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Nico Muhly

Publisher: Chester Music

So to Speak (wind ensemble version) (2005)
Work Notes
First performed by the Boston Conservatory Wind Ensemble, conducted by Eric Hewitt.
St. Rose Music Publishing
Band/Wind/Brass Ensemble
Sub Category
Wind Band
Year Composed
8 Minutes
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Programme Note
Nico Muhly So to Speak (wind ensemble version) (2005)
So To Speak is an extended meditation on an anthem for Pentecost by Thomas Tallis entitled Loquebantur Variis Linguis (they spoke in many tongues). After organizing the material for the piece, I wrote a melody that works against, underneath, and above Tallis’s lines to create counterpoint made of old and new elements. Patterns of aggressive woodwind scales and ornaments evoke some of the hysteria inherent in glossolalia (ecstatic speaking in tongues). The central section of the piece gestures towards an insect-like musical and religious fervor.
So To Speak is scored for orchestra and lasts seven minutes. It is dedicated to Amiel Melnick.

Nico Muhly

  • Ensemble
    Boston Conservatory Wind Ensemble
    Eric Hewitt
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