Congratulations to the Capital Chamber Choir!
14.07. 2015

The Trees on the Edge

“Contemporary choral compositions have impressed me, amused me, annoyed me, and bored me. What they’ve rarely done is move me almost to tears, as did a major new work by the young Ottawa composer Nicholas Piper Monday night.” —Natasha Gauthier (The Ottawa Citizen, July 13, 2015)

Congratulations to the Capital Chamber Choir on an excellent premiere last evening of my new work The Delight of Paradise in the Music and Beyond Festival. This new piece is my largest choral composition to date!

The Ottawa Citizen’s Natasha Gauthier reviewed the concert and was positively moved by the new work:

“The first half’s main event was the premiere of Piper’s The Delight of Paradise. Just 32 years old, Piper, who also sings in the Chamber Choir, has already established himself as one of Canada’s most prolific choral composers. Paradise, an ambitious, seven-movement work based on verses from the Song of Solomon, has breathtaking sweep and astonishing discipline. The main thematic material grows out of a striking three-note motif that Piper embellishes and filigrees with an engraver’s touch. The penultimate movement, Behold, all thy servants are fair, had all the stately grace and glowing, arching phrases of a great Anglican church anthem. It is a surprising, memorable, and shockingly accomplished piece by a prodigiously talented young composer.” —Natasha Gauthier (The Ottawa Citizen, July 13, 2015)

The work was developed from an earlier piece, My Heart Was Cloven, that serves as the first of the seven movements. This piece was premiered in 2012 by the Ottawa Bach Choir and is a setting of the first two verses of Ode 11 from the Odes of Solomon. The new six movements of The Delight of Paradise, heard for the first time last night, set the remaining 19 verses of the Ode. See below for glimpses of the score!

I am grateful to the Canada Council for the Arts and the City of Ottawa for their generous support that made the composition of The Delight of Paradise possible.


I would also like to extend a thank you to Music and Beyond Festival for hosting the Capital Chamber Choir and presenting four amazing concerts yesterday featuring works by Canadian composers.

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About The Author

Nicholas Piper is a Canadian composer specializing in rewarding music for choirs. He is also the main proprietor of Musica Trans Aeva.

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