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Summer Rain

(2006)
Toivo Tulev
for 8 voices
Choir a capella
7:00
2008
TOV002c
A4, 16 pages

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Summer Rain (in Estonian Suvine Vihm) was composed for the 10th anniversary of the ensemble Vox Clamantis and premiered by them on November 24, 2006 in Basel. The text is a compilation, the main portion of which consists of the Advent hymn Rorate caeli. The repeated antiphon of the hymn is sung in Latin, the verses in English.  A part of the text was written by myself using a brief quotation from Jesus in St. John’s Gospel, who says: "Sitio", "I thirst".

The music was conceived and composed contemplating on the words of Jesus tortured by thirst: "Verily I say unto you, inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me".

Written originally for solo voices, the music can be performed also by two separated choirs. If the balance of voices allows, the reiterated words by Jesus ("Sitio") should be sung by a solo soprano. The high tenor notes may be sung by altos.

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