The Lord's Prayer (SATB) by Deborah Park
The Lord’s Prayer (Global Version) is a contemporary setting of the Lord's Prayer utilizing pentatonic scales and combinations of traditional and non-traditional harmonies and rhythms. I used the English text from both versions in traditional and contemporary language to match the music for word painting. The prayer itself is a plea for God's will to be done in each of us; as a result, a sincere and earnest mood should be the main focus throughout the work. Most Christians know the prayer by heart in their own language and it is used today by every Christian tradition. I wrote the global version for three different languages: English, German, and Korean.
This anthem is in the style of responsorial singing: a soloist sings a line which is followed by the choir or the piano accompaniment. Each passage is developed in its own way, but the common technique used throughout this work is the systematic use of repetition, adding new layers of texture to what is present (e.g. mm.11–18 and mm. 19–33). This technique begins with a simple figure, which is repeated a number of times with slight variations. The piano, with a simple four-bar passage, introduces the new section and time. Then the choir, soloist, and piano perform in turn in a slightly modified call and response style. The rhythms used in mm. 27–31, are a variation of Gutgeori jang dan, one of the Korean traditional rhythms that make this global version unique.
The final section, giving glory to God, is the doxology where familiar chords and cadences may suddenly lead to unfamiliar harmony to reflect the awe and wonder that leads to the ending “Amen” in D major chord.
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Silent Night for Piano Solo by Deborah Park
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“Silent Night" is most known and sung Christmas carol by Franz Gruber. It was originally written for two solo voices and choir, with guitar accompaniment.
I arranged it in a Romantic and Impressionistic style of piano solo music for an Intermediate level. The beginning starts with a bell-like sound effect of a motive where the performer plucks the strings of a Grand piano with the sustain pedal. Then the staccato eight-notes pattern right-hand plays the melody while the left hand plays the countermelody. After this staccato passage, legato eight-notes right-hand shares the melody with the dotted eighth and sixteenth notes left-hand. It builds up with the change of rhythm- the sixteenth four notes form- on the right hand in mm.18 and finally arrives at the climax on the 12/8 time in mm.20.
The second part modulates to the key of G Major using arpeggiated dotted eighth notes on both hands. The melody is played in octaves and the music becomes more expressive and emotional. In mm. 31, both hands share the melody by crossing the hands where the left-hand sounds like an eco. In mm. 36 - 37, build up to A9 th chord on the fermata and hold it until the emotional moment is moved to a dreamy old memory ending of this arrangement.
Great Is Thy Faithfulness for Piano Solo by Deborah Park
Deborah Park arranged and played "Great Is Thy Faithfulness for Piano Solo."
Thomas O. Chisholm wrote the poem in 1923 about God's faithfulness over his lifetime. Chisholm sent the song to William Runyan who set the poem to music, and it was published that same year by Hope Publishing Company and became popular among church groups.
I arranged this hymn to a piano solo in late Classical and early Romantic style piano solo for advanced pianists. I was spiritually moved by this hymn when I sang it for a special song at a church in Germany by the age of 10 where my dad served as a missionary.
I had varied experiences of life in Germany during my childhood and also in Canada as an Immigrant. Whenever I experienced frustration, happiness, anger, connectedness, sadness or joy, this hymn carried me through the many challenges and provide an outlet for my thankfulness as I learned to feel God's faithfulness over my lifetime as well.
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The Reflection of St. Lawrence River by Deborah Park
Composer-pianist Deborah Park played her original work "The Reflection of St Lawrence River from the memory of Han River."
In celebration of PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics, I performed the original work that I recently wrote, which includes a refrain of the Korean folk song "Arirang."