• Missy Mazzoli
  • Vespers for a New Dark Age (2014)

  • G Schirmer Inc (World)

Available for performance with or without inclusion of pre-recorded instrumental interludes and postlude. PLEASE NOTE : The Interludes as heard on the commercial recording are optional in a live performance, and the composer recommends that they are not included in live performances. While the electronic tracks are available, it is recommended that they be used in other ways such as playing in the hall or the lobby before the performance.

  • cl, perc, kbd(Nord Electro, Juno 60, Melodica), kbd(Rheem Organ, Roland JX-3P), vn, db
  • 2S, A
  • 30 min
  • Matthew Zapruder
  • English

Programme Note

I. Wayward Free Radical Dreams
II. Hello Lord
III. Come On All You
IV. New Dark Age
V. Machine

Composer's note
Vespers for a New Dark Age was commissioned by Carnegie Hall for the 2014 Ecstatic Music Festival, and first performed at Carnegie's Zankel Hall on February 22, 2014. The work is a distorted, wild, blasphemous take on the traditional Vespers prayer service, in which fragments of poems by Matthew Zapruder replace the customary sacred text. His poems are beautiful, haunting, and very much of our time; they explore the way we confront technology, ghosts, death, doubt and God in our "new dark age." Percussionist Glenn Kotche rattles boundaries of the written score with his expansive virtuosity and supernatural energy, and the instrumentalists of my ensemble Victoire, armed with synthesizers, organs, amplified strings and winds, further bridge the sonic gap between the new and the old, the profane and the spiritual.

— Missy Mazzoli


Recorded by Victoire and Glen Kotche
Introductory video



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