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Tarik O'Regan

Publisher: Novello & Co

Triptych (2005)
Novello & Co Ltd
Chorus and Orchestra/Ensemble
Year Composed
17 Minutes
Alternate Orchestration
SATB; Percussion Ensemble (8 players), SATB; str septet, SSA; str

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Programme Note
Tarik O'Regan Triptych (2005)
Triptych represents the concatenation and re-orchestration of two extant works. Movement I was commissioned with funds from The RVW Trust for the inaugural concert of the Choir of London conducted by Jeremy Summerly in Christ Church, Spitalfields on 18th December, 2004; the work, premièred as Threnody, was subsequently toured by the Choir to Jerusalem and the West Bank from 19th-26th December, 2004. Movements II and III, commissioned by Portsmouth Grammar School with financial support from the PRS Foundation, were premièred as And There Was a Great Calm in a contiguous version for lower strings and upper voices by the Portsmouth Grammar School Chamber Choir and the London Mozart Players in a concert at Portsmouth Anglican Cathedral on 13th November, 2005 conducted by Nicolae Moldoveanu. The title of this latter section is taken from Thomas Hardy’s poem of the same name, written at the signing of the Armistice on 11th November, 1918; a couplet from which is set, in a moment of tranquillity, in the final movement.

Relatively new to living in New York, I am much more aware of the independent, vibrant cultural plurality that exists today; it’s probably the single most dazzling facet of the City and is largely responsible for the infamous ‘edginess’ that pervades daily life there. With this in mind, I set to work on Threnody (movement I here) in 2004; I wanted to write something that was relevant to the Israeli/Palestinian issue without losing that City ‘edge’. The texts, in English, are excerpted from a variety of sources: William Penn, William Blake, the Psalms of David and Muhammad Rajab Al-Bayoumi, an Egyptian poet of the early twentieth-century. Fast and rhythmically influenced by the music of North Africa in its syncopations, this movement was the first composition that evolved entirely from my New York perspective.

From the moment that the commission for And There Was a Great Calm (movements II & III here) was offered, I knew the piece I was about to embark upon would end up being linked with Threnody in some way. I realized that what I had been aiming for in Threnody served as a template for this new piece, originally composed for a Remembrance Sunday concert. Musical works connected with commemoration or memorials are often suitably pensive and slow; I wanted to start with that concept, but to bring in some of the relentless urban rhythms that had been such a large influence on my life in the preceding two years. The result is that that the second movement is quiet and gentle (a moment of recollection), while the final movement is much faster and vibrant, returning to a more openly elated rendering of the start of Triptych (the texts here dealing with transmigration and the future).

I gratefully acknowledge the assistance of Bruce Ruben and Judith Clurman, as well as that of my parents, with the collation of the texts.

Tarik O’Regan
New York, February 2006

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  • Ensemble
    Craig Hella Johnson
    Harmonia Mundi USA:
  • 01 JUN 2019
    Seattle First Baptist Church, Seattle, WA
    Seattle Choral Company; North Corner Chamber Orchestra
    Freddie Coleman, conductor
  • 07 APR 2019
    St. Stephen's Presbyterian, Fort Worth, USA
    Fort Worth Chorale
    Dr. Jerry McCoy, conductor

    Other Dates:
    8 April - Trinity United Methodist Church, Arlington, USA
  • 26 MAR 2019
    Gillespie Auditorium, Lexington, MA
    Lexington High School Ensemble
    Jason Iannuzzi, conductor
  • 24 MAR 2019
    All Saints Parish, Brookline, Massachusetts, USA
    The Boston Cecilia
    George Case, conductor
  • 13 NOV 2018
    Beaver Country Day School, Bradley Hall, Chestnut Hill, MA
    Beaver Country Day School Upper School Choirs
    Performing Second and Third Movements Only; Kirk Averitt, conductor
  • 11 NOV 2018
    St. Ambrose Church, Grosse Pointe, MI
    Wayne State Ensemble
    Alex Sutton, conductor
  • 10 NOV 2018
    Town Hall, Berkhamsted, UK
    Castle Choir and Players
    Jonathan Lee, conductor
  • 09 NOV 2018
    Opperman Music Hall, FSU Campus, Tallahassee, FL
    Florida State University Chamber Choir
    Kevin Fenton, conductor
  • 29 JUN 2018
    St Anne's Cathedral, Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK
    University of Manchester Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Choir
    Robert Guy, conductor
  • 10 JUN 2018
    St. John Catholic Chapel, East Armory Avenue, Champaign, IL
    Baroque Artists of Champaign Urbana
    Joseph Baldwin, conductor
  • 04 JUN 2018
    Strath Haven High School, Wallingford, PA
    Strath Haven High School Choral Department
    Pat Murray, conductor
  • 20 MAY 2018
    First Presbyterian Church, Iowa City, IA
    Chamber Singers of Iowa City
    Kevin Dibble, conductor
  • 17 APR 2018
    Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, Pensacola, FL
    University Of West Florida
    Peter Steenblik, conductor

    Other Dates:
    18 April - Pensacola State College, Ashmore Auditorium, Pensacola, FL
  • 13 APR 2018
    Fairchild Theater, MSU Auditorium, Michigan State University, East Lancing, MI
    University Chorale; Camerata Michigan
    David Rayl, conductor
  • 20 MAR 2018
    Gillespie Auditorium, Lexington, MA
    Lexington High School Honors Choruses
    Jason Iannuzzi, conductor
  • 11 MAR 2018
    St. Monica Parish, Milwaukee, WI
    Bel Canto Chorus
    Avery Boettcher, soprano; Jason Coffey, baritone; Richard Hynson, conductor
  • 24 FEB 2018
    Katzen Arts Center, American University, Washington DC
    American University
    Daniel Abraham, conductor

    Other Dates:
    25 February - Katzen Arts Center, American University, Washington DC
  • 04 FEB 2018
    Max Fisher Orchestra Hall, Detroit, MI
    Sphinx Symphony Orchestra
  • 25 JAN 2018
    Tan-Tar-A Resort, Salon C, Osage Beach, MO
    Missouri Western State University
    Dr. Elise Hepworth, conductor
  • 19 NOV 2017
    Peebles Theatre, Newport News, VA
    Christopher Newport University
    John Irving, conductor
  • 18 NOV 2017
    Norbury Parish Church, Stockport, Cheshire
    Marple Choral Society
    Ian Crawford, conductor
  • 11 NOV 2017
    St Saviour's Church, St Albans, UK
    St Albans Choral Society
    George Vass, conductor
  • 21 OCT 2017
    Concordia University Center for Worship and Performing Arts, Irvine, CA
    Concordia University
    Dr. Michael Busch, conductor

    Other Dates:
    4 November - Biola University, La Mirada, CA
  • 18 OCT 2017
    First Evangelical Lutheran Church, Elliot City, MD
    University of Delaware Chorale

    Other Dates:
    20 October - Princeton, NJ
    21 October - Loudis Recital Hall, University of Delaware, Newark, DE
  • 15 OCT 2017
    Bella Concert Hall, Mount Royal University, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
    Luminous Voices
    Timothy Shantz, conductor
  • 14 OCT 2017
    Our Savior's Way Lutheran Church, Brambleton, VA
    Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Greater Washington
    Dr. Erik Jones, conductor
  • 18 SEP 2017
    Cathdral of the Madeleine, Salt Lake City, UT
    Utah Chamber Artists
    Barlow Bradford, conductor

    Other Dates:
    19 September - Cathdral of the Madeleine, Salt Lake City, UT
  • 06 AUG 2017
    Pécs, Hungary
    Oratorio Choir Academy
  • 18 MAR 2017
    University Chapel, Princeton University, US
    Princeton Pro Musica
  • 05 MAR 2017
    Washington DC, USA
    Washington Master Chorale

With strings driving hard, vivacious syncopated rhythms in movement three of Triptych had an almost outrageous joy.
Charles Ward, Houston Chronicle,01/10/2007
The new work, Triptych, by Tarik O'Regan, was a triumph of simple effectiveness. His vocal scoring has a clarity and energy that resonated thrillingly, underpinned by thick-set strings that shift between fidgety repetitiveness and starry atmospherics.
Kenneth Walton, The Scotsman,14/03/2006
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