I remember rehearsing this piece on the very first day of fall semester my senior year. I was immediately hooked from the 2 or 3 pages we sight read. I’m a fan of 8 part pieces because there is a true art in writing for that many voices without it turning into mud. There are some really beautifully tense moments…I find the harmony almost haunting at times. My favorite part of the entire piece is during the text, “Her love was false,” because it builds with dissonance that leads you on an unusual, but awesome, harmonic journey. It gives me chills every time.
As we got further into rehearsing during the semester, I remember my director saying, “Sing this how you would want it sung at a loved ones funeral.” Yikes. That did it.
Enjoy. The text is in the video if you are curious!