Starting with one voice

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Several of my unaccompanied choral compositions begin with one voice part or one solo voice singing a principle melody.

I like this type of introduction because it allowallows the beauty of a single melody to really be absorbed. Also there it leaves much room for the piece to expand musically. Perhaps best of all, if sung well, it allows the listener to easily comprehend the text.

I generally would not want an entire concert to be built with pieces that all begin this way, but this type of opening has some musical and textual advantagesadvantages.

Here are some compositions that open in this way:

Are You Ready? – TB unison

In Heaven There are Mansions – treble solo

My Prayer – male solo

Prayer and Answer – SA unison

Set Me as a Seal – SA unison

Soon One Day РB  unison

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