Preview 1: While I Thought (Mentre Pensavo)

VOTS-Track 9The finale (track 9), is a consolation, a final acceptance and integration of the journey from source to destination. The Italian is attributed to Leonardo Da Vinci. Soloists are Marco Titus (baritone) and Carmen Kinsey (soprano).

Mentre pensavo che stavo imparando a vivere,
Ho imparato come morire.

While I thought that I was learning how to live,
I have been learning how to die.

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  1. David Marquard 09/02/2016 at 10:30 #

    That track is really beautiful!

  2. John Bartmann 12/02/2016 at 07:24 #

    truly wonderful you know, and still rattling around my mind. this might be a dumb question, but other than the words, did you compose everything else?

    • Nic Paton 12/02/2016 at 08:24 #

      JB – I did yes. Guilty as charged.

      It was pointed out to me however that the opening motif (Track 1) sounds a lot like the “Dies Irae” (Day of Wrath) from the Roman Catholic Requiem Mass (Mass for the Dead) from the 13th Century or earlier, which I had never heard. See and hear on

      Amazing – I have spent my life studiously avoiding plagiarism, but this one snuck in very much under the radar!

  3. Dom Hone 12/02/2016 at 10:59 #

    I really enjoyed your work, has a soulful depth to it. It captures feeling and resonates with the deeper part of who I am. Thank you for sharing with me.

    I hope it brings you the recognition that you deserve.


  4. likeabirdinatree 13/02/2016 at 05:30 #

    Lovely Nic. I love the happier sounds of resignation here, though as I said in another comment, all your music reveals that you are a truly fine composer. Again, well done.

    • Nic Paton 13/02/2016 at 08:34 #

      This is a finale; a sort of a summation of the whole process, and I’m glad that it comes over with a joyous aspect. It can be devastating for us to feel that loss has the final word.

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