Octavo of the
Month (1st in a series)
Mike Walag, Iowa High School R&S Chair
Where Dwells the Soul of My Love
Santa Barbara Press, SBMP-463
Although this piece was commissioned for a junior high All-State choir, the text and the music are perfect for high school. This beautiful secular text by 19th century Scottish poet James Thomson is beautifully wedded to the music by New Zealand born composer David Childs.
The piece opens with a 20-bar flute (or oboe) solo, followed by a lyric unison melody for women, then men (some of the male unison range may be a bit of a stretch) over an active sixteenth-note piano accompaniment. Harmonies are hauntingly lush and not difficult. The next verse is canonic between bass and treble parts, so all parts still get a lot of melodic material.
This piece is not difficult and could be handled by most choirs in large or small choral programs. Duration is 4:00. A copy can be found in your ICDA summer convention packet. Check it out!