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Nico Muhly

Publisher: Chester Music

Clear Music (2005),
Publisher
St. Rose Music Publishing
Category
Works for 2-6 Players
Year Composed
2005
Duration
9 Minutes
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Nico Muhly Clear Music (2005),
Clear Music (after John Taverner) was written at the request of the cellist Wendy Law during the summer of 2002. Clear Music is an extended exploration of a single measure in John Taverner’s (1490-1545) motet Mater Christi Sanctissima. What I attempted to do in Clear Music was to suspend this measure for as long as I could imagine in a single texture: the bright clarity of the celeste and harp. As in the Taverner, I have structured Clear Music into a series of peaks featuring the highest registers of the treble voice – here, the cello. I remember very vividly performing this piece and being struck by how distant the treble was from the other voices – sometimes, there are spaces of over an octave between the treble and the alto – and I attempted to recreate the somewhat terrifying and exposed contours of these lines. The end result is, I hope, a prolonged and transparent recollection of the Taverner which exposes not only my appreciation for the music itself but also my response to performing it.

  • Soloist(s)
    Clarice Jensen, Cello, Nico Muhly, Celeste, Monika Abendroth, Harp, Carol McGonnell, Clarinets, HIldur Ingveldarottir Gundnadottir, Cello, Lisa Liu, Violin, Monika Abendroth, Harp, Nico Muhly, Piano, Samuel Z. Soloman, Percussion, Nadia Sirota, Antony, Vocals, Kyle Covington, trombones.
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