Veni Veni Emmanuel (A Christmas Prayer from the Trenches) tropes the old advent Latin hymn text, its English translation by John Neale, and a WWI poem by Lt. Cyril Winterbotham in this motet-like setting by Cary Boyce for triple chorus (SSAA, SSAA, TTBB) and tenor solo. This performance is by the Indiana University Singers in 2008 with tenor Mark van Arsdale, conducted by William Jon Gray. The video “recreates” a performance visually troped with actual images from various wars and works of art that illustrate, illuminate, or comment on the text.
The Pacific Mozart Ensemble directed by Professor Lynne Morrow will include Hodie Christus Natus Est, a motet by Cary Boyce, on their December 13 and 14 concerts. The work premiered in 1995 at Washington National Cathedral. More information on the Pacific Mozart Ensemble and the concerts at:
The composer will be there to listen!
And this is probably not my best profile. At this point, I uttered several words forbidden by the FCC, but fortunately I was not on the air. Broadcast air, anyway…
A great time in New Orleans, though not enough time to spend MORE time in the French Quarter. Still, a productive meeting, overall.