Clouds, Ephemeral

Clouds, Ephemeral
Composer
Karen Siegel
Composer Nationality
American
Composer Date of Birth
1980
Text
Karen Siegel, quotes from wikipedia and weatherwizkids.com
Year Composed
2015
Pages
25
Minutes
5:30
Difficulty
5 (Challenging)
Language
English
Voicing
6 part mixed chorus
Divisi
No
Solos
none
Sacred or Secular
Secular
Mood
Relaxed, dreamy, introspective
Description

Clouds Ephemeral was commissioned by The Esoterics, with founding director Eric Banks. It is a result of winning their 2014-2015 POLYPHONOS Composition Competition in the National Composer category. Like clouds, the harmony in Clouds Ephemeral shifts in and out of clear forms, simultaneously in constant motion yet almost still. The rhythm also embodies this nebulous quality, constantly changing meter throughout most of the piece. It sets three texts—scientific names of clouds are heard throughout, while cloud definitions layer underneath, chant-like in the men. An original poem layers over the cloud names, in a slow, graceful melody sung by the women.

https://soundcloud.com/karensiegel/clouds-ephemeral

Audio Credit
The Esoterics, Fouding Director Eric Banks
Group
Inversion Ensemble
Performances
Esoterics: Oct. 2015, cond. Eric Banks; Inversion Ensemble: Sept/Oct 2017, cond. Trevor Shaw