Its title notwithstanding, Verve Music for flute, oboe, and cello 2004 is mostly slow and thoughtful, characteristically poised between polyphony and homophony. In an attempt to represent a universal expression of human sorrow, Ashes opens with chant-like material because unaccompanied vocal music is common to all cultures. Weston's rhythmic sense is gentle and surprising, sometimes flowing with the meter, sometimes effacing it. These animals have always conjured up ideas of magic and mythology. The music is almost meditative, but never quite static.
Life Goes makes explicit, through its text, what the inner strength of Weston's music is: a kind of Zen renunciation. Sorrow itself overtakes our being leaving us frozen and still in disbelief. In addition to referencing my Bajan background, I wanted to use rhythmic patterns I have been beating, as a nervous percussive, my whole life rhythmic patterns that I often create during down time but rarely use in my music. Weston's chamber magnum opus and best piece so far, I think is Life Goes 2004 , which sets a series of gnomic haiku by Lewis Alexander for soprano and mixed ensemble - flute, clarinet, harp, vibes, cello. And it's probably not coincidental that he's also been trained into a wide range of classical and vernacular styles and found himself a nice place right in the middle.
Songs of the Anonymous Lover for soprano, viola, and cello 2001 borrows and possibly even quotes from a 14th-century idiom, but keeps turning it in unexpected chromatic directions. I transcribed rhythms from Tuk Band recordings and used these rhythmic cells in the first and third movements of Flying Fish. The fish leap out of the water to avoid predators. Combining all of these elements, in the end, was both a milestone and challenge. One of my favorite Weston works is a piano piece Eurythmy Variations 2007 , a set of variations on a series of chords - not on a series of harmonies, like a chaconne, but on the actual variably consonant sonorities. Despite considerable rhythmic energy and a certain playful complexity of texture, there's an attractive calm at the center. The music of Flying Fish also quickly changes direction as if avoiding being caught by predictable developments.
Often composers worry about interpretation of their music by conductors and performers. By this point you look at the program notes, and find that the music is an homage to the calls of the African-descended Gullah people of the Carolina islands; the glissandoing thirds mimic their singing patterns. I lived in Paris, different places in this country and my parents are from the Caribbean. Music allows us to retreat from the mundane to reflect more profoundly on our existence. When did you first start singing? The choir leads the liturgical music on Sundays at Trinity Church and St.
Weston is Associate Professor of Music at Drew University and has received several honors throughout his career, including the George Ladd Prix de Paris from the University of California, Berkeley; a Goddard Lieberson Fellowship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters; and residencies from the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and the MacDowell Colony. The semi-chorus represents the direct inner thoughts of isolation that are amplified by the larger chorus. While I was singing in the choir, my parents were told of St. How would you describe your music? Olly Wilson, a wonderful mentor composer-scholar, taught me that the connection between West African Music and Music of the African Diaspora is heard in their shared approaches to creating music. Take his 2008 orchestra piece Messages.
. Jehan Alain 1911—1940 Variations sur un thème de Clément Jannequin 5:40 5. A 2002 choral song Ashes is based on Psalm 102. Then drums on regular off-beats begin to impose a dancelike rhythm. Une Voix Française A French Voice: 20th-Century Organ Masterworks 1.
What led you to record at Drew? Thomas Church Fifth Avenue, Anglican Chants were performed for every service. Seeping into tremolos and glissandos, chords turn into textures, textures turn back into chorales. His most conventional-seeming works can slip into avant-garde gestures and back. All of my sketches were influenced by images and videos of flying fish. Certain compositions reflect expressions of collective African American experiences.
Louis Vierne 1870—1937 Pièces de Fantaisie, Deuxième Suite, Op. Because we associate these devices with different musical worlds, it reads like it must be a hodge-podge. Phillip Jackson is Vicar of Trinity Church Wall Street. Repeated notes dot their way through the orchestra, but the tonality's a little tense: more Bartok than John Adams. A little minimalist repetition takes over now and again. Trinity Church Wall Street Releases Trevor Weston: Choral Works on Acis Records This Sunday, October 23 October 21, 2016 This weekend, on Sunday, October 23, makes its debut on the Acis Records label with Trevor Weston: Choral Works.
I remember singing these chants in my home church in New Jersey with my family from the age of six. André Isoir 1935—2016 Six Variations sur un Psaume Huguenot, Op. The drummers play rhythmically clashing music to accompany the folk melody on the fife. Whizzing through the air just above the water, the fish made a high-pitched fluttering sound. I chose flying fish because they have been an ever present image in my life and a very personal one. What was the inspiration for the album? In an interview with Drew. Internationally acclaimed musicians Wu Han and David Finckel organize The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and perform here three times a year.