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Aaron Jay Kernis

Publisher: G. Schirmer

Dorma, Ador (2000)
AMP and AJK Music
Chorus a cappella / + 1 instrument
Year Composed
4 Minutes
SATB a cappella choir
Solo Instrument(s)
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Programme Note
Aaron Jay Kernis Dorma, Ador (2000)
December 2000

Composer note:
Dorma, Ador is a choral lullaby written in 2000 for the Dale Warland Singers to celebrate the 50th birthday of my friend Larry Fuchsberg. It was commissioned by Janika Vandervelde, composer (and partner of Larry), and as requested I based it on some Portuguese nonsense syllables and a lovely tune and harmonization that she created out of traditional Portuguese elements. Since it was to be the last of the lullabies she commissioned for this occasion, I decided to use very strongly rooted and low harmonies to give a sense of calm peacefulness, to feature a warm mezzo-soprano solo, and added (optional) handbells to open and close the work in an especially ethereal way.

— Aaron Jay Kernis

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