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Mary Speaks of Her Son

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By Victor Labenske

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Piano,Voice Duet Piano, Voice - Digital Download
Composed by Victor Labenske. Contemporary, Easter, Sacred, Standards. 25 pages. Labenske Music Services #2591123. Published by Labenske Music Services (A0.844194).

Item Number: A0.844194

This song cycle for female voice features poems from CarlWinderl’s book of Marian poetry, MarySpeaks of Her Son, providing a rich collection from which the composer has chosenfive poems to set. Each poem is spoken in the first person by Mary, the mother of Christ.


Thecomposer has used a number of unifying devices throughout the cycle.  First, the composer includes quotes from bothGregorian chant (italicized titles) and Protestant hymnody (capitalized hymntune names) drawing on the influence of the poet’s early religious instruction;this training came from Winderl’s two grandmothers who on alternating Sundaystook him to both Catholic and Protestant churches. In addition, a "Mary motive"derived from solfege (Ma-ri-A) appears in each song (the cycle’s opening 3notes in the vocal line) which coincidentally is the retrograde inversion ofBernstein’s "Maria" motive in WestsideStory.  Finally, references to thecross are represented symbolically with the octatonic pitch set.

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