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Tarik O'Regan; Guillaume De Machaut; Gavin Bryars

Academic journal article Notes

Tarik O'Regan; Guillaume De Machaut; Gavin Bryars

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Tarik O'Regan; Guillaume de Machaut; Gavin Bryars. Scattered Rhymes. Orlando Consort; Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir / Paul Hillier. Harmonia Mundi USA HMU 807469, 2008.

Commentators and critics have long noted connections between various strains of art music in the twentieth century and the music of the medieval and early Renaissance periods. Pioneering minimalist composer Steve Reich (1936-) was fascinated by hocketing and canonic figures; the sacred music of Arvo Part (1935-) frequently barkens back specifically to the raw, open harmonies of late-medieval church music; George Crumb (1929-) wrote actual madrigals (albeit in a modern style) in the 1960s. The present disc makes such connections explicit by placing a three-movement a cappella work by the young composer Tarik O'Regan (1978-) next to Guillaume de Machaut's Messe de Nostre Dame, the earliest known complete Mass setting and an iconic work of the Ars Nova period. O'Regan's Scattered Rhymes takes its lyrics from two fourteenth-century poems of Petrarch, both dealing with the poet's unrequited love for a young woman but from very different perspectives: one more romantic and sensual, the other endowing the object of his obsession with seemingly celestial qualities. In this piece O'Regan takes small musical ideas directly from Machaut's Mass and incorporates them into his own work in a variety of ways, some more obvious than others, using the four-voice Orlando Consort and the larger Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir alternately. …

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