Over the next few months there is the opportunity to hear four world premieres of the music of Tarik O’Regan
, including two carols which will be premiered in the UK and two new works for premiere in the US.
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The carols — Ecce Puer
and All Creation Slept
— will be premiered on December 14 in Portsmouth and December 19 in London respectively. Both are for SATB choir and will be available to order beginning in January 2013. O’Regan sets texts by James Joyce in Ecce Puer
whilst All Creation Slept
is a setting of William Blake’s popular A Cradle Song.
On December 28, Now Fatal Change
, a work of five duets for countertenor and violin, will receive its world premiere at Trinity Wall Street in New York City. Performed by Ryland Angel and the violinist Lara St. John, this nine minute work sets the poem “The Blessed Virgin’s Expostulation” by Nahum Tate (an Irish poet and librettist; 1652-1715). A meditation on a single moment of trauma, the short movements each represent a sequentially heightened stage of anguish in the protagonist.
The New Year heralds a work for double choir (SSA and SATB) and percussion – Night City
. Commissioned by Vassar College in New York, O’Regan set the 1972 poem by Elizabeth Bishop, “Night City [From the plane].” The work alternates between rich rhythmic propulsion and quiet sparseness: between the physicality of modern air travel over urban sprawl and the thoughts of the isolated passenger, looking on from afar.
For details of these and other performances of O’Regan’s music, please visit the performances
section on the composer page.