A Mother’s Love: Mother and Infant Moses From the Qur’an
Lorrene Adams, Associate Director VOICES
A Mother's Love is similar to an oratorio in that the text is based on a sacred book, in this case, The Qur'an. Yet, A Mother's Love is different than our typical oratorio in that the narration of the story and the story itself is not kept to recitatives, but is integrated into the choral pieces. Here the soloists and chorus dialogue back and forth with story and praise.
Each movement of A Mother's Love can stand alone as a unique concert piece with various instrumental combinations or the entire oratorio can be performed, as it was by VOICES, in an evening. The music is composed using makams and mixes these with western harmonies and textures. Melodies of thematic and rhythmic material build upon one another, sharing and interweaving throughout the oratorio. The vocal score is written for intermediate choir with many parts doubling as one would find in folk and Middle Eastern music.
To read about each movement and listen to an audio, choose the title of the movement and click on it's link below:
1 Call To Prayer and The Fatiha
8 Qur'an 28.1-6
11 Qur'an 20.37-39 & 28.8-13
13 Infant Moses
14 Qur'an 20.40