Ordinary Saints
Music from the multi-disciplinary collaboration between the painter Bruce Herman, poet Malcolm Guite and composer J.A.C. Redford. The work may be performed as an instrumental suite for chamber orchestra, an abridged suite for a trio consisting of piano, clarinet and cello, or an abridged suite for solo piano. A song cycle for soprano accompanied by one of these three instrumental combinations features settings of six of Malcolm Guite's poems for the project. Individual pieces or small groupings may also be performed. More detail may be found below under Voicing/Instrumentation.

Duration: 45' (suite) / 27' (abridged suite) / 17' (song cycle)
Difficulty: 4/5

  • 01. The Light We Never Noticed (3:48)
  • 02. Ordinary Saints (2:56)
  • 03. Summoning Beauty (4:48)
  • 04. Here Is Your Father (3:01)
  • 05. Red Over Gold (3:19)
  • 06. Unveiling Shapes (2:54)
  • 07. Firefly (2:55)
  • 08. Sitting for Bruce (3:16)
  • 09. Signs of Joy (2:22)
  • 10. Crossing the Lines (2:21)
  • 11. Scathing Grace (3:37)
  • 12. A Shared Motif (2:32)
  • 13. His Piercing Glance (2:29)
  • 14. Ordinary Saints: Epilogue (2:42)

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The Light We Never Noticed

Summoning Beauty

Red Over Gold

Firefly

Signs of Joy

Scathing Grace

His Piercing Glance

Ordinary Saints

Here Is Your Father

Unveiling Shapes

Sitting for Bruce

Crossing the Lines

A Shared Motif

Ordinary Saints: Epilogue

Voicing/Instrumentation
Ordinary Saints: Suite for Chamber Orchestra

1 Flute
1 Oboe (doubling Cor Anglais)
1 Clarinet
1 Bassoon
1 Horn
1 Piano
2 Violins
1 Viola
1 Cello
1 ContraBass

  • 01. The Light We Never Noticed (3:48)
  • 02. Ordinary Saints (2:56)
  • 03. Summoning Beauty (4:48)
  • 04. Here Is Your Father (3:01)
  • 05. Red Over Gold (3:19)
  • 06. Unveiling Shapes (2:54)
  • 07. Firefly (2:55)
  • 08. Sitting for Bruce (3:16)
  • 09. Signs of Joy (2:22)
  • 10. Crossing the Lines (2:21)
  • 11. Scathing Grace (3:37)
  • 12. A Shared Motif (2:32)
  • 13. His Piercing Glance (2:29)
  • 14. Ordinary Saints: Epilogue (2:42)

Duration: 45'

Ordinary Saints: Suite for Trio

Piano
Clarinet
Cello

  • 1. The Light We Never Noticed (3:48)
  • 2. Summoning Beauty (4:48)
  • 3. Unveiling Shapes (2:54)
  • 4. Sitting for Bruce (3:16)
  • 5. Signs of Joy (2:22)
  • 6. Crossing the Lines (2:21)
  • 7. Scathing Grace (3:37)
  • 8. His Piercing Glance (2:29)

Duration: 27'

Ordinary Saints: Suite for Solo Piano

  • 1. The Light We Never Noticed (3:48)
  • 2. Summoning Beauty (4:48)
  • 3. Unveiling Shapes (2:54)
  • 4. Sitting for Bruce (3:16)
  • 5. Signs of Joy (2:22)
  • 6. Crossing the Lines (2:21)
  • 7. Scathing Grace (3:37)
  • 8. His Piercing Glance (2:29)

Ordinary Saints: Song Cycle for Soprano

Accompanied by Chamber Orchestra, Trio, or Piano as listed above.

  • 1. Ordinary Saints (2:56)
  • 2. Firefly (2:55)
  • 3. Here Is Your Father (3:01)
  • 4. Red Over Gold (3:19)
  • 5. A Shared Motif (2:32)
  • 6. Ordinary Saints: Epilogue (2:42)

Duration: 17'
Notes
Ordinary Saints

Ordinary Saints is a multi-disciplinary collaboration between the painter Bruce Herman, poet Malcolm Guite and composer J.A.C. Redford.

More notes to come soon!
Text
Ordinary Saints: Song Cycle for Soprano

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Ordinary Saints
Malcolm Guite (1957- )

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Firefly
Malcolm Guite (1957- )

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Here Is Your Father
Malcolm Guite (1957- )

Text to come.

Red Over Gold
Malcolm Guite (1957- )

Text to come.

A Shared Motif
Malcolm Guite (1957- )

Text to come.

Ordinary Saints: Epilogue
Malcolm Guite (1957- )

Text to come.
Commission and Performance History
Ordinary Saints was premiered on 27 October 2018 at Laity Lodge in the hill country northwest of San Antonio, Texas by Bruce Herman, Malcolm Guite and J.A.C. Redford, with Bethany Ring (soprano), Amber Salladin (piano), Nathan Williams (clarinet) and Steuart Pincombe (cello). The Suite for Chamber Orchestra was recorded by the Windhover Chamber Artists directed by J.A.C. Redford and may be heard on the Ordinary Saints app available at the Apple App Store.

The solo piano version of the opening segment of the suite, The Light We Never Noticed, was premiered by HyeJin Kim on 21 October 2018 at SOKA Performing Arts Center in Southern California.