More Bites of the English Apple
(Thirty years later!)
Vol. 13 - November 20, 2013 by Bradley Nelson
I am delighted to have my music heard in the United
Kingdom! I'm a true "Anglophile" ... I have
loved all things English throughout my life. My regard for
their choral tradition is second to none!
My first bite of the English "apple" was taken in 1983
when I attended a world premiere of my music in Westminster Abbey.
Now, in 2013 ... thirty years later .... I'm taking two more bites
of that same apple! It is delicious!
then, in 1983....
music features a challenging organ part and a text derived from
Psalm 8 and 68 alternating between English and Latin. The melodic
motifs repeatedly ascend, musically illustrating the vaulting
acoustical spaces of the Abbey. Vigorous and exciting!
Premiere in Westminster Abbey
in Westminster Abbey in 1983, "How
Majestic Is Your Name" was commissioned for the 100th
Anniversary European tour of Christ
Church Cathedral Choir of Men and Boys, Indianapolis, Indiana - Frederick
in 2013 (30 years later ....)
Knighton, host of the radio program "Golden Delicious"
on Apple:FM 97.3
Broadcast #1 on Apple:FM, Taunton, England
radio host Philip Knighton has broadcast Brad Nelson's "In
Flanders Fields" throughout the world from Taunton,
Somerset in the United Kingdom!
world-premiere recording combines the Fresno State and Chico State
chamber choirs from Calfornia under the direction of Anna Hamre and
about broadcast #1 - here
about broadcast #2 - here
about broadcast #3 - here
about broadcast #4 - here
Somerset, United Kingdom
emailed me a few days ago, (completely out of the blue!), asking for
permission to broadcast "In
Flanders Fields" locally and worldwide over the internet in
a program honoring Remembrance Day (Veterans Day in
America). While designing his program, he had received a
cryptic email from one of his listeners .... "Canadian poet,
Flanders Fields". He then did some online
research which led him to my composition! He wrote to me,
"Incidentally, if you would consider giving other compositions
an airing over here, I'd be happy to help - maybe we could somehow
set up an interview too."
sending additional sound files to Philip at his request ....
including commentary from me .... he also incorporated the following
pieces of mine into his broadcast;
Song" - Colorado Children's Chorale - Deborah DeSantis, Director
We Not Stood Here Like Trees In The Ground Long Enough?"
- Granite Hills High School Choir, El Cajon, California - Merryl
People That On Earth Do Dwell" - Kjos Music Publishers, San
Diego, California - Bradley Ellingboe, Director
here . . . to hear the Golden Delicious radio broadcast
featuring Brad Nelson's music (19 minutes)
on the image below to link to the Apple:FM website)
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