Crossing the Alps

(2009)

by Colin Matthews

Description
choir and optional organ
Duration
7
Genres
Mixed Voices
Text
William Wordsworth, from The Prelude, Book VI, compiled from the 1805 and 1850 versions
Languages
English
Commission
Commissioned by the Hallé Orchestra
First Performance
28.1.10, Bridgewater Hall: Hallé Choir/Markus Stenz
Availability

score on special sale

Programme Notes
I have lived with Mahler’s music for virtually all of my musical life, so this commission was one I had the greatest pleasure in accepting. But to be paired with such a monumental symphony is more than a little intimidating, and I decided early on that, in spite of the temptation to use Mahler’s huge orchestral forces, I would write a work for unaccompanied chorus. I have for a long time wanted to work again with the Hallé choir. And rather than try to emulate Mahler in any way I wanted to contrast his setting of the the Resurrection Ode with an essentially humanist message. CM

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