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guest says:EnochGodwin says:10-03-2012 02:37idlehour says:28-02-2012 15:09idlehour says:28-02-2012 15:0010-12-2011 19:45
The choir performs the traditional first and third verses, and according to what I've read, that is the most common way this song is performed in public. In my personal experience I had heard a second verse performed only on rare occasions (and I don't recall which lyrics were used); but usually I would just hear the first verse, then perhaps an instrumental break, and then a repeat of the first chorus.
The first verse begins as a solo by Ralph Skan, and then he is joined in harmony after a few lines by Stefan Leadbeater. These two Libera members are becoming featured soloists much more often, now that some of the others that used to always be in the forefront have departed the group or stepped to the back because their voices have changed too much for these kinds of solos. Stefan and Ralph have voices that seem to blend perfectly, as also evidenced by the brief, echoed solos at the end of "Carol of the Bells". The rest of the chorus joins them when they reach the first chorus, and the rest of the song is a group performance until the final line of the song, which is once again sung by Ralph alone.
There are some interesting changes to the harmonies in the second verse (or third, if you're matching verse numbers to lyrics ), but nothing that really strays too far from what most of us are used to hearing in this piece. And as I said before, when you are doing a song as well-known and beloved to as many people as this one is, that is probably for the best.09-12-2011 08:1908-12-2011 05:27@ AdoramusI think this one could be a top 40 song in the U.S. if it had English lyrics that weren't so blatantly religious and a little marketing savvy. The music sound like a good pop tune -- not suggesting someone should change the lyrics to make a buck though, just observing how modern the music sounds in contrast to the very traditional style Latin lyrics. A perfect example of how and why Libera's music is so unique, and impossible to really classify.08-12-2011 05:21
The sparse instrumentation, as always, is the perfect compliment to the boys soaring voices; the introduction of the tympani in the 2nd verse is an unexpected but pleasant surprise that helps heighten the anticipation. Then the dynamic reversal and contrast of the last 2 times through the verse and then the harmonic changes in the final verse before the chorus is his way of telling us we're almost there. The fact that the chorus only gets sung once only serves to emphasize it's simple message. Merry Christmas.
After all that, a short solo part featuring Stefan, then echoed identically by Ralph bring us to the final lines, and again he adds an extra line of lyric at the end where traditionally the carol is over, just to make sure we're still awake.
I assure you Mr. Prizeman, I'm wide awake every time I hear Libera sing one of your marvelous creations.17-08-2011 12:47@ Salva MeThis is defnitely one of my favorite songs by Libera. The haunting chant of "Salva" by the single voice throughout the sone is a perfec connection for the rest. I'm sure most of you know that "Salva Me" in Latin means "Save Me', but I'm wondering if "Salva" by itself in this context could also mean "Help!"
Then the sound grows as the chorus enters with "Dominus Deus miserere mei" (Lord have mercy on me), while "Salva" is still being echoes.
Finally the verse comes in, now in English. There are several different arrangements, but my favorite is when they have a quartet singing this part. When those four break from unison to harmony, it sends a chil, and of course, you still hear the occasional "Salva" behind the 2nd and 4th lines of the verse.
Then the chorus just absolutely explodes into a majestic, triumphant "home" for the song. This is the type of composition I would call a masterpiece -- fairly simple, yet highly moving.Vistar_Monei says:06-02-2006 23:21pcaam1 says:10-01-2006 12:16