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Three Whitman settings

First line:
At the last, tenderly
author of text
No 3: from Leaves of Grass

Whitman’s penchant for wishing to be transported provides the impetus for Clausen’s setting of The last invocation:

Everything about this poem is so incredibly powerful and beautiful—and full of tension. Until he says ‘Let me be wafted’—and the words which follow—he essentially says ‘take me away from here’—transport me to somewhere else. The music changes right at this point. The magic moment … for me in the poem, and in the music, is the final three lines—it is a contrast between two opposing strengths—mortal flesh and love. It is the alto part which sets up this contrast, urging the need to be patient against the rising tide of harmonic tension in the other parts. The final resolution to the major chord is the victory of love.

from notes by Stephen W Salts © 2015


Clausen & Paulus: Calm on the listening ear of night & other choral works
Studio Master: CDA68110Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available


No 3: The last invocation  At the last, tenderly
Track 2 on CDA68110 [3'28]

Track-specific metadata for CDA68110 track 2

The last invocation
Recording date
28 June 2014
Recording venue
All Hallows, Gospel Oak, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Adrian Peacock
Recording engineer
David Hinitt
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