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Wondrous Birth: New York Polyphony

The carol has taken many forms over the course of its evolution from plainsong melodies, motets, and hymns to lullabies and devotional folk songs.

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Anna Thorvaldsdóttir

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.

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The Orlando Consort

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.

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Rand Steiger

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.

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Georg Friedrich Haas

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.

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Julio Estrada

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.

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Oliver Knussen

“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.”

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The Age of Indulgence

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.

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Rebecca Saunders

Saunders makes us aware of sound as color, and especially as the freshly intense color that comes from new and carefully prescribed performing techniques.

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Two x Four

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.

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House of Dreams - Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra

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.

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Enno Poppe

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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