• Dominick DiOrio
  • O Virtus Sapientiae (2013)

  • G Schirmer Inc (World)
  • SATB chorus and three sopranos, a cappella
  • 5 min 30 s

Programme Note

First performance:
March 21, 2014 (Premiere; revised version)
"a cappella NEXT!" presented by DCINY
NOTUS: IU Contemporary Vocal Ensemble
Dominick DiOrio, conductor
Sandra Periord, Martha Eason, & Elise Marie Kennedy, sopranos
Carnegie Hall - Weill Recital Hall
New York, NY

Composer Note:
O Virtus Sapientiae is a bold reimagining of Hildegard's chant, both tune and text. "Actively quoting" the source material, my setting takes Hildegard's music as a launching point from which to imagine new sonic possibilities. Echo effects and metrical relationships are achieved with the use of three soprano soloists, positioned at North, South and West corners of the room, while the larger chorus inhabits the East. The music is meant to be experienced in the round, as the voices surround the audience and attempt to create an enactment of Hildegard's visions.
ā€” Dominick DiOrio



Performed here by:
NOTUS: Indiana University Contemporary Vocal Ensemble
Dominick DiOrio, conductor
Sandra Periord, soprano
Elise Marie Kennedy, soprano
Martha Eason, soprano

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