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Video of Choral Chameleon Institute performance of my work 

On June 29, Choral Chameleon concluded its Institute in Brooklyn with a performance of twelve new choral works including my own "Ve hayah ba-'acharit hayamim," the third movement of my Hebrew cycle "Songs in Time of Peril." Their excellent performance is now up on YouTube:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gCrSuB65HOs

 

Enjoy!

New YouTube channel for my works 

I've started a YouTube channel with recordings of some of my pieces:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkIxjX39N9rMQW-7imQIj9A

All these recordings come with perusal scores so you can see how the music unfolds, hopefully helping you decide whether to purchase scores. I'll add more as I get more recordings of the appropriate quality. Enjoy!

New major work: "Songs in Time of Peril" 

I'm delighted to announce that I've completed a three-movement choral work entitled "Songs in Time of Peril," with Hebrew texts from Job, Psalm 69, and Micah. Each movement is based harmonically around a different one of the symmetrical scales that Messaien called "modes of limited transposition." The movements draw stylistically from a diverse set of sources; there's some Brahms in there for sure, some Poulenc, a bit of Britten, quite a bit of the Russian Orthodox liturgical style-- and, I hope, my own distinctive voice bringing it all together. It's not easy by any means, but worthwhile for the emotional payoff and singing pleasure it can bring a choir who decides to take it on. The score is available for download from my scores page.

Welcome to my new website! 

I've redesigned and reorganized my composing website, nicholasweininger.com. You can now listen to performance recordings of many of my pieces, buy scores, sign up for my mailing list, and read my updated biography.

Stay tuned for further updates. 2018 is shaping up to be a productive and exciting time for my music:

  • In February I wrote an arrangement of the classic Israeli folksong "Yerushalayim Shel Zahav" (Jerusalem of Gold) by Naomi Shemer.
  • In March I composed a short setting of "Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor" which IOCSF will feature on our spring concert program, Pilgrimage and Passage.
  • I'll be attending the Choral Chameleon Institute in Brooklyn this June, likely to workshop the final movement of a major three-movement work I'm almost done with. More news on that later in the summer...
  • In other singing news, I'll be joining the inaugural Orvieto Festival Choir for concerts this August in Orvieto, Italy. My former high school choir director, Steve Kushner, will conduct, and the choir will include several of my favorite classmates.