Review from 1999

Amazing what you uncover on Google Books. A review of Cassatt String Quartet, with guest cellist Christopher Finkel, premiering my String Quartet (1999) at June in Buffalo.

“Christian B. Carey’s String Quartet (1999) is a rare effort to draw from jazz’s rhythmic style while applying an apparent serial language. The general depiction of jazz as a traditional palette (swinging, improvised-like solos) with tongue-in-cheek titles (‘Bebop a Lulu,’ ‘Elegaicism’ and ‘Lulu Redux’) makes for easily enjoyable music. Certainly the resultant serial sonorities have their own oddly saucy flavor, but all the more teeth for one’s wit.” – New Music Connoisseur, Volume 7, pp. 49.

Je Suis Aime

Another recital recording, this one performed by Soprano Sara Noble with organ drone. It is a setting of a chanson by French poet Clement Marot, an anniversary present for Kay.

Carson Cooman commissioned and performed a set of variations on this piece for chamber organ.

Je suis aimé de la plus belle
Qui soit vivant dessous les cieux:
Encontre tous faux envieux
Je la soutiendrai être telle.

Si Cupido doux et rebelle
Avait débandé ses deux yeux,
Pour voir son maintien gracieux,
Je crois qu’amoureux serait d’elle.

Vénus, la Déesse immortelle,
Tu as fait mon coeur bien heureux,
De l’avoir fait être amoureux
D’une si noble Damoiselle.

Clément Marot

I am loved by the most beautiful lady
Who has ever lived beneath the heavens;
Against all false enviers
I will uphold her to be so.

If sweet and rebellious Cupid
Had taken off his blindfold
To see her graceful carriage,
I think he would have fallen in love with her.

Venus, the immortal Goddess,
You have made my heart very happy,
To have put me in love with
Such a noble maiden.

Translated by Fenton Groden

“3 Kenyon Songs” – “Psalm 103” (SoundCloud)

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This week I am posting recordings from a May 2016 recital that was performed at All Saints’ Church in Princeton, New Jersey. Organized by soprano Sara Noble and the Contemporary Undercurrents of Song Project, it was given for me after I returned home last Spring from having cancer surgeries in Nashville. It was the most thoughtful musical homecoming a composer could experience.

Below are two live recordings from the event: You may check out my Soundcloud page for addition selections. The first is a duo version by Sara and mezzo-soprano Megan Ihnen of my Psalm 103 setting.

The second has often been performed but never before recorded in its entirety – the piano-vocal version of my Three Kenyon Settings, performed by Megan and pianist Graeme Burgan. (Singing cellist Jody Redhage commissioned the set for herself to perform and made a recording of one of the songs, “Otherwise,” that you can also hear on Soundcloud.

“O Emmanuel,” performed by the Wesley Singers (Soundcloud)

Cheekwood, Nashville, TN.
Cheekwood, Nashville, TN.

Last year, the Wesley Singers, conducted by Dr. Gareth Bond, recorded my set of Magnificat Antiphons for SSATB chorus.  To interested choir directors out there, I would say,”Advent is coming!”

“Dark Times”

Raritan Bay, South Amboy, New Jersey.
Raritan Bay, South Amboy, New Jersey.

Dark times: I’ve seen them aplenty and they no longer daunt me (for long). We will get through this dark time stronger, more alert, and more passionate than ever about how the arts matter to society. Move towards what you love: it will sustain you.

Upcoming Performances by McMurtery and Mack

Flutist John McMurtery and pianist Ashlee Mack have been two of my most dedicated advocates. They have played many of my pieces in recital, and made the first recording of “For Milton” for Perspectives of New Music/Open Space (Righteous Girls made the second for New Focus).

This Fall, McMurtery and Mack will be presenting several duo recitals in Illinois and Wisconsin (dates below). Among the pieces on the program will be my “For Milton.”

 

Sunday 9/25 at 3 PM at Knox College

Wednesday 9/28 at 7:30 PM at Western Illinois University

Saturday 10/8 TBD at U. of Wisconsin – Oshkosh

Sunday 19/9 6 PM Lawrence University

Let the Water Rain Down

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Let the Water Rain Down
Words by Kay Mitchell, Music by Christian Carey

Let the water rain down, let the Spirit rise up,
And gather you into the arms of the Lord
God’s love will surround you and now you will know
One call that will give you one Faith and one Word

Let the water rain down, let the Spirit rise up,
Enfolding you into the warmth of God’s love
One Lord and One Faith to sustain you always
One Spirit will touch you with light from above

Let the water rain down, let the Spirit rise up
One body of Faith embraces you here
We give you our promise to lift you up high
Together as one to our God we draw near