LOVE BADE ME WELCOME

(El Amor me dio la bienvenida)

Ralph Fiennes reads George Herbert's Poem

Mixed choir a capella

3 treble soloists, Mixed Choir 
& Organd or Orchestra 
Composed on 2004 Durata circa: 5'45 min 72 measures 
16 pages (Total 24) FiINALIST score of the
Christ Church Dublin´s Cathedral Festival Composition Competition
Dublin, IRLAND 2006


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This piece for SSAATTBB Choir, Treble voices & Pipe Organ composed in Paris on 2004 is a choral setting of the exquisite poem by Welsh born XVII century English poet George Herbert. The verses of this Anglican priest who was a contemporary of John Donne describe beautifully a dialog between 'Love’ (the Divine) and the human being.  My score attempts to illustrate the dramatic progression of this spiritual dialogue in which the eternal Love gives himself up to welcome the human being with merciful insistence as a privileged guest at a mystical meal.   To make this dialogue clear the choir takes the voice of the human nature, full of shame and guilt, while the Trebles assume the voice of the Divine Love, full of mercy and compassion.  Neither the choosing of trebles nor the number 3 is casual. Childhood evokes naturally ideas of love and purity which are attributes of God himself, thus trebles seemed to me an appropriate choice to represent the voice of “Love” and the fact that there are three, is an intended reference to the Christian doctrine of the Trinity.

 

Originally written for Choir & Organ I have also made on 2011 a version with full orchestra. This arrangement implies the presence of a large choir (if it is intended to be sung by a smaller choir it would need to be adapted to suit a chamber orchestra in order to achieve the correct balance between orchestral and vocal forces.

LOVE bade me welcome;

yet my soul drew back,

Guilty of dust and sin.

But quick-eyed Love, observing me grow slack

From my first entrance in,

Drew nearer to me, sweetly questioning

If I lack'd anything.

 

'A guest,' I answer'd, 'worthy to be here' .

Love said, 'You shall be he.'

'I, the unkind, ungrateful? Ah, my dear,

I cannot look on Thee.'

Love took my hand and smiling did reply,

'Who made the eyes but I?'

 

'Truth, Lord; but I have marr'd them:

let my shame go where it doth deserve.'

'And know you not,' says Love,

'Who bore the blame?'

'My dear, then I will serve.'

'You must sit down,' says Love,

 'and taste my meat.'

So I did sit and eat.

 

George Herbert (1593-1633)

AMOR me dio la bienvenida;

aunque mi alma retrocedió,

sintiéndose culpable de polvo y pecado

Pero Amor, con prontos ojos

viendo mi duda y mi retraimiento,

se acercó y dulcemente me preguntó:

si acaso echaba algo de menos.

 

‘Un invitado’ -respondí-  ‘digno de estar aquí’.

Amor dijo: ‘Tú serás’.

‘¿Yo? ¿El ingrato y malo? Ah, mi amado,

ni siquiera puedo alzar mi rostro y mirarte.

Amor tomó mi mano y sonriendo replicó:

‘¿Quién hizo esos ojos, sino yo mismo ?’

 

‘Es verdad, Señor; pero yo los he profanado;

deja que mi vergüenza vaya donde lo merece.’

‘¿Acaso no sabes -dijo Amor-

quién quiso cargar sobre si mismo la culpa ?’

‘Mi amado, entonces serviré’.

‘Entonces tú debes sentarte -dijo Amor-

y comer mi carne’.

Entonces me senté, y comí.

 

Traducción

LOVE BADE ME WELCOME 
FINALIST
of the Christ Church Dublin´s Cathedral Festival Composition Competition
Dublin, IRLAND 2006 Jury Members: Francis POTT (England)
Judy MARTIN (Ireland)
Tristan RUSSCHER (Australia)

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