From: Church Music Quarterly (Royal School of Church Music, U.K.) March 2009
Music from Denmark
AVE MARIA [E/M]
Unison a cappella
MARIA INTERLUDIUM [D]
HALLELUJAH! PRAISE THE LORD [E/M]
Canon a 3
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This interesting set of pieces is presented in a booklet consisting
of a single piece of paper. Hallelujah! Praise the Lord stands alone
while the Ave Maria and Maria Interludium form a single piece.
The Ave Maria is for unison, unaccompanied voices, which have a
simple tonal melody reminiscent of plainsong.
The Maria Interludium
for solo oboe and designed to be played between two renditions of
the Ave Maria, is by contrast far more complex and chromatic. It brings
to mind some of James MacMillanís music for solo instrument; it is
somewhat less virtuosic than MacMillanís writing but would still
require a highly competent player to do it justice. It might also work
on a flute or violin. In the right context this piece would be extremely
effective and a welcome alternative to choir and organ.
Hallelujah! Praise the Lord is a short canon for three voices. The
text, based on the opening verses of Psalm 146, can be sung in English
or Danish. Again, the melody is simple and modal and the resulting
piece could be rather beautiful if sung with sensitivity.