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Serenity

First line:
O Sabbath rest of Galilee!
composer
author of text
from The Brewing of Soma

 
Serenity (1919), to a text by John Greenleaf Whittier, was arranged from a sketch of an ensemble ‘song’ earlier than May 1911 and may well be connected to Ives’s projected Whittier Overture, one of his ‘Men of Literature’ series. He suggested this trance-like piece was best sung as a unison chant, over its repetitive chiming accompaniment figure.

from notes by Calum MacDonald © 2005

Arrangement d’un «song» pour ensemble esquissé avant mai 1911, Serenity (1919, texte de John Greenleaf Whittier) pourrait se rattacher à la Whittier Overture que Ives envisageait de composer dans le cadre de sa série «Men of Literature». Il suggéra que cette pièce hypnotique devait, pour le mieux, être chantée comme une psalmodie à l’unisson, par-dessus sa répétitive figure d’accompagnement carillonnante.

extrait des notes rédigées par Calum MacDonald © 2005
Français: Hypérion

Serenity (1919) [„Gelassenheit“] beruht auf einem Text von John Greenleaf Whittier und ist eine noch vor Anfang Mai 1911 ausgeführte Bearbeitung einer Skizze für ein „Instrumentalensemblelied“. Es kann wohl sein, dass das Lied etwas mit Ives’ geplanter Whittier Overture, d. h. mit einer Ouvertüre aus Ives’ Werkreihe „Männer der Literatur“, zu tun hatte. Der Komponist empfahl, dass man dieses meditative Lied am besten wie einen einstimmigen gregorianischen Choral über die sich wiederholende glockenähnliche Begleitfigur singt.

aus dem Begleittext von Calum MacDonald © 2005
Deutsch: Elke Hockings

Recordings

Ives: A Song - For Anything
CDA67516

Details

Track 27 on CDA67516 [2'09]

Track-specific metadata for CDA67516 track 27

Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-05-51627
Duration
2'09
Recording date
12 November 2004
Recording venue
All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Julian Millard
Hyperion usage
  1. Ives: A Song - For Anything (CDA67516)
    Disc 1 Track 27
    Release date: September 2005
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