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Wessobrunn Prayer for SATB a capella 6°00” Darren Schmidt once Se £7 3 ggne, Sepes 1* Prize Winner of the 2016 Carl Orff Competition The theme for the second annual Carl Orff Competition was the Wessobrunn Prayer, which is among the earliest poetic works in Old High German, ¢.790. It is named after the repository in which the parchment was discovered, the Wessobrunn monastery in Bavaria. The English translation is in the public domain. ‘Wessobrunner Gebet ‘Wessobrunn Prayer Dat gafregin ih mit firahim firiwizzo meista, ‘This I learnt among mortal men as the greatest wonder, Dat ero ni was noh ufhimil, ‘That there was neither the earth nor the heaven above, noh paum noh pereg ni was, nor was there any tree nor mountain, ni nohheinig noh sunna ni scein, neither any [star] at all, nor did the sun shine, noh mano ni liubta, noh der margo seo. nor the moon gleam, nor [was there] the glorious sea Do dar niwiht ni was enteo ni wenteo, ‘When there was nothing, no ending and no limits, enti do was der eino almahtico cot, there was the One Almighty God, manno miltisto, enti dar warun auh manake of all beings the greatest in grace, and many glorious mit inan cootlibhe geista. spirits with him. Enti cot heilac. The Holy God. More information about the contest can be found at www.carl-orff-competition.com/en/contest/history/id/2 Darren Schmidt is an award-winning composer and performer from Baltimore, MD. Since graduating from Towson University, Schmidt has continued to add to his diverse collection of pieces (ranging from solo and chamber works up to full choir and symphonic band), His ample firsthand experience as a singer, F Hom player, and ensemble leader allows him to understand music from multiple perspectives: audience, performer, and director. The kind of music he loves most is honest, approachable, and compelling; it has the ability to reach out and meet, people where they are. Schmidt endeavors to create engaging, meaningful, and enjoyable music that resonates with people from all walks of life. When he’s not composing, Schmidt enjoys teaching private lessons and performing with his barbershop quartet Pratt Street Power, barbershop chorus Parkside Harmony, and the 229th Army Band. So Wessobrunn Prayer 6100" Ist Prize Winner of the 2 Soprano 1 feat a= mong mor - tal men 1 learnt a= mong mor = tal men Piano (for rehearsal ‘only hat there was ther the arth ©2016 Darren Schmidt (ASCAP) All Rights Reserved ‘dpscomposer com 4 ‘Wessobrunn Prayer ‘nor wis there an = yee or moun - tain, nei thei — y ————— for was there an yee or moun - tain, symp This 1 arnt among as the great mp $$$ Fisk men as. the gre Wessobrunn Prayer 5 Fut —=_ Ff ral Nor the moon gam, Nor was there the gho-ris ——_ sr Nor the moon gleam, id the san shine, (iy neal there the gh fi ral. ng— mor = tal men fst won = dex ‘Wessobrunn Prayer d=60 B ligt ube there was there was there was neither there was nel ther F-ous S ay “The small notes in the bass and tenor here should only be sung when the bass lower octave must be left out. r 8 ‘Wessobrunn Prayer PP When there was nothing ‘See note on bottom of previous page ‘Wessobrunn Prayer 9 as no = thE, and eres pace a poco and, res. poco a poco SO ‘ere. poco a poco —— ‘When there was n= thing, 10 ‘Wessobrunn Prayer When there was There was *Optional divisi for bass shown in piano should onty be utilized if the majority of the section camot sing am E. Wessobrunn Prayer W py poco rit right mit and ma = ny go is Tris with hin, and ma = ny go ris with hin, 2 ‘Wessobrunn Prayer J=60 accel poco a poco (building) (a=66) the Mo ce Tis Jape amore PP Ho This I lear a8 mortal men, This 1 learnt a-mong When there 38 m0 = thing PP. When there was no = thing P There was Pp There was ‘Wessobrunn Prayer J=66 rit al fine 13