The great commission, a sacred cantata for mixed chorus, soloists, and symphony orchestra
Breitweiser, David Paul
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The Great Commission is a sacred cantata written for mixed chorus, soprano, messo soprano, tenor, and bass soloists, and symphony orchestra. The main text, St. Mark xvi. 15-18, determines the general plan. It is composed in six parts with a finale. Part I contains the command of Jesus, "Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel." Parts II to VI are each made up of, (1) an introduction with the pronouncement of one of the signs which would follow, and, (2) a musical setting of a biblical text which is a fulfilment. Part I begins with a processional type introduction in g minor for full orchestra and marked Moderato maestoso. It is formed of irregular length phrases punctuated by short rests and introduces the entrance of the chorus, singing in unison, "Jesus came...and spoke", with the sopranos beginning on a high G. [TRUNCATED]
Thesis (Ph.D.)--Boston University
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