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Category Archives: Composing

The Kyrie/Kiriye

The “Kyrie” is often the first movement in a concert mass. Unlike the rest of the mass written in Latin, this text is Greek. Kyrie Eleison, Christe Eleison, Kyrie Eleison (“Lord have mercy, Christ have mercy, Lord have mercy”). Greek was the lingua franca of the Mediterranean at the time Jesus was born. Furthermore, the…

Laying the Musical Foundation for the Missa Kreyol

Louise and I traveled to Tiphaine Legrand’s house in Montreal today to meet with her and Ralph Telemacque. Tiphaine is the conductor of the Choeur classique de l’Outaouais. Her husband is also a composer and teaches at the University of Montreal. Ralph serves as a Tiphaine’s accompanist. He is also is a top-notch jazz pianist…

A light kiss on the right cheek, and then the left…

A light kiss on the right cheek, and then the left. This is how my friends in France and Italy greet me. But haven’t crossed the ocean, just the border. While most of the border, from Vancouver to Ottawa, defines English-speaking Canada, we in New York State also share a border with French-speaking Canada. Even…

NPR All Things Considered – Galileo’s Letters Inspire a Musical Tribute

NPR All Things Considered – Galileo’s Letters Inspire a Musical Tribute

A ‘Starry Messenger’ Preview The musical piece that resulted from a collaboration with author Dava Sobel, author of Galileo’s Daughter, debuted in Rochester, N.Y., performed by the chamber choir Madrigalia. It conveys a daughter’s love, which remained constant even as Galileo’s scientific views created political and religious upheaval. With shimmering cymbals and harmonic changes, the…

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