“There is an old belief”, text: John Gibson Lockhart (1794-1854), music: J.D. Jude Jicha (b.1984; Lawrence Conservatory ’06)
This challenging accapella piece “on” F-major begins and ends with striking unisons and divides into as many as 8 parts ranging from F2 to A5. It offers many possibilties through rubato for the skilled conductor. There are some difficult but beautiful sonorities to tune, and very large hands wouldn’t hinder a rehearsal accompianist. The song is dedicated to the late Craig Houston (1989-2009), an inspiring and brilliant young man and a beautiful friend taken from this world at twenty years of age. The musically enhanced poem expresses, without religious affiliation, the long standing human belief that somewhere beyond this existence we shall return to the company of our loved ones. There has not yet been an official public premiere or recording.
If you would like a copy of this new choir piece and authorization to copy/print or if you’re just interested in reading the score, you need merely contact me. I have it in both Finale (.mus) and Adobe (.pdf) formats. If you are actually interested in performing the piece with your ensemble, I would be immensely flattered and humbled.