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Mantle of Peace

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Mantle of Peace is Reuben Correa's Christmas / Winter recording containing his arrangements of traditional carols, Classical pieces, and two of his original compositions. The title is reflective of this time of the year as the pure white snow falls silently and muffles sounds into a quiet peaceful murmur. To Reuben it becomes a peaceful, sparkling Mantle covering everything.

Reuben ventured out into the frozen tundra of Minnesota after an ice storm, with his camera and hung a golden harp on the icy branches of several trees and bushes before choosing the right picture for this recording. Reuben sends this greeting: “I’d like to see your eyes light up and your body relax as you enter the realm of the Christmas kingdom of Joy and Peace.

 

I hope that you will be transported away from the hubbub of holiday preparations by the soothing sparkling music of the harp.” RLC

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1. FANFARE AND CHRISTMAS MEDLEY: O COME ALL YE FAITHFUL AND JOY TO THE WORLD: The melding of these two favorite carols seemed appropriate to Reuben because they both express the inexplicable joy of Christmas. Reuben joins these two creatively arranged pieces with fanfare interludes to announce each carol.

2. SILENT NIGHT: Reuben arranges this carol as if the harp is singing different words to each verse. Mr. Correa uses a whole gamut of harpist techniques to convey the happy calm and beautiful thoughts behind each verse.

3. GOOD KING WENCESLAS: This is both a mystical and lively arrangement. Reuben uses single and double xylophonic plucking to introduce the melody as he moves into the use of dissonance to move the music along. Finally the good king gets a little lively with a slight bit of syncopation, presumeably from the joy of the season, or who knows maybe they had coffee back then?

4. JESU JOY OF MAN'S DESIRING: Reuben loves this piece though it is not technically a Christmas piece. The versatility of this music is great because it makes a festive appearance all through the year. In fact this so true that when Mantle of Peace came out, people wanted to hear this music all year long. Mr. Correa decided to use it, as well as Canon in D and Prelude in C as a bonus piece on his Sea Whisperings cd. It is at once a celebration of simple melody with a light accompaniment.

5. INTERNATIONAL PARTY MIX: I Saw Three Ships - England, A burst of sound like the waves spraying high against the bow of a ship is what Reuben pictures in his mind. O Come O Come Emmanuel - Latin, A mysterious piece in a minor key gives this song an almost chant like feel. The First Noel - England, A happy lyrical light tune of great familiarity. Lovely is the Dark Blue Sky - Denmark, A Danish Christmas Carol and inspiration for the color of the cover of this recording. We Three Kings - American, Hear the sway of the camel gait along with the swish of their tails and the trace of falling stars as they arc across the desert sky. I Saw Three Ships - England, Reprise and ending.

6. ODE TO JOY: This is one of Reuben's Favorite Pieces. He has arranged this one to express the joy of the Season with large rolling chords soothing and lifting the spirit as only the harp can do.

7. THE LITTLE DRUMMER BOY: Reuben captures the drumming of the little boy with the melody accompanied by finger drumming on the sound board. Listen closely as the drummer boy passes from left to right as he marches into the night to please the new born King.

8. OH HOLY NIGHT: Is a very popular piece this year. Reuben's arrangement is at times graceful or dramatic in a very soothing uplifting way.

9. MANTLE OF PEACE: An original composition by Reuben Correa. This music beholds the promise of God and His love for us. In His love we can experience a covering (mantle) of Peace and under this mantle of peace times of great joy and freedom.

10. CANON IN D: This is an extremely popular piece. Reuben's arrangement for harp is a slightly abbreviated version in that it doesn't repeat endlessly, yet captures the essence of the piece nicely. It is extremely popular at weddings and makes for a great listen if you stream music while working at your computer.

11. PRELUDE IN C: A Transcription for harp that is one of the few pieces by Bach that translates well to the lever harp. Bach actually never wrote music for the harp, because the harp of his day didn't have the abilities of the modern harp even the lever harp. But much of his music can be arranged quite adequately for the harp and indeed sounds quite beautiful on the harp. Prelude in C is slowed down just a bit and is also recognized by those of the Catholic faith as an Ave Maria as Charles Gounod composed an Ave Maria using Bach's prelude as the frame work for the accompaniment of his composition.

12. SNOWFLAKE LULLABY: This is an Original Com position by Reuben Correa Copyright 1992 Written expressly for my mom in law. Thanks for your sweet love and encouragement. It is also for all the people who have lost a loved one during the Christmas holiday season. May your sleep be sweet and your pain be healed.


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