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Khalil, Alexander
He Waters the Mountains
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Role: Composer. Output: Musical Score
Published in print and recorded on CD.This is a choral setting of a segment of Psalm 103 and was commissioned as part of the Psalm 103 project, in which 5 prominent composers of Orthodox Christian sacred music were asked to set a segment of the psalm in their own style. I took a new and radical approach that sought to question hegemonic ideas of how voices in a choir might interact and in so doing question the metanarrative of musical development in which monophony is typically viewed as preceding polyphony. In this case, I treated the entire choir as one voice with an extreme range, instructing all to sing in unison as-possible while creating an otherwise traditional chant melody.
Portland, Oregon
Cappella Romana
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