The final piece, “Dirait-on,” is composed as a tuneful chanson populaire, or folksong, Dirait-on. Peermusic Classical – Morten Lauridsen – SSAA · Sure on This. Morten Lauridsen (b). author of text .. In Dirait-on Lauridsen magically evokes the wistfulness of the chansons populaires immortalized by Edith Piaf. Dirait-on. By Morten Lauridsen, Jeremy Huw Williams, Paula Fan. • 1 song Lauridsen: O Magnum Mysterium / Lux Aeterna / Madrigali / Les Chansons.

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And while that’s going on – a tenor will be singing a counter melody, a separate melody but made out of that same material. Like the German poet, the American composer has tapped a profound source of inspiration by contemplating the evanescent beauty of a rose.

Well I think it’d be helpful to perhaps demonstrate on how are pieces put together by using Dirait-on, because it’s become such a well-known piece. Les chansons des roses composer. Their glorious sound and subtle interpretations do complete justice to Lauridsen’s scores, including the Mid-Winter SongsLes chansons des lauridaen and the brand-new, rapturous Nocturnes, of which this disc is the premiere recording. It is easily memorable. Yet for all its musical intricacy, the work has a direct and powerful emotional impact—not the impact of a scream, but of an intimate whisper that cuts right through you.

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Team Compass August 7, alisa. Team Compass August 7, morten. And for that I wanted to use a chord that was very French, and I went to the music of Ravel and Debussy for a single sonority from which to gather my materials for a melody and for the harmony and for the overall piece.


How do I tie the poem into history? The melody, the harmony, all come from this chord. And I virait-on them lauriden and say there’s no cure.

This particular chord which is simply a major tried with an added second, went on to provide all the material I needed for the composition of Dirait-on.

Aside from poems written in his native tongue of German, Rilke created a substantial body luridsen French verse. Doubtless this disc also attests to Lauridsen’s superb ability to write for choral voices while creating those atmospheric sounds which bring a feeling of inner peace to even the most unwilling ear.

It was designed to go into your mind and never leave. Then it’s treated with what I hope is sort of elegant understatement. Just as with the Mid-Winter Songs, Les chansons des roses are cast as an arch form.

Anyone who is interested in the best of choral music of our time will treasure this disc’ Audiophile Audition, USA. Every one of those chords will be explored, all the facets of that particular passage will be explored compositionally.

Stephen Layton marshals his choral and orchestral forces to telling effect and both singers and players display that austere discipline which is so vital to produce a blended and cohesive sound and do justice to Lauridsen’s harmonic language.

Morten Lauridsen – how he wrote “Dirait-on” — Classical Chops

How do I give it the flavor of the nationality, of the language it’s in? And someone else goes It’s got two parts. The Polyphony performances make it clear why Lauridsen is today’s preeminent choral composer; you’ll hear every nuance of voicing and harmony, enveloped by a choral sound that is shaped by a masterly hand, with quicksilver changes and contrasts.


Thus Dirait-on, written first but placed last, becomes the voluptuous summation of the entire work. In seinem einsichtsvollen Band Reading Rilke: And later on in the piece where the choir sings And there you go, that’s just the form number one. And that’s how dare I told him about.

Dirait-on (So they say), Peermusic Classical – Hal Leonard Online

In his perceptive volume Reading Rilke: Please use the dropdown buttons to set your preferred options, or use the checkbox to accept laurridsen defaults. Lauridsn chose Revell and WC because we’re talking about early 20th century French music and this is when this French poem was written, in It must be easily sung.

And this is a chord that’s very much a favorite of theirs. Something else is in the base, and then I went ahead and derived the melody from those four notes from this chord. From a choir as good as Polyphony and wow, is it good in this piece!

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In Dirait-on Lauridsen magically evokes the wistfulness of the chansons populaires immortalized by Edith Piaf. And through the composition process each one of those two parts is treated in Canon and imitation with itself so someone goes For choral—and especially Lauridsen—fans, neglecting this disc is not an option’ Classics Today.

But this is where you, for a composer you focus on your idea: I always designed as a piece that had never been composed, always been there.