Monday, August 07, 2017

Diabelli Project 159 - Agnus Dei for SATB

The Diabelli Project is about offering my weekly flash-composition sketches freely to all. Like Antonio Diabelli's theme, these sketches aren't great music. But perhaps (as in Diabelli's case) there's a Beethoven out there who can do great things with them.

I'm not sure why, but this week I sketched out the beginning of another mass movement. I have been listening to a lot of Renaissance choral music lately.

This sketch begins a setting of the Agnus Dei. I ran out of time at about the point where things got interesting. Perhaps I should do two flash composition sessions a week. The second could pick up where the first left off. I might actually get a complete work out such a system -- written in ten-minute chunks.

A common theme with me seems to be starting with a unison and having the voices gradually peel off in different directions. Had this sketch continued, the voices would have continued to branch out independently.

Although this sets a part of the mass, I'm not sure it ties in with the Kyrie Eleison I posted earlier. Will there be more? I don't know -- although I think it's unlikely I'll be setting a Credo anytime soon. That is a lot of text to go through. And I only have ten minutes.

As always, you can use any or all of the posted Diabelli Project sketches as you wish for free. Just be sure to share the results. I'm always curious to see what direction someone else can take this material.

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