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American choral music has many faces and, while aware of tradition, often looks resolutely towards the future.
Vincent Persichetti’s Mass envelops an original cantus firmus in a shimmering silken garment of ever-shifting harmonies, while Lukas Foss provides a lyre-like accompaniment for his lean, sometimes athletic, settings of three Psalms.
Irving Fine sets poems by Shakespeare’s contemporary Ben Jonson (The Hour-Glass), William Schuman draws on texts by Walt Whitman for his Carols of Death, while William Bolcom uses African- American poems as the basis for a wide-ranging song cycle, The Mask.
Vincent Persichetti: Mass, Op. 84
William Schuman: Carols of Death
No. 1. The Last Invocation
No. 2. The Unknown Region
No. 3. To All, To Each
William Bolcom: The Mask
No. 1. We Wear the Mask
No. 2. Heritage
No. 3. Shadow
No. 4. Worn Faces
No. 5. Interlude for Natalie
No. 6. Portrait
Irving Fine: The Hour-Glass
No. 1. O know to end as to begin
No. 2. Have you seen the white lily grow?
No. 3. O do not wanton with those eyes
No. 4. Against Jealousy
No. 5. Lament
No. 6. The Hour-Glass
Lukas Foss: Psalms
Part I: Psalm 122:1-2, 95:4
Part II: Psalm 98:1, 4, 6
Part III: Psalm 23:1-3
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