for SATB chamber choir (with hand percussion) and string quartet
text: Yamanoue no Okura (660-733)
duration: 7.5 minutes
premiered by the University of Texas New Music Ensemble, Brent Baldwin, Conductor on May 2nd, 2000 in Austin, Texas
With Okura, I wanted to combine the cerebral ethereality of the text with driving rhythms in an almost jazz-choir like setting. Okura is a virtuosic and nimble piece for a very small choir of voices (only 1-4 voices per part) which contains virtuoso interludes for string quartet. The two choirs come together at the end of the piece in a soaring celebration of life.
AUDIO: Okura (excerpt)