#3670: Music for Choir and Percussion

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In addition to rhythmic and driving drumming, we'll hear more of the atmospheric and colorful role of percussion in this edition of New Sounds as John Schaefer shares music for the combination of choir and percussion. "Whispers and Cries," by Australian born composer Andrew Byrne, features fellow Aussie musicians Astra Choir and Speak Percussion. 

We won't always stick to traditional choirs and percussion. In Daniel Lentz's "Postludium," the choir members rub and strike wine glasses while singing, and Anna Thorvaldsdottir's "into-Second Self" features a layered choir of two brass instruments. "Rain Tree," by the late Japanese composer Toru Takemitsu, does not include voice, but asks for winking light effects in performance. 

PROGRAM #3670 Music for Choir and Percussion (First aired on 12/8/2014)  

ARTIST: Daniel Lentz
WORK: Postludium, excerpt
RECORDING: Missa Umbrarum
SOURCE: New Albion Records
INFO: Amazon.com

ARTIST:  Astra Choir and Speak Percussion
WORK: Andrew Byrne:Whispers and Cries: 1. Song for Voice [5:28]
RECORDING: Striking; Whispers and Cries
SOURCE:  RED RAVEN RECORDS
INFO: Available for purchase at andrewbyrne.com

ARTIST: Daniel Lentz
WORK: Postludium [8:17]
RECORDING: Missa Umbrarum
SOURCE: New Albion Records
INFO: Amazon.com

ARTIST: Anna Thorvaldsdottir
WORK: into-Second Self [7:39]
RECORDING: Anna Thorvaldsdottir: Aerial
SOURCE: Deutsche Grammophon / Universal Music Classics 00028948113545
INFO: universalmusicclassics.com

ARTIST:  Astra Choir and Speak Percussion
WORK: Andrew Byrne: Whispers and Cries: 2. Song for Crotales [5:24]
RECORDING: Striking; Whispers and Cries
SOURCE:  RED RAVEN RECORDS
INFO: Available for purchase at andrewbyrne.com

ARTIST: Synergy Percussion
WORK: Toru Takemitsu: Rain Tree [11:36]
RECORDING: Japan: The Spirit of Water
SOURCE: Celestial Harmonies #13172
INFO: harmonies.com

ARTIST:  Astra Choir and Speak Percussion
WORK: Andrew Byrne: Whispers and Cries: 3. Song for Piano [4:57]
RECORDING: Striking; Whispers and Cries
SOURCE:  RED RAVEN RECORDS
INFO: Available for purchase at andrewbyrne.com

ARTIST: Daniel Lentz
WORK: Lascaux, excerpt [9:12]
RECORDING: Missa Umbrarum
SOURCE: New Albion Records
INFO: Amazon.com