• Aaron Jay Kernis
  • Dorma, Ador (2000)

  • AMP and AJK Music (World)
  • opt handbells
  • SATB a cappella choir
  • Mezzo-Soprano
  • 4 min 45 s
  • There are no performances of this work

Programme Note

December 2000

Composer note:
Dorma, Ador is a choral lullaby written in 2000 for the Dale Warland Singers to celebrate the 50th birthday of my friend Larry Fuchsberg. It was commissioned by Janika Vandervelde, composer (and partner of Larry), and as requested I based it on some Portuguese nonsense syllables and a lovely tune and harmonization that she created out of traditional Portuguese elements. Since it was to be the last of the lullabies she commissioned for this occasion, I decided to use very strongly rooted and low harmonies to give a sense of calm peacefulness, to feature a warm mezzo-soprano solo, and added (optional) handbells to open and close the work in an especially ethereal way.

— Aaron Jay Kernis