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Love Never Ends: A Choral Set

SATB and piano
A new work to be composed by Paul John Rudoi
Difficulty: 2 · Medium Easy
Length: 10-12 minutes
MAR
31
2022
Releases on Mar. 31st 2022
$750 / ensemble
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PDF score
9-month premiere window
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Description

My work with Thad Fiscella’s music began with a commission for the National Lutheran Choir combining his beautiful Ivory Hymn with two biblical passages from Romans 8:38-39 and Lamentations 3:26. The result, Hope and Quietly Wait (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EBd2bSdFGeg), ended up being a combination of original music and arrangement of Fiscella’s original piano work, and it meant more to me than I expected by the time I heard the final work. I want to expand my work with Thad's music into a set of pieces, given how wonderful it is to work with that original material and use original music to craft meaningful interpretations of texts. I’ve chosen the three mentioned in the lyrics section below which Thad’s given me permission to set. The names of Thad's works are just for reference, and the names of the final pieces will reflect the choice of text: • Thad's "The Rose" (https://bit.ly/2Y8z7SO) will be a setting of the well known Set Me As a Seal passage from Song of Solomon • Thad's "Wedding Song" (https://bit.ly/2WqNWiv) will combine 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 with the Revelations text about a new heaven and a new earth intertwined, like the creation of a new world with that special someone in the mix • Thad's "Beauty of Grace" (https://bit.ly/3AXR18S) will include a setting of portions of Psalm 42 along with the original theme from Palestrina's "Sicut Cervus."

Lyrics

Set me as a seal upon your heart,
As a seal upon your arm;
For Love is as strong as death.
- Song of Solomon 8:6

________

Love is patient, love is kind.
Love is not envious,
it is not boastful,
it is not arrogant,
it is not rude.
It does not insist on its own way;
it is not irritable or resentful;
it does not rejoice in wrong,
but rejoices in the right.
Love bears all things,
believes all things,
hopes all things,
endures all things.
Love never ends.
Now faith, hope, love abide,
these three;
And the greatest of these is love.
- 1 Corinthians 13: 4-7, 13

And there was a new heaven and a new earth,
for the old heaven and earth were passed away;
and there was no more sea...
And behold, God makes all things new.
- Revelations 21:1, 5

________

As a deer longs for water,
so my soul longs for you, O Love.
My soul thirsts for Love,
for living Love.
When shall I see the face of Love?
By day Love commands,
at night Love's song stays with me,
the prayer of my life.
Hope in Love, and I will praise Love.

About Paul John Rudoi

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Yonder Come Day (arr.)
Paul John Rudoi is an award-winning composer, conductor, tenor vocalist, and arts entrepreneur. Deemed “indisputably unique, confident, and innovative” through the American Prize, Paul’s award-winning compositions have been commissioned and performed by various ensembles and artists throughout North America and Europe. His work has garnered numerous grants from the Jerome Foundation, the ACF, MRAC, MSAB, the NEA, and ASCAP. His music is published through PJR Music alongside Graphite, Santa Barbara, Walton, Morningstar, and ECS music publishers. As a professional tenor vocalist, Paul has performed and recorded a wide range of music in professional ensembles nationwide, including Seraphic Fire, The Santa Fe Desert Chorale, and Cantus. During his tenure in Cantus, he premiered dozens of new works, traveled on four continents, conducted and educated via masterclasses driven by Cantus’ artistic and programming model, and advocated for arts education and empowerment through various outreach opportunities nationwide. Paul is also a fierce advocate for new music trends, resources, and issues. His presentation at the 2015 NDSU Choral Symposium, “LIVING SETS: Choral Organisms for the 21st Century,” proposed that the entire choral field should consider new music in the context of composers’ lifelong musical contributions, not just one’s next popular published work. He is also the CEO of “Consortio,” designed to help composers, conductors, and ensembles find common themes and interests for consortium-based commissioning while offering tools and services to make such commissioning more readily accessible and feasible. Paul holds degrees from The Hartt School and the University of Oregon (expected June, 2018). His teachers have included Sharon Paul, Robert Kyr, Libby Larsen, and Edward Bolkovac.

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