Pope Francis’ encyclical on ecology, Laudato Si: On Care for our Common Home was released June 18, 2015.
Be Praised My Lord by Teresa Cobarrubia Yoder is a prayerful expression and musical response to Pope Francis’ encyclical on ecology, Laudato Si: On Care for our Common Home (June 18, 2015). The lyrics, derived from the encyclical’s title, are from St. Francis of Assisi’s poem and prayer, “Canticle of the Creatures/Sun” – God is praised for all creation.
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Written in ABA form, flexible modifications are provided for either a choral anthem, an assembly piece and a treble choir.
Option 1: SATB CHOIR: Because the melody line is shifted from Altos and Tenors in sections A/C to Sopranos and Basses in section B, musicians are reminded that the melody line should hold prominence with the other lines complimenting the song.
Section A is repeated three times:
Altos and Tenors sing the melody
Basses join in the repeat on their countermelody
Sopranos join in on the third time with a modified descant
Section B (measure 9) can be repeated two or three times:
Note that the melody shifts to the Sopranos and Basses in a homophonic texture with the Altos and Tenors
Section A returns (texture dynamics beings utilized)
SATB are singing simultaneous.
The Sopranos will sing their part once
Basses will sing their part twice
The melody (Altos and Tenors) will sing their parts three times
SATB will join in the last two measures at pp
Option 2: SAB CHOIR, drop the tenor line.
Option 3: WITH CONGREGATIONAL PARTICIPATION, it is suggested that the cantor/song leader facilitate the singing.
Options 4, 5, 6, 7: WITH ACCOMPANIMENT- Written primarily a cappella, possible accompaniments are listed:
SATB with percussion (bodhran, djembe or congos – simple rhythmic scheme)
Congregational use with piano and/or guitars filling in the harmonic structure (piano: melody and harmony)
SATB with handbells
2-part (SA) treble chorus with Orff instruments
Copyright © 2015 Teresa Cobarrubia Yoder. All rights reserved.
WELCOME IN THE NEW SCHOOL YEAR!
In celebrating the start of the school year, I wrote this little ditty. Dedicated to the WA class of 2016, it is directed more to high school students (with reference to SATs and AP classes). Written in two parts, the tune is a familiar sea chanty, “Drunken Sailor.”
Teachers, this is a “free-use” song for your classroom – I only ask that you acknowledge me as the composer. Have fun with it!!! There are quite a few teachable elements in this easily sight-readable song.
Creative expressions through music…
So… I must say that reconnecting to composing is like relearning how to ride a bike. Although I have used my composing skills in arranging music for school and church, getting back to my roots has been both exhilarating and frustrating – depending on what I am working.
Even though there are a great many music notation apps for the computer, I still love my pencil and paper. I am discovering as the projects become more challenging, I plan additional time for dealing with a significant learning curve in some of the apps. Currently, I am in the market for a used Apple computer – if you hear of anyone updating theirs, please give them my address. When I left WA, I returned my cherished MacBook (well, technically it was not mine, but I sure did “baby” it as if it was).
Here is part of the classical suite I have been working on – the church seasons. (I believe you may have heard my Advent piece, O Come, O Come Emmanuel.) This is a reflection of an Easter favorite. Written for solo cello, violin, piano, guitar, violin, viola, cello, and double bass, it was great fun to pull this together.
PS… Okay, I don’t want to give too much away on this, but you will definitely notice that I used the song in snippets with other material interspersed. Spiritual creativity for the heart and soul…
1. composing the Chrism Mass entrance antiphon and hymn for assembly, cantor, choir, brass, timpani, organ. (Yeah, a bit high church, but hopefully singable so priests processing in will want to sing with the singing assembly). Why? There are days I have asked myself this – but there are not a lot of versions out there for cathedral musicians to use (so relayed to me by a few cathedral musician friends)
2. Working with publisher on Laudato si (fingers crossed)
3. Getting all my duckies in a row for Mass of the Chesapeake
4. Podcast for ICC
5. A collection of children’s for my grand daughters ( these should be up and running on iTunes in the next couple of months)
Texts, texts, texts… Mass parts are easy… But trying to find meaningful lyrics that works with music has been a challenge for me. I am neither poet or theologian…
(Excerpts of a note I wrote to some friends)
Mass of the Chesapeake
Composed specifically for Immaculate Conception Church and dedicated to pastor emeritus Fr. Robert E. French, I took the spiritual depth of the parish, singers and musicians in account, composing so that each part will continue that full engagement of sung prayer. On Holy Trinity Sunday, May 31, 2015, Fr. French co-presided with Fr. Sean Prince when he first heard the Mass of the Chesapeake in its entirety.
Elements of rhythms and harmonic idiom in Mass of the Chesapeake provide a wonderful spirit and feeling of the multi-cultural richness at ICC. I was ever attentive to compose a setting that was inviting and sing-able – but also possessing instrumentation that would challenge the abilities of musicians and choir. This consideration added an “ownership” of shared musicality for a powerful and prayerful experience of Vatican II liturgy.
Music © 2015, Teresa Cobarrubia Yoder. All rights reserved.
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Piano arrangement by Teresa Cobarrubia, 2014