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Petite Messe pour le Repos — Dies Iræ
« on: January 12, 2021, 10:39:19 AM »
Hello,

This is Dies Iræ, the first part of an important text of the Requiem Mass: the Sequence. This long prayer is split in six parts…Overview and explanations of the whole piece: https://rex-potam.cadrian.net/en/music/classical/requiem/scratch02/

Thanks for your feedback.

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Rex

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Re: Petite Messe pour le Repos — Dies Iræ
« Reply #1 on: January 12, 2021, 01:28:10 PM »
This selection from your mass was exciting but short- it left me wanting more.  You began this section by quoting a fragment of the Dies Irae chant, and it sounds incomplete. Perhaps you could quote the whole thing. Then follow the chant with a exciting transition into the main part of the piece.

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Re: Petite Messe pour le Repos — Dies Iræ
« Reply #2 on: January 13, 2021, 10:40:27 AM »
Well, it certainly holds your attention~!  Lots of Pathos here.  One shakes in anticipation of judgement ... nicely done.

Mark


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Re: Petite Messe pour le Repos — Dies Iræ
« Reply #3 on: January 13, 2021, 11:48:29 AM »
I like the counterposing of the slow, measured vocals against the violently wild background.
 
I think, though, that I would have liked to hear the voices all singing the whole Dies Irae melody, rather than only its opening in the basses.
 
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Re: Petite Messe pour le Repos — Dies Iræ
« Reply #4 on: January 14, 2021, 03:30:13 PM »
... You began this section by quoting a fragment of the Dies Irae chant, and it sounds incomplete. Perhaps you could quote the whole thing. Then follow the chant with a exciting transition into the main part of the piece.
While the fragment you quote is more than just the 4 notes that some composers use, Jay has a good point.  Even if you used no more that excerpted motif, it you feel better to me if you developed it to lead directly into the following section rather than have it stand by itself.

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Re: Petite Messe pour le Repos — Dies Iræ
« Reply #5 on: January 15, 2021, 08:23:22 AM »
Thanks all for your comments! There are some good ideas. Yes, this may need to be extended but I must be careful not to "dilute" the effect.

At least, it worked as intended  :)

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Rex

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Re: Petite Messe pour le Repos — Dies Iræ
« Reply #6 on: January 15, 2021, 08:27:46 AM »
the piano part, as written, is next to impossible to play.

you've relegated the cello to its lowest octave through most of this movement, and a large part of it is written in close proximity to the piano's lowest notes. the effect will be muddy. close intervals in the lowest register like this don't tend to come out well.

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