dominickdiorio
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Absence

Choral Music

chorus a cappella

work detail

instrumentation: SATB (divisi) a cappella

completion date: february 2011

duration: 4 minutes

texts: Amy Lowell (1874-1925)

videos

Absence

NOTUS: IU Contemporary Vocal Ensemble; Dominick DiOrio, director
Elise Marie Kennedy, soprano; Mason Copeland, graduate conductor

performances

march 02, 2013

Cerddorion Vocal Ensemble
James John, artistic director
The Oratory of St. Boniface - Brooklyn - New York, NY

march 09, 2013

Cerddorion Vocal Ensemble
James John, artistic director
St. Patrick's Old Cathedral - New York, NY

february 27, 2014

American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) Central Division Conference
"Thirty Something: New Choral Music by Today's Hottest Young Composers"
Dominick DiOrio, presenter and conductor
NOTUS: IU Contemporary Vocal Ensemble, demonstration choir
The Hilton Hotel - Cincinnati, OH

march 11, 2014

"Hot Off the Press: Freshly-Minted New Works for Voices"
NOTUS: IU Contemporary Vocal Ensemble
Dominick DiOrio, conductor
Indiana University Jacobs School of Music - Auer Hall - Bloomington, IN

february 22, 2015

Choral Arts Initiative
Brandon Elliott, conductor
St. Mark Presbyterian Church - Newport Beach, CA

scores

first prize winner

Cerddorion Vocal Ensemble Emerging Composers Competition 2013

program note

The poetry of Amy Lowell is strking: vivid, present, words chosen with such care, as she paints an aural picture of her imagining. This setting of "Absence" is no different, as it explores the awakening of one's passions by the arrival of a before-absent lover. I paint this internal exultation with glissandi in the voices, richly-harmonized chords on "Heart's blood for your drinking", and the high chromatic ululations of a solo soprano.

My cup is empty to-night,
Cold and dry are its sides,
Chilled by the wind from the open window.
Empty and void, it sparkles white in the moonlight.
The room is filled with the strange scent
Of wistaria blossoms.
They sway in the moon's radiance
And tap against the wall.
But the cup of my heart is still,
And cold, and empty.
When you come, it brims
Red and trembling with blood,
Heart's blood for your drinking;
To fill your mouth with love
And the bitter-sweet taste of a soul.

"Absence" is dedicated to Cerddorion Vocal Ensemble and their artistic director, James John. The work was the first-prize winner in their inaugural Emerging Composer's Competition and was premiered in Brooklyn and Manhattan in March 2013.

information

videos

Absence

NOTUS: IU Contemporary Vocal Ensemble; Dominick DiOrio, director
Elise Marie Kennedy, soprano; Mason Copeland, graduate conductor


performances

march 02, 2013

Cerddorion Vocal Ensemble
James John, artistic director
The Oratory of St. Boniface - Brooklyn - New York, NY

march 09, 2013

Cerddorion Vocal Ensemble
James John, artistic director
St. Patrick's Old Cathedral - New York, NY

february 27, 2014

American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) Central Division Conference
"Thirty Something: New Choral Music by Today's Hottest Young Composers"
Dominick DiOrio, presenter and conductor
NOTUS: IU Contemporary Vocal Ensemble, demonstration choir
The Hilton Hotel - Cincinnati, OH

march 11, 2014

"Hot Off the Press: Freshly-Minted New Works for Voices"
NOTUS: IU Contemporary Vocal Ensemble
Dominick DiOrio, conductor
Indiana University Jacobs School of Music - Auer Hall - Bloomington, IN

february 22, 2015

Choral Arts Initiative
Brandon Elliott, conductor
St. Mark Presbyterian Church - Newport Beach, CA


scores


published


first prize winner

Cerddorion Vocal Ensemble Emerging Composers Competition 2013


program note

The poetry of Amy Lowell is strking: vivid, present, words chosen with such care, as she paints an aural picture of her imagining. This setting of "Absence" is no different, as it explores the awakening of one's passions by the arrival of a before-absent lover. I paint this internal exultation with glissandi in the voices, richly-harmonized chords on "Heart's blood for your drinking", and the high chromatic ululations of a solo soprano.

My cup is empty to-night,
Cold and dry are its sides,
Chilled by the wind from the open window.
Empty and void, it sparkles white in the moonlight.
The room is filled with the strange scent
Of wistaria blossoms.
They sway in the moon's radiance
And tap against the wall.
But the cup of my heart is still,
And cold, and empty.
When you come, it brims
Red and trembling with blood,
Heart's blood for your drinking;
To fill your mouth with love
And the bitter-sweet taste of a soul.

"Absence" is dedicated to Cerddorion Vocal Ensemble and their artistic director, James John. The work was the first-prize winner in their inaugural Emerging Composer's Competition and was premiered in Brooklyn and Manhattan in March 2013.


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