Monday, June 13, 2011

Modern Composers' pieces on texts from the KJV

Radio 3's The Choir last night features modern composers' pieces on the KJV. Here's a description of the KJV Composition Awards. Anyone under 30 was invited to write music. They were not permitted to set the Magnificat or the Nunc to music. Several described searching for a Bible and then using topical indices to find texts they could set to music. Eight finalists were selected to perform at the final. There's some wonderful new music to hear in the programme. I particularly liked the musical setting featuring an oboe for the words "Let thine heart keep my commandments" by Owain Park

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