The world premiere recording of HENRY DEHLINGER'S THE MOUNT releases today. Composed for soprano Danielle Talamantes, THE MOUNT is a new art song based on poet Mark Riddles' collection of sacred poems in which he casts famous biblical passages in remarkable sensory language. It premiered in New York City on November 15, 2015 in Manhattan’s historic Episcopal Church of the Holy Trinity.
The Mount draws inspiration from the mystical vision of the Transfiguration on Mount Tabor recounted in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke. The ecumenical spirit of Riddles' text may also draw the listener to another dramatic setting from the Hebrew Bible—Mount Horeb, the “Mountain of God” on which, according to the book of Deuteronomy, the Ten Commandments were given to Moses by God.
The Mount's elegant melodic line and use of Phrygian dominant scales evoke the powerful chants of Jewish liturgical music or deep song (cante jondo) of Spain's Moorish past. At The Mount's climax midway through the piece, Talamantes soars above Dehlinger's sweeping arpeggios, then shifts to a lyric pianissimo as she sings Riddles' beautiful verse.
Recorded 23 November 2015 at Vienna Presbyterian Church, Vienna, Virginia. A Candlewood Digital Natural Presence Technology™ Recording: Produced, edited and mastered by Richard Price; Engineered by Wayne Hileman. Album cover art: The Transfiguration by Raphael (1520). Album cover design: The Design Studio. Piano technician: James R. Davis.. ℗&© 2016 Danielle Talamantes and Henry Dehlinger.
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