Joan of Arc (work in progress)
Mezzo soprano, tenor and bass soloists, SATB choir and orchestra
I am composing an oratorio about the life of Joan of Arc, scored for mixed choir, three soloists (mezzo-soprano, bass and tenor) and orchestra.
The text for my composition is taken from the transcripts of two trials — The Trial of Condemnation, in which Joan was sentenced to death, and the Trial of Rehabilitation, which pardoned her 25 years later.
These transcripts are laid out in Joan of Arc by herself and her Witnesses and The Retrial of Joan of Arc, both by the historian Regine Pernoud.