Choral SSA Choir and Piano
Composed by Dan Davison (1956-). Fold. Octavo. 12 pages. Duration 2 minutes, 50 seconds. BriLee Music #BL1126. Published by BriLee Music (CF.BL1126).
Item Number: CF.BL1126
6.875 x 10.5 inches. Key: C minor. Latin.
Davison's Tu Es Petrus begins in a Gregorian chant style but quickly changes to a "funky" beat. With contrasting rhythms and interesting harmonies, treble choirs will enjoy singing and performing this powerful piece. Also available for SATB Voices (BL1092) and TBB Voices (BL1020).
Tu es PetrusA begins as a Gregorian chant. It is important to sing chant with smooth, lyrical lines, emphasizing those syllables that are naturally accented in speech. In order to get the style correct, choir members may benefit from listening to recordings of Gregorian chant. When the style quickly changes to a "funky" beat, the choir must sing rhythmic, accurate dotted rhythms: whenever dotted-eighth notes are followed by a sixteenth note (the first part of m. 9) or the reverse, (the last part of m. 9). If performed correctly, the new rhythm can achieve a great contrast from the opening section. Portions of the piece should have a sense of constant growth. Letters C and D are examples of this. In order to be successful, each singer must know how to sing with intensity. The feeling of "holding the sound back" is the desired style in sections that constantly grow. In this text a man named Simon was given a new name, Peter, which means "The Rock." The name was well-deserved, because Peter had just given a response that showed his solidarity. If you have ever had a steadfast friend or a devoted teacher, you may understand the type of person Simon-Peter was.