My New Music - Roxanna Panufnik Discusses the Making of 'Love Abide'

Musical Opinion, July/August 2013 | Go to article overview

My New Music - Roxanna Panufnik Discusses the Making of 'Love Abide'


The composer describes the vicissitudes of modern-day contemporary music recording, and how her individual approach produced a successful outcome

In the Summer of 2011, Lee Ward (then director of the London Oratory School Schola) said he would like to record a plainsong mass I'd written for them and my last choral-orchestral work, Love Abide. Whilst we were deciding what else to put on the CD, I realised that everything we considered was on the theme of love and from a different religion! The concept of Love Abide the CD, with its musical bridges between faiths, was bom and Warner Classics, with whom I'd recorded several time, were keen to take it on.

You would think it stops there and the rest is a fait accompli... Malheureusement, NON!

Most classical contemporary music recordings barely make back the money they cost to produce. This was a massive production, which involved four choirs (VOCES8, Colla Voce and Exultate Singers as well as LOSS), two operatic soloists Heather Shipp and Mark Stone), two organists (Tom Little and Richard Johnson), the London Mozart Players and Kiku Day-a wonderful shakuhachi player from Denmark. I also wanted to bring in animator and VJ (video jockey, aka Mischa Ying) Mischa Giancovich, whose first classical project this was, to give the disc a visual presence on the internet. With projects like this, the artists are expected to finance the recording up to finished master stage, and then license it to a record label. This project was no exception and once I'd totted up performing fees, producer, sound engineer, venue, post production, music hire travel for all concerned and added a 15% contingency fund, I was left with a terrifying quest for £55,563.24!

In these straightened economic times, the prospect of finding such a large figure was daunting, to say the least. I immediately discarded the idea that I might find one or two big sponsors to take this on. The best way to proceed seemed to be to find a sponsor for each of the 14 tracks. I divided the budget by its 67 minutes running time and allocated prices to tracks according to their length. In the end, prices ranged from £1,500 to £7,990.

Who would want to by a track for that kind of money, and why? Because this was a CD about love, I conjured up a romantic package, whereby a sponsor would buy a track as a gift for someone they love. It could be a wedding anniversary present, something for a special birthday or even in memory of someone loved and lost. There needed to be perks for further incentive - so I proposed a printed dedication to their loved one in the CD booklet, signed and framed score pages and CDs and, most importantly, the recipient's name, photo and dedication would be shown to the performers at the start of recording the sponsor's track, to ensure that the music was performed with their beloved very much in mind.

With the help of Lee Ward, the Schola Trustees and the wonderful Jenny Sinclair (mother of one of the choristers), I launched the fund-raising with two presentations and plugged it all over Facebook and Twitter. The most expensive track went first because I announced that the sponsor of this one would get a free song written especially for them, to words of their own choice! …

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Sign up now for a free, 1-day trial and receive full access to:

  • Questia's entire collection
  • Automatic bibliography creation
  • More helpful research tools like notes, citations, and highlights
  • Ad-free environment

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items

Items saved from this article

This article has been saved
Highlights (0)
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

Citations (0)
Some of your citations are legacy items.

Any citation created before July 30, 2012 will labeled as a “Cited page.” New citations will be saved as cited passages, pages or articles.

We also added the ability to view new citations from your projects or the book or article where you created them.

Notes (0)
Bookmarks (0)

You have no saved items from this article

Project items include:
  • Saved book/article
  • Highlights
  • Quotes/citations
  • Notes
  • Bookmarks
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited article

My New Music - Roxanna Panufnik Discusses the Making of 'Love Abide'
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Full screen

matching results for page

Cited passage

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited passage

Welcome to the new Questia Reader

The Questia Reader has been updated to provide you with an even better online reading experience.  It is now 100% Responsive, which means you can read our books and articles on any sized device you wish.  All of your favorite tools like notes, highlights, and citations are still here, but the way you select text has been updated to be easier to use, especially on touchscreen devices.  Here's how:

1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
2. Click or tap the last word you want to select.

OK, got it!

Thanks for trying Questia!

Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

Already a member? Log in now.