New England Conservatory Chorus
Liner Notes   Cat. No. NWCRL482     Release Date: 2011-04-15
New England Conservatory Chorus; Lorna Cooke deVaron, Conductor

Malcolm Peyton writes:

"The initial idea for The Blessed Virgin Compared to the Air We Breathe came with the words which appear near the end of Gerard Manley Hopkins' poem: 'Stir in my ears, Speak there'. I composed the ending and thereafter found my way back to the beginning. A fantasy that the music already existed, and was therefore to be discovered, was vivid with me at the time. The piece was written in 1972 for the New England Conservatory Chorus and for Lorna Cooke deVaron, to whom it is dedicated."

Robert Ceely writes:

"Flee Floret Florens (1978) is a motet for fifteen solo voices, dedicated to Lorna Cooke deVaron and the N.E.C. Chamber Singers. It employs three different texts — one in English, adapted from Chaucer, and two in Latin, both of which were used in a motet attributed to Phillippe de Vitry (1291-1361). The texts here are sung simultaneously, as they would have been in a thirteenth-century motet...

Jacques-Louis Monod writes:

"Cantus Contra Cantum III is a two-part, second-species, vocalized polyphony in three movements based on an original cantus firmus and scored for eight solo voices and double chorus a cappella. Throughout the work, the contrapuntal treatment of the cantus firmus aims at suspending the harmonic implications of its material and at generating contrasting and complementary homophonic identities.

Lyle Davidson writes:

"Along The Edge applies methods of composition developed for electronic tape to a work for a live performance group. A variety of textures — from diffuse fragmentation to sensual condensation — is formed by juxtaposing fragments of several poems. Except in the final portion of the piece, each vocal part has its own tempo. The conductor controls the juxtapositions of fragments and overlapping sonorous patterns, leading the individual performers toward a unified expression which finally dominates...



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Track Listing

The Blessed Virgin Compared to the Air We Breathe
Malcolm Peyton
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Flee Floret Florens
Robert Ceely
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Cantus Contra Cantum III: Part 1
Jacques-Louis Monod
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Cantus Contra Cantum III: Part 2
Jacques-Louis Monod
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Cantus Contra Cantum III: Part 3
Jacques-Louis Monod
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Two Emily Dickinson Choruses: A Night - there lay the Days between
Elaine Barkin
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Two Emily Dickinson Choruses: A slash of Blue -
Elaine Barkin
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Along the Edge
Lyle Davidson
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