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DeKalb Choral Guild to Program “Three Miniatures”

Mary Root, the conductor of the DeKalb Choral Guild (Decatur, GA), just informed me that she has decided to program my “Three Miniatures” for unaccompanied chorus on an upcoming concert. (May 14, 2016, 7:30 pm, Mystic and Music-Settings of Rumi and Hafez and other mystics of many cultures, St. Bart’s Episcopal Church, LaVista Rd., Atlanta, GA.)

Background

The original setting of “Three Miniatures” for SSAA chorus was completed in 1999, and the arrangement for SATB chorus followed in 2004. I found the three poems I used for “Three Miniatures” in The Penguin Book of Hebrew Verse, Edited and Translated by T. Carmi. However, I translated the texts myself from the original Hebrew for the purpose of setting the poems to music for publication by ECS Publishing, where I have been Chief Editor since 1998. Shortly after my arrival at the company, the owner of the company at the time, the late Robert Schuneman, invited me to add new choral music to the company’s catalog. I was very excited to do so as I had never had any of my music published before. Many sacred and secular compositions and arrangements followed, including “Three Miniatures.” The SSAA version was published in 2000 (Catalog No. 5678), followed by the SATB version in 2004 (Catalog No. 6435). The women of The Philovox Ensemble conducted by Jennifer Lester recorded the SSAA version in 2000, and Matthew Curtis of Choral Tracks recorded the SATB version in 2015.