Composed by: Kathleen Skinner Composer’s Note: At the √íran retreat in November 2008, the choir took part in a group ice-breaking activity: each member was to bring, and read aloud, a masterwork of literature from his or her childhood writings. The result was inspiring, and I took it upon myself to set two of these gems to music for the choir’s 2009 Stories concert. Juvenilia has two movements. The first, a setting of Jennifer McMillan’s poem Love, is a choral parody of popular contemporary North American choral composers, particularly Eric Whitacre (one of √íran’s favorite composers). With its too-literal word-painting, sentimental close harmonies, and overuse of modern choral techniques, Love … Continue reading Juvenilia

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