×

Uh-oh, it looks like your Internet Explorer is out of date.

For a better shopping experience, please upgrade now.

Julia Wolfe: Anthracite Fields
     

Julia Wolfe: Anthracite Fields

by Choir of Trinity Wall Street
 
Julia Wolfe's "Anthracite Fields" won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize in music. Wolfe teaches in New York, but she grew up far from its music scene in the coal fields of western Pennsylvania that form the subject matter for this work. Wolfe's nearest ancestor is John Adams, the choral declamation of whose "On the Transmigration of Souls" will give you an idea the kind of

Overview

Julia Wolfe's "Anthracite Fields" won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize in music. Wolfe teaches in New York, but she grew up far from its music scene in the coal fields of western Pennsylvania that form the subject matter for this work. Wolfe's nearest ancestor is John Adams, the choral declamation of whose "On the Transmigration of Souls" will give you an idea the kind of personal and tragic minimalist style you get here. Wolfe breaks up words and names into choral syllables with powerful effect, most of all in the opening "Foundation" movement, where the chorus intones the names of miners killed in accidents between 1869 and 1916 (you should by all means sample this generously). The mood lightens only in the fourth movement, "Flowers." Wolfe departs from Adams in the flexible treatment of her small ensemble writing, performed here by the Bang on a Can All-Stars with whom she has been associated in the past. This sextet of players -- cello, bass, keyboards, percussion, guitar, and clarinets -- is capable of both somber background and aggressive disruption in a variety of styles, including rock & roll, and the contrast between the ensemble and the fully traditional sound of the Choir of Trinity Wall Street (ironically enough, given that the words of labor leader John L. Lewis form part of the work's text) is one of the keys to the work's appeal. The work is in five movements which might easily, it would seem, be performed separately; in whatever form, the work seems likely to have a lasting presence in American musical life.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/25/2015
Label:
Cantaloupe
UPC:
0713746311124
catalogNumber:
21111
Rank:
8827

Album Credits

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Post to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews