Performances by the dwsChorale of works by Bill Sveglini

Feel the Love of the Lord (by William C Sveglini)

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I contacted Bill Sveglini through the composers’ forum and he was very interested in my multivocal efforts. So I decided to have a go at performing some of his works.They are in a style that I’ve not sung for over 20 years (evangelical church choir), but the old fervour still comes out in the performance: I was transported back to those good old days as I sang. This piece is for piano, guitar, bass guitar and 4 part choir, but I decided to use the contrabass pizzicato and to add a cello to the bass vocal line by way of support.

Emmanuel (by Bob McGee, arranged with added descant by William C Sveglini)

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Bill Sveglini arranged this classic Bob McGee a-capella piece, including the addition of a descant line. It is rather fine in its simplicity hiding and then revealing a multitude of harmonic possibilities, starting as it does in unison and suddenly breaking into glorious harmony. Bill’s descant is a nice touch, like adding a cherry to the cake.

A Child’s Eyes (by William C Sveglini)

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A somewhat more complex piece from the modulation point of view, but very effective.I’m not sure I know any children as innocent as this, but. . . well. . . it’s a nice idea!
Again I have added cello to the bass part, it just seemed right with my voice. . . The cello pizzicato and guitar at the beginning is vaguely reminiscent of the Villa Lobos Bachianas Brasileiras!

Oh holy night (Alphonse Adam arr. Bill Sveglini)

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O holy night, the stars are brightly shining
It is the night of the dear Saviour’s birth
Long lay the world in sin and error pining
Till He appeared and the soul felt His worth.

A thrill of hope, the weary world rejoices
For yonder beams a new and glorious morn
Fall on your knees!

Oh, hear the angel voices!
O night divine! O night when Christ was born!
O night divine! O night, o night divine!