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Musica Sacra

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With Kent Tritle

Friday, March 28, 2014

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.

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John Cage: City Circus, Program X

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

WNYC

For this, the tenth edition of the John Cage: City Circus programs, hear a live performance in our studio of a work by Wendy Mae Chambers for twelve percussionists, written in memory of John Cage.  It's a voodoo tone poem called "Twelve Squared," where the number of movements was chosen by the chance operations of a tarot card reading.  There's also a choral work by Robert Moran, "Seven Sounds Unseen," introspective settings of passages from letters John Cage wrote to Moran, along with music made by the city of Tokyo in Japan.

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Musica Sacra on NS Live

Monday, January 17, 2011

Listen to the New Sounds Live recording of Musica Sacra from the World Financial Center's Winter Garden from fall of 2008.  They perform two masterworks of 20th century choral music: Morton Feldman’s Rothko Chapel and Arvo Pärt’s Stabat Mater. Both works straddle the border between the secular and the spiritual, the vocal and the instrumental.  Harnessing the distinctive cathedral-like properties of the Winter Garden (sans cleaning crew and various other distracting noises), the choir's ethereal sound comes through in this performance.

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Nearly Sacred Choral Music

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Musica Sacra, the renowned New York-based chorus, performs music by Meredith Monk and the abbess Hildegard von Bingen.  Also, listen to excerpts from Morton Feldman's masterwork "Rothko Chapel," and "Atmospheres" by Gyorgy Ligeti.  Feldman’s powerfully communicative work, “Rothko Chapel,” is a tribute for his friend, the American abstract expressionist painter, Mark Rothko (1903 -1970), and suggests a divine music, appropriate to the sombre spirituality of Rothko’s chapel.  Ligeti’s "Atmospheres" for orchestra, with its tangled webs of dense texture and very slow changes, is a radical exploration of negation, and sometimes is called “stasis music.”

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John Cage: City Circus, Program X

Wednesday, July 13, 1994

For this, the tenth edition of the John Cage: City Circus programs, hear a live performance in our studio of a work by Wendy Mae Chambers for twelve percussionists, written in memory of John Cage.  It's a voodoo tone poem called "Twelve Squared," where the number of movements was chosen by the chance operations of a tarot card reading.  There's also a choral work by Robert Moran, "Seven Sounds Unseen," introspective settings of passages from letters John Cage wrote to Moran, along with music made by the city of Tokyo in Japan.

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