Academic journal article Journal of Singing

"Lorne Ys My Likinge," for Countertenor, Tenor, and Piano

Academic journal article Journal of Singing

"Lorne Ys My Likinge," for Countertenor, Tenor, and Piano

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Nico Muhly (b. 1981). "Lome Ys My Likinge," for Countertenor, Tenor, and Piano. St. Rose Music Publishing Co. and Chester Music Ltd., 2015

American composer Nico Muhly was very much in the public eye when his opera Two Boys was cocommissioned and premiered by the English National Opera (2011) and the Metropolitan Opera (2013). His compositional style is an eclectic mix of influences, which include Anglican choral tradition, minimalism, and contemporary pop music. He has collaborated with such disparate musical figures as singer Björk, composer Phillip Glass, and violinist Hilary Hahn. "Lome ys my likinge" was premiered by tenor Allan Clayton, countertenor Iestyn Davies, and pianist James Baillieu in December of 2015, at London's Wigmore Hall. Created as a companion piece to Benjamin Britten's canticle, "Abraham and Isaac," the unearthly marriage of the countertenor and tenor voices is an exquisite combination too infrequently heard, and "Lome ys my likinge" is a marvellous setting for this unusual vocal combination. Like the Britten canticle, it is a setting of a text from the medieval Chester Mystery play. Muhly sets a scene for Mary Magdalene, Mary Jacob (Mary's sister), and Mary Salome (mother of the disciples James and John) at the tomb of Jesus. "There they weep," Muhly writes, "and are confronted by two angels with the faces of children," Angelus Primus and Angelus Secundus, two more roles for the singers. The lines of the five characters of the drama are randomly assigned to the two voices throughout. …

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