Of Celestial Voices (2013)

for mixed chamber ensemble and audio
duration 4’30”

Of Celestial Voices was composed for the Port Royal Lutheran Church, Port Royal Pennsylvania. It was written for the Feast of St. Michael and All Angels, and had its premiere performance in the church on that date. The piece uses the opening statement of Hildegard of Bingen’s O ignis spiritus Paracliti as a jumping-off point, and develops with acoustic instruments and audio intertwining throughout. The juxtaposition of Hildegard’s medieval chant and modern instrumental and electronic sounds highlights the universal timelessness of the angelic presence.