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Three samples from Delia's makeup tapes can be heard on its page [[Rorate Coeli]].  
 
Three samples from Delia's makeup tapes can be heard on its page [[Rorate Coeli]].  
 
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== 3. "[[I'd like to believe in God, but...]]" (14:35) ==
 
== 3. "[[I'd like to believe in God, but...]]" (14:35) ==
 
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"The assured and confident voices in the last section are inspired by absolute faith."<ref name=DT/>
 
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{{Spectrogallery|Amor Dei - 4. There IS a God!}}
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=Makeup=
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==[[Angels]]==
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A heavenly choir used in the second and fourth movements and at half speed in the first.<BR>
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{{Spectrogallery|Angels}}
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==[[Amor Dei Original Chant]]==
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The untreated source recording of the boy soprano for ''[[Rorate Coeli]]''.<BR>
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{{Spectrogallery|Amor Dei Original Chant}}
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==[[Amor Dei Cut Tones]]==
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The above split into the individual notes.<BR>
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{{Spectrogallery|Amor Dei Cut Tones}}
  
 
=Transcription version=
 
=Transcription version=

Latest revision as of 12:51, 20 September 2021

Radio Times entry for the first broadcast of Amor Dei
Radio Times entry for the second broadcast of Amor Dei

Amor Dei: A Vision of God is the second of the four Inventions for Radio.

A second invention for radio by Barry Bermange, in collaboration with the B.B.C.'s Radiophonic Workshop, with talk recorded in co-operation with the Old People's Welfare Council, Hornsey. Producer: David Thomson. An attempt to describe God in human terms, and to create, in the manner of a religious painting, an overall impression of man's love for Him. The voices were recorded from life and arranged by the author in a setting of radiophonic sound. Plainsong Antiphon John Hahessy (boy soprano) - unacc. 16-Nov-1964. [1]

Barry Barmange's drawing of a gothic altarpiece

When I was doing the Inventions with Barry Bermange he wanted sounds which would sound like a Gothic altarpiece. 'Oh,' I said, 'yes. What a good idea. But what do you really mean? What sort of sounds?' He said 'Well, give me a pencil and paper'. I did, and with great care and elaboration he drew me a beautiful Gothic altarpiece and said 'That's the sort of sound I want'. [2]

Barry Bermange said that he himself thought of Amor Dei as ‘rather in the manner of a Renaissance painting with the believers in God in the foreground or centre and half-hidden disbelievers looking out from shadowy places round the edge of the painting.’

He has made this programme in four sections. In the first you will hear several thoughtful voices groping towards God, feeling their way into something undefined. In the second, some more assured voices cite concrete images; a defined notion of God begins to emerge. The third is a contest between those who love God and those who cannot believe in Him. The assured and confident voices in the last section are inspired by absolute faith. [3]

and Jonathan Harvey's daughter says that

“a piece of Jonathan's called "Symphony" (1966) was partly inspired by Delia's "Amor Dei", and "Symphony" [went] on to inform some of his later work. [...] Jonathan [said] he liked the breathing quality of the repeated chords.”[4]

Structure

There is an extensive analysis of the piece's musical structure and the circumstances surrounding its creation in Special Sound, pp.102-111.

The work is in four movements, each of which has its own page:

1. Groping towards God (7:59)

"Several thoughtful voices groping towards God, feeling their way into something undefined"[3] Amor Dei - 1. Groping towards God - Spectrogram.jpg

2. Rorate Coeli (9:02)

"Some more assured voices cite concrete images; a defined notion of God begins to emerge"[3]
Three samples from Delia's makeup tapes can be heard on its page Rorate Coeli. Amor Dei - 2. Rorate Coeli - Spectrogram.jpg

3. "I'd like to believe in God, but..." (14:35)

"A contest between those who love God and those who cannot believe in Him"[3] Amor Dei - 3. I'd like to believe in God but... - Spectrogram.jpg

4. "There IS a God!" (14:27)

"The assured and confident voices in the last section are inspired by absolute faith."[3] Amor Dei - 4. There IS a God! - Spectrogram.jpg

Makeup

Angels

A heavenly choir used in the second and fourth movements and at half speed in the first.
Angels - Spectrogram.jpg

Amor Dei Original Chant

The untreated source recording of the boy soprano for Rorate Coeli.
Amor Dei Original Chant - Spectrogram.jpg

Amor Dei Cut Tones

The above split into the individual notes.
Amor Dei Cut Tones - Spectrogram.jpg

Transcription version

Delia prepared an abridged "transcription" version of the suite for transmission outside the U.K.

Papers

Tapes

Copyright

The Performing Right Society's list of works by Delia Ann Derbyshire has:

Title: Amor Dei
Publisher: BBC Worldwide Music
Work number: 1471909Z 
Type: 10/00 [?]
Work Status Flags: Film/TV / 1st Lic Referral
Creation date: 11 August 1999

and its BBC Programme Number is 28SX6836

Availability

  • Broadcast by the BBC Third Programme on 16th November 1964, repeated on December 5th.
  • A shortened version was played in the Unit Delta Plus Concert of Electronic Music at the Watermill Theatre, Bagnor on the 10th September 1966.
  • It was repeated on BBC Radio in the mid seventies.[5]
  • In the BBC Sound Archive on tape TRW 6098: "Amor Dei".[6]
  • The transcription version is in the BBC Sound Archive on tape TRW 6297: "Amor Dei (for transcription)".[7]
  • An excerpt is on TRW 7059.[8]
  • The British Library Sound Archive has a recording of this, with catalogue number T1604R BD 1, which can be heard for free by going to the British Library in London.

References