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Tribulationes for mixed choir a cappella

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By Vahram Sarkissian (Sargsyan)

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Choir, SATB, SATB with occasional divisi (up to 8 voices) - Advanced Intermediate - Digital Download
Composed by Vahram Sarkissian (Sargsyan). 21st Century, Contemporary Classical, Christian, Sacred. Score. 10 pages. Published by Vahram Sargsyan (S0.144675).

Item Number: S0.144675

Commissioned by Boston Choral Ensemble in 2010 Tribulationes was chosen among ca. 90 candidates as the winner of the 3rd BCE Commission Competition. The composition also won the third prize in the Godfrey Ridout Awards from the Socan Foundation in Canada (2012).
Tribulationes is loosely based on the first 17 notes of Barber's famous Adagio. It virtuously combines the solmisation technique with 4 excerpts from Psalms (e.g. the first two syllables of the word Domine DO-MI are always sung with the notes C and E accordingly). And if in the text one underlines only those syllables which represent the note names, the above-mentioned Barber melody appears (TI-[LA-TI–DO]-[LA-TI-DO]-[TI-DO-RE]-[TI-DO-RE]–DO-RE-MI–DO).

The attached recording of Tribulationes is a live performance by Boston Choral Ensemble in Boston (2010).

Vahram Sarkissian (Sargsyan)
One of the most distinguished Armenian composers of his generation Vahram Sarkissian is best known for his choral and chamber works that have been widely performed throughout Europe, Asia and North America. His style represents a palette of multicultural creative initiatives influenced by numerous traditions and practices spanning from V century Armenian medieval chant to previously unreported endogenous vocal extended techniques.

Among performers of Sarkissian's music are BBC Singers (UK), Little Singers of Armenia, Ensemble Transmission (Canada), Meitar Ensemble (Israel), Boston Choral Ensemble (USA), Ensemble Oktoplus (Germany) and many others.

Commissioners of Sarkissian's music are Norddeutscher Rundfunk (Germany), CBC Radio (Canada), Boston Choral Ensemble (USA), AGBU Foundation (USA), Oxford University Press (UK), Lark Musical Society (USA) just to mention a few.

His honors include the winner award in the POLYPHONOS 2017 Commission Competition (USA 2016), the winner award in the Third BCE Commission Competition (USA, 2010); 1st prize in the International Contest for New Choral Compositions (Croatia, 2009); the third prize in the Godfrey Ridout Awards from the Socan Foundation (Canada, 2012) and many others.

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