From Dr. Whitmire

December 20th, 2011

From Dr. Whitmire:  Dear Singers,
I hope you are enjoying a wonderful holiday. I have spent the last few days working on your scores and CDs for Songs of Sunset. It is a rich, wonderful piece in a harmonic idiom that we have never explored. Some have referred to Delius as an English Debussy. The text is by the English writer Ernest Dowson (1867–1900). Interestingly, the phrase “days of wine and roses” is originally from his poem:

They are not long, the days of wine and roses:
Out of a misty dream
Our path emerges for a while, then closes
Within a dream.

I have attached an mp3 to whet your appetite. It will be a challenge, but by now you expect that, right?
And for a (big) change of pace, I have also attached the opening piece to my Jazz Mass.
I think the semester will have something for everyone, and it’s all in English. So bring all the good singers you know to our first rehearsal on Tuesday, January 10. In the meanwhile,

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