holy Child,<br /> Make Thee a bed, soft, undefiled,<br /> Here in my poor heart s inmost shrine,<br /> That I may evermore be Thine.</strong></em></p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 15px; padding: 0px; color: rgb(13, 36, 51); font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 11px;"><em><strong>My heart for very joy doth leap,<br /> My lips no more can silence keep,<br /> I too must sing, with joyful tongue,<br /> That sweetest ancient cradle song.</strong></em></p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 15px; padding: 0px; color: rgb(13, 36, 51); font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 11px;"><em><strong>Glory to God in highest Heaven,<br /> Who unto man His Son hath given,<br /> While angels sing, with pious mirth,<br /> A glad New Year to all the earth.</strong></em></p> <p style="font-weight: bold; font-family: serif; font-size: medium;"> </p> <p style="margin: 0.4em 0px 0.5em; line-height: 1.5em;">Ach, mein herzliebes Jesulein,<br /> Mach dir ein rein, sanft Bettelein,<br /> Zu ruhen in meins Herzens Schrein,<br /> Da ich nimmer vergesse dein.<br /> <br /> Davon ich allzeit fr hlich sei,<br /> Zu springen, singen immer frei<br /> Das rechte Susaninne schon,<br /> Mit Herzenslust den s en Ton.<br /> <br /> Lob, Ehr sei Gott im h chsten Thron,<br /> Der uns schenkt seinen ein gen Sohn.<br /> Des freuen sich der Engel Schar<br /> Und singen uns solch neues Jahr.</p> <p> </p> Sun, 15 Dec 2013 00:00:00 GMT http://www.composersalliance.com/composers/work.cfm?work=1221 David Fisher The Legacy - David Fisher http://www.composersalliance.com/composers/work.cfm?work=1187 <p>Written for and dedicated to: <strong>&quot;<em>Dedicated to Dr Chris Johns, Simon Headley, the Choirs of Leicester Cathedral, the Leicester Cathedral Old Choristers&acute; Association and the magnificent musical legacy these represent</em>&quot;. </strong>The legacy aspect of this concert is very important to the composer as, it jointly celebrates his 60th birthday and the impact of his life of being trained under two of the great musicians who were Organists and Choirmasters of Leicester Cathedral in the 1960s: <strong>Dr George C Gray</strong> and <strong>Peter G White</strong>. He was Dr Gray&acute;s last head chorister at Easter 1969 and Peter White&acute;s first until the day before of the composer&acute;s first &acute;O&acute; Level exam in the same year, retiring as a treble at 16&frac12;<b>. </b>It was first performed at Leicester Cathedral on 12th October 2013 under the direction of<strong> Dr Chris Johns</strong> with the choirs of Leicester Cathedral, Songmen Emeriti,&nbsp;Old Choristers and Kingfisher Chorale with <strong>Simon Headley</strong> on the organ.</p> <p>The image to the left is the <em><strong>Leicester Cathedral Legacy Concert</strong></em> poster designed by <strong><a href="http://www.rutlandsinfonia.org.uk/rutlandsinfonia/Conductors.html">David Calow</a></strong>. Below left is <strong>David Fisher</strong> at 15 as Deputy Head Chorister [to <strong>Christopher Fent</strong>] and below right is the cover of the vocal score of&nbsp;<strong><em>The Legacy</em></strong>. It shows the chancel of the cathedral (which is where the choir sang in George Gray&acute;s and Peter White&acute;s time) and it is captured before the projected reorganisation of the cathedral. This area (directly&nbsp;under Raphael&nbsp;Brandon&acute;s noble&nbsp;220&acute; spire) is now the new site of the high altar with the current Sir Charles Nicholson choir screen being moved back to form the reredos forming a division between the altar and the proposed site of the tomb of Richard III. The screens either side of where the choir formerly sang now form the entrance to the chapel of Christ the King incorporating the &acute;old&acute; high altar.</p> <p><!--[if gte mso 9]> 0 0 1 421 2405 Kingfisher Chorale 20 5 2821 14.0 <![endif]--> <!--[if gte mso 9]> Normal 0 false false false EN-US JA X-NONE <![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]> <![endif]--> <!--[if gte mso 10]> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normalmso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:mso-padding-alt:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0cm; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Cambria; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-ansi-language:EN-US;} <![endif]--> <!--StartFragment--></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:18.0pt;mso-pagination:none;mso-layout-grid-align: none;text-autospace:none"><b>The whole piece in terms of words (selected and adapted by the composer) and his music reflect the development of musicians in cathedrals and other environments. This legacy begins with meandering chords [showing the beginning of the learning process] under which, in the pedals, is the tune taken from Tallis reflecting the legacy from that composer to the present day. The discords, nevertheless, suggest the keys to be used later. The young voices are contrasted with a mature choir showing both ends of the process. The next interlude is still discordant but with more shape and the Tallis melody still in the pedals is dissipating. Here the cathedral choir(s) are now contrasted with &lsquo;older&rsquo; [generally] gentlemen of the Songman Emeriti and the Old Choristers touching on the passing on of wisdom. The next interlude shows the Tallis has almost gone and a new, more confident, style begins. This leads in to a massive section [again, like the other two sections, <em>a cappella</em>] in up to eleven parts. The original Tallis canon is contrasted by all the melodies used earlier with the addition of another much faster canon of my own in the cathedral altos and basses whilst the second choir sings homophonically. At the end of this section the organ and choirs come together in a coda in which the full organ (with the addition of the tuba) comes to the fore in a very noisy conclusion. The rising keys [E, G &amp; B flat]&nbsp;</b><b>show upwards steps of learning too.</b></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><iframe width="560" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/JDgXZjgyDsc" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=></iframe></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><b>VERSE 1 </b><b>[Boys &amp; Girls of Choir 1 with Choir 3]</b></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><b>CHOIR 1:</b> Awake, my soul, and with the sun Your daily stage of duty run; Shake off dull sloth, and joyful rise To pay your morning sacrifice<b> (F.H. Barth</b><b>&eacute;</b><b>l</b><b>&eacute;</b><b>mon </b>[1741-1808]<b>)</b> <b>CHOIR 3:</b> Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it &hellip; <b>(Proverbs 22:6)</b>&hellip; But, as for you, continue in what you have learned &hellip; because you know those from whom you learned it.<b> (2 Timothy 3:14)</b></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><b>VERSE 2 </b><b>[Choir 1 with Choir 2]</b></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><b>CHOIR 1:</b> Redeem your misspent time that&rsquo;s past; And live this day were it your last; Improve your talent with due care; For the great day yourself prepare. <b>(F.H. Barth</b><b>&eacute;</b><b>l</b><b>&eacute;</b><b>mon </b>[1741-1808]<b>)</b> <b>CHOIR 3:</b> By wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established &hellip; a wise man is full of strength, and a man of knowledge enhances his might &hellip; <b>(Proverbs 24:3,5)</b> &hellip; Wisdom rests in the heart of a man of understanding.<b> (Proverbs 14:33-15)</b></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><b>VERSE 3 </b><b>[All voices]</b></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><b>CHOIR 1 [S &amp; T] &amp; CHOIR 2:</b> Praise God, from whom all blessings flow; Praise him, all creatures here below; Praise him above, ye heav&rsquo;nly host; Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.<b> (Bishop T. Ken </b>[1637-1711]<b>) CHOIR 1 [A &amp; B]: </b>Awake, awake, ye heav&rsquo;nly choir, May your devotion me inspire, That I like you my age may spend, Like you may on my God attend.<b> (F.H. Barth</b><b>&eacute;</b><b>l</b><b>&eacute;</b><b>mon </b>[1741-1808]<b>) + plus ALL </b>the previous biblical references: 11 individual voice parts singing at once.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">* This melody, known as &quot;<a href="http://www.hymnary.org/media/fetch/96148"><strong>Tallis&acute; </strong><strong>Canon</strong></a>&quot; was also used in the composer&acute;s &quot;<strong><em><a href="http://www.composersalliance.com/composers/work.cfm?work=818">Augsburg Elegy</a></em></strong>&quot; nearly 10 years ago.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><em><strong>Extracts from the score can be seen by clicking top left above the poster of the concert.&nbsp;</strong></em></p> <!--EndFragment--> <p>&nbsp;</p> <!--[if gte mso 9]> 0 0 1 1 Kingfisher Chorale 1 1 1 14.0 <![endif]--> <!--[if gte mso 9]> Normal 0 false false false EN-US JA X-NONE <![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]> <![endif]--> <!--[if gte mso 10]> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normalmso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:mso-padding-alt:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0cm; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Cambria; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-ansi-language:EN-US;} <![endif]--> <!--StartFragment--><!--EndFragment--> Sat, 12 Oct 2013 00:00:00 GMT http://www.composersalliance.com/composers/work.cfm?work=1187 David Fisher Fit for a King - Variation 7 - David Fisher http://www.composersalliance.com/composers/work.cfm?work=1261 <p>This variation on the famous Welsh melody&nbsp;<i style="color: rgb(13, 36, 51); font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 11px;"><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sosban_Fach" style="padding: 0px; color: rgb(0, 83, 0); font-weight: bold; text-decoration: none;">Sosban Fach</a>&nbsp;</i>was written in celebration of the birth of HRH Prince George of Cambridge, 22nd July 2013, and is respectfully dedicated to HRH Prince Charles, Prince of Wales; HRH Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and HRH Prince George of Cambridge.</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0px 0px 15px; padding: 0px; color: rgb(13, 36, 51); font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 11px;">When the Duchess of Cambridge&rsquo;s pregnancy was announced, the Chairman of the Central Composers&rsquo; Alliance, David Fisher, resolved to bridge the royal generations by inviting his colleagues in the Alliance contribute to a joint work on a famous Welsh theme to acknowledge the lineage of the Princes of Wales from&nbsp;<a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dafydd_ap_Llywelyn" style="padding: 0px; color: rgb(0, 83, 0); font-weight: bold; text-decoration: none;">Dafydd ap Llywelyn&nbsp;</a>to HRH Prince Charles. As this heredity will continue to HRH Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and then HRH Prince George of Cambridge, this work is therefore respectfully dedicated to all three generations.</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0px 0px 15px; padding: 0px; color: rgb(13, 36, 51); font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 11px;">The melody of&nbsp;<strong><i>Sosban Fach</i></strong>&nbsp;was chosen by David Fisher as one of the most famous of all Welsh tunes. It hasn&rsquo;t been chosen for its subject matter, though it is originally a nursery song, but for the popularity in the Principality as one of the most often sung songs in the Welsh language. It is best known for its association with<a href="http://www.scarlets.co.uk/" style="padding: 0px; color: rgb(0, 83, 0); font-weight: bold; text-decoration: none;">&nbsp;Llanelli Rugby Union Club</a>&nbsp;and by internationally renowned performers such as&nbsp;<a href="http://www.onlyboysaloud.com/" style="padding: 0px; color: rgb(0, 83, 0); font-weight: bold; text-decoration: none;">Only Boys Aloud</a>. Robert Ramskill arranged the theme before the composers&rsquo; contributions were collected over several months. Dr Ramskill was also entrusted to the difficult task of editing and ordering the pieces for publication.</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0px 0px 15px; padding: 0px; color: rgb(13, 36, 51); font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 11px;">The whole story of the <em><strong>Fit for a King&nbsp;</strong></em>and the accompanying videos may be accessed by clicking <strong><a href="http://www.composersalliance.com/home_feature.cfm?blog=52">HERE</a></strong>. This is the seventh variation which is described by the composer thus:</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0px 0px 15px; padding: 0px; color: rgb(13, 36, 51); font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 11px;"><b>Variation 7 [1&acute;18&quot;] -&nbsp;<a href="http://www.composersalliance.com/composers/index.cfm?composer=161" style="padding: 0px; color: rgb(0, 83, 0); text-decoration: none;">David Fisher</a>:</b></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0px 0px 15px; padding: 0px; color: rgb(13, 36, 51); font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 11px;"><strong><em>Over my triple time version of the &ldquo;Sosban Fach&rdquo; melody on the French horn I have placed on the oboe my favourite Welsh tune &ldquo;Dafydd y Garreg Wen&rdquo;. This is a &lsquo;traditional&rsquo; Welsh air composed by David Owen, who was a famous blind harpist and composer of the first half of the 18th century and who lived near Porthmadog. &ldquo;David of the White Rock&rdquo; is named after the farm in which he lived. Around these two melodies the other three instruments play imitative phrases based on the two airs with a short homophonic section in the middle. Set in a ternary form, the B minor melodies are framed by sections beginning in D major which are based on the last eight bars of &ldquo;Sosban Fach&rdquo;.</em></strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><iframe width="560" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/bdP6oPlSAxA?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=></iframe></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><b>The photographs below are:</b></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><b>[<a href="http://www.composersalliance.com/home_feature.cfm?blog=52">Left</a>] </b><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal"><a href="http://www.serenatawinds.co.uk/">Serenata Winds</a></b> in the process of recording <b><i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal">Fit for a King</i></b> on July 22nd 2013 at the Ellen Terry Building of the <a href="http://www.coventry.ac.uk/">University of Coventry</a> on the very day that HRH Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge was born.</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0px 0px 15px; padding: 0px; color: rgb(13, 36, 51); font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 11px;"><!--[if gte mso 9]> 0 0 1 84 485 Kingfisher Chorale 4 1 568 14.0 <![endif]--> <!--[if gte mso 9]> Normal 0 false false false EN-US JA X-NONE <![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]> <![endif]--> <!--[if gte mso 10]> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normalmso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:mso-padding-alt:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0cm; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Cambria; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-ansi-language:EN-US;} <![endif]--> <!--StartFragment--> <!--EndFragment--></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><b>[<a href="http://www.composersalliance.com/home_feature.cfm?blog=67">Right</a>] </b><a href="http://www.serenatawinds.co.uk/"><b>Serenata Winds</b></a> performing the world premi&egrave;re of <b><i>Fit for a King</i></b> at the splendid venue of <a href="http://www.thearkalvechurch.co.uk">The Ark</a>, St Laurence Church, Alvechurch, Worcestershire on the evening of 5th April 2014.</p> Mon, 22 Jul 2013 00:00:00 GMT http://www.composersalliance.com/composers/work.cfm?work=1261 David Fisher The Christ-child - David Fisher http://www.composersalliance.com/composers/work.cfm?work=1019 <p><!--[if gte mso 9]> 0 0 1 134 767 Kingfisher Chorale 6 1 900 14.0 <![endif]--> <!--[if gte mso 9]> Normal 0 false false false EN-GB JA X-NONE <![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]> <![endif]--> <!--[if gte mso 10]> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normalmso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:mso-padding-alt:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt; mso-para-margin-top:0cm; mso-para-margin-right:0cm; mso-para-margin-bottom:10.0pt; mso-para-margin-left:0cm; line-height:115%; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:11.0pt; font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;} <![endif]--> <!--StartFragment--></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><b>A carol set to words by G K Chesterton [<i>A Christmas Carol</i>] for soprano, alto and piano. Written specifically for Dame Emma Kirkby and Herr Joachim Diessner von Isensee. The carol was performed at the</b> <!--[if gte mso 9]> 0 0 1 6 38 Kingfisher Chorale 1 1 43 14.0 <![endif]--> <!--[if gte mso 9]> Normal 0 false false false EN-US JA X-NONE <![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]> <![endif]--> <!--[if gte mso 10]> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normalmso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:mso-padding-alt:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0cm; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Cambria; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-ansi-language:EN-US;} <![endif]--> <!--StartFragment--><strong>Evangelische Vers hnungskirche, Ehrenfeld,</strong> <b>K ln on December 16th 2012 by the dedicatees with </b><strong>Markus M rkl </strong><b>at the organ. Versions are available in G minor and A minor and Dame Emma and Joachim Diessner sing the G minor version on the recording. It was performed at Leicester Cathedral on October 12th 2013 as part of the Leicester Cathedral Legacy Concert.</b></p> <!--[if gte mso 9]> 0 0 1 2 12 Kingfisher Chorale 1 1 13 14.0 <![endif]--> <!--[if gte mso 9]> Normal 0 false false false EN-US JA X-NONE <![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]> <![endif]--> <!--[if gte mso 10]> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normalmso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:mso-padding-alt:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0cm; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Cambria; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-ansi-language:EN-US;} <![endif]--> <!--StartFragment--> <!--EndFragment--> <p class="MsoNormal">"A Christmas Carol," by G.K. Chesterton [1874-1936], was first published in "The Wild Knight" in 1900.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><b>A Christmas Carol</b></p> <!--[if gte mso 9]> 0 0 1 77 441 Kingfisher Chorale 3 1 517 14.0 <![endif]--> <!--[if gte mso 9]> Normal 0 false false false EN-US JA X-NONE <![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]> <![endif]--> <!--[if gte mso 10]> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normalmso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:mso-padding-alt:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0cm; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Cambria; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-ansi-language:EN-US;} <![endif]--> <!--StartFragment--> <p class="MsoNormal">The Christ-child lay on Mary s lap, His hair was like a light. (O weary, weary were the world, But here is all aright.)</p> <p class="MsoNormal">The Christ-child lay on Mary s breast, His hair was like a star. (O stern and cunning are the kings, But here the true hearts are.)</p> <p class="MsoNormal">The Christ-child lay on Mary s heart, His hair was like a fire. (O weary, weary is the world, But here the world s desire.)</p> <p class="MsoNormal">The Christ-child stood at Mary s knee, His hair was like a crown. And all the flowers looked up at Him, And all the stars looked down.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"> </p> <!--EndFragment--> <p class="MsoNormal"> </p> <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/KWXZEvSOMsk" frameborder="0" gesture="media" allowfullscreen></iframe> Sun, 01 Jan 2012 00:00:00 GMT http://www.composersalliance.com/composers/work.cfm?work=1019 David Fisher Bracia Patrzcie Jeno - David Fisher http://www.composersalliance.com/composers/work.cfm?work=1018 <p>This carol is an arrangement of two popular Polish carols which was premiered at Cosby Parish Church, Leicestershire, 1st December 2007 by <strong>Kingfisher Chorale</strong>. Although currently set to Polish words, an English version is currently under preparation. Contact the composer for more information.</p> <p><b>1. Bracia patrzcie jeno</b></p> <!--[if gte mso 9]> 0 0 1 51 296 Kingfisher Chorale 2 1 346 14.0 <![endif]--> <!--[if gte mso 9]> Normal 0 false false false EN-US JA X-NONE <![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]> <![endif]--> <!--[if gte mso 10]> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normalmso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:mso-padding-alt:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0cm; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Cambria; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-ansi-language:EN-US;} <![endif]--> <!--StartFragment--> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:15.0pt;mso-pagination:none;mso-layout-grid-align: none;text-autospace:none">Bracia patrzcie jeno, Jak niebo goreje, Znac ze cos dziwnego, wBetlejem sie dzieje.</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:15.0pt;mso-pagination:none;mso-layout-grid-align: none;text-autospace:none">Rzuc my budy, warty, stada, Niechaj niemi, Pan B g wlada, A my do Betlejem!</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:15.0pt;mso-pagination:none;mso-layout-grid-align: none;text-autospace:none"><b>2. Gdy sliczna Panna</b></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:15.0pt;mso-pagination:none;mso-layout-grid-align: none;text-autospace:none">Gdy sliczna Panna Syna kolysala, Z wielkiem weselem tak Jemu spiewala. Lili, lili laj moje dzieciateczko, Lili, lili laj; Sliczne paniateczko.</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:15.0pt;mso-pagination:none;mso-layout-grid-align: none;text-autospace:none"><iframe width="853" height="480" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/FZeLYnxGbDo" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=></iframe></p> Mon, 01 Jan 2007 00:00:00 GMT http://www.composersalliance.com/composers/work.cfm?work=1018 David Fisher The Tiffany Anthem - David Fisher http://www.composersalliance.com/composers/work.cfm?work=817 <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: justify"><strong>THE TIFFANY ANTHEM was commissioned by Jonathan Gregory and the Leicester Old Choristers&acute; &nbsp;Association with help of a grant from the Arts Council England and first performed in Leicester Cathedral on Saturday 18th September 2004 by the Cathedral Girls Choirs of Coventry, Derby &amp; Leicester on the occasion of the 74th Festival of The <a href="http://www.onceachorister.org">Federation of Cathedral Old Choristers Associations</a>. The anthem was performed at St Paul&acute;s Cathedral, London, in May 2007 <a href="http://www.derbycathedral.org/whos_who.asp">[Dr Tom Corfield</a>, organ] and was also performed to the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rowan_Williams">Archbishop of Canterbury</a> in June 2009 with <a href="http://www.musicteachers.co.uk/teacher/88f7f302861bc148115f">Roger Marvin</a> playing the organ at <a href="http://www.saintaidansnewparks.co.uk">St. Aidan&acute;s Church</a></strong><strong>,&nbsp;Leicester. There have been several other performances in Northamptonshire, Lincolnshire, at <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/All_Saints_Church,_Hove">Hove Parish Church</a> as part of the Brighton Fringe Festival and at Leicester Cathedral by Kingfisher Chorale.</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: justify">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: justify">The anthem is dedicated to:</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: justify">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: justify">&quot;<strong><em>The <a href="http://www.morsemuseum.org/morse-history/charles-hosmer-morse">Charles Hosmer Morse</a> Museum of American Art and in memory of <a href="http://www.morsemuseum.org/morse-history/jeannette-genius-mckean">Jeannette Morse McKean</a> and <a href="http://www.morsemuseum.org/morse-history/hugh-f-mckean">Hugh F. McKean</a></em></strong>&quot;.</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: justify">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: justify">The McKeans were responsible for rescuing the ruined <a href="http://www.morsemuseum.org/louis-comfort-tiffany/tiffany-chapel">Tiffany Chapel</a> from <a href="http://www.morsemuseum.org/louis-comfort-tiffany/laurelton-hall">Laurelton Hall</a> [<a href="http://www.morsemuseum.org/louis-comfort-tiffany">Louis Comfort Tiffany</a>&acute;s fire-damaged home], transporting it to <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Winter_Park,_Florida">Winter Park</a>, and overseeing it restoration although they never saw it completed and installed in the magnificent <a href="http://www.morsemuseum.org">Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art</a>.</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: justify">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: justify"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"> </b></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: justify;"><strong>On the 10th anniversary of the piece,&nbsp;<em>The Tiffany Anthem</em>&nbsp;was chosen to be the anthem for the festival of girls&acute; choirs from four cathedrals [Derby, Coventry, Leicester and Southwell] at Derby Cathedral on 20th September 2014. Conducted by Dr Chris Ouvry-Johns from Leicester and featuring Dr Tom Corfield on the organ. The following Thursday [25th September] it was performed at Coventry Cathedral with Kerry Beaumont on the organ and then the girls from Leicester Cathedral performed it in their evensong on 29th September with Dr Ouvry-Johns directing and Simon Headley at the Harrison and Harrison organ for which the piece was written.</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: justify;"><iframe width="560" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/CABov200Psg" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=></iframe></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: justify">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: justify;"><b>David Fisher writes:&nbsp;</b><em><b>I set the words which can be found on the<a href="http://www.morsemuseum.org/louis-comfort-tiffany/tiffany-chapel">chapel</a>&nbsp;designed by&nbsp;<a href="http://www.morsemuseum.org/louis-comfort-tiffany">Louis Comfort Tiffany</a>&nbsp;for the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.chicagohs.org/history/expo.html">1893 World&acute;s Columbian Exposition</a>&nbsp;in Chicago. It is an amazing interior which has all the words set in the mosaics around the chapel. The inspiration for me, when I knew I was writing for young voices, was the line on one of the steps of the chapel: </b></em><b>&quot;I will go to the altar of God, to God who gave joy to my youth&quot;</b><em><b>. I set the anthem&nbsp;<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Macaronic_language">macaronically</a>&nbsp;[English and Latin texts alternating and overlapping] with a stirring tune and all the harmonies are designed to be melodies in their own right for ease of singing. The piece is in ternary form with an introduction and coda and the accompaniment is written to test the organ in terms of virtuosity and its timbres. The huge volume of the opening with four notes being played at once on the pedals is matched</b><b>&nbsp;</b><b>by the sheer volume of &acute;<i>organo pleno&acute;</i>&nbsp;at the end in which the tuba [a noted stop of the&nbsp;<a href="http://leicestercathedral.org/about-us/explore-the-cathedral/the-organs-of-leicester-cathedral/">Leicester</a>&nbsp;</b><b><a href="http://leicestercathedral.org/about-us/explore-the-cathedral/the-organs-of-leicester-cathedral/">organ</a>]</b><b>&nbsp;</b><b>comes to the fore.</b></em></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: justify;"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal">Canon <a href="http://www.derby.ac.uk/honorary-awards/honoraries/graduates-by-year/2008-9-honoraries/peter-gould">Peter Gould</a> [Master of the Music], <a href="http://www.derbycathedral.org/whos_who.asp">Dr. Tom Corfield</a> [Organist] and the Girl Choristers of <a href="http://www.boysoloist.com/album.asp?AlbumID=10619&amp;artistID=1273">Derby Cathedral Choir </a>released the stunning world&nbsp;</b><b>premi&egrave;re&nbsp;</b><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal">recording of <a href="https://www.boysoloist.com/artist.asp?VID=1273">THE TIFFANY ANTHEM</a> on <a href="http://www.regent-records.co.uk">Regent Records </a>[REGCD333] in 2009:</b></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: justify">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: justify"><iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/170305234&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false"></iframe></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: justify">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: justify">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: justify"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal">Duration: 6:00</b></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: justify">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: justify"><strong>There follows an introductory video of the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art covers the work of <a href="http://www.morsemuseum.org/louis-comfort-tiffany">Louis Comfort Tiffany</a>&nbsp;including&nbsp;<a href="http://www.morsemuseum.org/louis-comfort-tiffany/tiffany-chapel">The Tiffany&nbsp;Chapel</a>:</strong>&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: justify">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: justify"><!--[if gte mso 9]> 0 0 1 21 120 Kingfisher Chorale 1 1 140 14.0 <![endif]--> <!--[if gte mso 9]> Normal 0 false false false EN-US JA X-NONE <![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]> <![endif]--> <!--[if gte mso 10]> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normalmso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:mso-padding-alt:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0cm; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Cambria; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-ansi-language:EN-US;} <![endif]--> <!--StartFragment--> <!--EndFragment--></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><iframe width="560" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/lgPPxIhR6CU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=></iframe></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>If you are interested in finding out even more about <a href="http://www.morsemuseum.org/louis-comfort-tiffany">Louis Comfort Tiffany</a> and <a href="http://www.morsemuseum.org/louis-comfort-tiffany/tiffany-chapel">The Tiffany&nbsp;Chapel</a>&nbsp;then you might also find this short video interesting:</strong>&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><iframe width="560" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/bV_9mQgZVdU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=></iframe></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: justify"><b>PHOTOGRAPHS:</b></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: justify">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="mso-pagination:none;mso-layout-grid-align:none; text-autospace:none"><b>Above left:</b></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="mso-pagination:none;mso-layout-grid-align:none; text-autospace:none"><a href="http://www.morsemuseum.org/collection/tiffany_chapel.html"><b>The Tiffany Chapel</b></a> at the <a href="http://www.morsemuseum.org/"><b>Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art</b></a>, 445 North Park Avenue, Winter Park, FL 32789-3212, United States.</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="mso-pagination:none;mso-layout-grid-align:none; text-autospace:none"><b>Below left:</b></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="mso-pagination:none;mso-layout-grid-align:none; text-autospace:none">[<b>1</b>] the four cathedral girls&acute; choirs of <a href="http://www.derbycathedral.org/music.asp"><b>Derby</b></a>, <a href="http://www.coventrycathedral.org.uk/whats-on/music/cathedral-choirs.php"><b>Coventry</b></a>, <a href="http://leicestercathedral.org/worship-and-music/choirs/the-cathedral-choirs/"><b>Leicester</b></a> and <a href="http://www.southwellminster.org/music-and-choirs-1.html"><b>Southwell</b></a> rehearsing at Derby Cathedral;</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="mso-pagination:none;mso-layout-grid-align:none; text-autospace:none">[<b>2</b>] is the composer [C] with <a href="http://www.derby.ac.uk/honorary-awards/honoraries/graduates-by-year/2008-9-honoraries/peter-gould"><b>Canon Peter Gould</b></a> [R] and <a href="http://www.derbycathedral.org/whos_who.asp"><b>Dr. Tom Corfield</b></a> [L] with the girls from Derby Cathedral some of whom recorded the piece in 2009 and</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="mso-pagination:none;mso-layout-grid-align:none; text-autospace:none">[<b>3</b>] is <a href="http://leicestercathedral.org/team-member/christopher-johns/"><b>Dr. Chris Ouvry-Johns</b></a> from Leicester conducting the anthem in rehearsal.</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="mso-pagination:none;mso-layout-grid-align:none; text-autospace:none"><b>Below right:</b></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="mso-pagination:none;mso-layout-grid-align:none; text-autospace:none">[<b>1</b>] Coventry Cathedral Girls&acute; Choir conducted by <a href="http://www.paulleddingtonwright.co.uk/"><b>Paul Leddington-Wright;</b></a></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="mso-pagination:none;mso-layout-grid-align:none; text-autospace:none">[<b>2a &amp;</b>&nbsp;<b>2b</b>] the Coventry girls&acute; choir with the composer and their Director of Music, <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kerry_Beaumont"><b>Kerry Beaumont </b></a>and</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: justify"><!--[if gte mso 9]> 0 0 1 274 1567 Kingfisher Chorale 13 3 1838 14.0 <![endif]--> <!--[if gte mso 9]> Normal 0 false false false EN-US JA X-NONE <![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]> <![endif]--> <!--[if gte mso 10]> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normalmso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:mso-padding-alt:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0cm; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Cambria; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-ansi-language:EN-US;} <![endif]--> <!--StartFragment--> <!--EndFragment--></p> <p class="MsoNormal">[<b>3</b>] <a href="http://leicestercathedral.org/team-member/simon-headley/"><b>Simon Headley</b></a> at the console of <a href="http://leicestercathedral.org/about-us/explore-the-cathedral/the-organs-of-leicester-cathedral/"><b>Leicester</b></a>&acute;s <a href="http://www.harrisonorgans.com/"><b>Harrison and Harrison</b></a> organ for which the piece was initially composed.</p> <!--[if gte mso 9]> 0 0 1 142 810 Kingfisher Chorale 6 1 951 14.0 <![endif]--> <!--[if gte mso 9]> Normal 0 false false false EN-US JA X-NONE <![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]> <![endif]--> <!--[if gte mso 10]> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normalmso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:mso-padding-alt:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0cm; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Cambria; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-ansi-language:EN-US;} <![endif]--> <!--StartFragment--> <!--EndFragment--> Thu, 01 Jan 2004 00:00:00 GMT http://www.composersalliance.com/composers/work.cfm?work=817 David Fisher Augsburg Elegy - David Fisher http://www.composersalliance.com/composers/work.cfm?work=818 <p><strong>Augsburg Elegy</strong> or <strong>A Tallis Triptych</strong></p> <p><strong>Dedicated to <a href="http://www.quatuor-romantique.de/">Joachim Diessner</a> von Isensee.</strong> <strong>&nbsp;</strong> <strong>Commissioned for Baroque orchestra [A=415] by the Augsburg Early Music Festival for the Festkonzert zum Augsburger Hohen Friedenfest 2004 and performed in the Kirche St Anna by the <a href="http://www.batzdorfer-hofkapelle.de/">Batzdorfer Hofkapelle </a>[Konzertmeister <a href="http://www.early-music.cz/en/lektor.php?page=deuter">Daniel Deuter</a>] conducted by the composer on 8th A</strong><strong>ugust 2004.&nbsp;</strong><b>The revised version of<i> Augsburg Elegy</i>&nbsp;(with a clarinet replacing oboe 2) had its British&nbsp;premi&egrave;re in the&nbsp;Fraser Noble Hall&nbsp;by the University of Leicester Sinfonia conducted by&nbsp;Michael Sackin. It was the&nbsp;first ever performance on modern instruments having been written for an authentic C18th orchestra. The work was repeated in this revised form in the United Reformed Church, Hinckley, on 28th March 2015.</b></p> <!--[if gte mso 9]> 0 0 1 61 351 Kingfisher Chorale 2 1 411 14.0 <![endif]--> <!--[if gte mso 9]> Normal 0 false false false EN-US JA X-NONE <![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]> <![endif]--> <!--[if gte mso 10]> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normalmso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:mso-padding-alt:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0cm; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Cambria; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-ansi-language:EN-US;} <![endif]--> <!--StartFragment--> <!--EndFragment--> <p><!--[if gte mso 9]> 0 0 1 298 1699 Kingfisher Chorale 14 3 1994 14.0 96 800x600 <![endif]--> <!--[if gte mso 9]> Normal 0 false false false EN-GB JA X-NONE <![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]> <![endif]--> <!--[if gte mso 10]> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normalmso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:mso-padding-alt:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0cm; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman<![endif]--> <!--StartFragment--> <!--EndFragment--></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:6.4pt;mso-pagination:none;mso-layout-grid-align: none;text-autospace:none"><strong>Having been written for a German audience,&nbsp;<em>Augsburg Elegy</em> was composed as a homage to the form of the chorale prelude which became famous under Dieterich Buxtehude and J S Bach. Normally for organ, they are typically polyphonic settings in which the chorale is plainly audible and there is sometimes an obbligato line above or below the melody all of which occur in this orchestral work. It is essentially in ternary form with a slow introduction and a long coda. At the start the flute, oboe and bassoon are given different melodies and then, with the clarinet, become the protagonists in a melodic battle with the strings from the beginning of the fast section reflecting religious disharmony. This battle continues for some time with the Tallis Canon appearing in the wind and then the strings. Moments of repose are swiftly thrust aside and the return of the fast opening section is more violent than before. Gradually the instruments move into the major key and in the long coda all the instruments are in harmony but playing five different themes: the Tallis melody is now a <i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal">cantus firmus </i>in the basses and cellos, the upper strings play the agitated figure and the three melodies from the wind at the beginning are all layered before the original opening string melody returns as a canon itself but now between flute and clarinet. There is a transitory passage in the minor before order is restored in a final major key flourish.</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:6.4pt;mso-pagination:none;mso-layout-grid-align: none;text-autospace:none">&nbsp;</p> <p>The photographs show David Fisher in rehearsal with the Batzdorfer Hofkapelle - the one on the right in the Kirche St Anna, Augsburg. The central image is from the brochure for the whole <strong>Augsburger Hohen Friedenfest 2004</strong><strong>. </strong></p> Thu, 01 Jan 2004 00:00:00 GMT http://www.composersalliance.com/composers/work.cfm?work=818 David Fisher Laudate Dominum [complete cantata] - David Fisher http://www.composersalliance.com/composers/work.cfm?work=824 <p><strong>Cantata for solo soprano, choir &amp; orchestra.</strong></p> <p><strong>The first movement of Laudate Dominum was written in 1996 as a commission for Dame Emma Kirkby, Derby Choral Union and an authentic Classical orchestra at A=430 with funds made available by East Midlands&rsquo; Arts. The Alleluia (now movement 3) was added for Emma Kirkby&rsquo;s second concert with DCU in 1999. Later in 1999, the earlier movement was performed by the Leicester Bach Choir with Alison Smart in a new accompaniment for organ. Leicester Bach Choir, again conducted by Giles Turner, performed the entire work at that time on March 23rd 2002 as part of the Leicestershire Composers&acute; concert accompanied by a modern orchestra (with soprano Kate Tansey) rather than for the authentic Classical orchestra for which it is written. It was always intended that these two movements should have an aria inserted between them to form a complete cantata with its first performance on 5th April 2003. Each of the three movements is linked by the theme for the &lsquo;Angel Aria&rsquo; which is central to the first movement.</strong> <strong>&nbsp;</strong> <strong>Dedicated to Dame Emma Kirkby and Derby Choral Union</strong> &nbsp;</p> <ol type="1" style="margin-top: 0cm"> <li><strong>Laudate Dominum &ndash; choir &amp; soprano soloist (1996)</strong></li> </ol> <p>Laudate Dominum omnes gentes,laudate eum omnes populi. Quoniam confirmata est super nos misericordia ejus et veritas Domini manet in aeternam. [<strong>Psalm 117</strong>]&nbsp;</p> <p>Lobet den Herrn, alle Heiden; preiset ihn, all V&ouml;lker! Denn seine Gnade und Wahrheit waltet &uuml;ber uns in Ewigkeit.&nbsp;</p> <p>O praise the Lord all ye nations: praise him all ye people. For him merciful kindness is great toward us: and the truth of the Lord endureth for ever.</p> <p>Louez l&rsquo;&Eacute;ternal, vous toutes les nations, c&eacute;l&eacute;brez-le, vous tous les peoples! Car sa bont&eacute; pour nous est grande, et sa fid&eacute;lit&eacute; dure &agrave; toujours.</p> <p>[<strong>N.B. to emphasise the universality of the text ALL four languages are used.</strong>]</p> <p><strong>Duration&nbsp;9:30</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <ol type="1" start="2" style="margin-top: 0cm"> <li><strong>Laudate Dominum de caelis &ndash; soprano soloist (2003) </strong></li> </ol> <p>Laudate Dominum de caelis: laudate eum in excelsis. Laudate eum omnes angeli eius: laudate eum omnes exercitus eius. Laudate eum sol et luna: laudate omnes stellae luminis. Laudate nomen Domini&nbsp;&nbsp;[<strong>from: Psalm 148</strong>]&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal">TRANSLATION: <i>O praise the Lord of heaven: praise him in the height. Praise him all ye angels of his: praise him all his host. Praise him sun and moon: praise him all ye stars and light. Praise the name of the Lord.</i> [<b>from:</b> <b>Psalm 148</b>]&nbsp;</p> <!--EndFragment--> <p><strong>Duration 4:00</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <ol type="1" start="3" style="margin-top: 0cm"> <li><strong>Alleluia &ndash; choir and soprano soloist (1999) </strong></li> </ol> <p>Alleluia!</p> <p><strong>Duration&nbsp;3:50</strong>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Note from the composer on the genesis and development of the work:</strong></p> <p><strong>&ldquo;</strong><strong>I was pleased to be asked by Derby Choral Union to choose a patron for the choir when I started my tenure with them in 1992. Sir Charles Groves [the Patron at the time] had recently died. I wanted, instead of a famous conductor, one of the world&rsquo;s most distinctive voices as Patron and was delighted when she accepted. It was, therefore, a great honour to be asked to compose a work for my choir at the time and its Patron. I was very aware of the history of the choir [which dated back to 1793] so I thought it would be appropriate to write in Classical pitch [A=430] to accommodate Emma and reflect the history of the choir too. This meant that I had re-learn some of my composing skills to write for the original instruments of the late 18th century. I had a great deal of help from some of the players in the orchestra, notably the brilliant and world-renowned pair of brass players: <a href="http://www.halsteadmusic.co.uk/about.html">Tony Halstead</a> and <a href="http://www.aam.co.uk/#/who-we-are/musicians/david-blackadder.aspx">David Blackadder</a> on natural horn and <a href="http://www.londontrumpetchoir.com/Members/blackadder/index.html">natural trumpet </a>respectively. I also greatly appreciated the superb advice, bowing skills and orchestral nous of <a href="http://www.musicadonumdei.org/meet%20the%20players.htm">Diane Terry</a> who led her orchestra [<a href="http://www.musicadonumdei.org">Midland Baroque</a>] for each of the three Emma concerts. The commission, with funds made available from East Midlands&rsquo; Arts, allowed me to compose freely for what I considered the choir&rsquo;s and Emma Kirkby&rsquo;s strengths. The SSATBB scoring reflects the choir&rsquo;s numbers although the texture was increased to add sonority to the last movement.</strong>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>From the outset it was clear that the composition could grow in size with the choir in a series of concerts planned with Dame Emma [as she has deservedly become] and this presented me with a huge challenge. I needed to compose pieces that would, eventually, form a complete cantata but also allow each section to be independent as required. This also allowed me as composer/conductor to experiment over a long period to such a degree that, when I decided that the orchestration of the virtuoso aria needed clarinets, I revisited the entire work and added clarinets to the texture. This has, strangely, made Laudate Dominum much more useable for performers who can choose the movements to suit concert circumstances. In fact, even the &lsquo;Angel&rsquo; aria in the first movement can be (and has been used) as a separate anthem in church services.</strong><strong>&rdquo;</strong></p> Wed, 01 Jan 2003 00:00:00 GMT http://www.composersalliance.com/composers/work.cfm?work=824 David Fisher Laudate Dominum de caelis - David Fisher http://www.composersalliance.com/composers/work.cfm?work=826 <p><strong>Laudate Dominum de caelis &ndash; soprano soloist (2003) - see complete cantata for more details.</strong></p> <p><strong>Duration 4:35</strong></p> <p><strong>This second movement [which can be performed as a separate concert aria] begins with a jaunty chord sequence on the flutes and clarinets in the relative minor key of A minor. In fact, all the keys: A minor &amp; major and A flat minor &amp; major take the initial letter of the Angel. This movement is very loosely based on concerto grosso form in which the themes are treated equally and appear as melody lines, middle harmonies and bass parts in turn. The use of words from Psalm 148 allows for more word-painting than in Psalm 117 and the soloist is treated in a more virtuoso manner and increasing the range from top C to bottom A </strong>[see below]<strong>. At the end of this movement the Angel Aria theme is heard once more from the soloist and strings before reaching a climax on the last chord.</strong></p> <p>The accompanying recording is taken from a performance at <strong>Derby Cathedral</strong> on 5th April 2003 with <strong><a href="http://www.emmakirkby.com">Emma Kirkby</a> </strong>[soprano] and <strong><a href="http://www.musicadonumdei.org">Midland Baroque</a></strong> [leader: <strong><a href="http://www.musicadonumdei.org/meet%20the%20players.htm">Diane Terry</a></strong>]. This insertion aria for Dame Emma&acute;s cantata was written as a showpiece for the orchestra as well as the soloist and contained some very taxing parts but having written for Midland Baroque before with its inspirational leader, Diane Terry, they mastered it brilliantly. This superb orchestra, an expanded group based on the ensemble <strong><a href="http://www.musicadonumdei.org/Working%20with%20choirs.htm">Musica Domum Dei</a></strong>, contains many of the best talents in the country on authentic instruments with almost all of the players being soloists in their own right.</p> <p><!--[if gte mso 9]> 0 0 1 81 463 Kingfisher Chorale 3 1 543 14.0 <![endif]--> <!--[if gte mso 9]> Normal 0 false false false EN-US JA X-NONE <![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]> <![endif]--> <!--[if gte mso 10]> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normalmso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:mso-padding-alt:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0cm; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Cambria; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-ansi-language:EN-US;} <![endif]--> <!--StartFragment--></p> <p class="MsoNormal">This movement, written as it was at the end of my time with <b>Derby Choral Union</b>, is dedicated to my marellous musical co-conspirator at Derby: <b>Kate Baker</b>. As my Assistant Musical Director, she&nbsp; supported and encouraged me with her enthusiasm, dedication and sheer musical brilliance. Our collaborations on the Christmas shows in the Derby Assembly Rooms benefited from our joint skills in Musical Theatre. She was such a joy to work with and the <b>Derby Choral Union</b> is still lucky to be connected with such a shining beacon of talent.</p> <!--EndFragment--> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 15px; padding: 0px; color: rgb(13, 36, 51); font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 11px; ">Laudate Dominum de caelis: laudate eum in excelsis. Laudate eum omnes angeli eius: laudate eum omnes exercitus eius. Laudate eum sol et luna: laudate omnes stellae luminis. Laudate nomen Domini&nbsp;&nbsp;[<strong>from: Psalm 148</strong>]&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0px 0px 15px; padding: 0px; color: rgb(13, 36, 51); font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 11px; "><strong>TRANSLATION:</strong>&nbsp;<i>O praise the Lord of heaven: praise him in the height. Praise him all ye angels of his: praise him all his host. Praise him sun and moon: praise him all ye stars and light. Praise the name of the Lord.</i>&nbsp;[<b>from:</b>&nbsp;<b>Psalm 148</b>]&nbsp;</p> <p><!--[if gte mso 9]> 0 0 1 33 191 Kingfisher Chorale 1 1 223 14.0 <![endif]--> <!--[if gte mso 9]> Normal 0 false false false EN-US JA X-NONE <![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]> <![endif]--> <!--[if gte mso 10]> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normalmso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:mso-padding-alt:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0cm; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Cambria; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-ansi-language:EN-US;} <![endif]--> <!--StartFragment--></p> <p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><b>The two pages below are from the middle of Dame Emma&rsquo;s solo aria and show word-painting in the setting of: </b><strong>&ldquo;<i>Praise him sun and moon: praise him all ye stars and light.&rdquo;</i><i>&nbsp;</i></strong>[Dame Emma mentions her low notes in the quote on the left which is why the both the bottom A and top C were performed with such brilliance.]<i>&nbsp;</i><b>The rest of the score is available from the composer.</b></p> <!--EndFragment--> Wed, 01 Jan 2003 00:00:00 GMT http://www.composersalliance.com/composers/work.cfm?work=826 David Fisher Wedding Motets - David Fisher http://www.composersalliance.com/composers/work.cfm?work=819 <p>The details of each motet are listed under their titles:&nbsp;1. <em><strong><a href="http://www.composersalliance.com/composers/work.cfm?work=652">My Choice is Made</a></strong></em>&nbsp;2. <em><strong>Ave Maria</strong></em>&nbsp;3. <a href="http://www.composersalliance.com/composers/work.cfm?work=813"><strong><em>Omnia vincit amor</em></strong> </a>OR <strong><em><a href="http://www.composersalliance.com/composers/work.cfm?work=813">Love conquers all</a></em></strong></p> Fri, 01 Feb 2002 00:00:00 GMT http://www.composersalliance.com/composers/work.cfm?work=819 David Fisher Omnia vincit amor - David Fisher http://www.composersalliance.com/composers/work.cfm?work=813 <p><strong>The third in a set of three wedding motets.</strong></p> <p><strong>Omnia vincit amor </strong>or &quot;<strong>Love conquers all&quot;</strong></p> <p><strong>First performed at the &quot;Fisher at Fifty&quot; concert, St James the Greater, Leicester, on 30th November 2002.</strong>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>A ternary form wedding motet, set to words by Virgil, in which the Latin words frame the English words. The harmonic language is lush and exacting. The divisions in the vocal lines only occur in the soprano and bass parts.</strong></p> <p>The scores below show the first and last pages of the piece.</p> <p><strong>Duration 2:45</strong></p> Tue, 01 Jan 2002 00:00:00 GMT http://www.composersalliance.com/composers/work.cfm?work=813 David Fisher Sonata in Canon - David Fisher http://www.composersalliance.com/composers/work.cfm?work=1083 <p>This <em><strong>Sonata in Canon </strong></em>was orginally written for and dedicated to four very talented trumpet/cornet players: <strong>Tarot Conway</strong>, <strong>Theresa Kaiser</strong>, <strong>Darren Pearce</strong> and <strong>James Stretton </strong>who performed the work in its original form. Although completely in canon until the last section, the work is effectively in three short movements which overlap as the canon develops. It tests the players in agility, tongueing and dynamic control. It was suggested for a PhD portfolio that the piece could be developed for other instruments and it would be just as effective, if not better, for flutes in a new key, new tempo and with modified parts. That is now the preferred version although the original works just as well.</p> Tue, 01 Jan 2002 00:00:00 GMT http://www.composersalliance.com/composers/work.cfm?work=1083 David Fisher The Angel Aria - David Fisher http://www.composersalliance.com/composers/work.cfm?work=1126 <p><strong>This anthem version of the &quot;Angel Aria&quot; is taken from the first movement of<a href="http://www.composersalliance.com/composers/work.cfm?work=656"> <em>Laudate Dominum</em> </a>and&nbsp;was first performed at the memorial service for the composer&acute;s mother, Jeanne Lewis Fisher [1927-2001] on 1st November 2001 at </strong><strong><a href="http://www.cd-mc.co.uk">Castle Donington Methodist Church</a></strong>.</p> <p><strong>Soprano: Jenny Saunders</strong></p> <p><strong>Chorus: <a href="http://www.dcu.org.uk">Derby Choral Union</a>, <a href="http://www.davchorweb.org.uk">Daventry Choral Society</a> &amp; <a href="http://www.kingfisherchorale.org">Kingfisher Chorale</a></strong></p> <p><strong>Organ:</strong>&nbsp;<strong><a href="http://www.mvdaily.com/articles/2005/08/derby6.htm">David Johnson</a></strong></p> <p>This version with organ was also used as part of a performance given by the <strong><a href="http://www.leicesterbachchoir.org.uk">Leicester Bach Choir</a></strong> under <strong>Giles Turner</strong> in <a href="https://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&amp;ll=52.6348,-1.136875&amp;spn=0.000013,0.004324&amp;sll=52.634236,-1.136986&amp;layer=c&amp;cid=4632856189725141573&amp;panoid=8NGMuZPTEhFOx-w_6imJzw&amp;cbp=13,250.37,,0,0&amp;gl=US&amp;t=h&amp;cbll=52.6348,-1.136875&amp;z=17">Leicester Cathedral</a>, November 1999. The score is available from the composer.</p> <p>The words are taken from <strong><a href="http://www.spurgeon.org/treasury/ps117.htm">Psalm 117</a></strong>:</p> <p><!--[if gte mso 9]> 0 0 1 44 254 Kingfisher Chorale 2 1 297 14.0 <![endif]--> <!--[if gte mso 9]> Normal 0 false false false EN-US JA X-NONE <![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]> <![endif]--> <!--[if gte mso 10]> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normalmso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:mso-padding-alt:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0cm; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Cambria; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-ansi-language:EN-US;} <![endif]--> <!--StartFragment--></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><em><strong>Louez l&rsquo;Eternal, vous toutes les nations, c&eacute;l&eacute;brez-le, vous tous les peuples! Car sa bont&eacute; pour nous est grande, et sa fid&eacute;lit&eacute; dure &agrave; toujours.</strong></em></p> <p class="MsoNormal">[&quot;O praise the Lord all ye nations: praise him all ye people. For his merciful kindness is great toward us: and the truth of the Lord endureth for ever.&quot;]</p> <!--EndFragment--> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/wRiVVCPVN4o" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=></iframe></p> <p>A full description of the complete cantata is available by <a href="http://www.composersalliance.com/composers/work.cfm?work=824">clicking here</a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Thu, 01 Nov 2001 00:00:00 GMT http://www.composersalliance.com/composers/work.cfm?work=1126