Summer Activities
17.05. 2014

I am excited to announce three items of interest in the coming months:

The Trees on the EdgeOn May 10, the Ottawa Bach Choir performed The Trees on the Edge in concert here in Ottawa. This concert was a “prelude” to the choir’s upcoming European tour. The OBC will be singing in Venice, Groning and Amsterdam, L├╝beck, and at Bach Fest 2014 in Leipzig, Germany. During the tour the choir will be performing The Trees on the Edge as part of its programme. You can hear the choir’s live performance in Ottawa in the following video:

I are very excited to have this piece toured through Europe and extend my best wishes to the choir and its director, Dr. Lisette Canton.

MagnificatIn local news, the Capital Chamber Choir will be a second performance of Magnificat at the Music and Beyond Festival in July. The choir premiered this work in November 2012 to a rousing reception. This is a challenging work for double choir that has yet to receive another performance. I look forward to working with the Capital Chamber Choir to prepare for this performance. You can hear the choir’s debut performance in this video:

My Heart Was ClovenMeanwhile, I am working on a new large-scale composition for a cappella chorus tentatively titled “The Delights of Paradise“. This work will be a seven-movement concert piece setting text from the Odes of Solomon. I have used text from this source on two previous occasions, including a piece I wrote for the Ottawa Bach Choir titled My Heart Was Cloven. This piece set is a setting of the first two verses of Ode 11; the new work will set the remaining 19 verses of the same ode.

Sketches of the third movement.
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My Heart Was Cloven will thus be the first movement of the new work! You can hear My Heart Was Cloven in the following video, performed by the Ottawa Bach Choir at Podium 2012:

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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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