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Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence

By 17th Century French Carol

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Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass, String Septet or Ensemble - Easy/Beginner
Composed by 17th Century French Carol. Arranged by Robert Myers. Post-Romantic, Christian, Sacred, General Worship, Christmas. Score, Set of Parts. 24 pages. Published by WheatMyer Music (S0.344927).

Item Number: S0.344927

Plenty of music is available for advanced ensembles, and some music is available for beginning and early music students. But what is available for a mixture of the two? This arrangement of "Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence" aims to provide that solution. As originally written for an actual church ensemble with a mixture of professional, advanced amateur, and student string players, this piece can fit many different ensemble mixtures of a septet or larger. It features solo parts for violin and cello that will interest advanced players mixed with simple accompaniment by the ensemble at large. Whether you have a studio of mixed ability students, a faculty/student ensemble, or just a real-world church ensemble, this piece can work for you.

The hymn, "Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence" may have origins as far back as the 4th Century church, being long used both as a Christmas hymn and to focus worshippers on the mystery of the incarnation and the Eucharist. Thus, this piece is well-suited for Advent, Christmas, or any observance of communion. The tune, PICARDY, comes from a 1680 French song book. 

This arrangement maintains the original melody in three contrasting settings bookended between rich sequences of tonal clusters. Solo violin makes the first statement of the melody in silvery harmonics over static chords. Lead violin and cello take the second statement in a contrapuntal fashion over homophonic harmonies. The third statement changes tempo and style to reflect the heavenly adoration of the Lamb portrayed in the text. Here the melody is taken by ensemble violins while solo violin adds countermelody and low strings provide a rhythmic pulse.

Duration = 3:24 (approximately)

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