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November 24th, 2017

standard Nico Muhly on Why Choral Music Is Slow Food for the Soul

The Tallis Scholars performing at the Church of St. Mary the Virgin in Manhattan. Credit Karsten Moran for The New York Times

The Tallis Scholars performing at the Church of St. Mary the Virgin in Manhattan. Credit Karsten Moran for The New York Times

Nico Muhly is a composer whose work has included collaborations with Björk and the choreographer Benjamin Millepied. His opera “Two Boys” was produced in 2013 by the Metropolitan Opera, which will present his “Marnie” in the 2018-19 season.

After Andrew Gant’s book about choral church music, “O Sing Unto the Lord,” came out in England two years ago — it was published in America last month — I saw it in a bookshop window in London, and immediately my mind started playing for me Purcell’s anthem of the same name. It begins with a symphonia — a 90-second instrumental introduction — and then a single bass voice sings the text in a scattered, crabwise way: “O, sing unto the Lord, sing unto the Lord, sing unto the Lord a new song, sing, sing unto the Lord a new song.” The choir jumps in with a merry Alleluia in an entirely new tempo, and thus begins a multimovement, many-sectioned anthem lasting a quarter of an hour. Full story.

Nico Muhly (The New York Times) / April 1, 2017

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