OPUS No 11 – COVID Prayer
The original of this piece was composed for the baptism of Samuel Bailey more than 25 years ago by Jeremy Lewis.
The opening of the alto part is also inspired by Schoenberg’s Les Miserables.
I have recently expanded the original piece and arranged this for four voices, Soprano, Alto, Tenor and Bass, with a piano accompaniment.
The concept of the piece, at this time, is to highlight the fact that we are separate, as in four separate parts, but, we are unified by the accompaniment of our lives, which is the piano part, and our collective experience is bringing us together.
The deeper message is that we need to take care of our mental, spiritual and physical needs. During the pandemic many of us have been living in close proximity with one other. Perhaps tensions have been increased. Now might be a time when we need to say sorry to someone. We may not have been considerate on social media. This may be another cause for an apology that needs to be made.
Some of us have been alone during the pandemic. Perhaps uncared for. The rest of us may need to become more considerate and hold out a helping hand, taking care of others.
This piece, along with the track and video that is being released, reflects this message of separateness, yet unity; sorrow, yet joy; the need for repentance and forgiveness; the need to be community and acknowledge that we are part of a wider community; and finally, that there is hope, a greater hope, even within this pandemic.
Please spread this message, download this score, and adapt it to however you want.
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