The carol has taken many forms over the course of its evolution from plainsong melodies, motets, and hymns to lullabies and devotional folk songs.
She has worked with various media, from symphony orchestra to studio electronics, but always with a sense more of listening than imposing, of allowing sound to form itself.
Many of these composers were singers as well. Above all, they recognize that the whole is greater than the sum of the parts, the defining characteristic of a collective enterprise like choral singing.
My goal is for these transformed sounds to merge with the natural, unamplified instrumental sound, to produce a sonic fabric that is in constant transformation and that brings greater expressiveness.
In revisiting media and sometimes specific works of the past—such as a mass by Josquin or Sappho’s poetry—Haas has shown how diverse, strange, and alluring their shadows may be.
Through all his work, the notion of continuity has been paramount, whether among the fundamental elements of sound or between ancient times and the present.
“The piece is whimsical: it hops back and forth between Winne-the-Pooh-like expressions and the inner world of a child—I allowed the music to take itself where it wanted to go.”
The music makes no apologies for its origins. Despite its genesis in an age of indulgence, it is so much more than merely pleasing; I hope you’ll also hear its daring, experimental side.
Saunders makes us aware of sound as color, and especially as the freshly intense color that comes from new and carefully prescribed performing techniques.
The compositional dialogue between past and present resonates throughout tonight’s program, not only in reverence to the spirit of Bach, but as reassurance of his relevancy in the future.
The people, objects, and animals in the theatre of our dreams are portrayed by the god’s children, who are re-imagined as messengers of artistic inspiration in the context of our script.
A piece will generally start out from a very small idea, which will then be progressively varied, extended, and repeated, following rules of change similar to those by which a fern unfurls and grows.
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