The composer writes: The poem “Messenger” by Mary Oliver (from her 2006 book “Thirst”) inspired me to write this choral composition. This poem grabbed me with its first line: “My work is loving the world.” In setting the music, I hoped to honor and convey the poem. Sections about the “world” use harmonies from C major; in contrast, sections on the “work” use a more mysterious scale (in C or F), modeled on an overtone scale. (In fact, the harmonic structure was conceived as a 13-tone scale in extended just intonation, then adapted to the standard tempered system.) The rhythms mostly come from the text, and so are not in a steady meter. Messenger is performed by I Cantori di Carmel, directed by Sal Ferrantelli.Performed. The recording includes a reading of the poem.
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