- July 29, 2013 at 12:11 pm #422307
Daniel AbrahamParticipantDear Colleagues and Fellow Repertoire Hounds,I am searching to fill out the rest of a program for my 28 member collegiate chamber choir that relates science and choral music. It is a complex program in multiple segments that looks at not only at time and place as one parallel structure for music and science but also at music-science relationships in a variety of conceptual and compositional areas. It is the latter for which I am most interested in additional recommendations.I have found the pass discussion on choral net concerning “Music of the Spheres” but I it would be nice to see what others might suggest/recommend with for any od the topical areas listed below. This is a challenging piece of programming, so your help is very much appreciated. A mix of both difficult and less challenging works is certainly desired!TOPICAL AREAS (these could be works with texts related to the area OR works that utilize compositional techniques that resemble similar processes to the topics):
– The Big Bang
– DNA (repetition, growth, reproduction, double helix structures, simple numbers yielding greater whole)
– Geometry and/or Fractals (I did already idenitify the work by JuneBoyce-Tillman in which one movement is composed using intervolic design based on fractals)
– Space & Space Travel (although this is an area in which I already have already identified a number of excellent works)
– Quantum Mechanics (chance-music pieces?)– other science related areas I have not included (perhaps avoiding “Nature” for which there are countless and obvious excellent examples)Ok, not an easy one, but some lofty possibilities. Any ideas will be appreciated and I will post a very complete listing once I have compiled the suggestions.Many thanksin advance,
American UniversityJuly 29, 2013 at 1:34 pm #422315
Stephen StompsParticipantDuFay’s Nuper rosarum flores is science.SJuly 30, 2013 at 9:07 am #422399
Endless Forms: a secular mass (2010- ) for SSAATTBB chorus and chamber orchestra
(1fl-1ob-1cl-1sax-1bsn/1tpt-1hn-1tbn-1tb/perc/timp/2vln-1vla-1vc-1db) c. 25:00
text from The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin
Here’s one by Evan Rees, although I’m not sure if he’s finished it yet. (Premier! You could get the premier!). The text is from Darwin’s “Origin of the Species.” It’s currently scored for chamber orchestra, and I’m not sure if it’s doable with a piano reduction instead, but you could always ask him. Evan is very nice.
You can find his contact at http://www.evanreesmusic.com
I would also check choralwiki.org and youngcomposers.com if you haven’t yet.
I have a biophony piece you could try, but it’s hard. And when I say hard, I mean REALLY hard. But you get to be frogs!
Maggie FurtakJuly 30, 2013 at 9:40 am #422409
Joseph GregorioParticipantHi, Dan —A few of my pieces come to mind that feature repetition, growth, and slow change. Perhaps one will be suitable for you!One is a 12-part (SATB x 3) canon, Look back on time with kindly eyes. The piece slowly shifts from duple division of the beat to triple division. You can see the score, listen, and purchase here:Exsultate Deo, a bigger canon in 24 parts (SATB x 6), features subtle modal shifts instead of rhythmic shifts.The score is here:And a sample choral part is here:Another (SSAATTBB) is Querer es poder, based on a Spanish proverb. This one isn’t a canon; it is built of small repeating and gradually changing cells.Finally, on a lighter note, there’s Love, thricewise, replete with mentions of telescopes and minerals (amethyst):Thanks for reading; best of luck putting together your program!Joseph GregorioJuly 30, 2013 at 10:23 am #422420
Austen WilsonParticipantChoose Something Like a Star from “Frostiana” by Randall Thompson might be a possibility.July 30, 2013 at 11:49 am #422434
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