Exsultet (Praeconium Paschale)
- ssa, tpt, tbn, pno
- 10/22/2014 - 7/24/2015
- Francisco Nunez
- Young Peoples' Chorus of New York City
My EXSULTET uses the ancient chant to which the Easter Proclamation is declaimed, normally by a deacon at the start of the Great Vigil of Easter. The chant dates from somewhere between the fourth and seventh centuries and consists of formulaic repetitions of simple phrases. I have elaborated these phrases canonically, melodically, and harmonically into a three-part vocal fabric, accompanied by obbligato instruments. The full text of the original goes on for quite some time. My choral-instrumental version is much shorter.