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Quiet World: Eight Revolving Canons by Alice Parker

by Pittsburgh Threshold Choir

A soothing and intimate listening experience for those approaching the end of life. We cannot always be singing at our patients' bedsides, but this CD can deliver a taste of that experience.
Genre: Classical: Vocal Music
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1. Long Walk in the Woods
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2. High Tide
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3. A Rainy Afternoon
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4. Summer Sky
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5. After Midnight
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6. The World in Bloom
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7. River's Edge
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8. Every Day
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Album Notes
In January 2014 during a score study with Alice Parker, a sing-through of Alice’s “Glorious God” (#45 in the Melodious Accord Hymnal) inspired me to ask Alice if she would accept a commission to compose a suite of songs for singing at the bedsides of hospice patients. Alice replied simply “I’d be delighted!” One year and many conversations later “Quiet World” arrived, and my singers and I were launched into an enormous creative challenge that culminated in this recording.

“Quiet World” is unlike any other composition I’ve encountered. Built on themes inspired by the environment Alice experiences every day, each elegantly simple song has the potential to be either a two-voice canon or a harmony to any of the other songs. To sing several lines together brings to mind a set of wind chimes, the twinkling of stars, the rising of the sun, rushing waters or the wind through the trees. And the wood thrush is always singing, echoing in our minds even when we cannot hear him in our ears.

"Quiet World" requires both the director and the singers to become co-collaborators with the composer. This recording is just a sampling of the many ways that these beautiful songs can be sung. Our goal was to create something soothing for our hospice patients to listen to when we are not present. But if what we have done inspires you to sing, Alice has released the score for “Quiet World” at MelodiousAccord.org so that you can experiment with the songs yourself.

My thanks to Alice Parker, for the music, yes, but also for her graceful and generous teaching and mentoring. And I am extremely grateful to the members of the Pittsburgh Threshold Choir who allowed me to challenge them beyond their “learning edge” for more than a year. They had no idea what they were getting into when I asked them to participate in this project, yet accepted every “leveling up” that I suggested. What we did in the studio is far more than what is required to sing these songs at bedside, and we have all acquired skills that will serve us in many ways as we continue our musical journeys.

Voices of the Pittsburgh Threshold Choir: Sue Bialostosky, Lugene Bruno, Ebe Emmons, Gaye Fifer, Cindy Harris, Sue Anne Hogan, Chelsea Marshall, Mary Paine, Aubrie Pecore, Erica Pipitone, Sharda Segall, Pat Weiss



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