Five Takes on the Voice

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Thursday, September 05, 2013

The voice – it is the world's oldest instrument. An irresistible force in music literally since the dawn of time, no other instrument rivals the voice in inspiring innovation from composers.

In the last fifty-or-so years, composers have explored an exceptionally wide range of expression in music for solo voice. Milton Babbitt deftly weaves Bethany Beardslee's voice into an electronic tapestry in an excerpt from Philomel; Harrison Birtwistle also weaves seamlessly, but with a single cello, in his Nine Settings of Loraine Niedecker. Philip Glass combines a number of solo voices into a sort of "super-voice" in his early static Music for Voices.

Rounding out the program is a book of motets by John Harbison and a special surprise. Viva la voice!

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Comments [1]

Allan Kouchich

I prefer Stockhausen to the Glass. Far less boring.

Sep. 08 2013 08:51 PM

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