Performed at Memorial Church, Harvard University, November 24, 2015 by the Harvard Choral Fellows, directed by Carson Cooman.
Last month, I heard the second installment of Anthony De Mare’s Liasons: Re-Imagining Sondheim from the Piano project at Sheen Center. De Mare has commissioned dozens of composers to fashion arrangements of Sondheim songs. The results are as fascinating as they are eclectic.
On Thursday at Symphony Space, De Mare completes his live presentations of the commissions with a third concert. Among the featured composers are Steve Reich, David Rakowski, Paul Moravec, and Duncan Sheik. The concluding arrangement is by De Mare himself: “Sunday in the Park – Passages.” Sondheim will be on hand and the ECM recording, a 3-CD set, will receive its official release.
There are some tickets left to the performance (buy here).
On November 24th at 8:45 AM, Carson Cooman will be playing a chapel service consisting entirely of my music at Appleton Chapel of Memorial Church at Harvard University. In addition to performing the solo organ piece “Chanson Variations,” he will be joined by the Harvard Choral Fellows to premiere my Psalm 103 anthem and the hymn setting Add One More Seat.
The latter piece I wrote with my wife Kay Mitchell. We have dedicated it to our Pastor Jeffrey William Mays, who is retiring after many years of service at Christ Congregation in Princeton.
Here is a MIDI demo:
I know it is a bit on the early side, but I would love to see some of my Boston friends there if you can make it.
The Wesley Choir of Wesley United Methodist Church in Vienna, Virginia, conducted by Dr. Gareth H. Bond, will be premiering my cycle of Magnificat Antiphons throughout the 2015 Advent Season. Here are the performance dates and a bulletin insert that discusses the pieces.
11/15 Offertory “O Sapientia” by Christian Carey
11/15 Anthem “O Adonai” by Christian Carey
11/22 Anthem “O Radix Jesse” by Christian Carey
11/29 Anthem “O Clavis David” by Christian Carey
12/6 Offertory “O Oriens” by Christian Carey
12/6 Anthem “O Rex Gentium” by Christian Carey
12/13 Anthem “O Emmanuel” by Christian Carey
Seven Magnificat Antiphons
Christian Carey, Composer
World Premier performed by the Wesley Choir November 15 – December 13, 2015 Wesley United Methodist Church Vienna, Virginia
Directed by Gareth H Bond, DMA
Translation by Brendan C Muse
Antiphons began in the Ancient Grecian Age as main actors/speakers would lead conversations and two vocal choruses on either side of the stage would engage each other sometimes repetitively, other times as question‐answer, yet others as differences of opinion.
As time progressed, this form found its way into the church as separate smaller choirs or choirs of voice qualities (e.g. men’s versus boy’s timbres), more along the ‘question‐answer’ arrangement.
In this very interesting composition, Mr. Carey invites yet other forms of antiphonal writing: 1) Intertwined choral and quintet (five voice) options and antiphons imbedded within the composition itself without the exclusivity of the individual voice and 2) By using the color (timbre) of the voice part development by “high‐low” arrangements rather than any one type divisi.
Eclectically influenced these works house styles of Chant, Renaissance, pre‐Baroque, Baroque forward.
Perhaps the SMAs best format of performance might be with a choir of 32 to 40 equally divided members and voicing. But the smaller size of the Wesley Choir and its quality of vocal talent retains its inclusion as a viable performance medium for this wonderful composition and collection of seven antiphons each based on one of the verses of a favorite Carol, “O Come, O Come Emmanuel”.
About the composer:
Christian Carey is an Associate Professor of Music at Westminster Choir College of Rider University in
Princeton, New Jersey. He serves on the Board of Directors of the League of Composers/ISCM and as Managing Editor of the contemporary classical website Sequenza 21. His music has been performed by ACME, Atlantic Chamber Orchestra, Cassatt String Quartet, C4 Choral Ensemble, Chiasmus, Ionisation New Music Ensemble, League of Composers, loadbang, Locrian Chamber Players, Manhattan Choral Ensemble, New York New Music Ensemble, Righteous Girls, St. Dunstan’s Choir, and St. Gregory’s Choir and appears on New Focus Records and a Perspectives of New Music/Open Space CD. He has published articles and reviews in Perspectives of New Music, Tempo, Integral, Musical America, Musicworks, Playbill, and Time Out NY. He has a book chapter in Hommage a Elliott Carter, published by Editions Delatour.
1. O Sapientia
O wisdom, which comes forth from the mouth of the Most High, reaching from end of the earth to the other,
firmly and gently ordering all things: come to teach us the path of prudence.
2. O Adonai
O Lord and leader of the house of Israel
who appeared to Moses in the fire of the burning bush
and gave the law to him on Sinai: Come to save us in your outstretched arms.
3. O Radix Jess
O offspring of Jesse, who stands under the banner of the peoples, before whom kings will close their mouths
Whom the peoples will pray for: Come to free us; do not be late now.
4. O Clavis David
O key of Daivd and scepter of the house of Israel,
who opens, and no one closes; who closes, and no one opens;
come, and lead the conquered out of the house of imprisonment sitting in the darkness and the shadow of death.
5. O Oriens
O rising sun, splendor of eternal light, and sun of justice:
Come and illuminate those sitting in darkness and the shadow of death.
6. O Rex Gentium
O king of the races, and their desire,
and the keystone that joins them together:
come and save mankind, whom you have shaped from mud.
7. O Emmanuel
O Emmanuel, our king and law‐bringer, awaited by the nations, and their savior: come to save us, lord our God.
As you can read here in the Trenton Times, this week cuts were announced by Rider University President Dell-Omo. Thirteen majors, including the piano performance major at Westminster Choir College, are affected.
Thanks to all those of you who have written expressing concern. Many of us are hopeful that the piano degree program will be restored. How can you help? One way is to sign the petition currently circulating on Change.org (linked below).
Welcome to the new home for my blog, File Under ?.
I have been writing about new music, especially the not-so-easily categorized sort, using this blog handle since 2002.
With Sequenza 21 moving to a new single page model shortly, I decided to bring the blog onto my personal website.
Information about my work as a composer may be found on this site too; there are separate pages with a works list, performance calendar, and a page where you can purchase scores.
My blog posts and links to my writings for other publications may be found here. For “quickie” posts, usually sample audio and video streams pertaining to stuff about which I’m writing, check out File Under’s Tumblr page. Audio samples of my music may be heard on my Soundcloud page.
I look forward to interacting with readers via WordPress!