Gwyneth Walker

Of the Father's Love

for String Quartet (2023)

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Commissioned in celebration of the 10th anniversary of Grace Chapel at Lenoir-Rhyne University: 2014-2024; Premiered on November 30, 2023 in Grace Chapel at Lenoir-Rhyne University, Hickory, NC

In creating this arrangement of Divinum Mysterium ("Of the Father's Love Begotten"), the composer has maintained the rhythmic flexibility of the plainsong through the use of mixed meters. Therefore, the theme appears in 4/4, 7/8, 11/8 and 3/4 patterns.

The first verse is presented in solo theme vs. tutti accompaniment texture. This sparseness represents the simplicity of the plainsong.

After a newly composed middle section, the theme returns in florid and full style, with the upper strings harmonizing the melody, and the Cello providing an arpeggiated underpinning. The ending is triumphant.

.from the quiet mystery to the grandeur of the Father's Love.

Notes by the composer