When I heard about this assignment, I knew right away what I was going to do. About a year and a half ago, I came across a poem by Hildegarde of Bingen that spoke to my heart. I copied it out so that I could carry it with me literally as well as figuratively, and I knew that I wanted to do something musical with it. This course is giving me the excuse to spend the time turning this poem into a choral anthem.
It has been a fun process. I have been learning how to use software to write out the score - anything I have written in the past has been just for me, and so it didn't matter if no one else could read my musical notation. And in the process, I have discovered that this software not only produces a neater score than I could do myself, but it is also faster than writing out music by hand.
I have also been recruiting choir members, since I can't present this artistic expression by myself. We are setting up choir practices over the next couple of weeks so that everyone can learn the music; which gives me a deadline of Monday to finish getting the music out of my head and in to the computer so that I can distribute it to my awesome choir members. And then on March 24, we will be presenting to the rest of the class; and then on March 26 it will be included in the school chapel service for everyone.
A bit stressful, yes (this is my first attempt at writing choral music - I've stuck with piano or piano and voice in the past); but so much fun at the same time!
The poem, written out on the piece of paper that I have