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Hearts Reflection: Music of Daniel Elder (b.1986) / John Hudson, piano; Westminster Choir

Audio Samples

>Elder, Daniel : O Magnum Mysterium, for chorus
>Elder, Daniel : Elegy, for chorus & soloists
>Elder, Daniel : Themes of Life and Love (3), for chorus & percussion
>Elder, Daniel : The Heart's Reflection, for chorus ("Cordis Speculum")
>Elder, Daniel : Nocturnes (3) for chorus & piano
>Elder, Daniel : Seven Last Words from the Cross, for chorus
>Elder, Daniel : Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star, for chorus

Album Summary

>Elder, Daniel : O Magnum Mysterium, for chorus
>Elder, Daniel : Elegy, for chorus & soloists
>Elder, Daniel : Themes of Life and Love (3), for chorus & percussion
>Elder, Daniel : The Heart's Reflection, for chorus ("Cordis Speculum")
>Elder, Daniel : Nocturnes (3) for chorus & piano
>Elder, Daniel : Seven Last Words from the Cross, for chorus
>Elder, Daniel : Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star, for chorus
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Just as water reflects the face, so one human heart reflects another.' 'Through this profound proverb, my statement as an artist is conceived. To be able to demonstrate in a universally understood language the emotions that link us all is a powerful way to communicate, and in this album I attempt to present though a wide-ranging spectrum of color and sound this central ideal. Just as music is a universal language, so is emotion, and using music to wordlessly and directly convey these emotions - rather than the literal texts it sets - can touch us all poignantly in a way that overlooks our inherent diversity.' - Daniel Elder

American Record Guide, March/April 2014
The 'O Magnum Mysterium' that opens the program is rich and truly mysterious Elder writes very conservatively; there are resemblances to Whitacre and company. To be honest, I'd rather hear Elder on a varied program - the music is pleasant and he understands the sonority he's writing for. The Seven Last Words held more interest for me in its spare opening and in the pointed harmonies created by intersecting lines and the way it all bloomed from that; the emotions are more vivid as well. Any composer would be lucky to have his music performed by this group, and Elder has to be thrilled with the results.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Mechanics Hall, Worcester, Mass., Unites States (02/2013/03/2013); Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy, N. Y. (02/2013/03/2013); Mechanics Hall, Worcester, Mass., Unites States (06/2012); Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy, N. Y. (06/2012).



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Works Details

>Elder, Daniel : O Magnum Mysterium, for chorus
  • Performers: Mark Foster (Percussion); John Hudson (Piano); Jeffrey Grubbs (Percussion)
  • Conductor: Joe Miller
  • Ensemble: Westminster Choir
  • Running Time: 5 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Elder, Daniel : Elegy, for chorus & soloists
  • Performers: Mark Foster (Percussion); John Hudson (Piano); Jeffrey Grubbs (Percussion)
  • Conductor: Joe Miller
  • Running Time: 4 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Elder, Daniel : Themes of Life and Love (3), for chorus & percussion
  • Performers: Mark Foster (Percussion); John Hudson (Piano); Jeffrey Grubbs (Percussion)
  • Conductor: Joe Miller
  • Running Time: 11 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Elder, Daniel : The Heart's Reflection, for chorus ("Cordis Speculum")
  • Performers: Mark Foster (Percussion); John Hudson (Piano); Jeffrey Grubbs (Percussion)
  • Conductor: Joe Miller
  • Running Time: 5 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Elder, Daniel : Nocturnes (3) for chorus & piano
  • Performers: Mark Foster (Percussion); John Hudson (Piano); Jeffrey Grubbs (Percussion)
  • Conductor: Joe Miller
  • Running Time: 14 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Elder, Daniel : Seven Last Words from the Cross, for chorus
  • Performers: Mark Foster (Percussion); John Hudson (Piano); Jeffrey Grubbs (Percussion)
  • Conductor: Joe Miller
  • Running Time: 8 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Elder, Daniel : Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star, for chorus
  • Performers: Mark Foster (Percussion); John Hudson (Piano); Jeffrey Grubbs (Percussion)
  • Conductor: Joe Miller
  • Running Time: 3 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary