God Rest Ye, Merry / O Come, Emmanuel

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God Rest Ye, Merry / O Come, Emmanuel

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for mixed chorus and two celli (1997)

from the choral cycle Silent Night

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  • Premiere: 20 April 1997 : Cathedral Church of St. Matthew the Apostle, Washington, DC  / Robert LaRue, cello / American Repertory Singers / Leo Nestor
  • Instrumentation: SATB.2vlc
  • Duration: 5'
  • Text: wordless vocalise

Program Note

Part of the choral suite Silent Night commissioned by Robert Schuneman and ECS Publishing in Boston. This work is a wordless vocalise. The music is original, based on the traditional English Carol 'God Rest Ye, Merry Gentlemen' and the 9th century Latin plainsong.

The aesthetic goal was to create reinterpretations of familiar carols that, as Brian Eno described ambient music, "accommodate many levels of listening attention without enforcing one in particular" — that is, music that is "as ignorable as it is interesting."

The "reinterpretations" were made during December of 1996 at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and premiered, in recording sessions at the Cathedral Church of St. Matthew the Apostle, Washington, DC on 20 April 1997 by the American Repertory Singers, conducted by Music Director Leo Nestor, Robert LaRue, cellist.

I hope that the contemplative and intimate musical space created by these carols in performance together fulfills the function of helping each of us to reconnect at this important time of year with the reason they were created and sung in the first place.

— Daron Hagen, 1997

Click on the albmu cover above to purchase the world premiere recording.

Click on the albmu cover above to purchase the world premiere recording.