Tenez-moy en vos bras, composition for 3 equal voices choir and piano by Rémi SAINT-JACQUES.
Laureat of the composition contest organized by À Coeur Joie Hauts-de-France, 2nd prize category B.
The piece begins with a chordal introduction in a choral style, creating a serene and peaceful atmosphere. The simple and generally joint melody serves as a source for the entry of the voices, which will in turn take up the same musical idea. The main element of the work revolves around the delicate treatment of dissonances and resolutions, especially on the words « tenez moy en vos bras » (hold me in your arms), wanting to imitate the impression of the embrace of a hug. This idea will be fed throughout the work.
The music supporting the words « je suis malade » (I am sick), will be mainly characterized by a melodic rise marked by dissonances that resolve, evoking the idea of raising a tired hand seeking a comforting embrace. The climax of the piece is heard on the words « votre amour me guérira » (your love will heal me), suggesting a glimmer of hope and a will to live, only to return to a moment of calm, recalling the words « tenez moy en vos bras » (hold me in your arms), as if to signify that healing will only depend on the love given and as long as there is a sincere and comforting embrace to lead to this hoped-for healing.
Composition for 3 equal voices choir SMA and piano :
Performing time : 4’10’’