This time of self isolation has given me more time to compose!
Below is a video of my latest composition, inspired by Psalm 9 from the Bible. Below is a walk through of the main sections and ideas behind this composition.
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Take a walk through 'O Thou Most High'
This piece was born while I was reading through Psalm 9. A song using the words of Psalm 9 formed in my mind, so I ran to my guitar and played it. The melody is below, showing where the lyrics would go if it were sung.
Next comes the big and juicy (and only) modulation - from C major to G major. This was done using a sequence, which is a melodic passage repeated up or down at a certain interval.
Development and climax
Some further and more extensive variations follow, eventually building up to the climax. The high B is used in bar 35.
Calm after the storm
The piece ends with a calm section, creating a sort of loose ternary form structure (A-B-A).
Note the descending and syncopated chromatic bass line (from E down to A), producing some crunchy - but in a gentle way - harmonies.
The final cadence from chords C-G (IV-I) create a plagal cadence, sometimes known as the Amen cadence.