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Aaron Jay Kernis

Publisher: G. Schirmer

Musica Celestis (1990)
Publisher
Associated Music Publishers Inc
Category
Orchestra
Sub Category
String Orchestra
Year Composed
1990
Duration
11 Minutes
Orchestration
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Programme Note
Aaron Jay Kernis Musica Celestis (1990)

  • Conductor
    Hugh Wolff
    Phoenix USA:
  • Ensemble
    Seattle Symphony
    Conductor
    Gerard Schwarz
    Hear Music:
  • Conductor
    Hugh Wolff
    Polygram/Argo:
  • Ensemble
    Minnesota Orchestra
    Conductor
    Eiji Oue
    Virgin Classics:
  • G. Schirmer / AMP:
Performances
Date
Title
  • 04 APR 2014
    St Mary's Church, Bath
    Bath Philharmonia
    Jason Thornton, conductor
  • 24 JAN 2014
    Los Angeles, CA
    Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
    Matthew Halls, conductor

    Other Dates:
    25,26 January - Los Angeles, CA
  • 05 DEC 2013
    Northfield, MN
    St. Olaf College Orchestra
    Steven Amundson, conductor

    Other Dates:
    6-8 December - Northfield, MN
  • 05 OCT 2013
    Davenport, IA
    Quad City Symphony
    Mark Russell Smith, conductor

    Other Dates:
    6 October - Davenport, IA
  • 20 SEP 2013
    Milwaukee, WI
    Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra
    Andreas Delfs, conductor

    Other Dates:
    21,22 September - Milwaukee, WI
  • 09 JUN 2013
    Omaha, NE
    Omaha Symphony
    Ernest Richardson, conductor
  • 31 MAY 2013
    Birmingham, AL
    Alabama Symphony
    Daniel Meyer, conductor

    Other Dates:
    1 June - Birmingham, AL
  • 05 MAY 2013
    Piscataway, NJ
    New Brunswick Chamber Orchestra
    Mark Hyczko, conductor
  • 03 MAY 2013
    Ballet Othello
    Mannheim, Germany
    Mannheimer Nationaltheater-Orchester
    Joseph Trafton, conductor

    Other Dates:
    6,29 June - Mannheim, Germany
  • 10 APR 2013
    Bloomington, IN
    Indiana University
    David Hayes, conductor
  • 23 MAR 2013
    Saginaw, MI
    Saginaw Bay Symphony Orchestra
    Brett Mitchell, conductor
  • 23 MAR 2013
    Victoria, BC, Canada
    Victoria Symphony
    Tania Miller, conductor

    Other Dates:
    24,25 March - Victoria, BC, Canada
  • 23 MAR 2013
    Victoria, BC, Canada
    Victoria Symphony
    Tania Miller, conductor

    Other Dates:
    24,25 March - Victoria, BC, Canada
  • 17 MAR 2013
    Warren, MI
    Warren Symphony
    Gregory Cunningham, conductor
  • 10 MAR 2013
    San Rafael, CA
    Marin Symphony
    Alasdair Neale, conductor

    Other Dates:
    11,12 March - San Rafael, CA
  • 11 FEB 2013
    Clarksville, TN
    Austin Peay State University
  • 08 FEB 2013
    Butler, PA
    Butler County Symphony Orchestra
    Matthew Kraemer, conductor
  • 08 FEB 2013
    Ulster Hall, Belfast, N. Ireland
    Ulster Orchestra
  • 08 FEB 2013
    United Kingdom
    Ulster Orchestra
  • 01 FEB 2013
    Salem, OR
    Salem Chamber Orchestra
    Nikolas Caoile, conductor
  • 26 JAN 2013
    Germany
    Ensemble Symphonique Neuchâtel
    Ramon Ortega, oboe; Manon Pierrehumbert, harp; Alexander Mayer, conductor

    Other Dates:
    27 January - Germany
  • 11 DEC 2012
    Beverly Hills, CA
    Young Musicians Foundation
    Roger Kalia, conductor
  • 26 OCT 2012
    Winnipeg, MB, Canada
    Winnipeg Symphony
    Alexander Mickelthwate, conductor

    Other Dates:
    27 October - Winnipeg, MB, Canada
  • 25 MAY 2012
    Stone Ridge, NY
    Esopus Chamber Orchestra
    Nadege Foofat, conductor
  • 04 FEB 2012
    Greensburg, PA
    Westmoreland Symphony
    Daniel Meyer, conductor
  • 17 NOV 2011
    Indianapolis, IN
    Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra
    Christoph Campestrini, conductor
  • 10 NOV 2011
    Columbus, OH
    ProMusica Chamber Orchestra
    Case Scaglione, conductor

    Other Dates:
    11 November - Columbus, OH
  • 02 NOV 2011
    New York, NY
    Mannes College Of Music
    David Hayes, conductor
  • 28 SEP 2011
    Richmond, VA
    Richmond Symphony
  • 11 SEP 2011
    Chicago, IL
    Fulcrum Point New Music Project
    Stephen Burns, conductor

Reviews
Even more moving was Aaron Jay Kernis’ “Musica Celestis,” a kind of outer-space exploration of eerie hymnlike harmonies building to first one climax and then another before receding to deep space. Nakahara suggested a parallel with Samuel Barber’s Adagio for Strings. Kernis’ music shares a mystical quality with Barber’s together with a superb command of instrumentation. But Kernis’ projects an unmistakable individuality.
Travis Rivers, The Spokesman Review,3/22/2009
The piece is punctuated by soaring melodic strings...and bursts of striking dissonance and palpable tension.
Cathalena E. Burch, Arizona Daily Star,10/24/2008
An indelible memory was formed by Aaron Jay Kernis’ 1990 Musica Celestis. Like Barber’s ubiquitous Adagio, it began life as the slow movement of a string quartet, and was quickly arranged for full string orchestra. Its evocations of endless hymns of praise to God included whispered strings in exquisite soft harmonies, with a gradual accretion to treacherously high, keening string tessitura. A quick cutoff drops instantly back into slow, lush harmonic thoughts where gentle consecutive falling intervals coalesce to form a hauntingly spiritual and deeply satisfying conclusion.
Herman Trotter , The Buffalo News,3/16/2008
Musica Celestis stands in comparison to Barber's famous Adagio. Like the Barber piece, Kernis's work is a string-orchestra transcription of an adagio movement from a string quartet and is effectively solemn and mournful. Kernis's music is about melody, harmony, technique - and relaxation. This is a superbly engineered CD. A highly recommended CD.
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It is a relief after such vehement and splenetic music to encounter Kernis’s most famous piece. This is the middle movement of his First String Quartet transcribed by the composer for full string orchestra...certainly anyone needs to see this out. This writing is gentle, yielding, supplicatory and emphatic yet never hectoring...
Rob Barnett, MusicWeb-International.com,1/1/0001
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