I just finished a new composition for orchestra and choir entitled Libera Me, Domine. Just in time for Easter. It was written for a Christian Radio station's Easter Program. The text comes from the Libera Me section of the traditional Requiem mass. I thought that the text matched my idea pretty well.
The piece is a tone poem depicting the pain of the apostles as they watched their Lord being crucified. Then, we have the two Mary's going to anoint the body of Jesus. Upon rolling back the stone, they find the Archangel Gabriel, who says, "Weep not, for your Lord is risen!!" The final section represents the renewal of faith that happens when we all decide to believe, just as the Apostles were made to believe.
Here's the text that I used. I liberally took sections of the text and applied them as the composition needed.
Libera me, Domine, - Deliver me, O Lord!!
Chorus angelorum te suscipiat - May a Choir of Angels receive you.
Agnus Dei - Day of the Lord
I have to admit that I thoroughly enjoyed writing this piece. It took me about 18 hours to write and about 6 hours to record and mix. I wrote it using GPO, Eastwest Symphonic Choirs, Sibelius 5 and Digital Performer 5. I used Waves IR-L Convolution Reverb (Todd AO Recording Studio Convolution) I recorded the Orchestra straight from Sibelius 5, but I had to export the Choir parts to Digital Performer so I could use the wordbuilder that comes with Symphonic Choirs. This is my first attempt at using their wordbuilding application
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I'll have a score score for you to look at this weekend.
OK, I really hope that you enjoy this. If it doesn't work or you have any problems, please let me know.
Have a good night.