#3583: With Kent Tritle

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Listen to choral music by Meredith Monk and Minnesota-based composer Jocelyn Hagen on this New Sounds. Also, Kent Tritle, the leader of Musica Sacra, music director at St. John the Divine, and WQXR Music host, joins John Schaefer.  Together they discuss the evolution of new choral works, starting with Morton Feldman’s “Rothko Chapel” and how Meredith Monk brought the idea of the voice as instrumental color instead of carrying text.

Listen to Jocelyn Hagen’s “Amass” for divided chorus, cellos, guitar and percussion, revolving around a concept of interreligious harmony, with texts of  translations of spiritual poetry by Daniel Ladinsky from his book “Love Poems from God” along with the traditional texts of the Roman Catholic mass.  Plus, plus works by Meredith Monk & her ensemble, as well as Feldman’s “Rothko Chapel.”

PROGRAM #3583 with Kent Tritle (First aired on 3/28/2014)  

ARTIST: Musica Sacra
WORK: Morton Feldman: Rothko Chapel, excerpt [1:00]
RECORDING: New Sounds Live at WFC, November 18, 2008
SOURCE:  This performance not commercially available. 
INFO: musicasacrany.com

ARTIST: Musica Sacra
WORK: Meredith Monk: Nightfall [9:39]
RECORDING: Monk and The Abbess
SOURCE: BMG Catalyst #68329
INFO: Now out of print, but try Amazon.com

ARTIST: Jocelyn Hagen  / The Singers
WORK: Jocelyn Hagen: Where All Are Welcome [3:04], Benedictus [4:00]
RECORDING: Amass
SOURCE: This performance not commercially available
INFO:  jocelynhagen.com/amass

ARTIST: Pacific Mozart Ensemble
WORK: Meredith Monk: Return to Earth [6:17]
RECORDING: New Sounds Live, 11/9/05
SOURCE: This performance not commercially available.
INFO: “Return to Earth” from “Atlas” has been recorded by Musica Sacra, and is available on “Of Eternal Light”  Catalyst 61822  Try Amazon.com 

ARTIST: Jocelyn Hagen  / The Singers
WORK: Jocelyn Hagen: In My Soul [2:59], Agnus Dei [7:00]
RECORDING: Amass
SOURCE: This performance not commercially available
INFO:  jocelynhagen.com/amass

ARTIST: Musica Sacra
WORK: Morton Feldman: Rothko Chapel, , excerpt [4:46]
RECORDING: New Sounds Live at WFC, November 18, 2008
SOURCE:  This performance not commercially available. 
INFO: musicasacrany.com