Dosia McKay


for String Quartet

Glossolalia, or speaking in tongues, is a spiritual practice and a worship expression found in some streams of the Christian church, as well as in certain non-Christian religions. Glossolalia does not function only as a spoken word, but also in the context of music. Certain congregations practice glossolalia in group worship where the congregants join together in an improvisatory cascade of individual melodies which instinctively gravitate toward embelishments of a common chord (usually major). This practice sometimes leads to a spiritual trance and ecstasy.

Composed: 2014
Total duration: 6'30"

Difficulty level: Advanced

Published by Gavia Music (ASCAP)
Laser printed, professionally bound
8.5 X 11 score and parts


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8.5 X 11 score and parts


This piece is available on the following album:

Past performances:

  • NeoQuartet, Beijing Modern Music Festival, Beijing, China, May 2015

  • NeoQuartet, Asean Music Week, Ninning, China, May 2015

  • NeoQuartet, Festival Gdynia Classica Nova, Museum of the Town of Gdyna, Poland, October 12, 2014 (premiere)
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