work details

Ode to Purcell

  • Instrumentation: SATB and satb solo quartet, a cappella
  • Completed: December 2011
  • Duration: 6 minutes
  • Texts: Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844-1889) poem "Henry Purcell"
  • Video:
    • Ode to Purcell

      IU Contemporary Vocal Ensemble, Simon Carrington, guest conductor

  • Audio:
  • Press:
  • Published:

    Boosey & Hawkes, Yale Glee Club New Classics Choral Series (click to purchase)

  • Prize:

    First-prize winner of the 2012 Yale Glee Club Emerging Composers Competition

  • Finalist:

    Simon Carrington Chamber Singers Choral Composition Competition

  • Program Note:

    I have recently been fascinated with the idea of compositional re-examination. In other works, I have “actively quoted” the music of Hildegard, Bach, and Britten: here I do the same with Purcell. Taking his second setting of “Thou Knowest, Lord, the Secrets of Our Hearts” from the Funeral Sentences for Queen Mary (1694), I have pulled the music apart and woven in my own original music to the words of Gerard Manley Hopkins poem “Henry Purcell”; taking Hopkins text and Purcell’s music, we are given a fresh context with which to examine both of these men and their artistic voices.

    This work is written for the Yale Glee Club Emerging Composers Competition, and is dedicated to Jeffrey Douma.

  • Performances:
    • November 9, 2012 (premiere)
      Yale-Princeton Joint Glee Club Concert
      Yale Glee Club
      Jeffrey Douma, director 
      Yale University - Woolsey Hall - New Haven, CT
    • November 16, 2012 
      Yale-Harvard Joint Glee Club Concert
      Yale Glee Club
      Jeffrey Douma, director 
      Harvard University - Cambridge, MA
    • January 20, 2013
      Indiana University Contemporary Vocal Ensemble
      Dominick DiOrio, director 
      Simon Carrington, guest conductor
      Indiana University - Auer Hall - Bloomington, IN 
    • April 14, 2013
      "Atlantic Crossings" 
      Ars Nova Copenhagen 
      Simon Carrington, guest conductor
      Garnisons Kirke - Copenhagen, Denmark
    • May 25, 2013
      Yale Glee Club Tour to China and Hong Kong 
      Yale Glee Club 
      Jeffrey Douma, director 
      Zhejiang University - Hangzhou, China
    • May 26, 2013
      Yale Glee Club Tour to China and Hong Kong 
      Yale Glee Club 
      Jeffrey Douma, director 
      Oriental Arts Center - Shanghai, China
    • May 31, 2013
      Yale Glee Club Tour to China and Hong Kong 
      Yale Glee Club 
      Jeffrey Douma, director 
      Tianjin Concert Hall - Beijing, China
    • June 3, 2013
      Yale Glee Club Tour to China and Hong Kong 
      Yale Glee Club 
      Jeffrey Douma, director 
      Hong Kong Arts Center - Hong Kong
    • June 14, 2013
      Simon Carrington Chamber Singers
      Simon Carrington, conductor
      Grace & Holy Trinity Church - Kansas City, MO
    • June 15, 2013
      Simon Carrington Chamber Singers
      Simon Carrington, conductor
      Corpus Christi Catholic Church - Lawrence, KS
    • March 27, 2015
      Inspiravi Chamber Choir
      Jean Sébastien-Vallée, conductor
      Westerbeck Recital Hall - Pasadena City College - Pasadena, CA
    • March 28, 2015
      Inspiravi Chamber Choir
      Jean Sébastien-Vallée, conductor
      Doheny Mansion - Pompeian Room - Los Angeles, CA
    • May 1, 2016
      University of Maryland Chamber Singers
      Dominick DiOrio, guest conductor
      ​UMD School of Music - College Park, MD
    • October 7, 2016
      Webster University Chamber Singers
      Trent Patterson, conductor
      Webster University - Community Music School - St. Louis, MO
    • November 13, 2016
      All Saints Parish Choir
      Christian Lane, director of music
      All Saints Parish - 1773 Beacon St - Brookline, MA