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Augusta Read Thomas

Publisher: G. Schirmer

Passion Prayers (1999)
G Schirmer Inc
Large Ensemble (7 or more players)
Year Composed
9 Minutes
Solo Instrument(s)
Programme Note
Augusta Read Thomas Passion Prayers (1999)
Composer Note:
Music of all kinds constantly amazes, surprises, propels and seduces me into a wonderful and powerful journey. I am happiest when I am listening to music and in the process of composing music. I care deeply that music is not anonymous and generic or easily assimilated and just as easily dismissed. I would say that Passion Prayers has urgent, seductive, and compelling qualities of sometimes complex, but always logical thought, allied to sensuous and engaging sonic profiles.

This score is dedicated with admiration and gratitude to the Network for New Music, who commissioned the work and premiered it in Philadelphia on April 11, 1999. Passion Prayers, a nine minute work formed in several sections of varying character, is an homage to the lyrical, expressive, sensitive, eloquent, and poetic qualities of Scott Kluksdahl’s playing.

I would like to express my thanks to Linda Reichert for her vision, dedication, and generosity.

— Augusta Read Thomas

  • Ensemble
    Network for New Music Ensemble
    Scott Kluksdahl (Cello)
    Jan Kryzwicki
    Albany Records:
  • 05 JUN 2015
    Buffalo, NY
    Slee Sinfonietta
    Dan Bassin, conductor
  • 27 APR 2013
    Santa Cruz, CA
    New Music Works
    Judy Riberts; Phil Collins, conductor
  • 12 JAN 2013
    Chicago, IL
    Cliff Colnot, conductor
  • 22 AUG 2012
    Storstroms Kammerensemble
  • 07 NOV 2010
    Cleveland, OH
    Cleveland Institute Of Music
    Keith Fitch, conductor
  • 09 SEP 2009
    Passion Prayers UK Premiere
    Proms Composer Porttait
    Royal College of Music, London
  • 09 SEP 2009
    Passion Prayers Country Premiere
    United Kingdom
    Royal College of Music
  • 24 JAN 2006
    East Lansing, MI
    Michigan State University
    Raphael Jimenez, conductor

[Thomas's work] is an extraordinarily lustrous and intensely mystical piece with a radiant shimmer that recalls Messiaen, although Thomas's means are her own. The chief meditator is the cello, which draws the other six instruments into its ecstatic orbit.
Richard Dyer, The Boston Globe,1/1/0001
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