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Luciferae: II. Caelum Vitere Iussit


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M477M17CH

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My composition, an art song for Soprano and Piano, is set to poetry by my very talented peer, Mary Farah. Mary wrote the poem in Latin; I have displayed her English translation. The Soprano in this performance is Jenna Lyle, and the pianist is Adam Whiting.
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Lyricist: Mary Farah

Luciferae [The Light-Bearers]

II. Caelum Vitere Iussit [He Bid Them Look at the Sky]

Shadows fall upon brown skin
And hands stained dark with drying blood.
Clutching wood and flint to our chests,
We lie down in the dust, but do not rest.
The windless night presses heavily
Upon hearts that claim no home,
But in the moonlight, our children's faces glow
With all the promise of the coming dawn
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Uploaded: Apr 11, 2009 - 07:37:05 PM
Last Updated: Apr 11, 2009 - 07:37:05 PM Last Played: Apr 27, 2019 - 01:01:13 AM
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Feter said 3722 days ago (April 11th, 2009)
Luciferae: II. Caelum Vitere Iussit
WOW ...this is impressive ...to listen to REAL classical piece at MJ
from REAL performers ..very impressive way of writing ..excellent pianist
with nice soprano ..deep and thoughtful ..I enjoyed it alot .thnx alot for
sharin !!!!!
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M477M17CH said 3722 days ago (April 11th, 2009)
Thanks!
My pleasure, Feter.
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LunaTrick said 3721 days ago (April 13th, 2009)
This is incredible
Amazing control in the high soprano range. I love the contrapuntal piano rhythms and the phrasing of the vocal lines. Really enticing composition and performance. I wish there were more pieces in this idiom on this site. I'll have to look up the poet also.
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M477M17CH said 3719 days ago (April 14th, 2009)
Thank you!
You're absolutely right--Jenna, the soprano, is a terrifically gifted vocalist.

Incidentally, the poet is a high school senior (a peer of mine), and so naturally you won't find much of her work quite yet. However, as you can see, she's incredibly talented, so in a few years, one could certainly expect to find plenty of great published works by her pen.
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I.G.M. said 3720 days ago (April 13th, 2009)
scary
well, it`s not my cup of tea, but it`s clear that you guys know what you`re doin`! very well played.
great work!

I.G.M.
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Moviz said 3720 days ago (April 13th, 2009)
Wonderful
performances here and I just love the 'arty-ness' of this piece..... great compositional abilities to write something like this, cheers M
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bitfeld said 3720 days ago (April 13th, 2009)
Excellent!
That may sound strange, but this was refreshing. Despite the lyrics, I was surprised at the violence in music at the start, but I do like the way it develops to the quiet finish.
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M477M17CH said 3719 days ago (April 14th, 2009)
Great point.
I appreciate your perspective. In the first four lines of text, I sought to capture the dance-like energy and restlessness that the poem's Dawn-of-Man subject matter might suggest. However, I also perceived an interesting tone shift between the fourth and fifth lines of the poem--a shift that I tried to emphasize with largely contrasting musical atmospheres. If one listens closely, though, many of the gestures, melodies, and harmonic motifs persevere throughout the work! :]
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djdrshaman said 2378 days ago (December 15th, 2012)
cool-
What kind of training have you had? You have a real understanding of this genre in a way that only the most sophisticated composers with a lot of education and exposure can put together... It's Barber with touches of Corigliano, coupled with the energy of Bernstein in certain sections. You have a lot more room to grow as a composer- and dare say I: I recognize a kindred spirit here. Keep listening, keep studying, keep going! Represent the art
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