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Thread: Modern Bavarian/Germany/World* premiere of ZWV 120 (*delete as appropriate)

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    Default Modern Bavarian/Germany/World* premiere of ZWV 120 (*delete as appropriate)

    This morning at my church's pentecostal service I directed (and sung tenor in ) a performance of Veni Creator Spiritus (ZWV 120). It is a fairly simple little verse hymn, nearly homophonic in texture with a few imitative passages. A great piece for an inexperienced choir, which ours is - I just started it, we have only four singers and this was our first ever performance. Especially, the sop and alto are young teenagers who have never before sung in a mixed voice choir - considering this they did extremely well. What a way to cut one's teeth with choral singing, on Zelenka!!

    Anyway, we recorded the occasion and with the above disclaimer regarding this newly formed, amateur choir, I am happy to share the recording (also since it is possible that this is the first recording of any performance of this work): https://clyp.it/ddd12efc?token=a564e...7c97b0cb00fc9e (please ignore the child "singing" at ~2:10 - that's my toddler son who felt quite strongly that Zelenka should have added a 5th voice with the words "mama, papa" at that point).

    Oh yes, and we sang in German - i didn't want to start a riot in our (rural village) church! Fortunately the words of Veni Creator Spiritus have a very good translation which fitted Zelenka's music perfectly. It is interesting, that even in German, this Zelenka chorale sounds distinctly different to a Bach chorale.

    I will upload the modern edition to IMSLP soon. Some of you might know the original manuscript - it is one of the most illegible of all Zelenka manuscripts on account of the ink fading and also some (water) damage to the paper.

    Enjoy!

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    Default Re: Modern Bavarian/Germany/World* premiere of ZWV 120 (*delete as appropriate)

    Congratulations! Must've been great fun! I think especially your soprano has a potential to become a very good choir singer :-)

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    Default Re: Modern Bavarian/Germany/World* premiere of ZWV 120 (*delete as appropriate)

    It sounds surprisingly good in German!

    Great work, particularly when you see how insane that autograph manuscript is, indeed!

    Fun fact: This piece was neither catalogued in 1765 nor in 1784. [Source]
    Last edited by Xanaseb; 06-06-2017 at 07:24 PM.

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