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Sweet Irrational Worship - Niles-Merton Songs Op 171 & 172

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>Niles, John Jacob : Songs, for voice & piano, Op. 171
>Niles, John Jacob : Songs, for voice & piano, Op. 172
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Thomas Merton, a Trappist monk and author, and Folk-singer/composer John Jacob Niles were united through the language of existentialist poetry and Zen Buddhism. The two would meet only a few times before Merton's untimely death in Thailand in December 1968. Niles then launched on a four-year journey to set twenty-two poems of Merton to music. From reflections on Merton's fascination with nature and change, to the grief Niles felt upon Merton's death, the songs center upon a spectrum of human emotions and experience, from violence and misery, to serendipity and harmony. Baritone Charles Runyon's impressive performance accompanied by Jacqueline Chew on Piano combine seamlessly as Runyon explores the highest mountains and the darkest caves of Merton's mind put to music.



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>Niles, John Jacob : Songs, for voice & piano, Op. 171
  • Performers: Jacqueline Chew (Piano); Chad Runyon (Baritone)
  • Notes: Skywalker Sound, Marin County, CA (08/10/2005-08/11/2005)
  • Running Time: 23 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Niles, John Jacob : Songs, for voice & piano, Op. 172
  • Performers: Jacqueline Chew (Piano); Chad Runyon (Baritone)
  • Notes: Skywalker Sound, Marin County, CA (08/10/2005-08/11/2005)
  • Running Time: 30 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern