The Vinea mea electa, 3rd respons
of good friday matines, was worked on by many
composers, Palestrina and Poulenc among others.
Inspired by Jeremiah's laments, this poetic text magnificently illustrate, with the crucifixion context, the sadness and despair caused by abandonment and betrayal.
The music for 4 mixed voices choir is deliberately short. To reach this aim, the gregorian respons chorus are not used.
Quite tonal in spite of a few transient dissonances, the composition focuses on text comprehension by synchronizing voices. Major cadenzas bring their touch of light, anouncing hope and the possibility of a renewal.
This motet was composed for the amateur choir, conducted by the composer. It can be part of the repertoire of any choir willing to discover original works, easy to medium level, at attractful by its simple frankness.