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Julia Wolfe

Publisher: G. Schirmer

Anthracite Fields (2014)
Publisher
Red Poppy
Category
Chorus and Orchestra/Ensemble
Year Composed
2014
Duration
45 Minutes
Chorus
SATB
Language
English
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Performances
Date
Title
  • 31 MAY 2014
    New York Phil Biennial
    New York, NY
    Choir of Trinity Wall Street
    Bang on a Can All-Stars; Julian Wachner, conductor
  • 30 MAY 2014
    Anthracite Fields New York Premiere
    New York Phil Biennial
    New York, NY
    Choir of Trinity Wall Street
    Bang on a Can All-Stars; Julian Wachner, conductor
  • 27 APR 2014
    The Rotunda, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
    Mendelssohn Club and Bang on a Can All-Stars
    Alan Harler, conductor
  • 26 APR 2014
    Anthracite Fields World Premiere
    The Rotunda, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
    Mendelssohn Club and Bang on a Can All-Stars
    Alan Harler, conductor

Reviews
Anthracite Fields contains a raw indictment of the exploitation of workers, particularly the children employed in the mines as breaker boys, sifting through coal and debris with bleeding fingers.…For Anthracite Fields, the meticulous Julian Wachner conducted the brilliant Bang on a Can All-Stars and his own Choir of Trinity Wall Street. Evocative, but sometimes didactic, video projections by Jeff Sugg (mostly black-and-white portraits of miners, diagrams and maps of Pennsylvania mining country) added visual interest. Occasionally, they displayed parts of the libretto, assembled from oral histories, local children’s rhymes and an index of Pennsylvania mining accidents, which provided the chillingly long litany of victims with the first name John that opened the work. Repetition is also the foundation of Ms. Wolfe’s music, which was enlivened by her subtle writing for voices and the inventive ways she used the Bang on a Can players. The cellist Ashley Bathgate’s chanting of children’s ditties had an impish ferocity to it; the electric guitarist Mark Stewart turned a speech by the miners’ leader John L. Lewis into a rock anthem.
Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim, The New York Times,6/1/2014
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