Welcome to Refreshing Rhythms Music
The following pieces are my Ten Spiritual Songs for Voice & Ensemble published in 2011. They were written with the idea of bringing out the beauty of African rhythms.
This first one, entitled "Beloved Children", in 4/4 meter, employs a familiar recurring bell pattern voiced in the harp.The melody intertwines with the harp's rhythms, bringing out a cross-rhythm of its own. The words are from Mary Baker Eddy's first address in The Mother Church, May 1895 (Miscellaneous Writings p.110) 1. Beloved Children
The following song, in 3/2 meter, employs an African rhythmic pattern which recurs four times across six downbeats, making it an example of polyrhythm. The powerful words are from the Mrs. Eddy's principal work Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, page 496. 2. Comforter
Here we have a setting, in a rhythmic texture of three against two, of Jesus' final prayer before being arrested (John 17). 3. Father, the Hour is Come
Dieu mon Père, Dieu ma Mère empolys rhythms similar to Beloved Children, but in a more lively, up-tempo setting. The words are my translation into French of Mrs. Eddy's poem for little children on page 400 of Miscellaneous Writings. 4. Dieu mon Père, Dieu ma Mère
Satisfied, a poem by Eddy (Poems, p.78), is set in 12/8 meter with an interplay of two against three. 5.Satisfied
Irradiance is a setting of a few simple words from Psalms 118 in 12/8 meter, with a three against four polyrhythmic feel. 6. Irradiance
This one is a simple, quiet ballade in 12/8 meter setting some profound words from Eddy's work Science and Health (p.99). In the second go-through, the flutes play what a choir would be singing if i had one! 7.Currents
The familiar 23rd Psalm springs forth in an exuberant setting in 4/4 meter. Notice the first note of the recurring bell part occuring a sixteenth note after the first downbeat of the bar. 8. Paths
Douce Fontaine is a lovely poem by Beninian poet Nathaniel Gnahoui David, set to an undulating piano accompaniment in 4/4 meter. 9. Douce Fontaine
This one has a latin feel, 4/4 meter, sharing my subjective experience in praying with the Lord's Prayer (Matthew 6) in the early morning. 10. Early
African Overture is a one-movement symphonic composition bringing out the richness of African culture, melody and rhythm (2006). African Overture (10:43)
Cellists and Violinists, check out these Twelve Classic Gems for Cello & Violin, I think they're really quite lovely. For example, Beethoven's wonderful Larghetto in A Flat from his Triple Concerto is included (2014). Twelve Classic Gems Arranged for Cello & Violin
My new Open Sky String Quartet (May, 2015). I have endeavored to combine classic elements of variety, development, and melodic & harmonic richness, with African rhythmic vitality and polyrhythm.
About the author, my name is dan watts, I studied music, including counterpoint with william denny and African music and dance with c.k. ladzepko, at the University of California at Berkeley. If you'd like to get in touch, I'd love to hear from you ... my email is email@example.com. Best wishes to you.
All the music on this website was written and copyrighted between the years 2006-2015 by daniel g watts.