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Sunday, January 27, 2013

This episode of The Choral Mix presents deeply emotional themes. Words from the war front, from soldiers, from the home front of their loved ones. Words from the holocaust: the Diary of Anne Frank, and the engrossing power of the great poets on musicians. 

We begin with Paul Moravec’s Songs of Love and War. These are settings of letters of American servicemen and their loved ones. "Dearest Rowland" is based on a handwritten note by Marjorie Gaunt, a wife of a serviceman fighting in World War II. At the time of writing this final testament of love, it was unknown to Marjorie that her beloved Rowland, had recently died in battle.

Also from Songs of Love, "Don't Ask" is based on a text by a New Yorker, Private George Jay Robinson. Robinson wrote, "Don't ask questions when I come home, if I feel like talking about it, I will, but otherwise, don't ask." Moravec's use of the orchestra throughout this baritone solo intensifies musically the reluctance and pain that Robinson's words allude.

British composer and conductor James Whitbourn breaks new ground on a familiar subject. Whitbourn is the first to compose a major choral setting of the Diary of Anne Frank. It is a seminal work called Annelies, which is the full name of the brave young, Anne. The work is a relatively recent composition and this is a new recording on the Naxos label. The work is scored for choir, soprano and chamber orchestra all which work together to produce a profound musical and personal experience. In the liner notes, Whitbourn explains, “all the instruments are associated with the Jewish tradition and culture and while there is no actual quote of traditional Jewish melody,within Annelies, I have often drawnon the melodic contours and expressions in my phrases.”

Playlist:

Theofanidis/Messages To Myself

Musica Sacra, Kent Tritle


Whitbourn/Annelies/Westminster Williamson Voices, The Lincoln Trio, James Jordan/Bharat Chandra, Clarinet

The Capture foretold

The last night at home and arrival at the Annexe

The hope of liberation and a spring awakening

The capture and the concentration camp

 

Moravec/Reflections/ The Dessoff Choirs, Kent Tritle
Songs of Love and War

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Comments [3]

clem moses from Durham, NC

As the sun rises over Raleigh your program begins and floods the house with beautiful sounds. Thanks so much for the wonderful contemporary choral education you provide to America.

Mar. 10 2013 06:50 AM
Dennis Lucey from San Juan Bautista, CA

Yours is also my favorite program, from way out in San Juan Bautista, CA.
Even tho I know I can get your program "on Demand," I still love to wake up at 4 AM on Sundays and put on my earphones and listen live thru my WQXR app.

Jan. 27 2013 10:54 PM
Bob Mitchell from NYC

Yours is my most favorite program on Q!

Is it possible to add the text of the Annelies segments to the archival materials for today's program?

Thanks!

Jan. 27 2013 07:50 AM

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