Score & audio. A seven-minute liturgical drama.
D No: 364
Text - Author or Scripture: Acts 9:1-18 (KJV)
Performing Forces: SA, soloists, hb
Date Published: MS
Date of Composition: 1971
Notes: For the dedication service on April 28, 1971 of the wrought-iron Munson Gates that flank the reredos of the Cathedral's High Altar. The Conversion of Saul is the theme of the southernmost. Solo boys of the cathedral choir sang the principal roles from two lecterns (microphones used.) Of the remaining choristers a small group mimed the entry of angry, threatening Saul and his attendants, and his falling to the floor when a bright light suddenly illuminated the sanctuary. When he was raised up, a black blindfold signifying the sightless Saul, he was led further along to the steps before the altar table for the Damascus scene (see photograph). The rest of the choir (also the instrumentalists) formed the chorus of onlookers. The music was pitched high because it best suited the brilliant range of the treble voices. In performance with adults, or children’s “natural” voices, transpose the key down a whole step. It will sound less strained and be easier for the soloists to sustain. The actors perform in cassocks with but a few accessories appropriate for Saul and his guards. Jesus is heard from a place apart. Ananais should wear a cotta, or surplice and stole, since he will be the baptizer during the Alleluias that end the drama. Perf. time app. 7 minutes.
Categorized as: 300 Canticles & Liturgies
Tagged as: handbells, liturgical drama, trebles, womens voices