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Hear the Song Begin

Voice

solo voice with organ

work detail

instrumentation: for soprano and organ

completion date: october 2020

duration: 6 minutes

texts: On the poem "Christmas Carol" by Sara Teasdale (1884-1933)

audio

Hear the Song Begin

Julie Bosworth & Christian Lane Julie Bosworth, soprano & Christian Lane, organ December 2021

videos

Hear the Song Begin

Jolle Greenleaf, soprano & Christian Lane, organ
Youtube virtual world premiere recording: Music at Emmanuel.
Released December 16, 2020.
Commissioned by Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Baltimore.

commission and dedication

Commissioned by Emmanuel Episcopal Church (Baltimore, Maryland)
and dedicated to Christian Lane, Interim Director of Music.

For Christian Lane and Jolle Greenleaf

composer's note

Christian Lane has been performing with soprano Jolle Greenleaf since his days at St. Thomas Church in New York City, and I remember hearing of their concerts when I first met Chris at the Yale School of Music fifteen years ago. Chris is a dynamic artist, and his performances exhibit poise, grace, and flair in equal measure, so it was a thrill to receive this commission to write for him and for Jolle.

Hear the Song Begin is a Yuletide song for soprano and organ, which sets Sara Teasdale’s “Christmas Carol.” The poet introduces the kings, the shepherds, the wise men, and the angels, all coming to offer their welcome to the newborn baby. In light of this, I’ve written a regular ostinato figure in the manuals of the organ, always moving forward, always walking, until the end when all of the travelers are present at the manger. At this moment, the walking music pauses, and we observe the baby Jesus, fast asleep.

I dedicate this work fondly to Chris and to Jolle.

Dominick DiOrio, October 2020

text

"Christmas Carol"
by Sara Teasdale

The kings they came from out the south,
All dressed in ermine fine;
They bore Him gold and chrysoprase,
And gifts of precious wine.

The shepherds came from out the north,
Their coats were brown and old;
They brought Him little new-born lambs--
They had not any gold.

The wise men came from out the east,
And they were wrapped in white;
The star that led them all the way
Did glorify the night.

The angels came from heaven high,
And they were clad with wings;
And lo, they brought a joyful song
The host of heaven sings.

The kings they knocked upon the door,
The wise men entered in,
The shepherds followed after them
To hear the song begin.

The angels sang through all the night
Until the rising sun,
But little Jesus fell asleep
Before the song was done.

premiere

  • December 16, 2020 (premiere)
    Jolle Greenleaf, soprano
    Christian Lane, organ
    Recorded YouTube premiere: Music at Emmanuel
     

information

audio

Hear the Song Begin

Julie Bosworth & Christian Lane Julie Bosworth, soprano & Christian Lane, organ December 2021

videos

Hear the Song Begin

Jolle Greenleaf, soprano & Christian Lane, organ
Youtube virtual world premiere recording: Music at Emmanuel.
Released December 16, 2020.
Commissioned by Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Baltimore.


commission and dedication

Commissioned by Emmanuel Episcopal Church (Baltimore, Maryland)
and dedicated to Christian Lane, Interim Director of Music.

For Christian Lane and Jolle Greenleaf


composer's note

Christian Lane has been performing with soprano Jolle Greenleaf since his days at St. Thomas Church in New York City, and I remember hearing of their concerts when I first met Chris at the Yale School of Music fifteen years ago. Chris is a dynamic artist, and his performances exhibit poise, grace, and flair in equal measure, so it was a thrill to receive this commission to write for him and for Jolle.

Hear the Song Begin is a Yuletide song for soprano and organ, which sets Sara Teasdale’s “Christmas Carol.” The poet introduces the kings, the shepherds, the wise men, and the angels, all coming to offer their welcome to the newborn baby. In light of this, I’ve written a regular ostinato figure in the manuals of the organ, always moving forward, always walking, until the end when all of the travelers are present at the manger. At this moment, the walking music pauses, and we observe the baby Jesus, fast asleep.

I dedicate this work fondly to Chris and to Jolle.

Dominick DiOrio, October 2020


text

"Christmas Carol"
by Sara Teasdale

The kings they came from out the south,
All dressed in ermine fine;
They bore Him gold and chrysoprase,
And gifts of precious wine.

The shepherds came from out the north,
Their coats were brown and old;
They brought Him little new-born lambs--
They had not any gold.

The wise men came from out the east,
And they were wrapped in white;
The star that led them all the way
Did glorify the night.

The angels came from heaven high,
And they were clad with wings;
And lo, they brought a joyful song
The host of heaven sings.

The kings they knocked upon the door,
The wise men entered in,
The shepherds followed after them
To hear the song begin.

The angels sang through all the night
Until the rising sun,
But little Jesus fell asleep
Before the song was done.


premiere

  • December 16, 2020 (premiere)
    Jolle Greenleaf, soprano
    Christian Lane, organ
    Recorded YouTube premiere: Music at Emmanuel
     

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