Morimur: has anyone seen the vocal score?

February 2, 2006 at 04:01 AM · Though it's somewhat controversial, Prof. Dr. Helga Thoene's theory regarding Bach's Six Unaccompanied Sonatas and Partitas for the violin is fascinating. Dr. Christoph Poppen and the Hilliard Ensemble have produced a stunning CD based on Dr. Thoene's theory. It's titled "Morimur" and a simple search on Google will find it if you would like to purchase it. I'm not enough of a musicologist to debate Dr. Thoene's theory, but the ethereal sounds on the CD are captivating.

I am learning the Chaconne, which is the centerpiece of the recording. It's a wonderfully challenging piece and eminently worthy of playing on its own merits. Now, however, I'm looking for the sheet music or score from which the Hilliard ensemble sings but cannot find it. I would like to perform the piece with vocals this Good Friday. Can anyone help me? Otherwise we have some work to do, adapting the applicable chorales to the Chaconne.

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February 2, 2006 at 02:56 PM · Nick, I've been wanting to find the vocal score to Morimur for a very long time! I agree with you - I'm not sure about the musicology, but the end result is gorgeous (although the Chaconne by itself is even better, IMO). If you find anything, I'd be much obliged if you'd let me know...=)

February 3, 2006 at 09:35 PM · So there are two of us now who want the score. I'm still looking... unsuccessfully. I have written to Dr. Thoene, ECM, Poppen, and Hilliard Ensemble and have had no results.

April 16, 2007 at 03:59 PM · I just bought this CD today (Quite by accident, hadn't seen any of these threads, was looking for the Bach S&P recorded by Richard TOgnetti, but couldn't find it at all :( Saw this, looked interesting, so I thought I'd have a listen. Found the booklet thoroughly interesting.)

All the Chorales (track 1-10) seem to be taken from Bach Cantatas. So if you wanted to do the whole partita interspersed with the chorales, then it'd just be a matter of finding the chorales. But make sure you're not infringing on copyright... If you wanted to perform it, I would make sure that it was alright for me to do so first. (And I might just do that as well).

All in all, an amazing CD, I was having a bad day of shopping, so finding this has really made it a pretty good day

April 17, 2007 at 04:32 AM · Hey Guys,

I actually got the CIM music store to get the score. However it's not really a score, its more of big book which talks about all her research. It does have all the chorales with music in there though. Unfortunately it's all in German so i didnt buy it(which really ticked off the lady who runs the store). Anyways my point is that it's in the CIM library now for whoever wants it. Cheers!

April 17, 2007 at 10:34 AM · I'm not familiar with these esoteric number games (224 + 64 = pentecost), but I've heard the Hilliard-Ensemble and C. Poppen performing Morimur (here a snippet of the Chaconne) in a church some years ago: great, almost spherical voices!

Helga Thoene wrote another study about the a-minor sonata 2005, built up the same way as Morimur (played by Petra Müllejans and a german voice ensemble), where she tries to verify, that the three sonatas represent the great three christian feasts (christmas, eastern, pentecost). The a-minor sonata is said to be the "Passion-sonata".

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