Movement 1: Introit – Prelude
Theme: Somber, Peaceful
What life events make us feel uncertain yet peaceful? What do we do in such situations when we don’t know what to expect, yet we want to maintain the courage to face the unknown?
Theme in other Musical Examples:
Jason Mraz – I Won’t Give Up:
Sam Smith – Stay With Me:
Ludwig van Beethoven – ‘Moonlight Sonata’, Op. 27 No. 2:
Think of memories in your life that address the concerns, emotions, and states demonstrated in this movement. How did things unfold for you?
Examining the Theme and Historical Context through the Text/Music:
This prelude is a musical introduction to the work. It starts off slowly and gently, but gradually increases in tempo and intent. Voices are used in an instrumental style in this movement. They add a haunting, yet lyrical quality to the timbres of the instruments as all seem to ebb and flow with restrained introspection yet sublime intensity.
Other examples of Preludes: