Early and Often with Gregory Spears

Blending the old with the new

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Friday, November 18, 2011

Gregory Spears (Courtesy of the artist)

This week on The New Canon, we gear up for the holiday season by looking at the choral music of composer Gregory Spears’s exquisite debut release. Spears's Requiem tempers early with new, and with such a collision at hand we ask him: What makes early choral music and new vocal works so similar?

The end of the year is one of my favorite times as New York explodes with choral motets and antiphons, and Requiem is among this season's highlights. Simultaneously complex and simple, the work blends modern textures with ancient lines. The recording is a honey, too, with vocalists from Anonymous 4 and Lionheart among the myriad of skilled soloists.

Is everything old new again? We discuss this further with Spears, while hearing his Requiem in full alongside some ancient works and modern choral pieces that are blissfully timeless.

Join the conversation in the window below or via Twitter with the hashtag #q2new. Want to get a head start? Leave your questions in the comments below and we'll address them at the top of the chat.

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