Dum transisset Sabbatum - Alan Smith



Duration: 2'30"
Ensemble: SATB unaccompanied
Grading: Medium
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This piece was written for the Easter Saturday vigil service at St Andrew's, Burgess Hill in 2003. It evokes a mood of stillness and anticipation, so the Alleluias which close the work are ones of quiet rapture, rather than the celebratory exultation associated with Easter Day.

The piece falls into three sections (bars 1-12, 12-18 and 19-35). The outer sections use broadly similar material which is based around an F# minor/A major tonality. The central section is more chromatic and features an enharmonic modulation into the unrelated key of Eb major, before resolving back into the earlier material.

The music is only of moderate difficulty and choirs who can sing unaccompanied with confidence and are able to manage the shifting tonality of the central section could find this a useful addition to the limited repertoire for Easter Eve.