In this set of well known Lutheran chorales, the composer employs modern contrapuntal techniques, yet all eight duos are modeled on the chorale bicinia of Michael Praetorius. In two cases, versions for different pairings are offered. Also available from the ARS are three of St. Pierre's chorale bicinia for Lent. The recorded example presented here, Ein feste Burg (A Mighty Fortress), features the composer playing alto, and Scott Paterson, bass. Players of intermediate skill will have little trouble playing these brief pieces.
-- Anthony St. Pierre
Play Along Instructions for Three Chorale Bicinia by Anthony St. Pierre
For a virtual duet partner, download the accompanying play along files. If you wish to play the lower voice, open the file labelled vox sup[erior]. Open vox inf[erior] if you’d like to play the upper voice. On each file the chorales are presented in this order: Es ist das Heil (SA) Da Jesus an dem Kreuze stund (SA) Vater unser im Himmelreich (AT)
A count-in that goes right up to the first beat precedes each duet. By exception, the vox inf for Es ist das Heil has no count-in since the alto establishes the tempo well before the soprano enters.
Fermatas are never more than double the value of the notes to which they are attached.
This collection of 10 familiar chorales from the Christian liturgy, set as duets, provides a lot of variety in the instrument pairings, including Soprano paired with Great Bass (a Tenor version of the Great Bass part is also provided). The difficulty levels range from easy to just a bit tricky, with a high E and F appearing in the Bass part, and the interplay between the two parts can be fairly close. These duos would fit nicely at part of the music for a church service, or for sharing some time with a friend over tea.